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Tips to handle your current “new normal”

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Tips to handle your current “new normal”

If the past month has left you feeling a bit confused with all of the changes going on around you, know that you are not alone! Had someone told you even two months ago that things like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and non-perishable items would be in limited demand in the coming weeks, you would have probably looked at them like they were crazy. However, this has become our current reality and many just want some help and guidance to cope with the  new normal we are currently living in. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to best adjust to your current new normal.

Tip #1: Don’t fall into the urge to panic

If you go to the store and see empty shelves or worry you will run out of toilet paper before you are able to get more, just remember this is temporary. The recent panic over this pandemic has caused people to go overboard in terms of what they purchase, leaving our stores to suffer the consequences. However, just remember that in the coming days and weeks, these things will go back to normal and you will be able to access them after the initial panic has calmed down.

Tip #2: Adjust your family to the new normal

Since this temporary new way of life will be one we have to deal with for the coming weeks, the best thing that you can do is create a new routine and what your normal new routine now is for you and your family. Sit down together and establish a schedule for how your days will look. If you have kids, invite them to be a part of the conversation and creation of their daily schedule. Having everyone in the know on what each family members daily routine will look like, will help alleviate much of the frustration that can come from having everyone home at the same time.

Tip #3: Take care of your health (both mental and physical)

Not only from a physical perspective will taking care of your health during this time be important to protect your immune system from this virus, but from a mental standpoint it will be necessary to take care of yourself as well. Turn to the things that bring you comfort during this time. Whether it is attending church online, painting, baking, or getting outdoors when the weather is nice for a walk or even to spend some time in your yard.

Tip #4: Find or create new hobbies or projects

Especially if you are an avid sports lover, now that there are no current sports on the television that you can spend your time watching, you may be left with more time on your hands than you previously had before. Consider finally tackling some of your home projects or organization you never have time to get too. Maybe you have a hobby you love, but just can never find the time to dedicate to it. Now might be the perfect time for you to do these things and make the most of the time you now are spending at home!

You can also do things that are calming, such as read a book, take a bubble bath, or listen to music. There are not many times in life where you are able to truly un-plug from the world and recharge your batteries, and right now might be the perfect time to indulge in just doing that for yourself.

Tip #5: Hold onto normal as much as possible

Think of the normal, day to day things that you did before this pandemic happened and you were forced to be quarantined in your home. Did you take your dog for a walk every evening after you got home from work? Did you drink your coffee while reading the newspaper or having breakfast before work? Did you go for a jog every evening before dinner? Anything in your normal routine that you did prior to this, hold on to that and keep that as part of your daily routine. It will help things seem more normal, even when they aren’t.

Tip #6: Be thankful

Just keep into perspective that everything is temporary. Both the good times and the bad times are short-lived and we all go through different seasons of life. Remember all of the things you can be thankful for during this time. The people around you, the food you eat, your faith and even a roof over your head. Be sure to hold onto a positive attitude and once this is all over, you will be a better and stronger person because of it.


Parry Custom Homes is here for our community and wants to accommodate you the best we can and support our neighbors during this time.

Closet cleaning: 101

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder, Uncategorized | Posted: August 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Closet cleaning: 101
Closet cleaning 101

Closet cleaning 101

As summer winds down to an end and fall is on our doorstep, chances are the wardrobe in your closet will soon be changing too. However, if you are like most, your closet may seem smaller than the amount of clothes and belongings you have to put in it! So, what is the best way to clean your closet and make it the most functional it can be? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares the best tips that will have your closet in tip top shape before the weekend is over!

Step 1: The first thing you will want to take is to do an audit of your closet. What clothes do you want to keep? What can you get rid of? Does it fit? When is the last time you wore it? Are there any imperfections such as stains or holes that cannot be fixed?

Step 2: Make four piles that you can distribute items in your closet into.

Pile 1: Items to keep

Pile 2: Items to store

Pile 3: Items to donate or sell

Pile 4: Items to throw away

You can then put each pile into a plastic bag to keep away from your closet area and keep together, for where they need to go next.

Sept 3: The next thing you will want to do is take an inventory of your hangers. Group your hangars together by style. For example, what hangers as best for delicate items or fabrics? Which hangers are best for sturdier items like coats or suit jackets? Do you have hangars made specifically for pants? Organize the similar hangars together, into grouped pairings by type.

Step 4: Begin to hang your clothes up that will fit for the upcoming season, and items that will get you through the “transition” period of temperatures between seasons. Anything that you won’t be wearing for the next several months, store.

Step 5: Begin to organize accessories. Once your clothing is situated and hung up, move on to your accessory items like hats, scarves, belts, purses, etc. If you don’t have drawers or storage in your closet, you can use boxes or bins to store these items. You can get creative and store them above your closet or wherever you have the best amount of room to keep them out of the way, but still easy to access.

