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New Years Resolution: How To Make Your Home Healthier in 7 Days

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homebuilders | Posted: December 13, 2019 | No Comments »

 

Healthy Home Tips

Healthy Home Tips

A New Year is right around the corner and if you have been thinking about New Years Resolutions to make for the New Year, Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh custom builder, shares how you can make your home and family healthier in 2020…in just one week!  Although new homes may be healthier because they come with the latest in design, materials and technology, it is still a good idea to put seven weekly habits in place to keep your home healthy for your family in the long run. A recent article from BrightNest highlights these seven habits to put into motion that will keep your home and family healthy.

Make Sunday your day for washing your pillows and sheets in hot water. The hot water will both kill the germs and reduce the dust.

On Monday, do a fridge check for the week and do an audit on perishable items. The most common things to check are things like meat, dairies, veggies and fruits or anything else that will perish quickly. Also, be sure that leftovers that are over four days old make their way to the trash. four days is the maximum amount you want to leave leftovers.

On Tuesday, take all your sponges and put them in the dishwasher. Then, wash them on your hottest cycle to disinfect them, without wasting them.

On Wednesday’s agenda, give your toothbrush a bath in boiling water to kill any germs and bacteria. Also, a good rule of thumb is that if you are just getting over being sick, throw away your toothbrush and get a new one. It’s better safe to keep any lingering germs in the trash.

On Thursday, use a disinfectant spray and wipe down your fridge and microwave handle, as well as the light switches. This is also anther great tip to keep germs from spreading if there are any sick ones in the house.

On Friday, celebrate the weekend and do a random favor for your neighbor or someone in your home. It will not only make them feel better, but you as well! Nothing beats a starting off the weekend in a good mood!

On Saturday, shift the focus back to you and keep your positive mood going. Be sure to open your shades and let any or all-natural light into your home. This helps boost you and your family’s mood!

These small tips can be done each day of the week and will make a big impact on your health and the health of your family over time.

 

 

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.

 Winter is Coming! Home Heating Tips For Your Home

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On Your Lot Builder Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: November 22, 2019 | Comments Off on  Winter is Coming! Home Heating Tips For Your Home
Home Heating Tips

Home Heating Tips

As the winter season approaches this holiday season, you may feel like the furnace in your home never stops running. Did you know there are common mistakes many homeowners make when it comes to heating their home? Who knew there were so many common faux pas to home heating? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares the top five heating mistakes you might be making in your home that can be costing you more money than you realize.

First, be sure not to abuse your thermostat. If you come in from outdoors and you’re chilled and want to warm up fast, the key is not to crank up your thermostat. In fact, no matter how high your temperature is set on your furnace, the heat isn’t going to come out any faster or warm you up any quicker. So, keep your heat at it’s normally temperature and just warm up with an extra blanket or sweatshirt until your body catches up!

Second, don’t let your windows leak! If a drafty window is left alone it can consume up to 30 percent of your home’s energy usage! If you have older windows and feel like your energy bill is higher each year, this is the culprit. Check your windows by putting your hand around the perimeter of each window. If you can feel cold air seeping in, it means that your heat is leaking out! If locking your windows doesn’t stop the draft, seal the leaks with caulk along your window’s seal.

The next is to not leave your bathroom air exhaust fan on for too long. Leaving this fan on for too long will take the warm hair from inside and pump it outside. Not what you want in the middle of winter! The best use for your exhaust fans is best to use them after a steamy shower to prevent mold and mildew growth.

The fourth tip for your home (and commonly made) mistake many homeowners make, is closing vents in unused rooms. It may seem like a logical thing to do, but blocking heat access by closing vents is actually less efficient than heating unused rooms and won’t save you any money. To add to it, doing this can actually imbalance your home’s energy system which intern, strains your furnace and creates the cold room effect. The best rule of thumb is to leave vents and doors open and allow your homes HVAC system to circulate evenly.

