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 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.

How To Make Old Things New In Your New Parry Custom Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: October 25, 2019 | Comments Off on How To Make Old Things New In Your New Parry Custom Home

Parry Custom HomeYour have made the decision to move to your new Parry Custom Home, but now you have just come to realize it‘s a totally different floor plan and your furniture will not be set up the same way and the accessories are not going to work like they did in your old home. Before you panic or run to the furniture store to purchase all new furniture and accessories, read on for some design tips on how to incorporate pieces from your old home décor into your new home in Pittsburgh.

You might have looked at everything in your old house with the accessories and furniture the same place for years and years, but now they can have a new home and purpose. Think of your décor the same way you think of your wardrobe. You mix and match old and new clothes and jewelry all the time, and your home décor is no different.

By changing up the furniture placement, accent pillows, artwork and accessories in a room, it will give the home a whole new feel. Just because you have always had a certain picture in the dining room at your old home, it doesn’t mean it has to be in the dining room in your new home. Maybe it would be perfect over the sofa in the living room now or in the office. You may find it easier when you move in your new Parry Custom Home, to group all similar items together (items like lamps, photo frames, candle holders, ect.) and this way you can take a visual inventory of everything that you have to work with.   Then start adding the accessories that coordinate together to each room.

Consider gathering 3 accessories and placing them together. Add a table lamp or a plant to direct your eye to details in the room that may not have stood out in your old home.

It’s best to keep your furniture neutral and add color to things that are easily changed, like pillows, picture frames or a throw blanket. The design possibilities are endless when you move using everything you already own, only displaying them in a whole new way.

Let your creativity flow. Remember, nothing is nailed down. If you don’t like it, you can move it. The options are limitless in creating your new space in your beautiful new Parry Custom Home.

 

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

Is Concrete Stain Right For Your Parry Home’s Patio?

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: July 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Is Concrete Stain Right For Your Parry Home’s Patio?

 

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Looking for a bit of flair to add to the patio of your new home in Pittsburgh that is different from other homes in your neighborhood? Concrete stain is a fast, simple way to turn an ordinary patio into an extraordinary, colorful surface that will make the outdoor space of your new Parry home more inviting. The stain is nearly foolproof to apply and if you are not happy with the results to the patio of your home, you can go back and apply a second or third coat to enhance the color.

What is concrete stain? Concrete stain is a water-based product that coats the concrete and becomes a permanent part of the surface. The stains can fade and wear over time, but a sealer helps protect the stained concrete of your Parry home. Stained concrete is different from acid stains, which chemically reacts with minerals in the concrete to change the color. Acid stains have fewer colors to choose from for your patio and it requires more steps in applying than the stain requires.

With concrete stain there are unlimited design possibilities. Use multiple colors of stain to create a distinct border or design on patios or the sidewalk of your Parry home. Concrete staining is a project that can be done in one weekend. One day will be needed to prep the concrete and apply the stain and the next day it can be sealed.

Concrete stain is available at most home centers and the color is added just as it is with paint. For instructions, the Internet has an abundance of how to tutorials. You will want to keep in mind that the color you choose for the patio of your Parry home may look slightly different after it is applied. Each patio will accept the stain a little bit differently. However, the color will be close to what you see in the store. The stain is semitransparent. It will not completely cover the surface as paint would. You will see the concrete through the stain, especially if you are using a light color.

 

Concrete stain may give the patio of your home the look that you have envisioned for the outdoor space of your new Parry home that you can enjoy for many years to come!

 

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

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
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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.

Home Design Features of the Week: The Elderton

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Home Design Features of the Week: The Elderton

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If you are in the market for a new home it Pittsburgh this summer, 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.

 

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.

Making Your Accessories Work in Your Parry Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: May 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Making Your Accessories Work in Your Parry Home

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Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, knows that purchasing a new home is one of the most exciting times for a buyer! However, it can also come with a great deal of stress not only getting to closing day, but then moving into your new home. The worst feeling for a new homeowner is getting moved into your new home, only to realize your new home has a completely different floor plan than your previous one, and your furniture will no longer work in the new home. The same often goes for accessories, often times in a new home plan they are not going to work like they did in your old home. However if you find yourself in this situation, before you let panic set in remember, this is actually a good thing. Your new Parry Custom Home is a clean slate! And no, it doesn’t mean you have to throw everything else out and start new.

You might have looked at everything in your old house with the accessories and furniture the same place for years and years, but now they can have a new home and purpose. When you purchase a new outfit, sometimes things you already own will go with it, sometimes they won’t. Maybe you will put something with it that you might not have thought of before and it looks great. Think of your décor the same way. By changing up the furniture placement, accent pillows, artwork and accessories in a room, it will give the home a whole new feel.

Just because you have always had a certain picture in the dining room at your old home, it doesn’t mean it has to be in the dining room in your new home. Maybe it would be perfect over the sofa in the living room now or in the office. You may find it easier when you move in your new Parry Custom Home, to group all similar items together (all lamps, photo frames, candle holders, ect.) and this way you can take a visual inventory of everything that you have to work with.

Then start adding the accessories that coordinate together to each room. Consider gathering 3 accessories and placing them together. Add a table lamp or a plant to direct your eye to details in the room that may not have stood out in your old home.

It’s best to keep your furniture neutral and add color to things that are easily changed, like pillows, picture frames or a throw blanket. The design possibilities are endless when you move using everything you already own, only displaying them in a whole new way.

Let your creativity flow. Remember, nothing is nailed down. If you don’t like it, you can move it. The options are limitless in creating your new space in your new Parry Home.

 

If you are moved into your new Parry Home this Memorial Day weekend, enjoy this extended time off of work to really have fun with decorating your new home, with your ‘old’ items! They will quickly feel like new again when they find the right place in your new home!

 

From our family at Parry Custom Homes to yours, we thank those who have served our country and hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and unofficial start to summer!

 

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

Tips When Purchasing A New Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: May 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Tips When Purchasing A New Home

New Home in PittsburghIf are considering purchasing a new home in Pittsburgh this spring or summer, you might find yourself on the fence due to the unknown of what is going to happen to interest rates in the coming few years. Odds are over the next few years, home prices will continue to increase and  you might very well look back and wish you had bought your new Parry home when you first thought about it.  Here are some things to know when you consider buying your Parry Custom Home.

The first tip is to not buy a home if you can’t stay put.  If you can’t commit to a least three years at minimum, you may end up losing money if you sell your Parry home sooner, even in a rising market.

The next tip if you are at a place where you can stay put for a while is to start shoring up your credit or make sure it is in good standing before you set to purchase a new home.   Make sure your credit history is as clean as possible.  A few months before you purchase your new home, get copies of your credit report.  Make sure the facts are correct and fix any problems you discover.

The next tip is if you can’t put a large sum of money down for  a down payment, you may still qualify for a loan.  There are a variety of public and private lenders who, if you qualify, offer low interest mortgages that require a small down payment on a home.

The next tip is to choose carefully between points and rate.  When picking a mortgage for your new Parry home, you usually have the option of paying additional points, which is a portion of the interest that you pay at closing, in exchange for a lower interest rate.  If you stay in your Parry home for a long time, it is usually a better deal to take the points.  The lower interest rate will save you more in the long run.  Check with you financial adviser to help you decide.

Lastly before you even choose your Parry home, make sure you get pre-approved.  By getting pre-approved you will know how much house you can afford and put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you find the right Parry model home for you and your family.  Don’t confuse this with pre-qualification, which is based on a brief review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history.

If you decide to take the step of purchasing a Parry home, we hope this has helped you as you lay out your future as a homeowner in Pittsburgh and would love to help make your new home dreams a reality with one of our beautiful new homes!

 

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

Mountain Ridge Estates: New Home Community in North Huntingdon!

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Communities | Posted: May 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Mountain Ridge Estates: New Home Community in North Huntingdon!
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When searching for new homes in Pittsburgh, just as important as the home you select is the community in which it is housed. Buying a new home is much more than just the home itself. The community in which you purchase your home needs to be equally as special and comfortable as the home you buy. Luckily, Parry Custom Homes not only builds the best of the best of Pittsburgh new homes, but we also build in the most sought after locations. One of the hottest communities in the Pittsburgh area right now, Mountain Ridge Estates!

Located within North Huntingdon Township in Westmoreland County, Mountain Ridge Estates is within the Norwin School District. Those of you with kids will be please to know that the Norwin School District is consistently high among the school rankings in Westmoreland County and across the state of Pittsburgh.

The name of this community plays a big part in the community itself! Sitting atop of the ridge of a mountain, you wont be able to get better views than at Mountain Ridge Estates.

