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How to tackle your first home improvement project

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 13, 2017 | Comments Off on How to tackle your first home improvement project


If you have recently moved into your first home, you may be faced with the task of tackling your first home improvement project. Depending on what your expert level is in home improvement projects, it may be a daunting task that leaves you confused on where to start. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on where to start on your first home improvement project.

The first thing you will want to do is prioritize your DIY or home improvement task list. Take inventory of the projects you would like to see done around your home and separate them out into tasks you can do yourself and tasks you will need to hire a pro to do.

Next, decide what projects are the most important to get done. The tasks that are the most important might not be the ones that are most exciting, but it is best to just get the ones you need completed done first to make sure they don’t fall too far down the to-do list or have you run out of budget before you can get to them.

You will then want to be aware of your skill level (and be honest about it!) It is best to start out with projects that fit your comfort level and then progress to more difficult projects as you get more comfortable with your handiwork around the house.

It is a good idea before you start any project to know all the steps, tools and time that it will take to achieve the project. If you aren’t sure, do your research before starting the project. YouTube is a great resource for videos and step-by-step guidelines, as they often have professionals or professional companies helping with how-to videos.

Your next step will be to plan the prep that is needed for the first project you plan to tackle. First, take into consideration the amount of time your project will take. Will your project be a quick weekend project, take a couple of weekends or will you need to take some time off work to complete the project over a long weekend or week?

Once you have the timeline figured out, the next thing you will want to do is allocate the budget you have to spend on this project and then add 10 percent to what you plan to spend. Most projects will add up to about 10 percent more than you plan for them to be, so building in that wiggle room for your budget will ensure that you can get it done and have the money to complete it. The last thing you want to do is to get 90 percent of the project done and run out of money to finish.

Lastly, prep the space in your home where you will be tackling your project. Move all the furniture you will need either out of the room or in the interior of the room and covered. If you’re doing any work around counter space, be sure to cover and seal it well, along with carpet or flooring that might need to be covered also.

The final (yet most import­ant) task will be beginning and following through with your first home improvement project. The best tips for a successful DIY home project is to start at step one, take your time, take breaks, step back and look at the whole project once you near the end, and then clean up and celebrate!

As with any current or future home improvement project you may encounter, remember that there may come time where you need to call in the pros to help you finish a project. Whether a project is simply taking more time than you can dedicate to it or you run into issues that you aren’t sure how to correctly tackle on your own, as long as the project is done correctly and leaves you with the end result you desire it doesn’t matter how it is accomplished in the end.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Clean your house with an unexpected item in your refrigerator

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Clean your house with an unexpected item in your refrigerator


If you go check your fridge, chances are you may have some cans of Coca-Cola Classic ready for the next movie or pizza night with the family. However, did you know one of our favorite drinks can double as a home cleaning agent? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares why you may be grabbing for more Coca-Cola at the grocery store on a regular basis.

Coca-Cola Classic has carbonic, citric, and phosphoric acids in it that make it a great cleaning product for certain tasks in your home.

If you have any pesky rust rings in your toilet, the easiest way to get rid of it is to pour a full can of coke around the rim and have it full coat the bowl. Let the coke sit for at least an hour so the acids can break down the stains. Once you have let it sit for an hour or more, scrub the stains with a toilet brush and then flush. Voila! Just like that you will have a clean toilet bowl.

If you have smaller items with rust on them, you can place them in a full bowl of Coca-Cola overnight and they will be clean by morning!

Next, if you have pots and pans that have gunk built up on them or food that was burned on them, it can leave for a lot of scrubbing and frustration to get them clean again. What you want to do is place the cookware on your stove at low heat for an hour. Pour soda in the pan and let it sit. The soda will break down the grime and allow for any pot or pan to be much easier to clean. Wash your pot or pan as you normally would after you have allowed it to sit for an hour and it will be grime-free!

Lastly, you will very much appreciate having Coca-Cola handy if you get any grime or grease on your clothes from the kitchen or garage. It may have been impossible to remove in the past, but pour an entire can of Coca-Cola into a load of laundry along with your usual laundry detergent. Set your washer to the normal cycle and wash your grease-stained clothes as usual. Once the wash is done, grease stains will be gone!

