A Custom Home Build MUST DO (Don’t Skip!)

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Building a custom home is a HUGE investment in both time and money. Obviously, you want to get it right … the first time! By definition, a custom home has never before been built so you can’t be certain of how it will look when completed. One way to make sure the final product looks exactly […]

Oct

20

Building a Home

11 Common Floor Plan Mistakes to Avoid

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Are you starting to work on your custom floor plan and you want to make sure you do it RIGHT? (i.e. you wanna avoid making costly floor plan mistakes that you’ll later regret) If so, keep reading! Below we’ll cover 11 common mistakes that people make when creating a custom floor plan (or tweaking a […]

Oct

13

Floor Plan Creation

Ultimate Paint Guide for your New Home

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Are you feeling overwhelmed when you think about choosing paint colors for your new home? Are you unsure where to even start? Don’t worry … I’ve got you covered in this ultimate paint guide for your new home! Below is a roundup of my most popular blog posts all about paint. We cover it all […]

Oct

06

Building a Home

gray craftsman style house exterior

How to Replicate my Gray Craftsman Style House Exterior

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gray craftsman style house exterior

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The number ONE question I get asked on Instagram is, “What color did you paint your home exterior?” I think you’ll be very surprised by my answer! In this blog post, I’ll share the products and colors I selected when designing my gray craftsman-style house exterior. I hope that sharing this information will help YOU […]

Sep

29

Building a Home

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

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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?! 

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