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Things to Consider Before Setting Up an Outdoor Firepit

Outdoor-Firepit-Paragon-Homes-BlogIt is easy to understand why outdoor firepits are gaining increasing popularity. There is something soothing about sitting around the fire while you socialize with family and friends. Many great memories can be made around a fire with some marshmallows, and a ghost story or two.

Given how popular firepits are you probably know someone with one. You may have spent some time enjoying a firepit at someone else’s house or at a restaurant and now you want one of your own. Before you rush out and start digging a hole in your yard, there are certain things you should keep in mind and regulations you will probably need to follow. In this article, we will take a look at things you should consider before setting up your outdoor firepit.

The Four Types of Fire Pits

To begin with, there are four different types of fire pits. Which is the right type for you will depend on a variety of factors. You will want to consider the setting, the design of the firepit, the type of fuel you want to use, safety issues and any local regulations or county regulations you might need to follow.

1. Wood Burning Fire Pits

There is nothing like the smell of the smoke and the snap and crackle of the wood. The red glow of the logs as they burn adds to the ambiance. The drawback is that you will have to constantly chop wood or buy wood to keep it going. You will also have to have a storage area for the wood to keep it dry enough to burn. The wood, in turn, always attracts insects, so you will have to be prepared for that.

If you choose to have a wood burning fire pit you have a few design options including a wood burning grill for cooking. You can also choose an outdoor fireplace design that is similar to an indoor fireplace made of brick or stone. Finally, you could make a pit of brick or stone. That is the easiest design option and many people build their own.

2. Propane Fire Pits

Propane fire pits are extremely convenient. There is no need to worry about constantly replenishing wood or gel. Propane lends itself to large firepits with dramatic designs the use materials like faux wood, rock pebbles and glass. The potential drawbacks are the price of purchasing propane and the possibility of the propane running out while you are entertaining. Also, many people find that propane is inferior when it comes to cooking. It doesn’t add the kind of flavor that wood grilling does.

Propane fire pits come in portable designs that can be easily moved anywhere in the yard. They also come in elegant copper bowl designs. Copper’s high melting point ensures they are durable, but they can be expensive. Firepit table designs mimic tables with the fire in the center. They come handy ledges around the edge that provide a safe distance from the flames and a place to rest a drink or plate of food.

3. Gel Fuel Fire Pits

Gel fuel fire pits are an option that many people find attractive because they burn without scent or smoke. They are versatile and can be moved. The drawbacks to gel is that it can be hard to find in stores and many people find it easier to buy it online. It also doesn’t give off as much heat.

Gel fuel comes in two designs. It can be purchased as gel fuel logs. The clever design creates the look of a wood fire while concealing the gel fuel holders. The logs can be used in any fire pit design. Tabletop fireplaces allow you to have a small, portable fire indoors or outdoors.

4. Natural Gas Fire Pits

Natural gas fire pits burn clean and you never need to worry about running out of fuel. It can also be a less expensive fuel option. The drawback is that you must run a separate gas line which can be very expensive to install. It also becomes a permanent fixture, which means you can’t move the firepit.

Natural gas fire pits have a couple of designs they can be incorporated into. Sunken designs are dramatic and add to the look of a patio or yard. They present a bit of a safety risk because they are an open flame design. Square, round and tabletop designs are raised above the ground and have elegant designs that are made of stone, brick or copper.

Conclusion

A firepit can be a great addition to your backyard. Keep in mind, however, that they can be a fire risk. Along with the other elements of design, you should consider safety when you create your firepit. Pick a location where it is safe to have an open fire, use care when managing open flames, and follow all local regulations to make your firepit safe and enjoyable for you, your family, guests, and neighbors.

Choose Flooring to Fit Your Lifestyle

 

Keep More Than Looks in Mind

If you are shopping for flooring for a new or existing home, you might be overwhelmed by all of the options. The room itself will help dictate the best type of flooring for that space — moisture resistant materials in a kitchen or laundry room, for example.

