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DIY home updates to increase your home’s value

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: April 12, 2019 | Comments Off on DIY home updates to increase your home’s value

 

Regardless if you are planning to move this spring, down the road or aren’t even sure how long you will be in your current home, it is always good to invest in updates to your home each year. When the time does come to sell, your home will already have the updates needed in order for it to be ready to put on the market and allow you to avoid the time and money for a costly remodel all at once before you move. Parry Custom Homes, a premier builder for Pittsburgh custom homes, shares DIY updates you can do it your home today, that will increase its value in the long run.

A nice kitchen is one of the main things buyers look at and look for in a new home, so making some upgrades to your kitchen can pay off in the long run. However, why not enjoy the upgrades you make for your kitchen yourself while you are still living in and enjoying your home?

A great do it yourself project for your kitchen that will also add some resale value, is to add some adhesive backsplash tiles. Not only is this a relatively mess-free project, but one you can easily do yourself. There are a variety of styles and colors to choose from, so get creative and add a real touch of modern elegance that can automatically give new life to your kitchen.

While you don’t need to replace all your kitchen cabinets at the same time, it might be a good idea to address them as well. Try painting all your cabinets to go along with your new backsplash. This can lead to a complete transformation in the overall look of your kitchen and look like you spent a fortune, when it isn’t a costly upgrade to do at all.

Another easy project you can do if you want to start small, is a simple upgrade that can be made to any room in your home. What is this simple and easy upgrade? Add crown molding! Your bedrooms, especially a master bedroom are the perfect place to add some elegant crown molding that will automatically make the room look much more finished and give it a more expensive look. You can purchase and choose the crown molding style of your liking and pick up all the supplies to install it at your local home improvement store. They can even give you tips on how to install it and the tools that you will need.

Next, the laundry room is often a very over-looked room in the home but with a few simple DIY improvements, it can be a real highlight in your home when it comes time to sell. Start by removing any of the basic wire shelving in the laundry room and put up attractive wood shelving options or cabinets in its place.

Painting the room can also make a world of difference as well as improving the storage space and what storage solutions you have in the room. Adding some hooks on a nice wooden platform can add both a nice design piece as well as functional piece to the laundry room. Don’t be afraid to add some décor on the walls as well. If you need some quick, easy and inexpensive laundry room wall décor, check online or on Pinterest for a lot of inspiration for your home.

Your lawn is another place on the exterior of your home that can make a dramatic difference and be done on your own. You can add some greenery around your walkways, add some stone siding to your walkway or front lawn area around a flower bed, as well as add some drought-friendly plants. Perennial plants are an excellent option since they will come back year after year, so you can essentially set them and forget them in terms of maintenance.

Some other quick fixes you can do on your own for your home include: painting the front door, updating your window treatments, power washing your deck and sidewalks, and cleaning your gutters as well as replacing any old ones that may not be performing to their full potential.

These simple ideas can have your home looking more updated while adding value at the same time.

 

 

 

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

The Perfect Window Treatments For Your Parry Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: April 5, 2019 | Comments Off on The Perfect Window Treatments For Your Parry Home

Pittsburgh new homeIn a beautifully decorated room, the window treatments are not done as an afterthought. How you accessorize the window in your Pittsburgh new home affects not only the mood of the room, but also the appearance from outside. When shopping for window treatments for your Parry home, stick with this guide when making your decision for the window treatments for your new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares information on how to make the most of the window treatments in your gorgeous new Parry home.

Plantation shutters are a style investment. They are a great choice because they look classic and will add elegance to your home and they are a classic style.

Whites, off-whites and other neutral window coverings almost always work best. Neutrals are timeless. You might change up you paint, furniture and lighting, but your neutral window treatments can endure the decorating changes made in your Parry home.

Woven shades add texture and ambiance to any room. There are natural or synthetic woven woods to choose from like bamboo or grass weaves to create a fresh modern look to any room of your home.

Sheer fabrics let the light from the outside into your Parry home, but still offer more privacy than an undressed window. Sheers can help a small room look bigger by letting in the sunshine and opening up the view rather than closing it in.

Pattern and rich colored window treatments work well in spaces like the dining room of your home. Color plays against a plain table, chairs and sideboard. Rooms that don’t have a lot of upholstery or texture welcome the energy of strong window treatment. And a lined drapery will offer more privacy at night than a sheer.

Honeycomb shades are an energy efficient window covering that help block summer heat and winter chill and can help lower the utility bill in your home. They give a streamlined look along with energy savings.