Lastly, using a dirty air filter will be a major no-no you’ll want to correct. Dirty air filters reduce the airflow in your home, forcing your furnace to work harder. Plus, it creates more dust and increases the air pollution in your home. Check and replace your air filters on a regular basis so you can help the heat in your home run as efficiently as possible.

These simple tips will not only keep your home energy running efficiently but keep you warm no matter the time of year you need 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.

4 simple ways to make your new house feel like home

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: October 18, 2019 | Comments Off on 4 simple ways to make your new house feel like home

 

House to home

House to home

If you are getting ready to move into your new Parry Custom Home or are currently on the search for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, turning your new house into a home is always key once you finally move in. An article in The Huffington Post shares four simple tips on how to make your new house feel like home once you move in.

The first way to turn your new house into your new home is to figure out how you can customize the space you have, and optimize it at the same time. Builders do their best to construct homes to have the most livable floor plan that makes sense for everyday life, but until you are actually living in the home it can be hard to determine what works and what doesn’t.

Another great tip to give your house the “homey” feel that you’re after is to incorporate some plants into your home to give it that relaxed and alive feel. If it is hard to keep plants alive in your home, try just adding a nice floral arrangement to the centerpiece of the table to still give off that warm vibe.

Changing aspects of your home to suit your day to day live doesn’t have to mean renovation projects on your brand new home. It can be as simply as changing the color in a room to a brighter shade to help a room out that doesn’t have much natural light. Or if might be nice to divide up your open concept spaces with well-placed shelving that can also add an additional layer or storage or display to your new home.

The third tip to help turn your house into a home is to add some art to your home. Adding artwork to your new house will allow your personality and taste to shine through and immediately give your home another touch of who you are. Different ideas of art to bring in can be paintings, drawings, sculptures, even antique pieces or furniture or accessories that might have been passed down or have importance to you are another great option to add to your home.

Lastly, the quickest and easiest way to make your house feel like home is to represent your family in your new home. Displaying photos of your family and loved ones throughout your home automatically give it the feeling of being yours. You can check out places like Pinterest for ideas on how you can create a gallery wall in your home. This has become a recent trend that incorporates family photos with other décor to add more interest and design appeal.

 

These 4 simple ideas will quickly turn your new house into a home in no time!

 

 

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

Community Spotlights in Pittsburgh!

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh New Home Builder, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: August 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Community Spotlights in Pittsburgh!
Oakton Manor

Oakton Manor

Finding Pittsburgh custom homebuilders is a task in and of itself. Just as much as finding the perfect builder to build your custom home in Pittsburgh is finding the perfect location for your dream home. After all, your homes location is equally as important as the home itself. Luckily for you, Parry Custom Homes not only builds some of the best custom homes you’ll find in Pennsylvania, they also build in the most desired new home community locations as well.

For those of you looking to build a new home in the North Huntington area, Oakton Manor is a neighborhood you will want to check out. Located within North Huntington Township, this community is a part of the highly acclaimed Norwin School District.

This community is also great for young families, as much of the neighborhood is on two private cul-de-sacs and the elementary school is located within minutes of the neighborhood as well.

This community has been so popular that there are only a few home sites remaining in this neighborhood to build on. If you would like to learn more about this neighborhood and building opportunities, just give us a call!

Next, another popular new home community in the North Huntingdon area to consider is Bella Mia. The Bella Mia neighborhood is located in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. This beautiful new home community is positioned just a few miles off of Route 30 in a private setting.

There are only a few lots remaining in Bella Mia, so time is of the essence to act on this new home community. Most all of the homes built in this neighborhood are custom designs with different styles and trends that have been built over years past, as well as very current styles. It is a true beauty of a community in Pittsburgh!

For more information on either of these wonderful new home communities, or to let us fit you with the perfect location for your dream home, just contact us anytime!

 

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.

What Goes Into Building a Parry Custom Home?

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh | Posted: July 2, 2019 | Comments Off on What Goes Into Building a Parry Custom Home?
Custom Homes in Pittsburgh

Custom Homes in Pittsburgh

If you are enjoying an extended weekend this Fourth of July, you may have some down time to consider ideas and options for your new home if you are in the market. Building a custom home in Pittsburgh can seem like a daunting task for a buyer who has never gone through the home building process before.  At Parry Custom Homes, we make the process simple by breaking it down into steps that are easy to comprehend, and make the custom home building process an enjoyable one for our home buyers.

The first step at Parry starts with setting up a time to visit our showroom and design center. Here you can learn more about what we have to offer you. Buyers are able to tour the showroom, view home designs, learn about our standard features and building products, as well as discuss your home needs with our custom home counselor.

The second step in the custom building process is to choose your home site. Find the neighborhood or lot that you want to call home, and we will make it a reality by building the custom home of your dreams in the location of your choosing.

Step three in our process is the fun part, designing your home! You will be able to choose from one of our top selling home designs, or work with our design team to design a plan of your own. We recommend showing us inspirations or examples from elements of homes that you like, so we can create a unique home design built to fit your needs.

Step four will be where we evaluate your home site that you have chosen. We are the local on your lot specialists in the Pittsburgh area for custom built homes, so we can help you along the way in figuring out how to make the most of your lot with your new home.

Step five will be locking in your financing. We have a list of preferred lenders who offer many options to our buyers for your financing needs. We realize that each of our buyers have different financial needs and we work with each of them to help find the best option to suit each of their needs.

Step six entails the customizing of features of your house. There are limitless options and selections in our showroom and through our vendors, so sky is the limit when it comes to the specifics of what you are wanting to put in place and make your dream a reality.

Step seven is our second to last step of the process. This is where we do the hard work, and you sit back and watch your dream unfold. Once all of the details have been ironed out and your selections are in place, all of the hard work on your end is complete! Leave the rest to us and we will keep you up to date on the progress and status of your home each step of the way as it is being built.

Step eight, which is the final step in our custom home building process is to relax and enjoy your new custom home! In the end, all of the time and energy spent in building your dream home will be worth it as you spend time breaking it in with your family and friends. You will be able to rest easy every night knowing that your home was built with the dedication and detail that Parry Custom Homes is known for providing our home buyers. Call or contact us to get the home of your dreams started today! Remember, the process starts with a simple trip to our showroom, so what are you waiting for?

Parry Custom Homes is an established home builder in the Pittsburgh area. For additional information about our services, call (724) 863-0199.

Home Plan Spotlight: The Elderton

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: June 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Home Plan Spotlight: The Elderton
New Home in Pittsburgh

The Elderton Home Plan

If you are in the market for a new home it Pittsburgh this summer, you may feel as though time is running out with Fourth of July already upon us next weekend. If you are in need of some help on narrowing your new home search down, Parry Custom Homes is the builder to meet your home needs. Many new homebuyers in the market want the look, feel, and quality of a custom home without the hassle of having to draw up and architect the home from scratch. Here at Parry Custom Homes, we’ve made the home design selection process easy by offering a portfolio of home designs suited for most any buyer in the market.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional two-story home plan with minimal changes, or you want to select a plan and then customize it to fit your needs, we’re here to make the home design and home buying process as easy as possible for you. Our design and budget flexibility is what has brought so many referrals our way, and has built to many happy homeowners who are now living in their dream home.

Here is our featured home plan of the week!

The Elderton:

Our Elderton floor plan features an open first floor with a grand two-story entry foyer. There is also a two-story great room with an open railing from the second floor hallway. This home gives guests who see it for the first time that “wow” factor with its elegant layout.

The kitchen and dining room in this home present an openness that can be viewed after walking into the homes entry foyer. The first floor also has an office and a mud/laundry room option, which is a great feature for those with children. The second floor of this home has 4 spacious bedrooms and a room for a second floor laundry room as well.

This home boasts 3,040 square feet and has the option for 4-5 bedrooms, and 2 and a half baths along with a 2-car garage.

If you have a growing family or are in need of more space, our Elderton plan is one to consider. The quaint design of the home has many falling in love with the design at first site.

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.

 

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

Outdoor lighting ideas for your new home

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner Tips | Posted: June 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Outdoor lighting ideas for your new home

 

Outdoor home lighting

Outdoor home lighting

If you are in the market this spring or summer season for Pittsburgh custom builders to build your dream home, you may have many ideas floating around in your head of how you want your home to look. Something many homebuyers don’t think about until the end is the outside lighting that will make your home light up and have great curb appeal at the same time. Parry Custom Homes gives you some great ideas for outdoor lighting that you may want to add to your wish-list for your new home!

If you have ever shopped for a new home, you know that certain outdoor lighting can truly add to your home’s architecture and do much more than just add light to the front of your home. Too little light at the entrance of your home can leave it looking dark and dreary on cloudy days or at night. There are several options available for you to decide what the best option is for your home to bring more light to your entranceway!

Pendants and hanging lanterns are great options to enhance curb appeal and illuminate your front doorway beautifully as well.

Wall lanterns and sconces are great décor lighting pieces that give a source of indirect up lighting and down lighting that are typically utilized in pairs over outdoor seating areas and on either side of entry ways and windows.

For your landscape, it’s a great idea to add landscape lighting in the way of spotlights and well lights, to draw attention to the natural elements of a landscape like trees, shrubs, or flowers.)

A great way to light the end of your driveway are with post lanterns that provide lighting and give better street visibility.

If you plan to have fountains, statues or arbors outside of your new home, you will want to add flood, bullet or wash lights to highlight these beautiful pieces around your home.

Path lights are a must for many homes and light the walkway to your door for family and friends who may be visiting or leaving at night when it is dark. It is a great way to provide extra safety as well.

Cove lighting is a good idea to add and can be built into ceilings, walls, ledges and recesses to highlight architectural qualities like footpaths, water or landscape features.

And lastly, pool lights are a must if you have a pool in your backyard. The will add mood-enhancing color to the water and ensure a safer swim at the same time.

 

If you are in the market for a new home and confused at where to start, contact us today so we can help you make your new home dreams a reality!

 

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

Looking for a custom home builder in Pittsburgh?

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Custom Home Plans, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: April 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Looking for a custom home builder in Pittsburgh?
The Pasadena Floor Plan

Parry Custom Homes floor plan

Have you been on the hunt for custom home builders in Pittsburgh to build your new home? Look no further than Parry Custom Homes! We are the premier choice for custom homes in Pittsburgh and can help make your dream home a reality.

A lot of homebuyers want a custom home without having to go through all the hassle of drawing up plans from scratch with an architect. If that is the case for you, Parry Custom Homes has just the solution! We have a huge portfolio of plans that is exclusive to Parry customers and offers home plans that suit any buyers home needs.

All of our plans can be seen by visiting our showroom for the full package of what we have to offer. One of our most popular plans is The Pasedena, which is a great choice for someone looking to purchase their first home, someone with a small family, or someone looking to downsize their home.

Our Pasadena floor plan features 2,084 square feet and the option of 3-4 bedrooms. There are 2 full baths and 1 half bath in this home, as well as a 2-car garage.

If you’re looking for a move-up home or more space, The Avondale floor plan in our portfolio is a popular choice among homebuyers.

The Avondale is a built off 3,014 spacious square feet and features 4-5 bedrooms. This plan has 2 full baths, one half bath and a 2- car garage. This gorgeous home is sure to grab a lot of curb appeal due to its gorgeous brick exterior.

Last, for those looking for the elegance and size of a true dream home, look no further than our Winchester plan.