Step 6: Move on to your jewelry. A great way to organize jewelry in your closet, is to get a pegboard and mount it to a wall or the back of your closet door. You can put hooks on it and hang bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.

Step 7: Shoes will be the last items in your closet to focus on. If you have the original shoe boxes, a great idea is to label each shoe on the front of the shoebox and store them that way. This is a much more efficient way to store shoes and save room since you can stack the boxes and grab for easy access. If you don’t have the original shoeboxes, simply purchase some boxes fit for shoes at places like Bed Bath and Beyond or the Container Store.

Step 8: A good rule of thumb is to go back through your closet and organize it in a way that is easy and makes sense. For example, you can group all like-items together by color. For example, if you have 5 color tank tops, place all tank tops in one area and organize them from darkest to lightest.

Step 9: Be sure to give your closet a good vacuuming, dusting and wiping down once you are all done.


You will be prepared to take on the new season and make selecting items from your closet a breeze.



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


A Guideline For the First 24 Hours You Move Into Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on A Guideline For the First 24 Hours You Move Into Your New Home


New Home in Pittsburgh

New Home in Pittsburgh

So you have purchased your new home in Pittsburgh from Parry Custom Homes and are all set to move in- congrats! We all know that moving can bring a lot of stress and chaos as you move from one place to another. Since all homebuyers deal with the same issues in moving, Parry Custom Homes has developed an easy “top seven” list of things to do in the first 24 hours of moving into your new Parry home. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be ready to take on your move.

  1. Document your belongings. This may sound boring, but for your homeowners insurance and your peace of mind, now is a good time to record your valuables that are in the house for worst-case scenario purposes.
  2. Do a quick cleaning. Even though you might be moving into a brand new home, dust or construction debris might still be looming among certain areas of the home. Before you move your furniture in, do a clean sweep of your home and get out the vacuum to clean up any extra dust that may be sitting in the house.
  3. Pull together all of your furniture and put it where it is supposed to go. The best place to start is with the furniture that needs to be assembled. Then, put it in a rough location of where you plan for it to be located. The actual positioning and decorating can wait, but this way everything can have a place in your home.
  4. Put all of the boxes in the right rooms. You don’t have to unpack the boxes, just make sure they go into the room they belong in so in the following days (or weeks) you can unpack everything room by room.
  5. Take out and arrange your daily necessity items you will need right away. Things like your toothbrush, towels, coffee maker, and so on. This will save you from digging in boxes late at night, yet again.
  6. One of the most important things to do in the first 24 hours is to put together and make your bed! This way, at the end of the day when you’re spent from moving, you can just fall into bed and not have to worry about putting it together.
  7. Lastly, if and when you come across your new neighbors, introduce yourself! It’s always good to establish friendly terms early on.


These seven tips will help make the first 24 hours in your new home a much more peaceful and less chaotic transition! After all, you have a beautiful new home to enjoy!


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.

Outdoor trends you will want for your own backyard

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Outdoor trends you will want for your own backyard


This year the above average temperatures that have carried on late into Fall have left some spending more time on the outdoors of their home than inside. If this is the case, you may have been inspired to give your backyard some TLC come spring, so you can enjoy your space with friends and family.  Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares some outdoor trends you may want to consider adding to your backyard to-do wishlist to enjoy this upcoming Spring.

The outdoor couch has made a major comeback when it comes to outdoor furniture. Gone are the days of hard benches and chairs, when you can more comfortably relax with friends and family on s stylish outdoor couch. These come in a variety of sizes, shapes and options so they can truly fit most any backyard layout. You can even take a sectional outdoor couch and rearrange it around a fire pit once the cooler temperatures of fall hit.

If you thought your garden or planting were things far past this time of year, think again! Consider the ever popular succulent plan, that can create pint-sized gardens or can be planted in wood boxes and really capture the rustic level of fall. In cooler climates, you may consider trying yucca and agave plants. If planting is out until Spring, do your research and see what needs to be planted and when so you can be ready once things start to bloom again.

Hammock chairs are another popular backyard accessory of today and can be easily added to porches anywhere. This will give your outdoor space an easy, casual feel with a bit of an eccentric twist.

A third great backyard addition is that of a pocket bar. If you backyard was not built with a bar in mind, it doesn’t mean you can never have one! Miniature pocket bars will save you from having to go inside to the kitchen to refill your glass, without the commitment of a full size outdoor bar. If you are really short on space, try a fold down murphy bar that will fit your space perfectly and keep your liquor collection protected between happy hours.

Lastly, stenciled flooring may not be something you have heard of but it definitely something you should check out. Concrete and hot material flooring is a hot staple at the moment, and for good reason. It is more sustainable and wood and gives and industrial flavor that lends itself to the more modern look. Add some design with stencil and stains and it is the perfect way to personalize your space and give it life. You can even use this same technique on wood floors to give shabby-chic vibe.


These simple trends will give you something to look forward to for your home this Spring!



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