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Summer travel tips with a baby

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: May 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Summer travel tips with a baby

Often summer time means traveling and if you have welcomed a new baby since your last summer road trip adventure, it may be intimidating bringing a new addition along for the ride this summer. You might be used to more spontaneous trips where you can drive as long as you need too, stop and eat fast food along the way and maybe not even having a concrete plan of how the trip will go or how long it will take you to get there. If you plan to travel with a new baby this summer, Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips for a new travel plan with baby to help make your first excursion less intimidating.

Traveling with a baby can be very fun and worthwhile, making you not miss your “free” pre-baby traveling days as much. The main thing to keep in mind when traveling with a baby is to plan a bit extra and manage your expectations ahead of time.

The first tip you will want to put in place is to strap everything down that will be around your baby when you travel. Since babies love to throw things, you can end up with all your baby essentials out of reach if the baby has thrown food, socks and pacifiers all across your backseat. The best thing you can do is invest in spill-proof snack containers for any snacks you bring with you and sippy cups that are spill proof.

Next, be sure pacifiers are on a strap and can’t be pulled off easily. It is also a good idea to keep backups of things like extra so you can have them close to you in case you need another.

Another tip that might be even more helpful than keeping a parent in the backseat is to schedule your travel around the babies sleeping schedule. Whether you choose to drive during nap time or drive over night for longer trips, traveling while baby sleeps can mean a more peaceful, uninterrupted travel for mom, dad and baby. It can also help the baby not become distressed.

While it may not be idea, you might want to consider is having one parent in the backseat with the baby to keep them happy, feel them and meet their needs. It may be necessary for parts of the trip if not the whole trip to and from to make the car ride more bearable for all.

Another tip that might be even more helpful than keeping a parent in the backseat is to schedule your travel around the babies sleeping schedule. Whether you choose to drive during nap time or drive over night for longer trips, traveling while baby sleeps can mean a more peaceful, uninterrupted travel for mom, dad and baby. It can also help the baby not become distressed.

A great tip to keep in mind not only for babies but as your child grows, is to save certain toys, animals or treats for road trips only. You can even buy a few new books or toys that your baby hasn’t seen before than will help provide several extra hours of entertainment during your travel. Be sure once you get to where you are going or get home, those toys and treats stay saved for the next car ride.

Lastly, be sure to dress your baby in layers. Especially during transitional seasons, temperatures can change during the day and night and it is much easier to add clothes to baby and easily remove them than mess with changing outfits.

 

These tips will surely have your first family road trip go as smooth as possible as a new family of three.

 

 

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

Update your home without fully remodeling

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Update your home without fully remodeling

 

If the spirit of spring may have you wanting to freshen up your home or take on some DIY projects of your own. However, sometimes DIY projects can turn into full on remodeling projects if you aren’t careful. If you want to update some of the rooms in your home this spring without having to going into full on remodeling mode or debt to do so, Parry custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares ways you can update your home without having to turn it into a demolition war zone.

A bathroom in your house is probably the best place to start for a room makeover. Especially if you plan to update your master bathroom, you will want to be sure you give the space a relaxing, peaceful vibe that you can start and end your day with.

First, start by deciding what style gives you the most relaxed comfort. Do you like rich and dramatic tones or are you more soothed with like, spa-like serene colors and textures.

Once you figure out the overall ambiance you want, begin with selecting the right paint color that fits the overall tone you will be going for in your new bathroom space. Choose a lighter paint color for a serene atmosphere and a darker richer hue, if you prefer that color palette for your mood.

Once you’ve selected the right paint color, move on to new hardware you can replace for your cabinets, door handles, and any other accessories you might be able to update in the bathroom. If you are going for the spa look, go with a stainless steel or nickel hardware. If you are wanting to achieve a richer look, go with oil rubbed bronze hardware for more sophistication.

Storage will be the third thing you want to tackle in your bathroom update. Especially if you are updating a bathroom that guests will see, storage will be your friend. A quick and simple fix will be to find storage cubbies that you can quickly and easily stash toiletries, makeup and other grooming items that you can access quickly and put away just as fast. Most people find it easiest to have a spot cleared under their sink where they can store their cubbies for day to day use.

The fourth item on your list that will also be of great importance to the overall update of the bathroom, will be new lighting. Not only will you want to make sure you update the lighting in your bathroom to something that is aesthetically pleasing to the room, but also will give off good light so you have plenty of it when getting ready in the morning.

Make replacing your current vanity lighting easy by selecting a new vanity light that fits the same space as your original fixture. Take it up a notch by adding a statement light as well, such a s a chandelier or pendant light in addition to your vanity lighting. Some people enjoy a chandelier over their soaking tub for relaxation or even in their walk-in closet, if it is located in the bathroom area.

Next, move onto the fixtures in your shower, sink and tub faucets. These will make a dramatic difference in the overall look of your bathroom and really give the feel that you remodeled. For your sink, look for sink fixtures that offer more height over the bowl. This not only will give you more space for function but also a more modern look.

Then, upgrade the showerhead in your shower. You can get fancy in this area if you want, but opting for a larger shower head, a rain shower head or one that can be detachable if you want it to be.

Tie in what you choose for your sinks and showers over to your tub faucet. Keep in the same color palate so they all blend seamlessly together.

Take a close look at your mirror and see if it needs to be replaced with something more modern. If you simply have a standard builder-grade mirror that has no frame or appeal to it, consider removing it and replacing it with a more decorative mirror. You can choose any mirror from any design or home improvement store that can instantly give it a more elegant look.

If you have a medicine cabinet in your bathroom, consider either revamping it with a fresh coat of paint, swapping it out with a more updated piece or just removing it all together.

Lastly, to round out your bathroom update invest in new towels and accessories for the new space. Consider some monogrammed towels that can be used for decorating purposes only, or possibly some nice faux plants or spa-like additions. You can even swap your trash baskets and soap dispensers for something more modern and suited to your new space.

 

These simple bathroom updates won’t take long to do and will leave you with an updated space that looks like you spent a lot of time and money on to have done.

 

 

 

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

Creating backyard privacy

Categories: Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Creating backyard privacy

 

If you have recently moved into a Parry Custom home or you are currently on the look for a new home in Pittsburgh, chances are you are hoping for a great backyard space to enjoy the nice weather this coming spring and summer with friends and family.

Everyone knows when you are wanting to sit in your backyard and enjoy a nice cup of coffee, glass of wine or meal with your loved ones, you want to do so in privacy and not have noisy neighbors or the sounds of traffic around to disturb you. Your backyard space should be a place of relaxation and not disturbance. If your backyard is not currently as private as you would like it to be, consider these tips to give your backyard oasis more privacy to enjoy for many years to come.

First, if you don’t already have a fence or wall in your backyard, consider adding one for privacy reasons. Even if you don’t have a pet or kids to keep contained in your yard, fences and walls provide a great deal of privacy and come in all shapes and sizes to your liking and budget.

If you are looking for a fast an inexpensive fencing option, a wood fence will be the best route to go. You can even buy prefabricated sections of wood fencing from your local home improvement store and install it yourself in a few days, if you want to go the do it yourself route.

If you are worried about the upkeep of a wood fence, vinyl fencing is a great alternative. Vinyl fencing resists discoloration and is available in a wide range of colors and styles.

Stone or brick walls are a different type of touch that can create a long-lasting barrier. You can pair a stone wall with screens or greenery to keep it from looking too prison-like.

An alternative to fencing or walls would be to place evergreens along the living space of your backyard, to essentially create a fence or wall out of trees. If you plat these yourself, it is best to plant them in a zig-zag pattern to create a fuller visual effect.

The most popular hedge plants to use for a barrier in your backyard are arborvitae, boxwood, yew and juniper. Ask your local florist or landscaper about the upkeep of each of these options or any they recommend, as some require more upkeep than others.

If noise is an issue where you live, consider adding a fountain to your backyard. The rush or gurgle of the water in the fountain may be enough that it helps drown out the traffic or noise around you.

A lattice or louvered wood panel is another way to create some privacy in your backyard or possibly around your eating or entertaining area. It is best to anchor any type of screens you put up into the ground, so you don’t have to worry when gusty winds or storms come that your setup is going to take a hit or get damaged. Fabric panels are another inexpensive and easy way to provide privacy and create a more intimate setting.

When it comes to fountains, there are simple off-the-shelf options or more custom options you can go with, starting at $100 and up to the thousands. Be aware of the size of the waterfall you choose. The larger the waterfall or the more facets the water has the fall, the louder it will be.

Implementing these tips into your own backyard will give you the privacy and relaxation you desire and can enjoy with family and friends over the years.

 

 

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