This should help get you started in the right direction as you look into any of these popular window treatments that will add a special design touch to any room of your home.

 

Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Home Design Features of the Week: The Elderton

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: March 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Home Design Features of the Week: The Elderton

New Home in Pittsburgh

If you are in the market for a new home it Pittsburgh, Parry Custom Homes is the builder to meet your home needs. Many new homebuyers in the market want the look, feel, and quality of a custom home without the hassle of having to draw up and architect the home from scratch. Here at Parry Custom Homes, we’ve made the home design selection process easy by offering a portfolio of home designs suited for most any buyer in the market.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional two-story home plan with minimal changes, or you want to select a plan and then customize it to fit your needs, we’re here to make the home design and home buying process as easy as possible for you. Our design and budget flexibility is what has brought so many referrals our way, and has built to many happy homeowners who are now living in their dream home.

Here is our featured home plan of the week!

The Elderton:

Our Elderton floor plan features an open first floor with a grand two-story entry foyer. There is also a two-story great room with an open railing from the second floor hallway. This home gives guests who see it for the first time that “wow” factor with its elegant layout.

The kitchen and dining room in this home present an openness that can be viewed after walking into the homes entry foyer. The first floor also has an office and a mud/laundry room option, which is a great feature for those with children. The second floor of this home has 4 spacious bedrooms and a room for a second floor laundry room as well.

This home boasts 3,040 square feet and has the option for 4-5 bedrooms, and 2 and a half baths along with a 2-car garage.

If you have a growing family or are in need of more space, our Elderton plan is one to consider. The quaint design of the home has many falling in love with the design at first site.

 

Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

How Color Can Perk Up Your Parry Home: Part One

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on How Color Can Perk Up Your Parry Home: Part One

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The colors that you select for your home create a distinct atmosphere your new Parry Custom Home. Since you want to set the right tone for your home and the place you spend the most of your time, you want to be sure to choose colors for the rooms of your home that will create the atmosphere that you enjoy being in. Color can enlarge a space and also make it feel more inviting. The trick is to select the right version of a particular color. There are different hues for blues, for instance, and they won’t all create the same effect and atmosphere in the rooms of your new Parry home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares a guide to gain insight about colors that you may use in your new home in Pittsburgh.

White: White is a pure serene color and it is an obvious choice if you want to create a calm atmosphere in the rooms of your Parry home. But white is also a cool and impersonal color. It is great for making rooms feel large, but it is also a very hard color to warm up, especially if the light that enters the room faces north. If you choose white that has cream or a hint of pink in it, it will warm the color up a bit. Stick with pure white if you are teaming it with black.

Blue: Traditionally, blue is related to calmness and comfort. It is an ideal choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Blue comes from the cold side of the color wheel so you want to choose your blue color for the rooms of your home carefully. If you choose dark blue or navy, this is a great application for a living room or a room with high ceilings, because it will make the walls appear near to you.

Green: Like blue, green is also a soothing shade and is great for a living room, bedroom or office. It is a shade that reflects nature and renewal. Green evokes positive energy without the feeling of being over stimulated, which makes it a great choice for a home office.

 

We have just touched on some of the colors that you may be interested in for your new home. Next week we will continue with looking at colors and finding the one that relates to you and will be perfect for your Parry Custom Home.

 

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

Quick and Easy Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: March 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Quick and Easy Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

 

Easy moving tips

Easy moving tips

If you have plans to move into a new home this spring season, then with moving comes the challenge of packing up and moving all of the belongings you have collected along the way! Whether you are moving into your first home from an apartment or moving from your current home into a new home, anyone who has moved before knows that moving can be a major hassle and time-consuming feat. There are a lot of steps in the moving process and Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to minimize the time you spend moving and make it as enjoyable as possible.

The first moving tip is to adapt the phase “out with the old, in with the new.” Even though you may not be getting rid of all your old items, take the time to sort through your items as you pack and donate or toss any items you no longer need. Not only will this leave you with less to pack, it will prevent you from bringing any un-needed clutter into your new home.

Another tip that you will thank yourself for doing while moving, is labeling each box you pack. It also is a good idea to note boxes that you might need immediately, like toiletries you will need right away or a coffee maker to use the morning after your move. The more detailed your labeling, the less time you will spend digging through boxes looking for things you need and you can even put each box in the room it belongs, based on what is inside.

