You’re stuck in analysis paralysis because there are sooo many design decisions to make, you don’t feel like you really know all of your options, and you don’t have the time to do hours of research on different finishes and products.
You’re feeling pressure to ‘get it right’ with every design decision (especially the big ones like home exterior selections), and you’re worried you’ll make the wrong choice and be stuck with a design that’s too costly or difficult to change.
You know what styles you like when you see them in photos (and you’ve got the Pinterest boards to prove it!), but you aren’t sure how to turn your design inspirations into a cohesive style when choosing finishes for your home.
You feel like you’re lacking necessary info you need to make design decisions for your home (especially if it’s your first time building) and your lack of experience, design expertise, and general design knowledge are causing you to second-guess your decisions and have self-doubt.
You want to be sure you’re making design decisions for your home that you’ll be happy with for years to come, but you can’t seem to find enough time to do all the research to feel knowledgeable, confident, and empowered to make design decisions that lead to your ultimate dream home that you’ve been envisioning for years.
You’re unsure how to coordinate design choices and choose timeless options to make sure your home has a cohesive flow.
You feel completely overwhelmed with all of the design options available, and you have a huge fear that you’ll make decisions that you’ll later regret.
You doubt your ability to make design decisions, which has you second guessing yourself, feeling indecisive, and stuck in analysis paralysis.
While you love finding inspiration for your home design on Pinterest and HGTV, you aren’t exactly sure what YOUR style is, which makes it hard to know what you like (vs what others like or what’s “trendy”).
You’re feeling overwhelmed and inexperienced as you try to navigate design decisions on your own with no prior home-build experience and little time to do all the necessary research.
You REALLY want to build within budget but aren’t sure how to do this or if it’s even possible, and you’re starting to realize that you need a little more direction on where to start and how to make smart decisions when designing an entire freakin’ home!
Not to mention:
...feeling thrilled that you were able to build within your budget and still get all the beautiful finishes that you wanted and (bonus!) you’re super happy with all of your choices.
...how great it will feel to have a functional, welcoming, cohesive, and timeless homey-feeling home that is perfect for your day-to-day life, and for entertaining and hosting family over the holidays (they might never want to leave!).
...feeling like you got all of your decisions ‘right’ (a.k.a. no regrets!) and that you now have your dream forever home that will last your family a lifetime and will grow with your family as it grows.
...moving into your future home that reflects your family and all of your special moments as well as making it a home to create new memories.
How can you confidently make decisions for your home when you tend to second-guess every freakin’ decision you make? You overthink everything, doubt your own judgement, and have a visceral fear of commitment (except to your spouse, of course!). Not to mention, it’s HARD to confidently make design decisions for your home before you can actually SEE inside your home (anyone have a crystal ball?!), and you find it difficult to see the ‘big picture’ of how all the little design details will come together.
OMG … all the decisions. Between cabinet styles, hardware, paint colors, lighting fixtures, flooring, trim, windows, exterior finishes, (and the list goes on), there are endless decisions to make and endless options to choose from. It’s SO overwhelming that it feels easier to just remain stuck in ‘analysis paralysis’ and not make any decisions.
This is your dream home (possibly your forever home) and that adds a lot of pressure to make sure your design selections aren’t too *trendy* and that the design flows cohesively throughout your home. You’re worried that you’ll make the ‘wrong’ choices on ‘permanent’ parts of your home, and they’ll be too costly or difficult to change later so you’ll be ‘stuck’. Not to mention, after all the time, money, energy, and hard work that goes into building and designing your home, you don’t want to get to the end and just *like* your home. You want to LOVE it! (The pressure is real!)
This is your first time building a home… how in the world are you supposed to organize and prep for something (a huge ‘something’, in this case) that you’ve never done before?! You don’t know what to expect or even what your options are. You want to do your research and be informed so you can feel educated when you talk to your builder or design finish retailers. But at the same time...
No more self-doubt.
No more second-guessing yourself.
No more feeling 'all over the place'.
No more overwhelm.
And guess what …
An actionable course that equips you to confidently make cohesive and timeless design decisions so that you build a beautiful, cozy, inviting home that you absolutely love and is a gathering place for friends and family.
No more spending tons of hours researching products or design options, because the information you need is all within this self-paced course. You’ll find all of the general research already done for you, plus helpful exercises to get a better understanding of your style and how to make your design selections.
Inside the ‘Design Your Dream Home when Building’ course, you’ll learn first-hand from my home-build experience and be guided through a step-by-step process for making the big design decisions with confidence. It’s packed with (tons of) done-for-you research and guided workbook prompts so that you have the tools you need to confidently make educated home design decisions that are not only timeless and have a cohesive flow, but will also make your family (and your wallet) happy for years to come.
