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Your complete home build planning system to help you build your dream home without second-guessing every design decision and without blowing your budget.

Building your dream home CAN be an exciting and pleasant experience. 

Instead of sleepless nights worrying about going over budget, or second guessing your decisions, imagine if your home build experience looked more like this:

You feel confident in your decisions as you go through the home build process. You have a clear vision for your home, and you know how to explain that vision to your builder in order to make that vision a reality. And you know you’re working with a reputable builder you can trust to help you bring your dream home to life. 

As you go through your build, you’re relaxed and able to make educated design decisions without second guessing yourself. You feel great about the REALISTIC budget you set with your builder, and you feel confident making decisions about where to splurge and where to save. Not only are you enjoying the building experience, but you no longer fear making costly mistakes that you might later regret. 

The best part is that you feel much more IN CONTROL of the entire building process. From sticking to your budget, to working with a trusted builder, to creating a functional and cozy floor plan that is PERFECT for the way your family lives.

There is nothing like the feeling you get when your dream home becomes a reality. 

Imagine getting to the end of your custom home build journey and moving into a new home that you LOVE! Not to mention the remarks from friends and family about how cute or beautiful your home is.

Imagine the feeling of coming home to a functional, comfortable, homey oasis that is perfect for entertaining and hosting family over for the holidays. Think about how proud you’ll feel to invite friends and family into your happy and cozy home.

Imagine moving into your forever home knowing it will last your family a lifetime and grow with you as your family grows. Not only does your home make you happy, but your family is happier too because your house is so functional and everyone is excited to come home and hang out as a fam.  

Imagine enjoying your design decisions while also knowing you made smart choices you’ll be thankful for if you ever decide to sell. You're finally able to relax now that you’re living in a home you love with a mortgage you’re comfortable with because you were able to make decisions you’re happy with while also staying within your budget.

Imagine how good you’d feel living in your dream home and knowing that you had a part in making it happen. 

ALL of this is possible for you, but, unfortunately, if you go into your home build blindly, this is a much more likely scenario:

  • You choose the builder with the lowest bid to ‘save money’ but end up in a bait and switch situation
  • Your home build turns into a financial nightmare, and you want to literally puke when your builder tells you how over-budget you have gone
  • You know you need to make some sacrifices to avoid completely blowing your budget, but you have no idea where it makes sense to save or splurge
  • Your mind is all over the place trying to figure out your style … you just wish you had a little more confidence in your decision making and felt clearer about your vision for your home
  • You’re second-guessing every freakin’ design decision you make and you wish you had someone to bounce ideas off of ... someone OTHER than your builder who knows nothing about design or function (beyond the structural elements of the house)
  • You may even be feeling like it’s impossible to get that gorgeous dream home that functions perfectly for the way your family lives and makes you all so happy and comfortable, so you just want to throw in the towel

You can avoid this reality by taking the time to PLAN for your home build in advance.

(and it can be easier than you think!)

I know, I know … it can feel like a full-time job planning for your build (a job that you do NOT have time for).

You’re a BUSY mama … especially in 2020! (#Covid #virtualschool #workfromhomewhilealsoplayingteacher)

You're trying to run a household and work from home while also spending hours acting as your children's teacher/principal/social worker/mediator/cafeteria worker/etc.! (ugh ... I can relate!).

You’re so overwhelmed with ‘real life’ that it seems almost impossible to find a little extra time to focus on preparing for your future home.

Not to mention …

  • You’ve never built a custom home before (or your last custom home build was a nightmare) and you have no clue where to even start. You know you need a ‘vision’ of your home, but your head is spinning with ideas and it’s hard to know where to even start to create this ‘vision’.
  • You know there will be 1200ish decisions to make throughout the home build process, and you are notorious for second-guessing every decision you make in life. You are indecisive with a capital I!
  • You have expensive taste but you don’t want a colossal mortgage … how do you even begin to create a realistic budget without making major sacrifices? 
  • You know that this is a huge commitment financially that cannot be easily changed, and while you dream of building a custom home, you still feel unsure if you have what it takes to actually do it.
  • Most of all, your biggest fear is making a ‘wrong’ decision that you’ll regret and won’t be able to change.

But guess what … you don’t need to spend a ton of time planning for your home build in order to make it a success. 

You just need a proven plan laid out for you with a step-by-step method to follow.

Plus … you’ll save tons of time avoiding trial and error DIY planning.

You CAN go through the home build process with confidence and excitement knowing YOU (yep, YOU!) have what it takes to bring your dream home to life. 

