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How to Build your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank

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Carrie Barker


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 is a *given* that you’ll go over budget when building because ‘everybody does’.

The reality is that *most* people DO go over budget. But guess what … this doesn’t have to be YOUR story.

Instead of sleepless nights worrying about going over budget, how would it feel to have a solid strategy to help you build your home without breaking the bank? Pretty good, right?


I’ve created a *FREE* on-demand video training for you that includes the 3 MISTAKES *most* people make that lead them to go over budget when building, as well as 3 CRUCIAL steps to build your dream home within budget (regardless of the current home build market).

I’m sharing the first mistake in this blog post, but there is just SO much info that I can’t possibly write it all in a little blog post, so be sure to save your (virtual) seat for my *FREE*on-demand video training! 

But first, I promised that I would share the first mistake with you right now, so here it is …

MISTAKE #1: Believing it’s inevitable that you’ll go over budget when building a custom home.

This seems very simplistic, BUT this belief holds a lot of people back. If you assume that you’ll go over budget because everyone tells you *they* did, then it’s hard to believe there’s another way … a way that allows you to build within budget (or at least really close to budget).

This is the first mindset shift I want YOU to make. RIGHT. NOW.

The reality is that *most* people do go over budget when building BUT it isn’t inevitable. My house and my experience are proof of this. It IS possible to build your dream home without breaking the bank. It just takes some careful pre-planning before you ever break ground.

Learn the other two mistakes (that you’ll want to avoid) as well as the 3 CRUCIAL STEPS to help you build your dream home within budget (regardless of the current home build market) in my *FREE* on-demand video training!

  1. Angie Kerr says:

    Great stuff! So helpful!

  2. Robin says:

    The difficult is in the current economy. We’re just starting our build and got an email from our builder that due to increasing cost of lumber, siding , and trusses our price was increased 35,000 on our new build. Any suggestions ?

    • Yes, Robin, the high lumber prices are terrible right now. I believe you watched my live training from earlier this week and I shared my thoughts on the lumber issue. If you haven’t watched the training replay, be sure to watch it before it expires tomorrow (5/21).

  3. Julie Nutter says:

    This comes just in time! I’m in the design phase of a custom home and I’m scared to death every time I have to sign something or make a decision. It’s been a dream of mine for 20 years to build this home, but it’s causing SO much anxiety. Thank you for providing this service.

  4. Lauryn Schenker says:

    I’m not available this Sunday. Is there anyway I could sign up and be able to watch the replay?

  5. Carla Baggett says:

    In the drawing plans now. It’s just super scary right now to sell our home we own to start another one . Don’t want a house payment but bought a lot across the street from our grand baby so really excited but scared at the same time. 🙈

    • Hi Carla! Yes, the process can be a little scary. How amazing that you’ll eventually live across the street for your grandbaby though! Doesn’t get any better than that :).

  6. Dee says:

    Hi Carrie
    We are building our fifth home in the last 11 years. Yes crazy I know, transferred with work. We had David Weekley custom build 3 of our homes, so there was a design center to pick out all of our finishes. This time we’re moving out of state to be closer to family and retire. This time we’re going to build in a rural area where there are no design centers. I’m excited about doing this and have a two page list of things that we’ve learned we want and don’t need. My biggest concern is finding the item I want for the best price.
    Did you have a design center or is that how you used your interior designer??

    • Hi Dee! How great that you have a list of what you want (and don’t want) in your future home! That will be very helpful :). I used a small custom builder who did not have a design center and I didn’t use an interior designer. I designed my home myself and went to all of the various retailers to learn about my options and to make selections. It was very time-consuming!

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