The Winchester floor plan is built on 4,380 square feet and boasts 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and a 2-car garage.

The Winchester is a home that takes full advantage of spacious living, elegant touches, and a cozy atmosphere to call home.

Contact us anytime to see our full portfolio of floor plans available in our showroom, or have us find the perfect Parry Custom Home to fit your needs. You’ll love working with our team!

 

 

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.

Your Options For New Homes in Pittsburgh

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: March 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Your Options For New Homes in Pittsburgh
The Daytona Floor Plan

The Daytona Floor Plan

If you are looking for new homes in Pittsburgh, you might be debating on new homes versus resale homes. Whether it be for cost or convenience, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to own a new home in Pittsburgh without having to go through the hassle of dealing with all the red tape in purchasing a resale home? Parry Custom Homes offers brand new homes of all sizes in Pittsburgh, to fit the needs of any buyer.

Are you in the marketing shopping for your first home? Don’t sell yourself short in thinking you have to purchase and old resale home in order to afford your first home purchase. Parry Custom Homes offers homes built for the first time homebuyer- with the price tag to match! It is a no brainer when you look at the portfolio of first time homes that we offer.

If you are looking for your first home and want to be conservative in size and budget, our Salem plan is a wonderful option for you. This home plan is 1,640 square feet and starts at $180,000!

Our Salem floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a 2-car garage. This ranch style home is perfect and allows for some growing room as well or just extra bedrooms for guests!

The Salem plan showcases an open living and family room, as well as a mud/laundry room directly off of the garage. You also have the option of a bonus room above the garage that is perfect for extra storage, an office or even a workout space!

For the same base price, but a little larger in size, we also offer our Daytona floor plan. This 2-story home will shock you with all it offers for its price tag.

The Daytona home plan is 1,849 square feet in features 4 bedrooms! It also includes a 2-car garage. This home is perfect for the first-time homebuyer who is looking for something small and affordable to start out with but will need the extra space to expand their family.

These are just two of the many wonderful options Parry Custom Homes has to offer the first-time buyer. Let us help you find your brand new dream home! We make the home selection and home buying process fun- it’s a family affair! Come be apart of the Parry Custom Homes family.

 

 

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

Pittsburgh On Your Lot Homebuilding 101

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg | Posted: February 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Pittsburgh On Your Lot Homebuilding 101

Pittsburg on your lot builder

If you are in the market for a new custom home in Pittsburgh this spring, you might find yourself with your dream lot and location, but struggling to find the right builder or a builder who will work with their chosen lot. Parry Custom Homes has become Pittsburgh’s On Your Lot builder for the very reason that we are able to build your dream home in your ideal location, on the lot you have already purchased.

Another great aspect of Parry Custom Homes being an On Your Lot builder, is the fact that we can also help find you a lot or a lot in the location that you want to build in, to take the stress and search out of your hands.

Building On Your Private Homesite

We make building on your private homesite easy and since we build throughout Western Philadelphia, we more than likely can build your dream home on your land. The first step in building your dream home on your lot is to come out and visit our showroom, or contact us and set up a time to meet with one of our employees in our showroom and design center so we can help you with your goals for your new house.

If you are still in the process of looking for land, we can still help get your plans in place and assist you in finding land that suits your needs. A few main things to consider when purchasing land are the following key elements:

  • School District
  • Township
  • Neighborhoods or Private Homesite
  • Homesite size
  • Lay of the Land
  • Utility Locations.

If purchasing land while starting the homebuilding process with us, we can help assist you along the way so you can understand all the possible costs that it will take to develop your property in your new homesite. We will also help you understand the permits and how you need to fill them out.

Choosing a custom homebuilder in Pittsburgh to build your dream home might seem like a daunting task, but Parry Custom Homes is the right choice for those who want an easy, enjoyable experience.

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established home builder in the Pittsburgh area. For additional information about our services, call (724) 863-0199.