If you are a mom with kids in sports, you can also use this same washing technique with sport uniforms or clothes with blood stains on them.


These simple tips will have you reaching for Coca-Cola Classic every time you run out!




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

How to choose the best agent when buying a home

Categories: Buying a Home, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 29, 2017 | Comments Off on How to choose the best agent when buying a home


If you are in the market to buy a new home sometime in the near future, you may find yourself struggling on finding an agent to help you along the home buying process. The relationship you have with your agent will be one you want to be sure you are comfortable with and trust, as the home buying process can often have unexpected twists and turns before you are finally handed the keys to your new home. Since choosing the right agent is such an important decision and one of the first you have to make in the home buying journey, it’s best you know what to ask in advance to make the right decision the first time. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares questions you should ask when you meet with your potential agents.

It is always good to have some questions prepared when you go to meet with an agent to make sure they meet the criteria you will want to have in a buyer’s agent. Some good questions to as are:

How long does it typically take for buyers you work with to find and close on a home?

This question will let you know if he mostly deals with buyers who want to move quickly and do a lot of research independently, or if he has buyers that take a year or long it will show that they are more patient and will let the home-buying process run its course. Depending on what track you are on, the fast track or the leisurely one, could help determine if they would be a good fit for you.

What areas do you do most of your business?

Agents typically have certain towns or cities where they tend to do most of their business. Depending on where you are wanting to look and if you have certain towns or school districts you want to move too, someone who is well-versed and knows the areas you are most interested in will be the best fit for you and might have more insider knowledge on homes that are coming to the market that you may be able to see in advance or have an advantage over.

How do your showings work?

Depending on your area, some locations or agents rely on open houses for showings, why others need private appointments with an agent to privately see the home. In many markets with inventory going off the market just as quick as it comes on, having an agent that can make themselves available to you the same day a home comes on the market if need be is something you will want to keep in mind.

What is the best way to communicate and find properties?

Buyers no longer rely on agents to find properties anymore like they did in the past. Especially in markets where the inventory is moving quick, agents will encourage their buyers to look for homes online on their own and often give them access to their local MLS so they can get alerts based on homes that meet their criteria and let the agent know if they are interested in looking.

Do you work independently or with a team?

Be sure to ask your agent if there is a team of people they work with, if they have an assistant or if they work independently. If your agent has an assistant or junior agent you may end up working with, you will want to know that in advance as they might not have the experience you need when looking at a home and wanting their feedback.


The best way to ensure a good relationship with your buying agent is to make sure you know how they work best and how they expect you to work and connect with them in regards to homes you are interested in. As with any good relationship, communication is key especially at the start. So, once you have found an agent that you feel checks of the boxes of what you need, then you can begin the exciting process of buying a home!



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Eco-friendly ways to heat your home

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Eco-friendly ways to heat your home


Fall is officially in full force today and cooler temperatures are slowly beginning to make their presence known. When you need to turn on your heater for the first time this season, you don’t want to have to worry about your HVAC going out. Whether you need to replace the heating system in your home for this winter or you are in the process of building a new home, there are some eco-conscious ways to heat your home that you may not be aware of. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares options you have in opting into an eco-friendlier heating system for your home.

Heating and cooling make up 40 percent of residential energy use, so the colder months offer the perfect opportunity to cut back on your fuel consumption. During the winter when your heater is running what seems to be constantly for months on end, a few minor inefficiencies in your homes sealing or heating equipment in your home can add up to a lot of waste and wasted heat, which is also bad for the environment. Below are a few ways you can consider making your heat greener this winter or for winters of the future in your home.

The first eco-friendly heating option is to get your existing HVAC System in tip-top shape. Your heating system will only work as well as the parts that make it up, so if you have clogged filters or dusty burners, the performance of your furnace can be dramatically reduced. If it has been over two to three months since you have changed the air filters in your unit, make it a priority to replace those sooner than later. There are still several months left until spring and warmer temperatures arrive and you will want to depend on a heater that provides all the heat you need, when you need it.