Next, don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you decide to not hire professional movers, it does not mean that you still cannot ask friends and family to help you pack or unpack for your move. Round up a team of helpers to help make the move not only go more quick, but also more fun that doing it on your own. Plus, you can treat your friends and family to a dinner at your new home when it’s all said and done as a thank you.

Be sure to pack efficiently as well with the boxes you choose, by selecting the right boxes. If you have a variety of light-weight items, store those all in a large box. Opt for smaller boxes for your heavier items, to avoid struggling or breakage of the boxes while moving.

The final tip for making your move an easier one, set up the services you will need in advance. Before you move into your new home, go ahead and have your utilities, phone, internet and TV setup prior to your move in date or right after you move in. This will save you time and hassle post-move in having to mess with getting these things taken care of. You can also notify prior and new providers, of your address change at the same time.

These simple moving tips can make a world of difference when it comes to your next move.

 

 

 

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

Your Options For New Homes in Pittsburgh

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: March 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Your Options For New Homes in Pittsburgh
The Daytona Floor Plan

The Daytona Floor Plan

If you are looking for new homes in Pittsburgh, you might be debating on new homes versus resale homes. Whether it be for cost or convenience, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to own a new home in Pittsburgh without having to go through the hassle of dealing with all the red tape in purchasing a resale home? Parry Custom Homes offers brand new homes of all sizes in Pittsburgh, to fit the needs of any buyer.

Are you in the marketing shopping for your first home? Don’t sell yourself short in thinking you have to purchase and old resale home in order to afford your first home purchase. Parry Custom Homes offers homes built for the first time homebuyer- with the price tag to match! It is a no brainer when you look at the portfolio of first time homes that we offer.

If you are looking for your first home and want to be conservative in size and budget, our Salem plan is a wonderful option for you. This home plan is 1,640 square feet and starts at $180,000!

Our Salem floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a 2-car garage. This ranch style home is perfect and allows for some growing room as well or just extra bedrooms for guests!

The Salem plan showcases an open living and family room, as well as a mud/laundry room directly off of the garage. You also have the option of a bonus room above the garage that is perfect for extra storage, an office or even a workout space!

For the same base price, but a little larger in size, we also offer our Daytona floor plan. This 2-story home will shock you with all it offers for its price tag.

The Daytona home plan is 1,849 square feet in features 4 bedrooms! It also includes a 2-car garage. This home is perfect for the first-time homebuyer who is looking for something small and affordable to start out with but will need the extra space to expand their family.

These are just two of the many wonderful options Parry Custom Homes has to offer the first-time buyer. Let us help you find your brand new dream home! We make the home selection and home buying process fun- it’s a family affair! Come be apart of the Parry Custom Homes family.

 

 

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

How To Accentuate Your New Parry Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: March 1, 2019 | Comments Off on How To Accentuate Your New Parry Home

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Congratulations on purchasing your new Parry home! Now comes the fun part of decorating your new home in Pittsburgh and making it your own. Everyone wants a luxurious and elegant home filled with state of the art amenities, but not the price tag that comes along with it. So how do you make your new home look luxurious without breaking the bank? Here are some simple ways on how to add elegance to the rooms of your Parry home.

Use fabric. Any room in your Parry home can be turned from ordinary to lavish by framing your windows in beautiful fabrics. Layers of fabrics are visually important, as they are the details that are notice in the room of your new home. By using fabrics your can add texture, warmth and a pop of color.

Add ceiling medallions and molding. Ceiling medallions are a sure way to add elegance to any room in your home. When medallions are placed along with a ceiling fixture, they easily add an instant detail to and otherwise plan space. Medallions are available in different colors to match any décor or they can be painted any color that you like.

Crystals. If a crystal chandelier is out of your budget, purchase an ordinary chandelier and then purchase magnetic crystals and attach them to the existing light fixture. The crystals are available in different shapes, styles and colors that will go with the design of your home. They can also be added to floor lamps and wall sconces.

Cabinet lighting. This is such an easy addition to create and instant ambiance to the kitchen of your home. These lights look best when added between the kitchen wall cabinet and counter tops. It will illuminate even a dark room.

Add candles. An inexpensive and versatile way to create a cozy atmosphere to any room of your home is by adding candles. They are available in different color and styles and the ones with scents create the perfect ambiance to your home.

 

These few ideas can get you started on turning your Parry home into a luxurious space for you and your family.

 

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

Shannon Mills: A wonderful new home community visit this weekend!

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: February 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Shannon Mills: A wonderful new home community visit this weekend!

 

If you are staying put this winter weekend and are also on the hunt for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder to build your new home, then Parry Custom Homes has a wonderful new home community for you to visit this weekend!

