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Ways To Create Major Holiday Curb Appeal

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Ways To Create Major Holiday Curb Appeal


Adding Holiday Curb Appeal

Adding Holiday Curb Appeal

As we enjoy Thanksgiving with our friends and family tomorrow, many take the days and weekend after Thanksgiving to decorate their home for the holidays and officially get in the holiday spirit. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to bring holiday cheer to the outside of your home this season!

First, if you are a fan of classic holiday décor, consider highlighting your windows with bare garland and round wreaths. Keeping your greenery bare adds the right amount of both texture and color. Then, you can add your classic holiday hues to your porch or doorstep to tie in the holiday vibe.

Another fun holiday tie in to add to your home that is sure to create awesome curb appeal, is to add a “countdown to Christmas” tree in your front yard. Take an 8-foot tall ladder and giant metal house numbers to hang off the steps. Then, cover the ladder in a triangle shape with green garland to be in the shape of a Christmas tree. You can find step-by-step directions here.

Next, mix in textures and shapes in order for your porch décor to be seen up close and by far for those admiring your holiday home. Rosemary-wrapped snowflakes are a great idea to add texture and shape than can be seen from close or faraway.

Another great idea is to layer your greenery in the front of your home. Mix arborvitae in pots and artificial pine garland on the railings and around the windows. This will help add life to your outdoor space!

When it comes to holiday reds this year, consider adding weathered red hues. This vintage-inspired approach ties into brick tones and adds a great appeal to compliment your outdoor holiday décor. Taking a jute-covered holiday star made from paint sticks can add a rustic kick to your front porch.

Another great tip that not a lot of homeowners do, is to turn your outdoor lighting on at dusk or sunset. Doing this adds a very different and beautiful vibe to the outdoor of your home.

Lastly, add a playful glow to your lawn with oversized ornaments made from globe shades, food storage bowls and string lights. Cluster them together in odd numbers for even more curb appeal. It is best to use extension cords that blend in with your landscaping, to truly give it the look and glow of real ornaments on your front lawn!

All of these tips will have your home looking brighter than the rest this holiday!




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.

Creating Hidden Hallway Storage

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: November 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Creating Hidden Hallway Storage


Hallway Storage

Hallway Storage

If your home lacks storage space like many homes do, having additional storage in your home can be a huge plus. Some people don’t think they have room in their homes for additional storage but Parry Custom Homes, a premier on your lot builder in Pittsburgh, shares information on ways you can sneak extra storage into your hallways that no one will be able to notice!

Most people wouldn’t think of a hallway as being a good avenue for extra storage space, but with these simple steps below you can transform your hallway to serve as highly functional storage opportunities.

Storage option #1: Use coat hooks running down the hallway. This is a great way to increase storage and keeps coats and umbrellas off the floor. This can also help open up extra closet space or make up for lack of closet space in your home. If you don’t like the look of coat hooks in your hallway, add a shelf above it to disguise them more and add books or decorations on top to actually add to your homes décor.

Storage option #2: Add some slim bookshelves to your hallways. Bookshelves don’t have to be used just for books, and now days are used more for decoration purposes anyways. You can add framed photos, and hide cleaning products or other items in cute bins so no one can tell they are actually being used as storage pieces.

Storage option #3: Add a bench with storage to your hallway, especially around the entranceway. This is a great multi-purpose furniture move as you can use the bench to take shoes on and off, and the underneath part of the bench can be used as additional seating when you have guests. If you get a bench with cubbies, you can fill it with shoes, pet gear, umbrellas or blankets for your living room.

Storage option #4: Opt for a wall organizer over a key ring holder. Not only does this help keep daily necessities handy and off the floor, but it can hold more things like mail, car keys, sunglasses, running gear and purses.


These easy hallway hacks can add plenty of extra storage to your home that you never knew you could have!


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.




How To Avoid Taking on Extra Debt

Categories: Buying a Home, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 9, 2015 | Comments Off on How To Avoid Taking on Extra Debt


Avoiding Debt

Avoiding Debt

If you’ve recently purchased a new home in Pittsburgh, chances are that you took on debt in the form of a mortgage. Once in your new home, racking up more debt with new furniture, lawn tools and all of the miscellaneous things needed to run your new home can quickly add up to more debt, more times than not. Parry Custom Homes shares some tips on how to avoid taking on more debt, where you can save.

The first step to keep debt at bay is to set a budget when you purchase your new home. If you have new appliances you need to buy or want to make some changes to your home, categorize them in the order of importance and then set a budget for each. This way, you can make a master list of things you need and then budget for things that you can wait on. Even though it may all be things you want right when you move in, it is best to setup a plan of importance to not plunge yourself further into debt.

Most people might not think this, but a new job or raise at work can often lead people into debt as well. While it may seem contradictory, if you go from living paycheck to paycheck to having extra money in your pocket each month, a lot of people look at that as a limitless amount of money to spend. When extra money is there, it is hard to say no. However, if people loose their job or add up too many monthly expenses, it can be hard to maintain that lifestyle overtime when life happens down the road.

So what is the best solution? Rather than increasing your spending when you make more money, continue to budget based on the amount you previously earned. Then, save extra for retirement, travel or a big spending item that you will eventually need down the road, whether planned or unplanned.

Lastly, a new cell phone is another way to add up debt without even really realizing it. A lot of people buy the latest new phone every time a new one comes out, but keep adding themselves to a new two-year contract every time.

Why people may see it as saving money on the phone itself, you really need to look at it as financing a phone via a two-year contract. And if your carrier raises prices or you need to downsize or cancel, you wont be able to without a sizable fee.

The solution? Go the non-contract service option or phone route. This way, you have to save the money to purchase a new phone out of pocket but will have the freedom to get out of your contract, on your watch.