Instructor-Led → Dream Projects

DIY Homebuilding

Have you dreamed of building a cabin or vacation home? You’re not alone. Our Family Handyman editorial team decided to tackle the ambitious task of building our own vacation home in the woods, and we learned a lot about home building in the process. Our team worked with several contractors when building our home, but we also completed a lot of the work ourselves. We’ll help you stay involved and informed as work proceeds on your site and offer detailed instructions for some great DIY projects. Learn how to build a house with Family Handyman editors. We’ll show you how to work with contractors and how to tackle home building projects yourself. In this online workshop you’ll learn: How to plan a vacation home, including evaluating location, choosing a building design, choosing contractors, pulling permits and setting a budget. Prepare your site for construction, including removing trees and installing a silt fence. Tips to upgrade your framing skills or work with a contractor to frame walls and a roof. How to properly insulate your whole home and install drywall. How to install a metal panel roof and steel siding. How to install vinyl tile flooring, a kitchen island, and a tile shower. And much more! From planning to pulling permits, choosing contractors to tackling building projects yourself, in this online workshop, you’ll learn not only how to build a house but also how to work with contractors and when it makes more sense to do it yourself or work with a local contractor. This premium online workshop creates the experience of an in-person workshop but uses a flexible timeline that works around your busy schedule. That means you can log in and view each week’s content at whatever time works best for you. Message our highly qualified instructors for personalized advice to help you with your projects.
  • Week 1
  • Mobile App
  • Introduction to Instructor-Led Courses
  • Week 1: Introduction and Getting Started
  • Week 2
  • Week 2: Foundations, Septic Systems and Wall Framing
  • Week 3
  • Week 3: Finishing Framing, Utilities, Windows and Doors
  • Week 4
  • Week 4: Roofing, Insulation and Drywall
  • Week 5
  • Week 5: Exterior Finishing
  • Week 6
  • Week 6: Interior Finishing
  • Course Completion and Next Steps
  • Congratulations!
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Week 1: Introduction and Getting Started, Week 2: Foundations, Septic Systems and Wall Framing, Week 3: Finishing Framing, Utilities, Windows and Doors, Week 4: Roofing, Insulation and Drywall, Week 5: Exterior Finishing, Week 6: Interior Finishing, Course Completion and Next Steps, Congratulations!"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever