This week we’ll learn some interior design basics, especially as it pertains to new and remodeled homes. You’ll hear my conversation with Betsy Helmuth, owner of Affordable Interior Design and host of her own interior design podcast called Big Design, Small Budget. It’s one of my new favorites. I just love it and here’s why: In the same way this podcast simplifies and demystifies homebuilding concepts, Betsy, on Big Design Small Budget, simplifies and demystifies interior design. So, to go along with BYHYU’S tips and tricks for building your dream house, Betsy gives strategies for decorating your dream house.
And she really knows her stuff. She’s appeared on the Today Show, HGTV, DIY Network, CBS, NBC, plus she’s been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers.
Today you’ll hear her expert opinion on what to do and where to start when designing rooms from scratch. Betsy will tell us what fixtures and finishes should stay consistent throughout the whole house, and when it’s ok to add in different color palettes and styles. We’ll also hear why Betsy says that investment furniture and an all-neutral rooms are no-no’s.
I recently got a request from a listener named Don. He asked me to discuss home generators. On the heels of so many storms that have affected the United States and the Caribbean, we definitely need to at least consider installing a home generator. They can provide power during the outages that often accompany major storms. Thank you, Don, for a great show idea. Let’s get right to it.
There are 2 general types of generators that can be used during power outages— standby generators and backup generators.
So this week I have a project update. A few weeks ago I told you about the trouble that I had getting my house plans started in episode 79 called My house plans— back to the drawing board.
But now, I have a good report. I’ll tell you about the treasures that I’ve found since recording that episode, including a markup tool that I used to tweak my house plan and the person that I’ve got helping me.
Fireplaces 101— Pros and Cons of Wood burning, Gas, Electric and Alcohol/Ethanol Fireplaces— BYHYU 086
You’ve probably dreamed about having a fireplace in your living room, master bedroom, your outdoor living space, or even your master bathroom. Fireplaces these days are far more than a practical source of heat. That’s why people not only in Vermont and Michigan want them, but people building homes in California, Texas, and even Las Vegas plan to have fireplaces installed in their dream homes. Fireplaces add beauty, character, coziness and drama to almost any space and they also add to the perceived value of a house.
This week, we'll go over the pros and cons of the different types of fireplaces, including wood burning, gas, electric and alcohol burning/ethanol fireplaces.
Let’s start with wood burning fireplaces.
Swimming Pools, Part 2—Should You Go With Chlorine, Saltwater or Ultraviolet Light Sanitation? — BYHYU 085
Last week we talked about the pros of cons of the different types of pool construction. After you decide what type of pool structure you want, you’ll have to decide want type of sanitization system you’ll use to keep your pool free of bacteria, viruses and algae.
The most common systems are chlorine, saltwater, and ultraviolet light. Let’s briefly go over each system and discuss the advantages of each.
Swimming Pools, Part 1—Should You Go With Vinyl, Fiberglass or Concrete (Gunite/Shotcrete)?—BYHYU 084
This week’s episode will give you the pros and cons of different types swimming pools in hopes of helping you decide whether your dream house should even include a swimming pool, and if so, what kind. We’ll compare vinyl, fiberglass and concrete pools this week, and next week we’ll talk about sanitation systems, including chlorine, saltwater and ultraviolet light systems. Let’s begin today’s lesson by briefly discussing how a pool might impact the resale value of your house.
Even if, like me, you want hardwood, tile and/or vinyl flooring throughout most of your house, many of us love the warmth, style and soft surface that carpet provides, especially in bedrooms. Carpeting also muffles sound, so it can be especially practical in kids bedrooms or playrooms.
This week’s episode will give you a better understanding how to choose quality carpeting. Carpeting that should last you at least 15 or 20 years.
This week we have the final part of my interview with Sue Burkett, Strategic Marketing Leader for Owens Corning. She’s educating us about how we can make a statement with roof color, using Owens Corning roof shingles.
The roof plays a huge part in your home's aesthetics. If you think of the front of your house as if it were a face, then the roof is like hair. And roof color, like hair color, can drastically alter overall appearance and reflect your personal style.
Let’s take a listen/look at the final part of my interview with Sue, as she tells us how roof color can make our homes uniquely personal.
Too often we think of our home’s roof as only a structural element, when, in fact, choosing roofing that’s also stylish and unique is a great opportunity to make our house stand out from others in the neighborhood. On average, a roof accounts for 40% of the home’s exterior appearance. So choosing the perfect roof color is vitally important in building a distinctive and attractive dream home.
This week, and next week, we’ll hear about Owens Corning Roofing. Now, you probably know Owens Corning’s insulation by its signature pink color. But they also produce other products for the home, including roofing. Sue Burkett will tell us about Owens Corning roof shingles, which come in many beautiful hues that are tasteful, but far from ordinary.
Let’s get right to it. Here’s the first part of my interview with Sue Burkett, Strategic Marketing Leader for Owens Corning.
This week we’re talking about dishwashers. We’ll cover some of the newest and most popular options that you’ll have to choose from when selecting a new dishwasher. Since most of our homes already had a dishwasher installed when we bought them, many of us have never had to shop for a dishwasher. I’m hoping these 12 quick tips will help you narrow your choices.
Before we get to that, shouts out go to Jamie and Ankur for their 5 star ratings and reviews. Thank you both for taking the time to let me know that you like the podcast. Ankur lives in Australia and says “Your podcast is simply awesome and just what an aspiring home builder needs.” Jamie, who’s here in the US, and is actually in the construction industry says, in part, “My new home will certainly be better because of your help and tips. Thanks.”
I want thank you both for those kind words and I also want to thank all of you who sent me encouraging emails and offers to help with my house plan after hearing last week’s episode. I cannot even express how much comfort and support I felt. You’re the best.
I appreciate so much.
Alright, ready to get into our 12 dishwasher quick tips?
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