My Top Floor Plan Regret

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This blog post is a little different than my typical post … it’s more of a personal explanation of my top floor plan regret in my own custom designed home.  Although this is a personal post about my own home build experience, I know it will help at least one person out there who is […]

Mar

16

Floor Plan Creation

Tips for Designing a Functional Kitchen Layout

9 Tips for Designing a Functional Kitchen

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Tips for Designing a Functional Kitchen Layout

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Building a home is overwhelming (been there, done that!) … and one of the hardest parts is designing your kitchen layout. The kitchen is the most utilized room in the house and the top place for friends and family to gather … so you want it to be FUNCTIONAL for both entertaining as well as […]

Feb

23

Building a Home

Caroline on Design Home Tour Video Mockup on a digital iPad

Caroline on Design Home Tour Video

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Caroline on Design Home Tour Video Mockup on a digital iPad

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I’m doing something that I’ve never done before … I’m sharing a Caroline on Design home tour VIDEO (😳)! Well, it isn’t a whole house tour, but it *is* my entire first floor. I’ve shared hundreds of photos of my home over the years, but I’ve never shown it in video form. I decided to […]

Nov

03

Building a Home

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

Floor Plan Feedback (An Example)

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One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do for members inside my home build prep program (Building Your Foundation; a.k.a. BYF) is to offer personalized feedback on floor plan drawings.  I loooove doing this because floor plans get me so excited (I should have been an architect). When I look at a floor plan, I […]

Aug

11

Building a Home

My Review of 5 Free Floor Plan Apps

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When preparing to build my custom home, I legit drew my floor plan out on a piece of paper. It wasn’t perfect and it was nowhere near to scale, but it got my point across to my builder. Nowadays, there are a bazillion apps that you can fiddle around with and draw up plans. I […]

Jun

09

Building a Home

hey there,

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?! 

Yep, it’s true. I’ve been there, done that, and actually lived through it … and you will too. Pinkie promise!

a.k.a. Caroline on Design

I’m Carrie Barker.

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