3 Costly Mistakes when Planning to Build a House

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Has anyone ever told you, ‘It’s inevitable you’ll go over budget when building because *everyone* does’? Yeah, I’ve heard that too, but it’s not true! The #truth is that *most* people DO go significantly over budget when building because they fall into the trap of 3 common (and very costly) mistakes when planning to build […]

Jan

18

Podcast

Why it’s Important to Plan Before Building Your Home

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Are you building your first (or next) home and have no idea where to start? Are you afraid to make all of the design decisions you know you’ll have to make and, even worse … are you afraid to make costly mistakes? Building a home doesn’t have to be scary! You need to have a […]

Jan

11

Podcast

Is it Cheaper to Buy or Build a House?

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Are you considering building a house because you just can’t find the perfect existing house to buy for your family? If so, are you unsure of pricing and wondering, ‘is it cheaper to buy or build a house?’   If you’re nodding your head ‘yes’, this episode is for YOU! Let’s go ahead and answer the […]

Jan

04

Podcast

My Custom Home Build Regrets

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I’m letting you in on a little secret. I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes list of my own custom home build regrets 9 years after building my house.  The good news is that I still LOVE my home nine years later, but there are a few things I would do differently if I built this house again […]

Dec

07

Podcast

Should You Hire a Designer when Building a Custom Home?

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One of my ‘Before You Build’ course students recently asked me, ‘is it worth it to hire a designer when building a custom home?’ Maybe you’re wondering the same thing. We talked about her specific situation and her comfort level with bringing her dream home to life and we ultimately determined that she probably didn’t […]

Nov

30

Podcast

Must Haves When Building a Custom Home

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When you google the phrase, ‘must haves when building a custom home’, you’ll find lists of what *other* people consider to be must-haves in their own homes. However, these lists might not include things that are must-haves in your own dream home. A must-have for one person may be something that you don’t even care […]

Nov

16

Podcast

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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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