You know … that dream home that is so cozy and welcoming that family and friends can’t wait to visit over the holidays  and did I mention this dream home (that everyone tells you is ‘soooo cute’) has a mortgage you are super comfy with?!

Introducing ...


Your complete home build planning system to help you build your dream home without second-guessing every design decision and without blowing your budget.

Building Your Foundation (a.k.a. 'BYF') provides you with a step-by-step method that will give you crystal clear direction on how to prepare for your custom home build.

Following the BYF method, you’ll find clarity and feel confident in your ability to create a cozy, functional home that makes your family (and your wallet) happy before you even start building.

Building a solid foundation (metaphorically speaking) is the KEY to feeling confident in your design decisions, sticking to your home build budget, and creating a home that is perfect for YOUR family. This is exactly what you’ll do following the BYF method! 

You’ll also get access to support as you plan for your custom home build through live Q+A group coaching calls, floor plan feedback, and a private Facebook community where you can bounce ideas off of others going through the exact same process. Plus, the done-for-you fillable spreadsheets and templates will keep you organized and feeling in control throughout your building experience.

The more effort you put into your home build BEFORE you even break ground, the less stress you'll feel when the decisions come at you fast and furiously, AND the happier you'll be with the results (i.e. your completed home and your mortgage).

With BYF, this has never been EASIER!

When you follow the BYF Method, you’ll be able to: 

  • Create a timeless, classic home that is functional for the way your family lives now and has the ability to grow with your family as your needs change
  • Feel all the feels when you’re at home … happy, cozy, joy, and peace … and, most importantly, financially comfortable since you were able to stick close to your REALISTIC budget (and your mortgage reflects that) without sacrificing beautiful finishes (and bonus … there’s still money left for traveling and pursuing hobbies)
  • Look back and feel happy with all the major decisions you made for your home (i.e., no regrets or costly mistakes that are too expensive to fix) and you are proud that you had a part in creating your dream home that is comfortable, homey, welcoming, and makes your family happy
  • Achieve a home that reflects YOUR family and all your special moments as well as making it a home for new memories … a home that is perfect for entertaining and you’re excited to share with family and friends (and bonus ... that they all think your house is gorg!)

The bottom line … when you implement the BYF Method, you’ll have what you need to build a home that just ‘feels right’ and makes you and your family HAPPY (design-wise AND mortgage-wise).

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BYF gives you a proven home build preparation method that will help you lay the groundwork for a successful home build that allows you to stick to your realistic budget without sacrificing quality and style, confidently make decisions you won’t later regret, and bring your beautiful, comfortable and functional dream home vision to life. (Just like I did with my own custom home pictured above!)

 Ready to build your home with confidence and a strategic plan to stay on budget?

The BYF Signature Method: 

Step 1: Get Organized for Your Build

There are MANY moving parts when building a custom home. During this step, you’ll create an organization system that will allow you to feel much more in control of your building experience.

Step 2: Clarify Your Vision for Your Future Home

When you are able to clarify and define your vision for your future custom home, it is much easier to understand what you would like to accomplish, refine these goals, and execute them (i.e. bring them to life). In this step, you’ll go in deep and truly clarify your vision for your future home. You’ll create concrete ‘Vision Statements’ that will allow you to easily (and thoroughly) convey your vision to your builder.

Step 3: Hire Your Custom Builder

Your relationship with your builder will set the tone for how smooth (or not smooth) your home build project will go, so it's essential that you choose someone whom you respect, trust, and can communicate well with. In this section, you’ll follow simple steps to ensure that you hire the BEST builder for your project.

Step 4: Create Your Realistic Budget

Creating a REALISTIC budget is CRUCIAL to staying on budget. You’ll find easy-to-follow steps that will help you successfully create a realistic budget with your builder that takes into account your vision for your home.

Step 5: Create Your Custom Floor Plan

In this step, you’ll thoroughly consider what is most and least important to you in your future home, as well as how your family will live in the home. The detailed list of guided questions will help you to create a custom floor plan that you not only LOVE(!), but is also functional and perfect for the way YOUR family lives!

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 Ready to put the BYF Method into place and transform your building experience?


What I love about your resources is that you ask such good questions!  And the workbook concept is brilliant! This has really, really helped us because my husband and I are finding out that we are not necessarily on the same page as we think we are.  (You can add on your site that use of your resources also contributes to marital harmony and perhaps even savings related to preventing divorces!). I have used all of your resources to date - and they are so helpful. 


