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Building a Home

The Crucial First Step to Designing Your Dream Home

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Carrie Barker


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 get to the end of your home build and feel great about your design decisions (#noregrets).


First of all, I’m here to tell you that you DO have what it takes to design a home that you and your family LOVE! You don’t need a design degree or an architecture degree … you just need to make sure your very first step (before you design your home) is to CLARIFY YOUR VISION (in crystal clear detail) for your future home.

Developing a clear vision for your home is the *key* to making design decisions you won’t later regret. Your vision will serve as your beacon and guide as you make decisions throughout your entire home build.

Also, without a clear vision of your future home goals, it’s very difficult to communicate your goals to your builder.

And without clear communication of your goals, your builder will be less likely to bring your vision to life, as well as to develop an accurate quote for your home.


Clarifying your vision might seem like a HUGE task, but it’s much less overwhelming when you break it down into small steps.

I’m sharing the first step toward clarifying your vision in this blog post. If you want to dive deeper and learn my entire strategy/process for clarifying your vision, you can do so inside my ‘Designing Your Dream Home with Confidence’ course.


The first action step toward clarifying your vision is to create a ‘home build’ board on Pinterest (or several home build boards divided by category).

Spend a couple of days just scrolling through Pinterest and save (to your home build board) any (and all) home design inspiration that grabs your attention.

Don’t worry about details yet and don’t filter your choices. At this point, you’re just gathering overall design inspiration to see what themes emerge. Simply scroll and save … don’t stop and think about what (or why) you’re saving an image.

When you save all of your design inspiration in ONE spot (which is Pinterest, in this case), you’ll begin to see patterns and themes emerge.

You’ll start to notice common design themes across your images that will clue you in as to how you envision your future dream home style. When you identify the common themes, you are well on your way to clarifying your vision for your home.


You CAN design a home that you love and you CAN get to the end of your home build without regretting design decisions that are too costly to change.

Simply start with the first crucial step … clarifying your vision. Take one baby step forward RIGHT NOW and start gathering inspiration for your future dream home so that you can begin to clarify your overall vision for your home.

If you want to dive a little deeper, register for my *FREE* on-demand training: 3 Keys to Design Your Dream Home with Confidence (without second-guessing your decisions or making costly mistakes you’ll later regret).

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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!

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I’m Carrie Barker.

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