Home Build Budget Q+A

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Sticking to the home build budget is one of the TOP home build concerns (if not THE top concern) that I hear from my blog readers and my BYF Home Build Prep members. This is a VERY common fear among people getting ready to build their dream home. Sooo … if you’re feeling nervous or confused […]

Apr

06

Home Build Budget

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

Cost to Build New Home: A Home Building Financial Guide

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Are you dreaming of building a house but the financial unknowns, including the cost to build a new home, have you up at night questioning whether or not this is the best decision for your family? Are you wondering if it would be easier (and cheaper) to just buy an existing home (although you can’t […]

Dec

29

Home Build Budget

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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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!

a.k.a. Caroline on Design

I’m Carrie Barker.

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

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