Productive First Meeting with Builder: 7 Steps to Prepare

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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 your design ideas and your budget for your future home. If you follow these 7 steps (in no particular order), you’re going […]

Nov

09

Podcast

10 White Paint Colors that Designers Love

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Selecting a paint color (in general) is overwhelming. Selecting a white paint color can be even more intimidating because there are literally hundreds of options to choose from.  Honestly, white can be one of the hardest ‘colors’ to choose so I’ve narrowed down the vast amount of choices to 10 white paint colors that designers […]

Nov

02

Podcast

How Long it Takes to Build a House

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Curious about 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 that six months is the average for how long it takes to build a house. However, the length of time depends on […]

Oct

26

Podcast

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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Are you building or renovating a house and you find yourself thinking … ‘there are so many decisions and I’m afraid I’ll make the wrong one!’ OR ‘what if I make a trendy decision and end up hating it in two years?’  You are NOT alone! This is a very common fear. In this episode, […]

Oct

19

Podcast

How to Finance your Home Build: Two Loan Types

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In today’s episode, we’re going to talk allll about how to finance your home build with a construction loan. This episode isn’t the most exciting topic BUT a construction loan is something you really *need* to understand when building a house … unless you have enough disposable income sitting around to pay for your new […]

Oct

12

Podcast

how custom home builders charge fixed price vs cost plus

How Custom Home Builders Charge

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how custom home builders charge fixed price vs cost plus

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Building a custom home is likely one of the most expensive projects (if not THE most expensive project) you’ll take on in your life. So it’s very important that you are familiar with how custom home builders charge so that you don’t have any financial surprises during your build. Today in episode 14, I’m going to […]

Oct

05

Podcast

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