The ‘Design Your Dream Home when Building’ course covers everything from understanding your personal design style, developing a cohesive design strategy, choosing timeless finishes, creating a “Save + Splurge” Plan to help you stick to your home build budget without sacrificing your must-haves, and recommendations for where to shop and how to choose the best fixtures and finishes for your home.
Building a solid foundation (metaphorically speaking) is the KEY to feeling confident in your design decisions, sticking to your home build budget, and creating a cozy, functional home that you love coming home to every day. The more effort you put into your home build design BEFORE you break ground, the less stress you’ll feel when the decisions come at you fast and furiously, AND the happier you’ll be with the results (i.e. your completed home and your mortgage).
Let’s dig into the details
There are MANY moving parts when building a custom home, and having an organizational system will help you to feel much more in control of your design experience.
In this module, you’ll create systems to help you easily catalog your thoughts, ideas, design inspiration, tasks, emails, and documents so that you can focus on the more important things while building ... you know, like sticking to your budget and making design decisions that will come at you fast and furiously! Plus, you get access to several done-for-you spreadsheet templates that you can use to simply plug in your own information.
When you’re able to clarify and define your vision for your home design in crystal clear detail, it is much easier to understand your goals and bring them to life.
In this module, you will gain unbelievable clarity and be able to visualize your future home, discover your unique design style, and create a strategy to ensure a cohesive and timeless design. After completing the Triple C Formula, you’ll have a beacon and guide that allows you to confidently make design decisions for your home that you won’t later regret.
One of the top fears I hear over and over again is the fear of going over budget when building a home.
In this module, you’ll create a specific plan for how to best allocate your budget. You’ll dive deep into determining where you will splurge on finishes and where you will save on finishes so that you are able to stick to your desired budget without sacrificing your must-haves.
In this module, you’ll get an overview of your exterior siding options and general pricing so that you can make an educated decision for what materials to use based on your design vision as well as your budget.
You’ll go deep into your vision for your home exterior and be guided through a process that will help you really think about how you envision your future home as you pull up your driveway to your completed dream home.
The kitchen is the most utilized room in the house and the top place for friends and family to gather … so you want it to be FUNCTIONAL for both entertaining and everyday living (e.g. putting away your dishes).
The goal of this module is to clarify your vision for your future kitchen design as well as help you make educated design decisions for your kitchen so that you end up with a beautiful and functional kitchen that is perfect for the way your family lives as well as for entertaining.
Your primary bathroom is another expensive room to design when building a home ... so you want to make sure you *really* think about the layout and design BEFORE you start making decisions. Plus, what you learn in this module can be applied to designing the other bathrooms in your home. Win win!
The goal of this module is to help you clarify your vision and make educated decisions for your primary bathroom layout and design so that you end up with a beautiful and functional primary bathroom that is laid out and designed perfectly for your family’s needs.
I think we can ALL agree that it’s HARD to choose a paint color! It can be (very) confusing and overwhelming because there are literally thousands of choices and the samples are so microscopic.
In this module, you’ll learn the four easy steps to choose a paint color that you’ll loooove, everything you need to know about paint sheen, popular white and neutral paint colors that are tried and tested by the pros, and the best way to envision how a paint color will look in YOUR home so that you can confidently choose paint colors for your entire home without regretting any of your color choices.
Light fixtures (and lighting in general) play a huge role in defining your design style. In this module, you’ll learn about the three types (purposes) of lighting, six common (most used) light fixture types, and where each type of fixture works best in your home so that you can confidently make decisions for what type of lighting to use in each room as well as the best fixture(s) for each room in your home.
While we can't possibly cover every single design detail when it comes to making design decisions for your new home, we CAN cover three of the more expensive and extensive decisions that you'll be making. And bonus … these are the details that pull everything together and help to create your cohesive design flow throughout your home.
The goal of this module is to provide you an overview of your flooring, trim and window options with some general pricing so that you can make educated decisions for what materials to use based on your design vision as well as your budget.
Done-for-you fillable spreadsheets that you can upload and save directly to your Google Drive. These spreadsheet templates (e.g. Lighting Selections + Allowance Tracker; Exterior Selections Tracker) will help you get organized right from the start!
and of course,
One exciting, yet overwhelming, part of building a new home is that you get to decorate a blank slate. In this bonus module, you’ll find step-by-step guidance on how to choose furniture and accents when decorating your new home. More specifically ...this guide features tips on what you should order and when you should order it, as well as where to splurge and where to save.
Get access to my carefully curated design finish ‘boutiques’ to make shopping for design finishes (and decor) for your home WAY easier. You’ll also find curated lists of great places to shop online for design finishes and home decor if you aren’t impressed with your local options.