But you should also keep your family’s lifestyle in mind when it comes to what’s underfoot in your main living areas. Especially if those feet sometimes run through the house in soccer cleats. Continue reading

The First Things Homeowners Buy After Moving

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When you have finally made the move to your new house and started to unpack, you might see right away that your sofa or dining room table won’t work in the new space. Furniture is one of the top items new homeowners buy after they move. Here’s a look at some of the more common expenditures, and why it might be better to not buy that sectional couch right away. Continue reading

She Sheds and Mom Caves are Now All the Rage

sheSHEDWe have all heard of “man caves” by now. But what about mom-caves or “she-sheds?” While some more .. shall we say … “traditional” folks may say that the entire home is a woman’s domain, times are a-changin’! Many women (if not most) work outside the home these days and could use a little respite after a long day’s work — just as working men always have craved. It’s only fair that if the guys get a man cave to dwell in when they need a break from family life, that the ladies do, too. Hence, she-sheds. Also called mom caves, they are not that awe-inspiring of a notion: what’s more awe-inspiring is that they weren’t on the radar until as of late.

Perhaps it is the fact that feminist issues have more of a voice nowadays with the internet and social media. Perhaps it is the fact that women are making more money and can “splurge” on treating themselves. Perhaps it’s just because women deserve it as much as her kids with their playhouses or game rooms, or spouses with their sports-themed basements or bars. No longer are the ladies of the house confined to stereotypical home spaces: the kitchen, the garden, the laundry room, a bubble bath. No, no, no. We want MORE.

Give us prettily-decked-out sheds where we can knit, or write, or rock out on our guitars. Give us little huts in the backyard where we can sip on some tea, or wine, and practice yoga. Or nap. Give us a little bungalow where we can catch up on trashy reality TV shows in sweats without judgment or distraction. Give us meditation spaces. Give us a craft room or a gift wrapping space. A dressing room. A reading nook.  A tipi. Give us “mom caves” complete with whatever our heart desires. Maybe that includes our family members or pets. Maybe it doesn’t.

It’s archaic and outdated to assume that women — especially mothers — don’t want or need a space of their own. While many times women are the heart of a household, it doesn’t mean that their household is ALL that they are.


So take a look at these rockin’ she-sheds, mom-caves, and lady-spaces … and tell us: would you like one of your own?

 

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Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations. You can reach Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, published author, and social media professional from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, one of Pittsburgh’s Most Influential Twitter Users by the Pittsburgh Business Times, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, dogs, frogs, and cats!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh sports teams!

Creating the Perfect Winter Decor for your Mantel

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Our mantels rarely get enough credit or enough love — but they’re often the focal point of many a living room. In fact, they typically display treasured family photos, floral arrangements, seasonally-appropriate bunting, or, in the winter, stockings, garland, or menorahs. So let’s appreciate the mantel. It holds upon it warm family memories and the distinctive flair of your home.

Here are some great tips for decorating your mantel this holiday season!

Paragon Homes Presents: Creating the Perfect Winter Decor for  your Mantel:

  • Get kitschy with cheeky DIY bunting! Bunting offers a fun, traditional-meets-modern look. It is whimsical and has a simple retro feel to it. Bunting flags can be done up fancy with sophisticated glitz and glam, or can be downplayed for a fun, nostalgic, and crafty look. Pinterest is a great source of ideas for all-things-bunting!
  • Go traditional with faux snow, holly, garland, and Christmas stockings.
  • Do a modern rustic-chic look with twigs, industrial pieces, burlap, and simple candles.
  • Glam it up with lots of gold, silver, and sparkly tchochkes. Some of our favorite home decor for this type of look comes from HomeGoods or Target.
  • White out! Create a chic look by giving your mantel a winter white-hot makeover. Think white resin decorations, frosted glass, and white-on-white picture frames holding black-and-white photos.
  • Make it fun! Add a bit of fun to your mantel by displaying kids’ artwork in fancy frames. String popcorn up to make a retro kind of garland, and display a gingerbread house or other kid-friendly and homemade nick-knacks.
  • Stick with a color scheme. It doesn’t have to be all white, and it needn’t go with the holiday season. Pick a color, then make sure every piece on your mantel fits the theme.
  • Use your mantel as a place to display all of the holiday greeting cards that you display.
  • Turn your mantel into an advent calendar, lining it all the way across with pieces counting down to Christmas.
  • Celebrate the holidays with your entire family. If you are hosting a holiday party and some of your family cannot attend, put photos of those family members on your mantel and set up a video camera or webcam on the mantel so that they can witness the fun from across the miles.
  • Not into holiday or seasonal decor? Keep your mantel simple with a couple of candles, books, of picture frames.

Here is a great article on mantel decor from HGTV, and a video filled with great ideas from Martha Stewart. Tell us, which look is your favorite?

 

 

A DIYers Checklist: How to DIY The Right Way

With apps like Pinterest and a plethora of new television shows on HGTV, America is  becoming a nation of DIY’ers and Pittsburgh homeowners are on the cutting edge. If you love to tackle projects on your own and “do-it-yourself,” you, too, may be joining in the DIY mindset of modern times.

From crafting to cooking, scrapbooking to wallpapering, carpentry to gardening, and beyond, doing it yourself can save money and can also turn into incredibly fulfilling hobbies, or even a profitable side business.But, what does it take to become a DIY’er? Paragon Homes has some tips for you when it comes to tackling projects, no matter how big, small, difficult, or easy.

A DIY Checklist from Paragon Homes:

  •  Use Pinterest. Download the Pinterest app and/or visit the website before beginning your DIY project. It is a great way to save inspirations and ideas before you get to planning.
  • Visit the library. Yes, “old-fashioned” libraries still exist. Visit the library for even more research and inspiration.
  • Plan ahead. Every DIY project involves some amount of planning. Use a checklist on the computer or in a notebook to map out steps you need to achieve, items you need to purchase, and any other notes you want to make.
  • Shop smart. Your DIY project may involve some supplies. For some projects, this may involve a trip to Lowe’s, Sears, or Home Depot, with others, a visit to Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, or Michael’s may be in order. Be vigilant about sales and be diligent in finding the best deals for your DIY project.
  • Enlist help. If you think you’ll need assistance with your project, you don’t have to do it ALL yourself. Ask a friend or family member, and reward them for their time or expertise with a pizza lunch, thoughtful gift card, or case of beer.
  • Think outside the box. Sometimes, things will go wrong. And sometimes – believe it or not – neither the Internet nor your most-trusted mentor will have the answers that you seek. DIY projects can be unpredictable. You may need to fly by the seat of your pants in some cases, and “wing it” if you have to. Thinking outside the box, getting crafty or creative, and being flexible is key.
  • Have the right “stuff.” Some DIY projects involve tools: hammers, nails, power drills, torches, drywall, and so on. Other DIY projects involve different items: scalloped scissors, Modge Podge, acrylic paint, stencils, glitter, and so forth. Make sure that you research what you will need for your project, and get your hands on all of the essentials before you start.
  • Clean up as you go. DIY projects can get messy. There’s no worse than having to clean up hours, days, weeks, or months at work at the very end, when all is said and done. Cleaning up as you go could save you a lot of hassle once your project is finalized.
  • Most importantly stay safe!  If you are not sure about something seek a professional who can help you stay safe while you work.  Lead paint is present in many homes built before 1980 as is asbestos.  Make sure to follow all safety instructions as well, those tools can hurt if not used properly.

Paragon Homes allows you to custom-build the home of your dreams. So if a craft room or a storage space for your power tools is necessary, be sure to let us know as we plan the perfect Paragon home together for you and your family.

