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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.

Ways to get to know your new neighbors

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Ways to get to know your new neighbors

 

If you have recently moved into a new home, you may be wondering who your new neighbors are and what is the best way to get to know them. Parry Custom Homes, a local Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares simple ways to get to know your new neighbors and have fun while doing so!

A great and fun way to get to know your new neighbors is to throw a housewarming party at your new home. Not only does this give you a reason to ring their doorbell to introduce yourself and invite them, but it will give them a good first impression and give you the opportunity to talk to them for a longer period than just an initial introduction.

Even if you are the new neighbor moving in, consider bringing your neighbors a treat such as your famous homemade chocolate chip cookies. Not only will this be an ice breaker for you to stop by their home and introduce yourself, but you are sure to gain more friends than enemies with a friendly gift!

If you have a good size backyard, you can even take advantage of the nice summer weather and throw a backyard get together so you don’t have to be rushed or feel pressure to setup your new home after you have moved in.

Another way to get to know your neighbors if you have kids, is to introduce your kids to the new neighbors and see if you can set up play dates together. If you have a neighborhood park, just taking your kids there for fun afternoon can put them (and you) in touch with other kids and parents in the neighborhood quickly. Kids often have no trouble making friends at the playground and it can be a good ice breaker for you to get to know fellow parents who may have kids the same age as you.

Another thing to check when you move in or if your neighborhood is an HOA are any community events you can attend or ways you can get involved in your neighborhood. Many neighborhoods have community Facebook pages or are a part of an online neighborhood group that posts events going on in the community that you can join or volunteer to join.

And remember, if you have new neighbors move in after you do treat them with the same respect and bring them a friendly welcome to the neighborhood treat or gift and introduce yourself. It is always a good idea to get off on the right foot with new neighbors and if you are lucky, even have them turn into good friends!

 

 

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

Inexpensive Home Improvements That Make a Big Difference

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Inexpensive Home Improvements That Make a Big Difference

Are you looking to sell your home this spring or have a home that is several years old and it is time for an update? You may not be looking to invest thousands into a complete remodel but want to give your home the facelift it needs to sell or get it up to par with where you want it to be, so you can enjoy it for the long haul. If you find yourself in either of these scenarios, Parry Custom Homes, a local Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares 6 inexpensive ways to update your home that will make a big impact.

The first home improvement you can consider making to your home that will make a big impact is to add crown molding to any or all the rooms in your home. A bonus is that it will also make your home appear taller.

Modern lighting is also a great way to make a huge impact on the interior or exterior of your home. Whether it is new lighting you can update at your front door, with beautiful modern outdoor sconce. Other ideas on the interior of your home could be a new lighting fixture over the dining room table or some hanging pendant lights that could go over the counter in your kitchen or bathrooms.

A third way to update your home that is small but will make a beautiful impact is to swap out the boring switch plates in any room, and replace them with more elegant options or even ones you can DIY. You can cover any current switch plate with fabric that matches the décor of the room and it will instantly add more elegance and appeal to that room.

Another item that is small but can make a big upgrade to your kitchen is replacing your current faucet with a new one. Changing your current faucet with a beautiful new piece of hardware can add much life back into your kitchen and give it an instant update.

Lastly, while you are adding a new kitchen faucet also add new kitchen hardware to complete the updated look. Replace your current cabinet handles with some new more modern pieces. This will give your kitchen a much more modern look and a very low cost and hassle.

 

 

 

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