Learning from others’ home build experiences and ‘mistakes’ is an important part of helping you create a home that you love and make decisions you won’t later regret. This invaluable resource includes home build advice and tips from myself and others who have ‘been there and done that’!
take a peek inside!
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“Designing Your Dream Home with Confidence’ has made the decision making and planning of building our home easier to think about and less stressful. We are more confident in the choices we are making and taking less time out of our lives to make those decisions because we feel more confident and organized.”
“I was struggling with decision making and staying on budget before joining this course. After diving into the material, I already feel more organized and informed each step of the way. I love that ‘Designing Your Dream Home’ covers topics that builders may not know to provide. This is such a great resource for anyone building a custom home for the first time!”
“Carrie does it again! This is such a valuable resource in helping people who are interested in or already in the process of planning to build their dream home. She offers so many tips that can save people frustration during the process with things that are often overlooked … and it’s all broken down in an organized, easy-to-follow format!”
Success Stories from people like you!
I’m not going to lie though … designing my custom home from scratch was a STRESSFUL process. There were times I wanted to give up and throw in the towel. It took a lot of trial and error, tons of hours of research, lots of headaches and stress … and very little support to get through my home build.
Honestly, I had no idea if my house was even going to turn out the way I hoped BUT all that time, effort, and research paid off in the end. I created my dream home that is not only absolutely perfect for the way my family lives , but it turned out WAY more beautiful than I even imagined it would.
I cracked the code on how to bring my own dream home vision to life while sticking VERY close to budget and now I’m sharing everything I learned along the way with you. I don’t want you to go through the same (lengthy + stressful) trial and error process I went through or waste hours of your precious time researching and trying to come up with a design preparation plan from scratch.
(you know, that cozy dream home that makes your family and your wallet happy)
The ‘Design Your Dream Home’ course comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. I am confident that if you complete the lessons and guided prompts in this course, you will gain unbelievable clarity as well as design knowledge that will work together to completely transform the way your home design experience goes.
If you don’t feel like this course is a good fit for you or you don’t find the guided lessons helpful in transforming your design experience, we wouldn’t feel right keeping your money. Simply email our team to request a refund within 7 days of purchase. We’ll do the rest … no questions asked (well … we might ask you a couple of questions about what we could have done better to improve your experience after your refund is processed, but that’s it 😉)!
You’re feeling a *tinch* overwhelmed because there are sooooo many decisions to make for your home and there are so many options to choose from … and you just want a little help!
You like to feel knowledgeable and weigh your pros and cons before making big design decisions; in other words, you want to avoid making mistakes or missing things that will cost time and money to redo after you build.
You want to get to the end of your home build and feel happy with the end result (in terms of design, budget, function, and quality) and all of your design decisions; you want to feel like you got it all ‘right’.
You want to move into that beautiful, comfortable, timeless, and functional dream home that you’ve envisioned for a looooong time … and you want to feel proud having a home that reflects your family, is perfect for the way you live, and will make you happy for years and years to come!
You want to feel peace of mind with all of your decisions (i.e. you want as few regrets as possible so you don’t have to live with any ‘wrong’ decisions).
You want to learn from someone (yours truly!) who has been through the custom home build design process and created a timeless, cohesive, functional home that is perfect for the way her family lives and makes them happy every day (even 8 years later!).
you get to the end of your home build with no design regrets?
you end up with a mortgage you’re comfy with because you chose design finishes within budget (and without sacrificing your must-haves)?
you’re in LOVE with your beautiful, comfortable, and functional home that will make you and your family happy for years to come?
“What an awesome partner to have on your side. Sometimes you just want to show someone brick and stone [design selection] choices because you can’t see straight anymore. You can’t just ask anyone for that kind of help. Sign up! It’s like hiring a personal designer for a fraction of the cost. Why wouldn’t you?!?!”
“What I love about Carrie’s resources is that she asks such good questions! And the workbook concept is brilliant! This has really, really helped us because my husband and I are finding out that we are not necessarily on the same page as we think we are. (You can add on your site that use of your resources also contributes to marital harmony and perhaps even savings related to preventing divorces!).”
“I worried about coming up with a comprehensive (or cohesive) design for my home, and of course, I want to be happy with all of my design choices. Well, the prompts in the workbooks definitely helped me get a better idea of what I want in my home, plus the lessons give such a comprehensive idea for design selections. Most of all, I am LOVING the worksheets!”
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your questions answered!
The ‘Design Your Dream Home’ self-paced course is broken into bite-sized steps and lessons. You have access to all of the materials for the life of this course (i.e. until I ‘retire’ the course which won’t be for years), so there is no rush to get through the lessons. You can go at your own pace.