Another tip for improving the eco-consciousness of your homes heating system is to look for air leaks and drafts. A leaky duct or drafty window will sabotage your attempts to conserve energy. If all your heat is (literally) going out the window, your heating system will be running full force to keep the heat in your home and therefore use even more energy to do so.

Another benefit to changing out the air filters in your heater every two to three months is that it will improve the efficiency of your heating by 15 percent and will also extend the life of your HVAC, which is worth the time to invest in changing out those filters itself. If you keep your heating system operating at peak performance, you will be surprised how much less energy you use.

The best thing you can do to prevent this is to re-caulk window seals with silicone sealant and install weather stripping around your windows. This is also a good fall home-maintenance thing to check on each winter, to make sure your window seals and weather stripping is in good condition and ready for winter. Also, be sure to inspect your HVAC unit for damaged parts, which can be counterintuitive to conserving energy. It is also a good idea to invest in an HVAC professional to come out and do an audit on your system, to make sure it has been thoroughly checked.

The third thing you can do to conserve your homes energy this winter, is to turn down your thermostat when you are not home. You can shave 10 percent off your energy costs just by setting your thermostat down seven to ten degrees for at least eight hours per day. If this doesn’t seem like something you will remember or want to do daily before rushing off to work, consider investing in a programmable thermostat like Nest that you can set to turn up and down during the day on its own, as well as mange the settings while you’re out of town. It has quickly become a very popular tool to help homeowners save on their energy bill while being more eco-conscious at the same time.

To follow-up on the thermostat, be sure to not turn it up high at once if you come home to a cold house. It may seem like a good idea to push your thermostat up to 80 degrees to heat your home faster, but it won’t heat your home up any faster and will just waste money and energy.

Lastly, if you have space heaters in your home thinking that they will save you money on your energy bill and be eco-friendlier, you may be doing more harm than good. A standard space heater is fairly energy inefficient, but a ceramic convection heather can achieve much higher energy performance due to its more efficient design. So, if you are going to invest in a space heater be sure to go with a more effective option in the ceramic convention heater.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Closet cleaning: 101

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Closet cleaning: 101
Closet cleaning 101

Closet cleaning 101

As summer soon changes to fall later this month, chances are the wardrobe in your closet will change too. However, if you are like most, your closet may seem smaller than the amount of clothes and belongings you have to put in it! So, what is the best way to clean your closet and make it the most functional it can be? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot homebuilder, shares the best tips that will have your closet in tip top shape before the weekend is over!

Step 1: The first thing you will want to take is to do an audit of your closet. What clothes do you want to keep? What can you get rid of? Does it fit? When is the last time you wore it? Are there any imperfections such as stains or holes that cannot be fixed?

Step 2: Make four piles that you can distribute items in your closet into.

Pile 1: Items to keep

Pile 2: Items to store

Pile 3: Items to donate or sell

Pile 4: Items to throw away

You can then put each pile into a plastic bag to keep away from your closet area and keep together, for where they need to go next.

Sept 3: The next thing you will want to do is take an inventory of your hangers. Group your hangars together by style. For example, what hangers as best for delicate items or fabrics? Which hangers are best for sturdier items like coats or suit jackets? Do you have hangars made specifically for pants? Organize the similar hangars together, into grouped pairings by type.

Step 4: Begin to hang your clothes up that will fit for the upcoming season, and items that will get you through the “transition” period of temperatures between seasons. Anything that you won’t be wearing for the next several months, store.

Step 5: Begin to organize accessories. Once your clothing is situated and hung up, move on to your accessory items like hats, scarves, belts, purses, etc. If you don’t have drawers or storage in your closet, you can use boxes or bins to store these items. You can get creative and store them above your closet or wherever you have the best amount of room to keep them out of the way, but still easy to access.

Step 6: Move on to your jewelry. A great way to organize jewelry in your closet, is to get a pegboard and mount it to a wall or the back of your closet door. You can put hooks on it and hang bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.

Step 7: Shoes will be the last items in your closet to focus on. If you have the original shoe boxes, a great idea is to label each shoe on the front of the shoebox and store them that way. This is a much more efficient way to store shoes and save room since you can stack the boxes and grab for easy access. If you don’t have the original shoeboxes, simply purchase some boxes fit for shoes at places like Bed Bath and Beyond or the Container Store.

