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3 Mistakes that Lead to Design Regrets

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Are you preparing to build a custom home and you’re feeling a lil bit terrified that you’ll make design decisions you might later regret? Maybe you’re looking for guidance on how to avoid making the ‘wrong’ choices? Well, if you avoid these 3 common mistakes that lead to design regrets, then you will be well […]

Jun

16

Building a Home

My Review of 5 Free Floor Plan Apps

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When preparing to build my custom home, I legit drew my floor plan out on a piece of paper. It wasn’t perfect and it was nowhere near to scale, but it got my point across to my builder. Nowadays, there are a bazillion apps that you can fiddle around with and draw up plans. I […]

Jun

09

Building a Home

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How to Choose a Custom Home Builder

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how to choose a custom home builder

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There are MANY decisions when building a new home; one of the most important decisions is choosing your builder. Your relationship with your builder sets the tone for your entire building experience. Below is an in-depth overview of how to choose a custom home builder. Also included is an explanation of what determines a GOOD […]

Jun

02

Building a Home

8 Popular Benjamin Moore Neutral Colors

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Are you on the hunt for the perfect neutral paint color for your home? A few months ago I rounded up the 8 popular Sherwin Williams neutral paint colors and now I’m back with 8 popular Benjamin Moore neutral colors for you :). As you probably know, there are endless colors to choose from and […]

May

26

Design + Decorate

How to Build your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank

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Do you think it’s impossible to build your dream home without breaking the bank? If so, you’re wrong! (fortunately) I’m here to tell you that you CAN build within budget! I know this because I built my own dream home without blowing the budget. And you can too. We hear from soooo many people that it […]

May

12

Building a Home

How to Cope with Home Build Costs Volatility

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Oh my goodness … can we just talk about the home build costs volatility happening lately?! Are you feeling just a little bit (ok, a *big* bit) discouraged because the construction materials and supply costs (especially lumber 😫) are so ridiculously high that you need to postpone your home build until the costs normalize?  You are not […]

May

05

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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