263 episodes

Wish you knew more about the biggest investment you will most likely ever make? Build Your House Yourself University (byhyu) will teach you to save money and make smart decisions about the construction of the place you and your family will call HOME. We will help you understand residential construction— simplify and demystify the design build process. You’ll come away with successful strategies for building your own house, with or without a general contractor.

Become an educated consumer, even if you prefer to buy, rather than build a new house. Complex construction jargon and best practices will be explained in easy to understand terms. It’s not the typical DIY (do it yourself) show. You will learn how to MANAGE the labor, not DO the labor for your new house.

Join me, Michelle Nelson, host and fellow informal residential construction student. I’ll share the research I find on home design and building as I prepare to build my home. Together, our community of future home builders, will learn the tips, tricks and trends of experienced contractors and industry experts.

I’ll interview owner-builders and construction professionals. During our mini lessons, I’ll inform you about framing, flooring, windows, insulation, kitchen cabinets and countertops…almost anything having to do with new construction homes. You’ll hear about energy efficiency and green building too. There will be product reviews in which you will be introduced to cutting edge, as well as, tried and true products and services. And in keeping with the university theme, episodes will end with short, fun quizzes.

If we do our due diligence BEFORE we start construction, we will actually start construction with the most difficult part of the project behind us. Let’s put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE we break ground and building our homes will be much easier and more enjoyable.

Build Your House Yourself University Michelle Nelson

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    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Wish you knew more about the biggest investment you will most likely ever make? Build Your House Yourself University (byhyu) will teach you to save money and make smart decisions about the construction of the place you and your family will call HOME. We will help you understand residential construction— simplify and demystify the design build process. You’ll come away with successful strategies for building your own house, with or without a general contractor.

Become an educated consumer, even if you prefer to buy, rather than build a new house. Complex construction jargon and best practices will be explained in easy to understand terms. It’s not the typical DIY (do it yourself) show. You will learn how to MANAGE the labor, not DO the labor for your new house.

Join me, Michelle Nelson, host and fellow informal residential construction student. I’ll share the research I find on home design and building as I prepare to build my home. Together, our community of future home builders, will learn the tips, tricks and trends of experienced contractors and industry experts.

I’ll interview owner-builders and construction professionals. During our mini lessons, I’ll inform you about framing, flooring, windows, insulation, kitchen cabinets and countertops…almost anything having to do with new construction homes. You’ll hear about energy efficiency and green building too. There will be product reviews in which you will be introduced to cutting edge, as well as, tried and true products and services. And in keeping with the university theme, episodes will end with short, fun quizzes.

If we do our due diligence BEFORE we start construction, we will actually start construction with the most difficult part of the project behind us. Let’s put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE we break ground and building our homes will be much easier and more enjoyable.

    Homeowner Matthew S. Discusses His New Custom Home Designed For Entertaining, Part 2

    Homeowner Matthew S. Discusses His New Custom Home Designed For Entertaining, Part 2

    This week we have part 2 of the interview with homeowner Matt S.  He talks more about his cool house, which is black by the way, and his homebuilding journey.  He was so generous in sharing his advice and resources.  Take a listen to this informative conversation. 
    Show notes at BYHYU.com

    • 26 min
    Homeowner Matthew S. Discusses His New Custom Home Designed For Entertaining, Part 1

    Homeowner Matthew S. Discusses His New Custom Home Designed For Entertaining, Part 1

    Matt went back to the neighborhood he grew up in and built a house perfect for entertaining.  In this first part of the interview, he talks about his very practical floor plan that has lots of space for hosting friends and family.  He tells us about some really unique design ideas and gives great advice about communicating with contractors.  This is a really helpful conversation. 
    Show notes at BYHYU.com

    • 35 min
    Homeowner Rachel D. Tells Us About Her Homebuilding Journey, Part 2

    Homeowner Rachel D. Tells Us About Her Homebuilding Journey, Part 2

    This week we have Part 2 of our interview with Rachel.  She’s a homeowner working with a general contractor and they’re finishing up a custom build in Ohio.  This week Rachel talks more about her homebuilding journey, what she would do differently if she were to build again, and the best thing about building a custom home.  
    If you or someone know would like to share your homebuilding experience on the podcast, please email me at Michelle@byhyu.com
    Show notes  at www.BYHYU.com

    • 22 min
    259. Homeowner Rachel D. Tells Us About Her Homebuilding Journey, Part 1

    259. Homeowner Rachel D. Tells Us About Her Homebuilding Journey, Part 1

    Homeowner Rachel D tells us about the challenges and triumphs she's had along her homebuilding journey.  She discusses how the pandemic has affected her build, what resources she's used to help her through the design-build process and where she's found some of her design inspiration and fixtures.
     
    See photos of Rachel's home in the shownotes at BYHYU.com

    • 27 min
    Bedroom Furniture and Layout Tips

    Bedroom Furniture and Layout Tips

    Several weeks ago in episode 254 called Furniture Layout and Space Planning I gave some guidelines about furniture placement and how to best layout your rooms to achieve functional, aesthetically pleasing spaces that have good flow.  After listening back to that episode though, I realized, I didn’t talk much about bedrooms. So that’s what we’ll discuss in this episode— space planning and layout rules specifically for bedrooms.
    Show notes at BYHYU.com

    • 19 min
    What’s The Best Roofing Material For Your House? — BEST OF BYHYU 257

    What’s The Best Roofing Material For Your House? — BEST OF BYHYU 257

    This week’s episode is a replay of the one that I did years ago. The information is still relevant, but the pricing that I mentioned in the episode has likely changed given the current economy and today’s consumer demand for construction materials and supply chain challenges. I’ll discuss the 6 most popular types of roofing materials on the market, including my favorite, metal roofs.
    Make sure you follow the show so when I record my latest construction update and other new content, the show will automatically be sent to your email or podcast library as soon as it is released. You can follow us through the podcast platform you use. Or, if you want episodes along with the show notes and relevant photos to go to your email inbox, you can subscribe through the BYHYU.com website.
    SHOW NOTES at BYHYU.com

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Hrickstar ,

Very informative

Well researched and presented. Thank you Michelle. As a person in the industry, I find your insights useful and your tips and information will help so many save time and get the results they want. Thank you!

Nadya8 ,

A must listen to everyone building their house

This podcast is amazing! I had zero idea about building my own house but I’ve learned so much by listening to BYHYU. I feel much more confident now and I’m ready to start my owner builder journey.

This podcast gives you the knowledge and the language to communicate to your contractors. It also helps you make informed choices about what sort of house is best suited for you.

Michelle’s voice is so pleasant to listen too and she’s very articulate.
Thank you so much for your amazing work Michelle!

Ank281 ,

Awesome

Your podcast is simply awesome and just what an aspiring home builder needs. The information is not only sensible but also usable. Thanks very much. Ankur

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