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Build Your House Yourself University

By Michelle Nelson

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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.

Customer Reviews

I love your podcast!

Since I found your podcast about 3 weeks ago I have been binge listening and I am now current. We are planning to build our house in another two years. We originally thought we would be our own contractor and use our GC friend as a consultant. We are now looking into a GC who has his passive house certification. He doesn’t want to consult only and he is the only option In our region. I like him too so we may use him instead but your podcast has allowed me to ask great questions and really engage intelligently with our perspective GC. Thank you! Keep up the great work!! We will be much more prepared and educated once we are ready to break ground.

Great show!

I love this show! The host has really researched her topics. I enjoy her updates on her own house building project and the guest shows as well. Thank you for sharing and keep the shows coming!


This is the best podcast I’ve come across for owner builder construction. Michelle is so informative and brings up great topics. I’ve listened to other podcasts but nothing compares. I feel so much more confident going into our new home construction.

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  • Category: Design
  • Language: English

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