Step 8: A good rule of thumb is to go back through your closet and organize it in a way that is easy and makes sense. For example, you can group all like-items together by color. For example, if you have 5 color tank tops, place all tank tops in one area and organize them from darkest to lightest.

Step 9: Be sure to give your closet a good vacuuming, dusting and wiping down once you are all done.


You will be prepared to take on the new season and make selecting items from your closet a breeze.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.


Want to buy your own fixer-upper home?

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Want to buy your own fixer-upper home?


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There are plenty of home improvement shows these days that focus on everyday homeowners becoming their own “flippers” in fixing up an old, outdated or rundown home. Whether you find yourself interested in flipping a home to turn a profit or to live in on your own and hope to sell for more money down the road, be aware of the reality of flipping homes that most people aren’t aware of outside of the TV show side of things. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares why you may want to think twice before purchasing a home to flip.

In a recent analysis by Zillow, it was found that across the U.S. the average home that was fixed-up or flipped sells for just eight percent less than market value. In dollar amounts, this means that it saves buyers about just $11,000 for renovations to break even.

Over the 70,000 homes being flipped across the U.S. that were a part of the study, it was found that if the renovation costs exceed the discount they got on the home, it might be less expensive for them to buy a similar home that doesn’t require the renovations.

Out of all the locations that were analyzed, Phoenix was the location with the smallest cash discount, saving buying’s only about $1,000 off list price. Hardly a bargain for all the time and money that goes into home renovations, with very little leeway.

The best place to find large upfront cash savings on fixer-upper homes is in expensive markets, where a small amount of discount could add up to a large sum of money to spend on renovations. For example, most fixer-uppers in San Francisco are discounted 10 perfect, which is lower than other metro areas but gives buyers just over $50,000 upfront that can be put towards renovations.

So, if you are considering a fixer-upper, be sure to do the math first as well as do your homework on how much renovations cost. Most kitchen renovations cost over $11,000, which is the average number of savings a buyer will get on a fixer-upper. If you need to update more than just a kitchen, you will most likely be better off buying a home that has little to no renovations needed.

In the end, you will always have your favorite home improvement and fixer-upper TV shows to enjoy, even if you don’t take on a similar project yourself! It might just save you lots of money keeping your renovation desires strictly to your TV programs.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Single parent buying a home?

Categories: Buying a Home, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Single parent buying a home?


If you are a single parent and you are considering buying a home for your family, it may be a little daunting taking on homeownership on your own. However, you might be at the place in your life where you are ready to put down roots and give your family a place of your own to enjoy. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares resources that are available to you to help make the home buying purchase easier on you.

The first thing you will want to focus on and focus on ahead of time is to do your research early. Check your credit score to see if you need to make any improvement on it if it is lower than you want or need to purchase a home.

Second, take inventory of the home prices in the area or areas you are interested in moving in and how long the homes are staying on the market. Keep an eye on homes that sell quickly, or sit on the market and have price drops. Then, gather your documents you will need, like income, debts and assets, once you are ready to more actively begin your new home search.

You will then want to familiarize yourself with the mortgage process. Even if you have purchased a home before or been involved in purchasing a home, things change so quickly that it is likely things have changed since the last time you went through the process of getting a mortgage.

Sometimes, single home buyers can experience more difficulties getting a loan than dual home buyers that have two incomes to back their mortgage. Shop around for a trustworthy lender that can help you find special programs that are designed with and for single parents. Even if you have been a part of purchasing a home before, you may be considered a “first-time buyer” as far as assistance is concerned, depending on your situation.

Research the home buying process and assistance programs or loan options that are available to you and figure out what qualifications are needed and any other documents you may need to provide.

Once you have your options in order, get prequalified for a mortgage so you know what your budget will be that you can spend. Knowing what you qualify for can help you make sure to look for homes that you can afford, and not get in over your head shopping for homes that are over your budget.