Fortunately, I found Carrie towards the end of choosing finishes but oh how I wish I had found her sooner! She would have saved me so much agonizing over feelings of insecurities. I see how helpful Carrie is with ones going through the build process. I’m kind of jealous of that but so excited for the ones utilizing the BYF resource. What an awesome partner to have on your side. Sign up! It’s like having a personal assistant for a fraction of the cost. Why wouldn’t you?!?!


Carrie does it again! This is such a valuable resource in helping people who are interested in, or already in the process of, planning to build their dream home. She offers so many tips that can save people frustration during the process with things that are often overlooked … and it’s all broken down in an organized, easy-to-follow format!

The biggest mistake people make when building a home is thinking they can make design decisions along the way and tweak the budget along the way … 

they think they can focus on one little piece of the home build at a time without having a full picture of what they want their home build experience to be like. 

Guess what 'these' people end up with …

  • a mortgage that is WAY higher than they are comfortable with
  • too little time to make crucial decisions
  • intense stress as the decisions come at them fast and furiously (and the cost keeps creeping higher and higher over budget)
  • minimal excitement during the process
  • design regrets (lots o’ them) bc there was too little time to make decisions 

This is the last thing I want to happen to you, especially because this can be avoided by going in with a plan!

 You don't want to be like 'those' people, do you? Yeah, I didn't think so!

Hi, I'm Carrie, and I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out ... a home that I built ON budget and still love 7 years later! 

I’m not going to lie though … designing my custom home from scratch was a STRESSFUL process. There were times I wanted to give up and throw in the towel. It took a lot of trial and error, tons of hours of research, lots of headaches and stress … and very little support to get through my home build. 

Honestly, I had no idea if my house was even going to turn out the way I hoped BUT all that time, effort, and research paid off in the end. I created my dream home that is not only absolutely perfect for the way my family lives , but it turned out WAY more beautiful than I even imagined it would. 

And guess what else … I was able to do it WITHOUT blowing the budget! 

I cracked the code on how to bring my own dream home vision to life while sticking VERY close to budget and now I’m sharing everything I learned along the way with you. I don’t want you to go through the same (lengthy + stressful) trial and error process I went through or waste hours trying to reinvent the wheel and come up with a preparation plan from scratch.

Instead of going through this process completely on your own and piecemealing a plan together that may or may not bring you the results you want (you know, that cozy dream home that makes your family and your wallet happy), I’m sharing exactly what worked for me inside the BYF Program!

Ready to learn how to bring your dream home vision to life without breaking the bank?

 Who exactly is BYF for?

BYF is perfect for you IF:

  • you are dreaming about building a custom home in the near (or far) future and want to get started on the right foot      

  • you are early in the planning phase but you don’t yet have a builder and/or a floor plan

  • you want a solid plan for how to create, and stick to, a realistic home build budget

  • you enjoy learning from others’ experiences to help you avoid making ‘mistakes’

  • you want to build your dream home with a strategic plan to stay on budget

BYF may not be a good fit for you IF:

  • you have already broken ground on your home
  • you have already hired your builder, determined your realistic budget, and created your floor plan
  • you are content to spend hours piecemealing together free content in hopes you will get the result you’re looking for (i.e. your dream home within budget)
  • you aren’t concerned about staying on budget while building your dream home

Ready to build your dream home with confidence and a strategic plan to stay on budget? 


I just want to thank you for providing such outstanding resources that truly breakdown what could be an overwhelming experience, as well as highlighting pieces of the process that could easily be overlooked.  I want our new home to be reflective of our influence on the design/build process and your resources help me to communicate more effectively with our architect and eventually our builder.


Carrie has been a godsend! All of your advice has been so helpful. You break it down and provide resources that are empowering to the homeowners.


I think this is an excellent resource for someone who is preparing to build. I have now built two homes and I wish I had something to reference before the build. I'm a totally different customer the second time around than I was the first because I know what to look for. Why would anyone who's building NOT want to give it a shot?! The amount of headaches you'll avoid will be worth the price!















Here's the reality ... if you want a different home build experience than most people have, YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

 Are you ready to get the tools you need to get different results?


Following this program will give you guidelines to create a realistic budget as well as a plan to stick to this budget. However, there is no guarantee that your personal situation will be the same as mine based on the use of the BYF Method. You agree that I am not responsible for your final home price, the success or failure of your personal and home build decisions, or any other result of any kind that you may have as a result of information presented to you through the BYF Program or our website. You are solely responsible for your results.


 I present testimonials and insights about other people’s experiences with my resources and the BYF Program for purposes of illustration only. The testimonials used are of actual resource and BYF Program users. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future users will achieve the same or similar results; rather, these testimonials represent what is possible for illustrative purposes only.