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Home Building Advice Roundup: Budgeting and Beyond

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1/23/19

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Are you planning to build a home but feel a *tinch*  overwhelmed?! Are you searching for as many tips as possible to help you make decisions?! If you answered YES, this home building advice roundup is for YOU!

I created (and continue to grow) this online resource for YOU! I provide tips to help you through the entire build process, from creating your floor plan to choosing finishes and decorating your new home!

I think you’ll find all of these posts helpful as you get ready to build your new home! If you are already in the thick of building, there are plenty of posts for you on my blog as well in the DESIGN + DECORATE category!

Home Building Advice Roundup

1. THE TOP 9 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE BUILDING A HOME

If you are building a home, you are probably worried about the typical things … budget, making the right decisions, trying to pick finishes from (ridiculously) small samples, etc. All of these are very valid concerns!

Guess what??!! There are MANY other things you won’t even realize you NEED to think about until you are in the build process or just beyond! Don’t worry …  in this post, I share 9 things I WISH I had known before building a house! Some of these are a *little* odd!! READ THIS POST!

2. 8 SAVVY WAYS TO STAY ON BUDGET WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE

Budget is BY FAR the number one concern I hear from people during the building process! You’ll hear soooo many people say, ‘I went SO over budget… blah blah blah!’ Guess what?! There actually ARE ways to stay on budget when building a house!

In this post, I share 8 ways to keep that (dreaded) home-build budget in check! My husband and I *barely* went over budget when building our house, and I know our methods can help you stick to your budget too! READ THIS POST!

Caroline on Design Balance Style vs Budget Guided Worksheet

3. BUILDING OR RENOVATING: 12 UNEXPECTED BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOME UPGRADES

Building or renovating a home is A LOT of work, but it is also a FUN experience! One of the best things about building or renovating your home is that you can add custom functional features to improve the way your family lives in the space.

Whether you are building from scratch or doing a complete gut job, these 12 unexpected budget-friendly home upgrades can be added to YOUR home! READ THIS POST!

4. HOW TO FINANCE YOUR HOME BUILD: TWO LOAN TYPES

This isn’t the most exciting topic BUT a construction loan is something you NEED to know about when building a house … unless you have enough disposable income sitting around to pay for your new build! 

By the end of this post, you will understand the basics of the two main construction loan options (construction-to-permanent loan vs. stand-alone construction loan) as well as the pros and cons of both. READ THIS POST!

5. A HOME BUILDING MUST DO!

Building a custom home is a HUGE investment in both time and money. Obviously, you want to get it right … the first time!

By definition, a custom home has never before been built so you can’t be certain of how it will look when completed. The front of your home is everyone’s first impression … and I know you want to make a great first impression! Find out how you can SEE the final product … before you even break ground! READ THIS POST!

6. FLOOR PLAN TYPES: STOCK VS. SEMI-CUSTOM VS. CUSTOM

There are a million decisions when building a home! First up … What type of floor plan should I use?

I break down (in detail) the floor plan types: stock vs. semi-custom vs. custom … as well as the pros and cons of each! I hope this info helps YOU to understand the differences in order to decide what is the best option for YOUR budget and needs! READ THIS POST!

BONUS: GET IDEAS FROM MY OWN HOME DESIGN AND FLOOR PLAN!

MY FLOOR PLAN: If you are interested in a floor plan created with family living in mind (and full attention to detail), my custom floor plan is now available to purchase!

MY HOME TOUR: See how I decorate my neutral (with pops of color) modern coastal home!

CONCLUSION

I truly hope one (or more) of these posts is exactly what you needed to learn about today!

You can find more helpful HOME BUILD TIPS on my website … and make sure to visit the DESIGN + DECORATE category when you are ready to choose finishes and to decorate your new home!

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