Lastly, be sure that whatever lender you choose, is a trustworthy one who will help you handle the paperwork and communication needed to help you purchase your new home. Especially being a single parent, you need all the help and support you can get during the homebuilding process and someone who will help make the journey a rewarding one for you and your family.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Back to School Hacks for School Supplies

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: August 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Back to School Hacks for School Supplies


If you have kids, then you know the time of year has come where you are off to the store to check all the school supplies needed for your kids as they go back for another new school year. If you have more than one child, you very well know this can be a major expense once you make your way through the supplies list a few times over. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares school supply hacks you can find at your local dollar store that will help your kids and your wallet as they start a new school year.

Back to school hack #1:

Instead of buying a new lunchbox that comes with an ice pack inside to keep your kids meals cold until lunch time, make a trip down the dishwashing isle at your dollar store and pick up a few kitchen sponges, some snack size zip lock bags and colorful duct tape.

You will be able to wet the sponge and freeze it, then place the frozen sponge inside the zip lock bag and cover it in duck tape. As the sponge melts, the moisture will stay inside the bag as it keeps the lunches you pack cool until lunch time.

Back to school hack #2:

Using the colorful duct tape you already purchased for the DIY freezer packs, pick up a box of freezer bags during your trip to the dollar store. Pick up a 3-ring binder and cut the freezer bag to the size of the binder, so it fits nicely inside. You can then cover the freezer bag in colorful duct tape and cut holes along the end to latch into the 3-ring binder and voila! You have a pencil pouch that can easily be replaced if it gets too dirty over the course of the school year.

Back to school hack #3:

If you have kids that are of elementary school age, pick up a handful of soap boxes and stickers. You can use these as easy to grab and go containers for crayons, snacks, erasers and any other loose school supplies. Your kids can decorate them with the stickers for a fun activity that will also get them excited to use them when they go back to school.

Back to school hack #4:

If your kids have lockers at school or if you have a place at your home where you like to keep their homework and school papers organized, save your cereal boxes before throwing them away! You can easily cut the tops off the cereal boxes and cover them in gift wrap or colored paper. You can stack them on top of one another and allow for separated cubbies for your kids to keep their homework and school papers organized.

Back to school hack #5:

Make your way over to the kitchen area of your local dollar store and pick up a few kitchen drawer utensil organizers. These can go in your child’s desk or locker at school, to help them keep their pens, pencils, highlighters and other loose school supplies organize and easy to grab when they need them without having to dig through their backpack or locker to find them.

Back to school hack #6:

If you have multiple children, you know how difficult it can be each school year to keep your kid’s paperwork for school organized, especially the paperwork that comes home with them. Whether they have papers you need to sign, homework they need to complete throughout the week, or books they need to read, make your life much more organized but using magazine organizers to allow each child to put what belongs to them for school, in their own organizer so you and them can easily access what they need for school each day. Make it fun for them by allowing them to personalize their own organizer with their name, stickers, and anything else that will encourage them to use it each day.

Back to school hack #7:

For your final back to school hack, here is another tip to make you and your family’s life easier throughout the school year as they work on projects and have homework. Take a spice rack you already have at home if you don’t use it or pick one up at the dollar store and replace the spices with jars that can hold paper clips, erasers, batteries, mini note pads, staples, and any other miscellaneous desk supplies that seem to get scattered in a junk drawer or loosely around the house and cause for chaos (or yelling for mom) when they can’t be found. This way you can easily see when you need to replace office supplies when they run low and your kids of any age can easily access what they need and know where to find it (win-win!)



These inexpensive and easy school hacks will have you ready to take on a new school year with ease and not take as big of a hit to the wallet at the same time.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Buying new construction? Questions to ask

Categories: Buying a Home, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: August 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Buying new construction? Questions to ask


If you are currently one of the many in the market for a new construction home, you have plenty of options at your fingertips compared to buying a resale home. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015 and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down this spring. Higher demand has also risen the prices of new homes over the past couple of years, but there are still ways you can save when purchasing a new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder,  shares tips on what to ask when buying a new construction home.

The first question you can ask when purchasing a new home is if there are any financial incentives that are offered if you use the builders preferred lender and title company. Not all builders will be open to negotiating sales prices, but it doesn’t hurt to check especially if you are working with a production builder.

