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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 […]

Sep

15

Building a Home

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BYF Home Build Prep Program: Member Reviews

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Featured Image for BYF Home Build Prep Program Member Reviews

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When I built my house eight years ago, things were very different when it came to the home build prep design process. Pinterest was in its infancy, there were very few home design blogs (if any), and I had never even heard of Instagram. I literally tore (physical) pages out of (physical) magazines to organize […]

Sep

08

Home Build Planning

Popular Countertop Materials: A Roundup

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Are you building or renovating a home and you’re looking for information about the best countertop options for your kitchen and bathrooms? I’ve got you covered in this blog post as I’ve rounded up all of my blog posts that compare and contrast the most popular countertop materials (granite, quartz, marble, quartzite, and the ‘newer […]

Sep

01

Design + Decorate

Home Build Advice Roundup Budgeting and Beyond

Home Building Advice Roundup: Budgeting and Beyond

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Home Build Advice Roundup Budgeting and Beyond

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Are you planning to build a home in the near future and you feel a *tinch*  overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to even start?! If you answered YES, this home-building advice roundup is for YOU! Just so ya know … I created (and continue to grow) this online resource to help YOU! I provide tips to […]

Aug

25

Home Build Planning

Shop Curated Design Fixtures + Decor Boutiques

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Designing an entire home (or even remodeling just one room) can feel VERY overwhelming. The vast number of design decisions you’ll need to make for your home is enough to stop you in your tracks! However, it doesn’t have to be so hard. There is an easier way to choose small fixtures and finishes for your […]

Aug

18

Design + Decorate

Floor Plan Feedback (An Example)

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One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do for members inside my home build prep program (Building Your Foundation; a.k.a. BYF) is to offer personalized feedback on floor plan drawings.  I loooove doing this because floor plans get me so excited (I should have been an architect). When I look at a floor plan, I […]

Aug

11

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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