How to Build your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank

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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 […]

May

12

Building a Home

How to Cope with Home Build Costs Volatility

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Oh my goodness … can we just talk about the home build costs volatility happening lately?! Are you feeling just a little bit (ok, a *big* bit) discouraged because the construction materials and supply costs (especially lumber 😫) are so ridiculously high that you need to postpone your home build until the costs normalize?  You are not […]

May

05

Building a Home

Best Upgrades when Building a House

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In order to have a *chance* of sticking to your home build budget, you’ll need to make some sacrifices and might not be able to get everything you want in your future home. Don’t let this discourage you though! It’s simply a fact that we all deal with it when building a home. So let’s […]

Mar

10

Home Build Planning

Why Most People Go Over Budget When Building

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Does this sound familiar? You’re planning to build a home for the first time and you have soooo many questions and worries, but going over budget when building is your biggest concern. This fear is very valid considering most people do (unfortunately) go over budget when building a home. However, this doesn’t have to be […]

Sep

02

Home Build Budget

Tips to Stay on Budget when Building a House

8 Easy Ways to Stay on Budget when Building a House

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Tips to Stay on Budget when Building a House

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Budget is one of the top concerns (if not number one) I hear from readers going through the building process.  I imagine you’ve heard people say, ‘I went SO over budget; it’s impossible to stay on budget.’ Guess what?! This doesn’t have to be your story too! There actually ARE ways to stay on budget when building […]

Aug

07

Building a Home

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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?! 

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

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I’m Carrie Barker.

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