Of course, you have to put a little time and effort into the guided workbooks if you want the results you’re looking for (i.e your dream home without regrets and within budget). Taking this time up front to get very clear about your future home decisions and budget will save you tons of time, headache, and $$$ once you are in the thick of building.
That is A-OK! The more design research you can do ahead of time, the better off you’ll be once you break ground and the design decisions start coming at you fast and furiously. You’ll have access to the course materials indefinitely and will be able to go back and review the lessons and workbooks once you start building.
You might also enjoy my BYF Membership Program if you haven’t yet chosen a builder or created your floor plan! The BYF Method (inside the BYF Program) walks you through the steps you’ll need to prepare for your build before you ever even consider breaking ground.
While there is a small amount of overlap between the ‘Design Your Dream Home’ course and the BYB course, the courses focus on different aspects of your home build.
The BYB Method within the BYB course prepares you for your home build at the very beginning stages (i.e. the focus is on clarifying your vision for your future home, selecting your builder, creating a realistic budget, and creating your custom floor plan).
The ‘Designing Your Dream Home’ course focuses almost fully on the design aspect of your home build and assumes that you’ve already selected your builder, created your general budget, and created your floor plan. You can certainly utilize both of these programs in conjunction with each other :).
Yes, you can access this course from any device ... including your iPhone (i.e. smart phone) or iPad (i.e. tablet). The course is mobile-friendly :).
Nope! There are no other fees involved. You pay once (or 3 low monthly payments, if you choose the payment plan) and you get access to the content for the lifetime of the course (i.e. until I retire the course which won't be for several years, at least).
This course is geared toward those who have already chosen a builder, created a floor plan, created their home build budget, and are ready to really focus on making design decisions for their home. So … YES, if you still need to make design decisions, this course is for YOU!
Absolutely! Although I focus primarily on custom home builds, you will certainly find the resources, lessons, and guided workbooks in ‘Designing Your Dream Home’ helpful as you make design decisions for your semi-custom home.
Of course! You’ll be making tons of design decisions during your home reno and the lessons, resources, and guided workbooks will be perfect to help you as you go through your reno.
Yep! The principles, research, and guided workbooks will work for you regardless of how small or large your home build budget is. You’ll learn where to splurge and save in order to get your must-haves, regardless of the size of your budget.
Yes, we offer a 7 day refund policy. If you don’t feel like this course is a good fit for you or you don’t find the guided lessons helpful in transforming your design experience, simply email our team (email@example.com) to request a refund within 7 days of purchase.
I share LOTS of helpful information on my blog, but we go SO much deeper into the home build design process inside the ‘Design Your Dream Home’ course. You’ll get access to guided workbooks to walk you through your decision-making as you go through your home build that aren’t available anywhere else. These workbooks are where the real magic happens ... the guided prompts will help you truly get the results you want (i.e. design your dream home with confidence and without regrets).
No problem! Please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly answer any questions you have :).
that will help you get organized for this enormous project as well as lay the groundwork for a successful home build design that allows you to stay within your realistic budget without sacrificing quality and style, confidently make decisions that you won’t later regret, and bring your beautiful, comfortable and functional dream home vision to life.
that will make it easier than ever to plug in your own information and keep yourself organized throughout your build.
so that you can make educated design decisions based on your (clearly defined) design vision as well as your budget and avoid making decisions that you’ll later regret and want to rip out immediately (cause that would be the worst!).
(these are some of the toughest decisions you’ll make) so that you choose finishes that are not only functional (and budget-friendly) but also feel ‘right’.
… more specifically, get tips on what you should order and when you should order it, as well as where to splurge and where to save so that you only order what you actually need (without breaking the bank) and the furniture truck delivers your goods right around the same time you close on your new home.
to make shopping for design finishes and home decor a breeze.
that include tons of home build advice (learning from others’ who have been there and done that!) and tips for your build.
(kinda like hiring a designer to guide you through all of your decisions … but for WAY less $$$).
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Following the lessons and prompts in this course will give you guidelines to design your dream home and how to best allocate your budget. However, there is no guarantee that your personal situation will be the same as mine based on the use of the ‘Design Your Dream Home when Building’ course. You agree that I am not responsible for your final home price, the success or failure of your personal and home build decisions, or any other result of any kind that you may have as a result of information presented to you through the ‘Design Your Dream Home when Building’ course or our website. You are solely responsible for your results.
I present testimonials and insights about other people’s experiences with my resources and the ‘Designing Your Dream Home’ course for purposes of illustration only. The testimonials used are of actual resource and course users. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future users will achieve the same or similar results; rather, these testimonials represent what is possible for illustrative purposes only.