Shannon Mills is a beautiful new home community located in Connoquenessing Township! Located in Butler County, this wonderful community is great for so many different buyers, no matter what phase of life you are in!

Shannon Mills is a sidewalk community, so if you have kids or pets, you will enjoy going for morning or evening walks with them around the neighborhood. There are 33 additional residential lots located in Shannon Mills.

Residents of Shannon Mills love the location and the fact they are close to the main things they desire! This community is located just 5 miles from Moraine Pointe Plaza Shopping Center whenever you want to grab lunch with a friend or do some shopping for the family, making it quick, easy and convenient!

Shannon Mills is located just 14 miles and about less than 20 minutes from Cranberry Township. If you have a golf lover in the family, they will be sold on this community due to the fact it is within 15 miles of 15 private and public golf courses!

Homeowners love this location even more due to the public utilities and lower Butler County Taxes they get to take advantage of.

If you have kids of school age, you will be glad to know that this community Is located in the Butler School District, with younger kids attending Connoquenessing Elementary School.

Parry Custom Homes is proud to be a builder in the Shannon Valley community and can help make your new dream home a reality! Contact the Parry Custom Homes team today to learn more about how they can help make your perfect home built in the perfect location, a reality!

 

 

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

Home Plan Spotlight: The Elderton

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: February 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Home Plan Spotlight: The Elderton
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The Elderton Home Plan

If you are in the market for a new home it Pittsburgh as we head into spring, Parry Custom Homes is the builder to meet your home needs. Many new homebuyers in the market want the look, feel, and quality of a custom home without the hassle of having to draw up and architect the home from scratch. Here at Parry Custom Homes, we’ve made the home design selection process easy by offering a portfolio of home designs suited for most any buyer in the market.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional two-story home plan with minimal changes, or you want to select a plan and then customize it to fit your needs, we’re here to make the home design and home buying process as easy as possible for you. Our design and budget flexibility is what has brought so many referrals our way, and has built to many happy homeowners who are now living in their dream home.

Here is our featured home plan of the week!

The Elderton:

Our Elderton floor plan features an open first floor with a grand two-story entry foyer. There is also a two-story great room with an open railing from the second floor hallway. This home gives guests who see it for the first time that “wow” factor with its elegant layout.

The kitchen and dining room in this home present an openness that can be viewed after walking into the homes entry foyer. The first floor also has an office and a mud/laundry room option, which is a great feature for those with children. The second floor of this home has 4 spacious bedrooms and a room for a second floor laundry room as well.

This home boasts 3,040 square feet and has the option for 4-5 bedrooms, and 2 and a half baths along with a 2-car garage.

If you have a growing family or are in need of more space, our Elderton plan is one to consider. The quaint design of the home has many falling in love with the design at first site.

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Pittsburgh On Your Lot Homebuilding 101

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: February 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Pittsburgh On Your Lot Homebuilding 101

Pittsburg on your lot builder

If you are in the market for a new custom home in Pittsburgh this spring, you might find yourself with your dream lot and location, but struggling to find the right builder or a builder who will work with their chosen lot. Parry Custom Homes has become Pittsburgh’s On Your Lot builder for the very reason that we are able to build your dream home in your ideal location, on the lot you have already purchased.

Another great aspect of Parry Custom Homes being an On Your Lot builder, is the fact that we can also help find you a lot or a lot in the location that you want to build in, to take the stress and search out of your hands.

Building On Your Private Homesite

We make building on your private homesite easy and since we build throughout Western Philadelphia, we more than likely can build your dream home on your land. The first step in building your dream home on your lot is to come out and visit our showroom, or contact us and set up a time to meet with one of our employees in our showroom and design center so we can help you with your goals for your new house.

If you are still in the process of looking for land, we can still help get your plans in place and assist you in finding land that suits your needs. A few main things to consider when purchasing land are the following key elements:

  • School District
  • Township
  • Neighborhoods or Private Homesite
  • Homesite size
  • Lay of the Land
  • Utility Locations.

If purchasing land while starting the homebuilding process with us, we can help assist you along the way so you can understand all the possible costs that it will take to develop your property in your new homesite. We will also help you understand the permits and how you need to fill them out.

Choosing a custom homebuilder in Pittsburgh to build your dream home might seem like a daunting task, but Parry Custom Homes is the right choice for those who want an easy, enjoyable experience.

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established home builder in the Pittsburgh area. For additional information about our services, call (724) 863-0199.