Should You Build a Custom Home in 2022?

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Have you been dreaming about building a home for years and you were kinda hoping that 2022 would be your year to build a custom home? Maybe now you’re feeling a little confused about whether this is actually a good time to build given the current home build climate (which let’s just be real … […]

Jul

26

Podcast

Before You Build: Podcast Trailer

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Welcome to the Before You Build Podcast. I am so thrilled you’re here. If you are dreaming of building a custom home in the future or you’re ready to start planning right now, this show is for you!  The Before You Build Podcast is your one-stop shop for actionable home-building tips as well as advice […]

Jul

17

Podcast

Building a Custom Home: My Top 5 Blog Posts

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Have you been dreaming about building a custom home for a long time and you’re finally getting *close* to making this dream a reality?! If so, I imagine you’re trying to gather as much info as possible before you start building so that you know what to expect and can feel fully prepared for your […]

Jun

29

Building a Home

Ultimate Paint Guide for your New Home

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Are you feeling overwhelmed when you think about choosing paint colors for your new home? Are you unsure where to even start? Don’t worry … I’ve got you covered in this ultimate paint guide for your new home! Below is a roundup of my top blog posts all about paint. We cover it all … […]

Jun

22

Building a Home

4 Things to Know Before Building a Custom Home

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Preparing to build your dream home can be an extremely overwhelming project … especially if you’ve never done it before. There are a million and one things you need to know before building a custom home. However, I’m going to make this easier for you and get you started by recommending four of my blog […]

Jun

15

Home Build Planning

Home Build Budget Q+A

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Sticking to the home build budget is one of the TOP home build concerns (if not THE top concern) that I hear from my blog readers and my BYF Home Build Prep members. This is a VERY common fear among people getting ready to build their dream home. Sooo … if you’re feeling nervous or confused […]

Apr

06

Home Build Budget

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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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