3 Reasons People Go Over Budget When Building

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If you’re planning to build a home for the first time, I imagine that going over budget when building your home is one of your biggest concerns. This fear is very valid considering most people do (unfortunately) go over budget when building a home. However, this doesn’t have to be YOUR story! In this post, […]

Nov

10

Home Build Budget

4 Tips to Reduce Stress While Building a House

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Building a home can certainly be one of the most stressful projects you’ll experience in your life. However, it doesn’t have to be super stressful! Below I’m sharing 4 tips to help you reduce stress while building your house. Spoiler alert … a lot of the stress of home building comes from poor planning and […]

Oct

21

Building a Home

8 Things to Know Before Building a Custom Home

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Preparing to build your dream home can be an extremely overwhelming project … especially if you’ve never done it before. There are a million and one things you need to know before building a custom home. But don’t worry … we’re going to knock down the daunting task of preparing for your home build into […]

Oct

27

Home Build Planning

New Construction Lumber Prices: What’s the Dealio?

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I recently received a frantic email from a reader in response to the volatile new construction lumber prices. Here’s what she said: ‘I don’t know how anyone can build within their budget right now. We are in the process of going over the plans for our new build and the costs keep jumping up. The […]

Jun

30

Building a Home

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How to Choose the Best Countertop for Your Home

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comparing marble, granite, and quartz

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Counters are one of the most expensive finishes you will choose for your home … this fact ALONE makes this an overwhelming decision! Selecting a countertop doesn’t have to be hard though … all you need is a little info so you can confidently choose the best countertop for your home! I’ll compare three of […]

May

23

Building a Home

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6 Essential Tips for a Great Online Interior Design Experience

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virtual interior design

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Online interior design (E-Design) is gaining popularity as more and more people go to the internet to solve their problems. E-Design is a virtual collaboration between client and interior designer. All communication is done via email and phone conversations. It is an easy, affordable, and fun way to create beautiful spaces in your home. Below […]

Jan

17

Design + Decorate

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I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out. A home that is cozy, comfy, laid out perfectly for the way my family lives, and makes us happy every single day. Oh, and did I mention I did this all without blowing the budget?! 

Yep, it’s true. I’ve been there, done that, and actually lived through it … and you will too. Pinkie promise!

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I’m Carrie Barker.

DREAMING OF BUILDING A                   HOME BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START?

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