Should You Hire a Designer when Building a Custom Home?

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 21, we’re talking about whether or not you should hire a designer when building a custom home.  Spoiler alert … the answer is highly dependent on YOU! Also, I might just have the perfect […]

Nov

30

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Must Haves When Building a Custom Home

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 20, I’m sharing a lengthy list of what *some* people consider to be must haves when building a custom home.  However, these ‘must haves’ are simply to give you ideas and to get the […]

Nov

16

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Productive First Meeting with Builder: 7 Steps to Prepare

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 19, I’m giving you seven specific steps to help you prepare for a productive first meeting with your builder so that you feel confident and organized when your builder fires questions at you about […]

Nov

09

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10 White Paint Colors that Designers Love

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 18, I’m sharing a list of 10 white paint colors that designers love.  Selecting a paint color (in general) is overwhelming. Selecting a white paint color can be even more intimidating because there are […]

Nov

02

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How Long it Takes to Build a House

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 17, we’re discussing how long it takes to build a house.  I’m not going to lie … this is a tricky one to answer (especially in our current home-build climate).  I can tell you […]

Oct

26

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How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

Timeless Interior Design vs. Trendy

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How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 16, we’re going to talk about where to add timeless interior design finishes as well as where to add trendy finishes when you are building or designing your new home.   APPLE | STITCHER | SPOTIFY Are you […]

Oct

19

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