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Decorate your home for Spring – On a Budget!

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: February 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Decorate your home for Spring – On a Budget!

After the cold, dreary months of winter, is there anything more exciting than March on our doorstep and Spring right around the corner? The warner temperatures bring vibrant colors, cool breezes, and much needed sunshine. What better way to usher out the snow and welcome the season with an indoor makeover? Get your home ready for the spring season with these budget-friendly indoor decorating tips.

Fresh flowers. Flowers add a pop of color and life to any room. But not everyone has a green thumb or the garden space to plant a variety of flowers. Visit your local supermarket for fresh and pre-arranged bouquets to liven up any room in your home. To keep flowers looking fresh longer, use room temperature water and cut the stems (about 1 to 2 inches) before putting them in a vase. Look for flowers at your local grocery store, co-op, or farmer’s market.

De-clutter your home. During the winter, homes tend to accumulate a lot of extra stuff. Holiday decorations, cold-weather gear like boots and hats, and extra blankets can make your home feel small and cluttered. Now that the spring season is arriving, it’s time to de-clutter these spaces and simplify things. You can also try for a monochromatic feel with soft whites and light colors. Your home will feel bigger and brighter with that extra space.

Create an edible centerpiece. Spring brings with it a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. This produce is beautiful on its own, so why not use it as a centerpiece? Find your favorite serving bowl, or go shopping for one, and fill it with bright oranges and fresh apples. The best part about this decorating tip? You can eat it!

Buy or make pillow covers. Pillows are an excellent way to decorate on a budget. You can instantly change a room by switching up a pillow cover, which is an easy cost to manage. This has to be one of the easiest ways to decorate a room – no fussy arrangement needed. Just throw a few pillows onto your couch, chair, or bed for a new look. These covers aren’t expensive to buy or make, and storing them takes almost no room at all.

Swap out or put away throw blankets. In the fall and winter, there’s nothing better than curling up under a fuzzy blanket. But we’re saying goodbye to cold weather, so it’s time to put away or swap out those thick, dark-colored blankets. Look for thinner blankets in vibrant colors, like pastel blues or yellows, to give a lightened up look to your living room. For an even more budget-friendly option, repurpose leftover light-colored fabric and drape it over your couch. You’ll be surprised how much this simple action changes the entire feeling of a room.

Faux plants or flowers. Fresh flowers are relatively affordable, but maintaining the look can be a hassle. Faux plants or flowers have only an upfront cost and can add a nice natural look to your home. You can change the pot or vase for a fresh décor and never have to worry about cleaning up wilting or dead flowers left out too long. Craft stores often carry these plants and flowers at an affordable rate.

These easy options help your home look brighter and more vibrant without breaking the bank. Preparing your house for Spring will help you bring in the new season and transition from the darker months with ease. Brighten up your home with flowers and new fabrics, and enjoy the sunshine.


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.

Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Tips

Categories: Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: February 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Tips


Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

As we creep closer to March and the promises of spring, many people find the itch for spring cleaning setting in. It is always good to keep up on your home maintenance year round, so that your home always stays in good condition and you can preserve the value of it over time. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares the best home maintenance tips to put into play this spring.

No matter the age or size of your home, it is just like your car and needs to be maintained in order to run efficiently over the long haul. Keeping up on how your home ages, needs to hit the main spots of a “dry, clean, well-ventilated, free from contaminants, pest-free, well-maintained and overall safe” home.

Water leaks are a big thing that many homes suffer from, no matter how small. Even though your leaky faucet may not seem like a big deal now, one faucet that drips equates to $20 a year and 10,000 gallons of water. The most common offenders in your home for this type of thing will be toilets that run, and faucets or shower heads that drip.

Most of these issues are also easily fixable! If you have a wrench and a screwdriver, most leaks you will be able to fix yourself.

Other than leaks in your home, these items should be on your home maintenance to-do list:

Clean your stove vent screen and check for build-up on the inside of the vent every couple of months.

Clean the lint trap and outside dryer exhaust.

Check for signs of pests in your home.

Test all GFCI outlets in the home (with the button in the middle.)

Vacuum under and behind the fridge- a must once you realize what is behind there!

Lastly, be sure to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year and make sure they are working. Also, be sure to clean your gutters in the fall and in the spring once the tree blooms are gone.

Whether you plan to stay in your home forever, or just plan to be in your home until you outgrow it, keeping up on the maintenance of your home will save you big in the long run. Keeping your home up to par will preserve the value and allow you to ask for top dollar, when it comes time to sell.



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.

Design Basics For Your Parry Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: February 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Design Basics For Your Parry Home

Pittsburgh new home

Most of us generally evaluate by things by sight and appearance. Our homes are no different. The style of your Pittsburgh custom home is more than just design. It describes your personal style, so it important to think what is the best way to set up your home that shows who you are.   Here are some tips that can be used to show your new Parry home at its best.

When selecting a paint color for the rooms of your new home, don’t forget the ceiling. It may seem a little unconventional to you to paint your ceiling anything but white, but today the ceilings are being treated as a fifth wall. Go two to three shades lighter or darker than the color you choose for your walls. This brings warmth to the room of your home and once you see a difference it makes in the room, you will never have white ceilings again.

To add personality to the room of your home, add good art pieces. You may not have invested in good art pieces before, but you will be surprised at how it can transform a room. A beautiful painting is something that can add color and life to any room.

To make the rooms of your new feel spacious, don’t overload the room with furniture. Choose the appropriate size of furniture for the room. Same goes for the bedrooms, makes sure that the beds aren’t too large for the space. This only makes the room appear smaller and takes away the space next to the bed for side tables. If you are not sure on what furniture would work best in your home, you can use resources like online layout apps or websites. You can also make it easy and hire an interior designer to help you come up with a game plan for the furniture in your room. Many furniture stores now have an on-staff interior designer that can help you make the best selections for your new home.

If you have children, consider slipcovers to protect your furniture. Slipcovers have come a long way in style and fit, if you haven’t checked them out in a while. It also provides you with an opportunity to change design styles whenever you desire.

If you like the challenge of designing your own space in your home, then we hope these tips have been useful. If you need a second opinion, hire a professional who can help steer you in the right direction and style your for home exactly as you envision it!


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.

Top considerations before tackling a DIY bathroom project

Categories: Pittsburgh home builders, Pittsburgh New Home Builder, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: February 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Top considerations before tackling a DIY bathroom project


If you are planning to sell your home this spring or just simply plan on making some updates to your own home this year, the bathrooms in a home are a main make or break decision maker that buyers look for in a new home, as well as the place in which homeowners spend a good deal of time in as they get ready for and wind down each day. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot homebuilder, shares tips on what to be aware of before you tackle your bathroom remodeling project.

One of the first things you need to do before even going to the store to look at items for your bathroom remodel, is to properly layout and space the bathroom and the adjustments or renovations you plan to make.

A far too common mistake when homeowners try to tackle a DIY bathroom project, is underestimating the amount of space in their bathrooms. You may be eager to find great new items for your bathroom, such as new cabinets, sinks, storage, etc. however, you need to be sure you measure and apply what makes sense for the space you have before purchasing anything. Just because something may fit in your bathroom, doesn’t mean it is the right size for the space.

The next thing you need to think about and plan, is where things need to go and what makes sense for room and location. For example, if you are redoing the shower in the bathroom, be sure to leave more than enough room so that shower doors can fully open and close to get in and out of easy. Also, be sure if there are doors in the bathroom, all doors can open without bumping into anything.

Then there are smaller things to consider, such as the number of outlets and the location of those outlets. For example, you will want to have outlets by the sink so that you could plug in hair dryers, lights and so on. You also need to be sure to position things like towel and toilet paper holders at the right height and location.

The next thing you want to do is be sire not to choose the wrong materials for your bathroom. For example, be sure to only select materials that can stand up to harsh cleaners, as well as the moisture that you will run into in a bathroom space. Do not go with any porous materials that will retain moisture and cause hidden mold to grow over time.

Another item on your list you will need to be sure is at the top of your list, is proper ventilation for your bathroom. If you forget this step or don’t allow for proper ventilation, your bathroom can end up with mold, mildew and other costly problems as time goes on. It is also very uncomfortable to be in a bathroom that has poor ventilation. One small but powerful thing to do is be sure to install a quality ventilation fan. These can typically cover any size bathroom and will do wonders in keeping any mold or mildew at bay.

Once you have these items in place, be sure to think about your bathroom lighting. While this often falls as one of the last items on a bathroom to-do list, as you very well may know poor bathroom lighting can cause major issues. No one wants to have to get ready in a dimly lit bathroom, so be sure to install the correct type of lighting as well as the correct amount of lighting to your liking.

Lastly, don’t let storage fall by the wayside. Especially if you are selling your home, a major downfall of buyers losing interest in a home is if there is little to no storage in the bathrooms. Be sure to consider things like toiletry, towels, paper products and so on that most homeowners like to keep in their bathrooms and want to have room for.


These simple tips will give you the best chance at a great DIY bathroom project!



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.