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Simple Garage Updates to Create More Storage

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Simple Garage Updates to Create More Storage

 

Creating more garage space

Creating more garage space

Now that it is officially Fall, many homeowners are getting caught up with home organization projects before the winter months roll around. For most, the space in the garage is simply not enough to store everything you need to over time, while still having room for cars. Many homeowners would never let sports gear, tools and yard equipment clutter up the front hall where it’s the first thing guests see. But they’re willing to clutter their own entrance into the home with a garage stuffed with those things, plus patio furniture, bikes, holiday decorations and more. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares simple tips that will help you maximize the space you already have in your garage, that you may not be utilizing to its full potential.

It is no secret that families today have more stuff than previous generations did. They decorate for more holidays, have dishes that they only use on special dinners, and keep photos and sentimental items with the intent of making scrapbooks. To hold on to these items in an organized way, try making a few simple upgrades to your garage.

First, realize that with cabinetry and shelving to flooring and overhead storage, there are many new ways to turn a garage into an organized and attractive space for storage, entertaining or exercising.

To help with organization, many homeowners have added cabinets to store shoes, sporting equipment and tools. There are cabinets designed specifically to hold power tools. Other storage products may include wall-mounted panels with slots that can hold everything from pliers to bikes to motorized lifts for hanging golf bags and kayaks.

Upgrading a garage with epoxy flooring, an easy-to-clean coating, can give your space a clean look and turn it into a space that you can enjoy. Other homeowners have added a nice flooring and created a work bench to do crafts or pot flowers.

There are several DIY websites you can find and ideas on Pinterest and Houzz on what storage options might work best for your space, and many you can even make yourself. Adding extra storage doesn’t have to cost a lot of extra money. With some research and creativity, you can add more storage to your garage than you may have never thought possible.

A small investment can help turn your cluttered garage into a space you can enjoy, without tripping on your way into the house.

 

 

 

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: September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Clean your house with an unexpected item in your refrigerator

 

Now that summer is winding down into fall, you may find yourself finally getting around to some home cleaning projects now that you will be inside more this winter. However, did you know you might have some of the best cleaning agents already in your home? If you go check your fridge, chances are you may have some cans of Coca-Cola ready for the next movie or pizza night with the family. 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.

Want to Redecorate From Your Couch?

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: September 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Want to Redecorate From Your Couch?

New tools like virtual reality measuring apps and online mood boards are using augmented reality and virtual reality technology to help homeowners find easier and quicker ways to decorate their homes. These new tools let homeowners envision new wall colors, furniture and curtains without having to take them home. That means no more buying extra paint for samples or paying return fees on a chair that turns out to be too big for the room. If you are in the market for a Pittsburgh custom home or if you’ve recently moved into your new Parry Custom  Home, try these tips before doing any actual decorating to prevent any mishaps.

A great online home retailer to try is Wayfair.com. They are digitizing their catalog and testing augmented reality and virtual reality apps as well as 3D models of its products. The company is set to release an augmented reality app for Google Tango, which uses software and sensors to track motions and size up the contours of rooms.

The Wayfair tool lets people see how pieces of furniture and decor will look and fit in their homes through the display on a smartphone. Shoppers use headgear like an Oculus Rift that allows them to customize a room by setting the model, material and layout of the furnishings.

Most buyers might be familiar with the all-in-one site Houzz.com, which not only helps shoppers get inspiration and narrow their choices down from its more than five million products from over 10,000 sellers. In addition, it also helps people find local professionals to install items they may have bought for their new home.

Houzz company recently launched an augmented reality app called “View in My Room” that allows shoppers to experiment with home decor options by virtually placing products from its online store into their home before you buy. The goal of this is to convert browsers into buyers.

Home Depot has an app that lets customers upload a picture of the room and thumb through thousands of paint and stain colors until they arrive at one that’s right. The app can detect the lighting, shadows and other variables in the space or project and adapt the color to fit.

Ikea has an an augmented reality option within its app that interacts with their seasonan catalogs.

With all of the apps and interactive tools out there to help homeowners decorate their home before actually buying and paint or décor, it is worth trying out to save yourself extra trips to the paint store or wasted money on items that you might not actually like once they are in your 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 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Eco-friendly ways to heat your home

 

Fall will soon be in full force and cooler temperatures will also be making their their presence known. When you need to turn on your heater for the first time this upcoming Fall 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 until warmer temperatures will once again 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 manage 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 heater 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 heater.

 

 

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