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Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations. You can reach Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, one of Pittsburgh’s Most Influential Twitter Users by the Pittsburgh Business Times, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, doberman, frogs, and cats!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

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Unique Ways to Repurpose Household Items

When it comes to the function of most household items, our thinking is typically pretty linear. But, Paragon Homes asks you: what if it doesn’t have to be?

 We encourage you to get creative and have fun with decorating your Home. Think outside the box! Upcycling and repurposing are both fairly new trends when it comes to recycling and reusing home goods and more.

 Many of us want to be unique in some way, and some of us even wish to have parts of our home that are special or different from the norm. Now with the concept of repurposing, you can stand out and have customized items that are personalized to you and your family. You can get one-of-a-kind décor without breaking the bank – and you can utilize many useful “life hacks” to get the most out of everyday household items, while you’re at it.

 Some examples of repurposing / upcycling include:

  • Manipulate old forks and knives into hooks to hang stuff on, or hang them as unique décor in the kitchen … a great, easy way to repurpose!
  • Use an old metal colander as a pot for a hanging basket outdoors. Paint it a bold color for extra customization.
  • Use an old kettle or teapot as a flower planter, either indoors or in the garden.
  • Empty and clean out cans of tuna or cat food. Remove the label and put them in drawers to organize items such as paper clips, staples, push pins, loose keys, rubber bands, and so forth.
  • In a similar fashion, you can wrap pretty paper or fabric around old soup cans and use them to store pens, pencils, markers, etc.
  • Use antique/vintage suitcases as a stylish storage option out in the open.
  • A wheeled (portable) tool cart can work in the kitchen as well as in your spacious Paragon garage. Add a slab of butcher block to the top to make it extra useful!
  • Hang an old wooden ladder (or part of it) on the wall for an instant book shelf or knickknack rack.

 For more information on repurposing, keep your eye on the Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart, and HGTV websites. There’s also a great website called UpcycleThat.com where you can find even more unique inspirations!

 

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations. You can reach Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com


Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, one of Pittsburgh’s Most Influential Twitter Users by the Pittsburgh Business Times, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, doberman, frogs, and cats!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Bringing Home Baby

Baby Nursery Design Idea | Paragon Homes

Even if yours is only a “Royal Baby” in your own eyes, bringing home a new bundle of joy means making some modifications to your home. Preparing your home for a baby needn’t be too difficult or expensive, but there is planning and cost involved.

You’ll want to start thinking ahead – even if you aren’t pregnant yet, if you plan to be, you should consider your future kids when purchasing a new home. Will you have enough room in your house for children? Which room will be the nursery? Are you planning on more than one child? These are all things to think about when buying a home and starting a family.

Once you’ve chosen your home – and don’t worry, we can help you to custom-build one to suit your preferences and specifications — and picked out a room for your baby, get used to where the room is located within your home. You’ll be shuffling there half-asleep on many nights for feedings and other parental duties.

You’ll also get to do the fun stuff, like decorate! Pinterest has a lot of great ideas when it comes to DIY nurseries, from wall stencils to fun, unique themes and more. You’ll want to be sure not to overcrowd the nursery and have plenty of room for the essentials such a crib, changing table, bassinet, and rocking chair.  Another neat idea is to replace the regular door of the baby’s room with a screen door, to prevent pets and other kids from entering the nursery uninvited. A window shade will help to keep the light out.

You’ll need to have baby monitors and also baby-proof your home. Safety is of utmost importance when dealing with a baby or a young child, and there are many books out there to help you baby-proof your house.

Don’t forget about feeding time and diapers – all of these necessities from bottles to diapers are going to need to be there the second you arrive home with your newborn – and as you stock up, all of these items are going to need a place to live within your home. When building your Paragon home, be sure to consider lots of extra closets and storage space, especially if you plan on having a family!

Even though babies are tiny, they are a big undertaking…but one that reaps huge rewards for a lifetime to come.

