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 ‘Before You Build’ Program Q+A

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Carrie Barker


I’m in the middle of a live launch week promoting my group coaching program (the ‘Before You Build’ Program), so I wasn’t planning on doing a podcast episode this week. 

However, I’m getting soooo many great questions about the BYB Program from potential clients that I wanted to hop onto the podcast and share the questions (and my answers) with you.

If you aren’t familiar with the ‘Before You Build’ program, I’ll give you a quick overview plus tell you why now is the BEST time to join BYB!

Ready to confidently build a house that you absolutely LOVE … without blowing your budget? Join us inside BYB and get immediate access to the ‘BYB Blueprint’ framework, floor plan feedback, personalized support, and so much more. Click here to get all the BYB details.


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Below is the full transcript for this podcast episode.

Welcome to a special episode of the ‘Before You Build’ podcast. This is episode number 56. 

I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today I’m answering all the amazing questions I’m getting about my group coaching program called ‘Before You Build’. 

This happens to be a launch week, and it’s a BIG DEAL because I’m changing the structure of the BYB program. 

BYB will no longer be an annual membership.

Starting next week, I’m changing to a (quote) ‘lifetime’ membership structure for BYB. 

You get ongoing access to the program materials and live support and feedback for as long as you need it. 

I know that it can take years to plan for a home build and another year or so to build your dream home. 

I want to support you through that whole process, so starting NOW, you pay once, and you’re in for ‘life’ (well, the ‘life’ of the BYB Program).

With the structure changing to ongoing access to the program, the price is doubling starting next week. 

So … if BYB is something you’re interested in (and I’ll tell you more about the program in a minute), NOW is the time to join because this week (and this week only), you get ‘lifetime’ access for the current annual price. 

Pay once, and you’re in for ‘life’ … as long as you need support for your home build.

Ok, let’s do a quick overview of the BYB program in case you aren’t familiar with it.


The ‘Before You Build’ Program is my private group coaching program, and the core of this program is the ‘Before You Build Blueprint’ (or BYB Blueprint, for short).

I always tell my clients that the key to building a home you absolutely LOVE (without blowing the budget) is to prepare for your home build in a SMART + STRATEGIC way.

Well, the BYB Blueprint (inside the BYB Program) IS that smart + strategic process.

The BYB Blueprint is a SIMPLE 4-step strategy that equips YOU to build a house you absolutely LOVE, is perfect for YOUR family (now and into the future), and is within (or very close to) budget. 

When you put the ‘BYB Blueprint’ into action, you’ll:

  • Clarify your vision for your future home in crystal clear detail
  • Hire the RIGHT builder (which = a positive building experience)
  • Create a realistic budget (that you can actually stick to) 
  • Create the perfect floor plan for YOUR family (now + into the future)
  • Confidently make design decisions that you won’t later regret

And the best part … you’ll SAVE MONEY in budget overages! 

Lots o’ money.

So that’s the BYB Blueprint in a nutshell, but there is so much more. As a BYB member, you get personalized floor plan feedback, live support via weekly calls, and access to our private community of women going through a home build.

This community is much more supportive and caring than the public home-build forums and Facebook groups. I don’t tolerate negativity; we’ve never had an issue with it in our group!

Click here to get allll the details about what else is included inside the BYB Program.


How long do I have access to the BYB Program?

You get ‘lifetime’ access to the BYB program materials and support. You get access to everything inside BYB for as long as you need it. 

As long as the BYB program is in existence, you have access!

How far out should I start planning for my home build?

It’s never too early to start planning to build your dream home! 

I, personally, don’t plan to build my next home until my younger daughter graduates from high school (in 2027), and I’m already starting my preliminary planning.

Now that BYB is a ‘lifetime’ membership, nothing should prevent you from starting to plan RIGHT NOW!

Is access to all modules/resource materials provided upon signup, or are portions released in increments?

Yes, all materials will be available to you immediately when you join. I don’t drip out content or make members wait for content … it’s all there as soon as you join so you can get started RIGHT NOW!

Will BYB work for me if I’m renovating a house or adding an addition to my house?

Yep! You’ll still find BYB helpful as you prepare for an addition or renovation :). 

With either option, you’ll still need to: (1) Clarify Your Vision, (2) Hire the Right Builder or Contractor, (3) Create a Realistic Budget, and (4) Design Your Dream Addition (or Reno).

Will BYB work for me if I am serving as my own General Contractor?

Yes, absolutely!

The BYB program will help you with the big-picture thinking, getting organized, hiring your home build team, creating your budget … and, plus, you’ll have access to live support and feedback. 

However, I did not serve as my GC and don’t have personal experience with this, so BYB does not include the fine details and nuances of building a home (i.e., the technical/practical side of building). I used a builder when building my home so I don’t have experience as a GC and would never teach something I don’t have personal experience with :).

Will BYB work for ME if I already have a builder?

Yes, BYB will still be helpful.

Obviously, you won’t need the lessons about selecting your builder, but there is so much more to the program that you will benefit from … creating and/or auditing your floor plan, creating a realistic budget that you can actually stick to, clarifying your vision in crystal clear detail, building your design foundation that will guide every single design decision you make … all of these will be beneficial! 

Will BYB work for me if I’m not on Facebook?

YES! It’s totally fine if you aren’t on Facebook.

All of the lessons, resources, workbooks, etc are inside the BYB client portal and the live calls are on Zoom.

The only thing that happens in the Facebook group is community discussion.

You can always submit questions to me via email for me to add to FB + I’ll email you anything the group offers as feedback or in answer to specific questions

Facebook group is NOT necessary for getting the results you want (it’s just a bonus!)

Will BYB work for me if I can’t make the live weekly calls?

If you have a schedule conflict and can’t make the live weekly calls, that is OK! Not a problem at all!

You can submit questions via email and I will answer your questions during the call. 

Another option is to ask your questions in our BYB Facebook community. 

You’ll have access to watch every single call replay inside the BYB portal.

Attending the live calls is recommended, but calls are certainly NOT required or necessary for you to be successful in BYB :). 

Is this the right time for me to join BYB?

Up until now, BYB has been offered as either a monthly or annual membership, so clients have had to gauge when the best time to join was based on their home build schedule.

Now that BYB is ‘lifetime’ access, you don’t have to worry about the ‘best’ time to join because the best time for anyone is RIGHT NOW. 

The sooner you start planning, the more successful your home-build experience will be. 

There is no such thing as ‘too early’ to start planning. 

Is there a group cohort or individual coaching or both?

BYB is a group coaching program.

Our live weekly calls are group calls.

The coaching isn’t individual … however, I answer your own individual questions and offer personal feedback during our group calls and in our Facebook community.

The program is self-paced though so you can go through the lessons on your own time and at your own pace.

Do you offer a refund if BYB isn’t a good fit for me?

Yes, we offer a 7-day refund policy if you don’t feel like the BYB Program will help you transform your home-build experience.

Please see ‘The BYB Happiness 100% Money-Back Guarantee’ for more details.

Okay, so those are some of the main questions I’m getting about the BYB Program.

You can get ALL the details about the BYB Program HERE!


If BYB sounds like a good fit and you’re ready to start planning for your home build in a smart and strategic way (that will save you lots o’ money), join us inside BYB!

Get started RIGHT NOW!

Click here to get ALL the BYB details!

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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.

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