Do I Need Architect for Custom Home Design?

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Do you really need to hire an architect to design your custom home?  The (very) short answer to this question is no, but obviously, there are many factors that go into this decision. If you google this question, you’ll notice that many of the articles are written by either an architect or a custom builder […]

Aug

17

Podcast

Should I Buy Land or Create Floor Plan First?

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Are you dreaming about building a custom home in the near future, but you have no clue if you should buy your land OR create your floor plan first? You aren’t alone … this is a common question. My (very) short answer is to choose your land before you create your floor plan. Keep reading to […]

Aug

10

Podcast

How to Determine Cost to Build a House

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One of my blog readers recently asked me, “is there a way to find out what the average construction cost per sq ft would be?” I’ll share my answer below about how to determine the cost to build a house but first, it’s important to note that there are MANY variables that come into play […]

Aug

02

Podcast

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 listening! In this episode, we’ll cover several common mistakes people make when creating a custom floor plan (or tweaking […]

Jul

26

Podcast

Things wish I had known before building house

9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Building a House

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Things wish I had known before building house

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If you’re building a home (or planning to build), you’re probably worried about the typical things … you know, like staying on budget or making the right design decisions. But guess what?  There are MANY other things you might not even realize you NEED to think about until you are already in the thick of […]

Jul

26

Podcast

Building a Home in 2022: What you CAN Control

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Are you planning on building a home in 2022? If so, I imagine you’re feeling a little freaked out by the uncertainty and volatility in the current home build market.  Believe me … you are NOT alone! I hear this fear OFTEN from my blog readers as well as members of my private Building Your […]

Jul

26

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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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I’m Carrie Barker.

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