Homes within this stunning community are situated within gorgeously wooded back yards and breathtaking views that you can enjoy each day. Can you imagine enjoying your coffee in the morning on your back porch while overlooking this picturesque scenery?

Mountain View Estates is one of  a kind in the fact it offers a community feel, within a wooden mountain atmosphere.

The location of this community is equally as amazing as the community itself. Imagine living in a community such as this yet still being within 15 miles from downtown Pittsburgh! Commuting to and from this community is easy as well, making your workday commute a breeze.

Another huge reason this community is so desirable? There isn’t a new home development located in North Huntingdon or Westmoreland County that is closer to Allegheny County and presents the ease of getting in and out of the city of Pittsburgh while still having the low Westmoreland County Taxes.

Mountain Ridge Estates is the ideal community for buyers who desire the privacy of a private lot, but want the amenities of a neighborhood.

Contact us anytime to learn about how you can make this amazing new home community your home!

 

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

The Perfect Window Treatments For Your Parry Home

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: April 5, 2019 | Comments Off on The Perfect Window Treatments For Your Parry Home

Pittsburgh new homeIn a beautifully decorated room, the window treatments are not done as an afterthought. How you accessorize the window in your Pittsburgh new home affects not only the mood of the room, but also the appearance from outside. When shopping for window treatments for your Parry home, stick with this guide when making your decision for the window treatments for your new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares information on how to make the most of the window treatments in your gorgeous new Parry home.

Plantation shutters are a style investment. They are a great choice because they look classic and will add elegance to your home and they are a classic style.

Whites, off-whites and other neutral window coverings almost always work best. Neutrals are timeless. You might change up you paint, furniture and lighting, but your neutral window treatments can endure the decorating changes made in your Parry home.

Woven shades add texture and ambiance to any room. There are natural or synthetic woven woods to choose from like bamboo or grass weaves to create a fresh modern look to any room of your home.

Sheer fabrics let the light from the outside into your Parry home, but still offer more privacy than an undressed window. Sheers can help a small room look bigger by letting in the sunshine and opening up the view rather than closing it in.

Pattern and rich colored window treatments work well in spaces like the dining room of your home. Color plays against a plain table, chairs and sideboard. Rooms that don’t have a lot of upholstery or texture welcome the energy of strong window treatment. And a lined drapery will offer more privacy at night than a sheer.

Honeycomb shades are an energy efficient window covering that help block summer heat and winter chill and can help lower the utility bill in your home. They give a streamlined look along with energy savings.

This should help get you started in the right direction as you look into any of these popular window treatments that will add a special design touch to any room of your home.

 

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.

How Color Can Perk Up Your Parry Home: Part One

Categories: New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: March 22, 2019 | Comments Off on How Color Can Perk Up Your Parry Home: Part One

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The colors that you select for your home create a distinct atmosphere your new Parry Custom Home. Since you want to set the right tone for your home and the place you spend the most of your time, you want to be sure to choose colors for the rooms of your home that will create the atmosphere that you enjoy being in. Color can enlarge a space and also make it feel more inviting. The trick is to select the right version of a particular color. There are different hues for blues, for instance, and they won’t all create the same effect and atmosphere in the rooms of your new Parry home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares a guide to gain insight about colors that you may use in your new home in Pittsburgh.

White: White is a pure serene color and it is an obvious choice if you want to create a calm atmosphere in the rooms of your Parry home. But white is also a cool and impersonal color. It is great for making rooms feel large, but it is also a very hard color to warm up, especially if the light that enters the room faces north. If you choose white that has cream or a hint of pink in it, it will warm the color up a bit. Stick with pure white if you are teaming it with black.

Blue: Traditionally, blue is related to calmness and comfort. It is an ideal choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Blue comes from the cold side of the color wheel so you want to choose your blue color for the rooms of your home carefully. If you choose dark blue or navy, this is a great application for a living room or a room with high ceilings, because it will make the walls appear near to you.

Green: Like blue, green is also a soothing shade and is great for a living room, bedroom or office. It is a shade that reflects nature and renewal. Green evokes positive energy without the feeling of being over stimulated, which makes it a great choice for a home office.

 

We have just touched on some of the colors that you may be interested in for your new home. Next week we will continue with looking at colors and finding the one that relates to you and will be perfect for your Parry Custom Home.

 

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