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Before You Build

Caroline On Design

Whether you’re dreaming of building a custom home in the future or you’re ready to start planning now, this show is for you! The Before You Build Podcast is your one-stop shop for actionable home-building tips and advice as well as tips for designing your dream home so that you feel equipped to design the home of your dreams that makes you (and your wallet) happy for years to come. 

We’ll answer all of your burning questions such as: How do I plan for building a custom home? What should I do before building a house? How do I design my new house? What mistakes should I avoid when building a house? How do I create the perfect floor plan for my family? How do I hire a builder? How do I finance my home build? And the biggest question of all, how do I bring my dream home to life without blowing the budget? Well, friends … the answer is in PLANNING for your home build long before you ever break ground.

I’m your host, Carrie Barker (aka, Caroline on Design). I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out. Through trial and error (psst … I built pre-Pinterest), I created my absolute dream home that is not only perfect for the way my family lives but also turned out more beautiful than I imagined. The best part … I did this all without blowing the budget and without design regrets. 

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 here to teach you everything I learned along the way so that you, too, end up with that cozy, beautiful home you envision in your head and a mortgage you’re comfy with. 

The short, actionable, and bingeable ‘Before You Build’ episodes will prepare YOU for a successful home build with less stress, more confidence, and joy throughout the process. And just so you know … the key to building your dream home close to budget is all in the planning you do BEFORE YOU BUILD! So let’s dive in and get started!

Episodes
061. Kitchen Design Q+A with Anne-Marie KlobeApril 10, 2024
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060. Your Initial Quote for Home Build (It’s OK!)April 03, 2024
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059. Ripple Effects of Planning Before You BuildMarch 20, 2024
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058. Floor Plan Design Process with Holly from HereaboutFebruary 28, 2024
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057. Why Hiring the RIGHT Builder is Important (and where to start)February 14, 2024
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056. 'Before You Build' Program Q+AJanuary 31, 2024
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055. You Don't Have to Go Over Budget When BuildingJanuary 24, 2024
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054. You Need More than Google when Building Your Dream HomeJanuary 10, 2024
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053. Building Your Dream Home in 2024?January 03, 2024
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052. Home Exterior Design Classic StylesDecember 06, 2023
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051. My Curated Design Fixtures + Decor BoutiquesNovember 15, 2023
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050. 8 Ways to Stay on Budget when Building a HouseOctober 25, 2023
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049. Floor Plan Feedback (Why it's CRUCIAL!)October 18, 2023
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048. 3 Things to Keep in Mind when Building a HouseOctober 04, 2023
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047. 'Before You Build' Program Q+ASeptember 20, 2023
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046. How to Build Your Dream Home Without Breaking the BankSeptember 13, 2023
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045. 3 Myths About Building a Custom HomeSeptember 06, 2023
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044. 7 Signs You're Ready to Build a Custom HomeAugust 23, 2023
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043. 5 Considerations when Creating a Custom Floor PlanAugust 09, 2023
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042. 8 Crucial Questions to Ask Potential Home BuildersJuly 26, 2023
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041. 8 Home Upgrades that are Worth It When BuildingJuly 12, 2023
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040. 6 Crucial Steps Before You Break GroundJune 21, 2023
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039. 9 Tips to Design a Functional Primary BathroomJune 07, 2023
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038. Before You Build (How I Help YOU!)May 24, 2023
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037. 9 Tips for Designing a Functional KitchenMay 03, 2023
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