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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 […]

Sep

15

Building a Home

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BYF Home Build Prep Program: Member Reviews

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When I built my house eight years ago, things were very different when it came to the home build prep design process. Pinterest was in its infancy, there were very few home design blogs (if any), and I had never even heard of Instagram. I literally tore (physical) pages out of (physical) magazines to organize […]

Sep

08

Home Build Planning

Home Build Advice Roundup Budgeting and Beyond

Home Building Advice Roundup: Budgeting and Beyond

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Home Build Advice Roundup Budgeting and Beyond

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Are you planning to build a home in the near future and you feel a *tinch*  overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to even start?! If you answered YES, this home-building advice roundup is for YOU! Just so ya know … I created (and continue to grow) this online resource to help YOU! I provide tips to […]

Aug

25

Home Build Planning

The Crucial First Step to Designing Your Dream Home

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Are you excited to build your dream home but you’re also terrified that you’ll make design decisions that you might later regret? Well, good news … in this blog post, I’m sharing the crucial first step to designing your dream home. Completing this first step will give you much more confidence in your ability to […]

Jul

21

Building a Home

8 Crucial Questions to Ask Potential Home Builders

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Are you afraid you’ll choose the wrong builder for your home build and the process will go badly? I get it! Your builder can make or break your entire home build experience. The key to choosing a great builder is to ask potential home builders these 8 CRUCIAL questions! By asking each builder the SAME […]

Jul

07

Building a Home

New Construction Lumber Prices: What’s the Dealio?

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I recently received a frantic email from a reader in response to the volatile new construction lumber prices. Here’s what she said: ‘I don’t know how anyone can build within their budget right now. We are in the process of going over the plans for our new build and the costs keep jumping up. The […]

Jun

30

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!

a.k.a. Caroline on Design

I’m Carrie Barker.

DREAMING OF BUILDING A                   HOME BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START?

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