You may be able to save money on the cost of the home or possibly get some negotiated prices on finishes like upgraded flooring. However, be sure to still shop around to other lenders and check on what they are offering and keep interest rates in mind during your decision.

The next question to ask your builder are what are the standard finishes, if there are different versions of the home plan you are interested in or upgrades that you have the option of making. If you are needing to save money but want several upgrades, an option you have would be to buy the standard model of that home and then do the upgrades over time with a contractor on your own. This can save you money and allow you to break the projects out over time, if needed.

Next, be sure to ask what the plans of the community are. Especially if it is a new development, you will want to know where the community currently stands and what the future plans are. If the community you are looking in is brand new, you will want to consider the noise of construction that could be around you for several months, if not years. Also, see how many builders are in the development and what might happen if one builder loses funding and must opt-out. You could be stuck next to lesser-quality homes or homes that are a different style to yours that may not be as desirable.

You will also want to ask what warranties are provided for the home. Most builders will provide a one-year workmanship warranty and then a 10-year structural warranty. You will want to make sure the warranty strictly states what is and isn’t covered so you know what the limitations are for any damages. Also, don’t forget to see about getting manufacture’s warranties on your household appliances like washer, dryer, hot water heater and so on.

Then, be sure to ask about any HOA fees or Covenants that you will need to be aware of before moving in. Depending on the neighborhood, you may need to take a list of the rules that you have to abide by. Some neighborhoods don’t allow for sheds, in the backyard, private fences or basketball goals in the driveway. If any of the rules that neighborhood has are deal breakers for you, it is something you will want to check-out before moving in.  Also, check to see when HOA dues will kick in if you purchase the home. Some builders cover the fees until the development is close to being completed or fully completed and running.

Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to ask for references of past clients that you can talk with about their experience. It isn’t a bad idea to check Angie’s list or a third-party source, as sometimes the only reviews that you might be given are glowing reviews.


If you take the time to ask these questions, you will be sure to make the best decision and cover the critical bases you will want too before signing on the dotted line for your new home.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.


Home theater tips

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Home theater tips


Have you recently moved into a new home or are you currently amid shopping for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder to build your new home? If so, one of the most popular trends among homes these days is building a home theater in your home, to bring the essence of going to the movies no farther than a few steps in your home. If you have been considering or are planning to add a home theater to your home, Parry Custom Homes shares some things to consider before you get started.

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to home theaters. What sound system is best for you and the space in your home? What room is best to have the home theater? There are many factors to consider before you make any purchases and it is best to have a well thought out plan before you get started or start shopping.

One of the first things to start with when planning your home theater is to set the budget you want to spend for it. No matter how simple or elaborate you want your theater room to be, set aside a budget that takes into consideration the most important things to the least. Keep in mind, you can always upgrade and add to your theater room overtime and you don’t have to do it all at once and go over budget to do so.

Next, decide on what will be the best sound system for you. If you are wanting a true movie theater experience, you might consider splurging on a great home theater system that will bring any movie to life and truly sound like you are in a theater.

However, if you are looking to stay leaner on your budget you don’t have to invest in a pricey sound system to enjoy your theater room. A sound bar is a great alternative to a pricey theater system and not only saves your wallet but also saves you on space. They offer high-performance sound so you are still able to maintain good sound quality without compromise.

The next thing to consider is your space, room layout and what seating will work best for the area. You can use leather recliners, fabric couches or even over-sized bean bags- especially if kids will be the main ones using the space. Be sure to choose what will be most comfortable for your family and who will be using the space the most.

You can also make your theater room a multi-purpose room. If you have a smaller home or a growing family, it may make sense for your theater room function as more than just a theater space. You could consider during the day using the space as a kid play area or a home office, and then at night turning it into a theater room to enjoy with the family and wind down.

Lastly, consider selecting a theme or style for your theater room. You could create a theme based off your favorite movies, genres, TV shows or even favorite city or sports teams.

However, be sure to take into consideration how any design or décor might play into your theater experience. For example, a dark room is typically best for a theater-like experience.

These simple tips can ensure you have the best home theater experience possible for you and your family to enjoy for years to come!



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.