 

~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations. You can reach Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, doberman, frogs, and kitten!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Autumn Has Arrived: Decorating Your Paragon Home for Fall

Fall branch centerpiece by Martha Stewart

Fall branch centerpiece by Martha Stewart

Fall is officially here, and autumn is a fun time of year to experiment with seasonal décor both inside and outside of your home.

Decorate your custom-built Paragon Home with these fun – and also customizable! – ways to share your fall holiday aesthetic!

 

  • Put miniature pumpkins in a clear vase. Garnish with a black, orange, or gold ribbon, and you have an easy accent piece or centerpiece for the fall.
  • Make a simple wreath out of cornhusks, for a rustic chic feel in your home.
  • Create a seasonal garland on your porch or doorway that is made out of colorful dried decorative corncobs.
  • Make a modern, modified version of a cornucopia to hang in place of wreaths.
  • Incorporate pinecones or miniature decorative corncobs into your place settings at Thanksgiving.
  • Have candy dishes filled with candy corn around the home for a signature Halloween treat…and a pop of color!
  • Place hardy mums on the front porch or doorstep….you can never go wrong there!
  • Play around with scents. Just as you can custom-build your Paragon home, you can customize its personality with fragrance. For autumn, try scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, fall leaves, or apple.
  • Make a “fall foliage” wreath or centerpiece out of dried autumn leaves and branches.
  • Fill window boxes or planters with gourds and pumpkins.
  • Spray-paint pumpkins white or ivory for a chic twist on traditional fall hues.
  • Put different kinds of colorful squash in a bowl or basket in your kitchen.
  • Fill a decorative dish or vase with acorns.
  • Use twigs, acorns, and pinecones in your fall décor in a fresh, modern, and simple way to try a new twist on rustic chic. It will be less country and more luxe.
  • Fill a vase with cranberries for a piece of Thanksgiving décor.
  • Make charming ghost decorations out of lace to make Halloween a little more upscale.

 

There are so many ways that you can change up your décor for the fall. In fact, there are some easy ways to “redecorate” for every season in your Paragon home. Some great ideas include: switching out tablecloths, placemats, or runners; keeping seasonal flowers in vases in your home; changing your throw pillows from season to season, and more.

 

How do you decorate your luxury Paragon home for the fall holidays?

 


~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations. You can reach Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, frogs, and kitten!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Color Infusion: Choosing Paint Colors in Your Custom Paragon Home

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Choosing paint colors in your new custom home may seem like a pretty daunting task.

However, the beauty of it is this: paint colors can always be changed!

While you shouldn’t just paint your great room neon green on a whim, if there is a trend that you want to try or a color that keeps speaking to you, there’s no harm in trying it out. After all, you want to personalize your space, reflect your personal style, and make your home your own.

According to HGTV, “Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are Infusionsubtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.”

So, if color is so important to us as human beings and if it can affect our moods and emotions, why not put some thought and effort into mindfully choosing the right shades for our home?

Here are some tips:

  • Always think about your favorite colors. You’ll want to incorporate them somewhere in the house – if not on the walls, then perhaps as a throw pillow or other home décor accent.
  • Consider the “mood” you want to convey and the style of the room. Is the room modern and simple, dramatic, artsy, traditional, or cozy? Is it a room that is meant to be calming, serene? Or should it be bright and cheery? Think about this as you mindfully choose paint colors.
  • Should the room appear social, inviting, and stimulating? Try warm, bright colors. Think yellows, oranges, and reds. Should the room be more formal, quiet, and subdued? Go for neutrals. Black and white is always a modern choice, and beiges, browns, and tans look subdued. Should the room’s mood be serene and relaxing? Try hues of blue and green, or even a calming gray or lavender.
  • Think about lighting. Stores often have different light boxes for you to test the paint samples. Natural daylight shows the true version of the color. Fluorescent lighting can add a blue or green tone, and incandescent or muted lighting can add warm tones, brasses, and yellows to the shade.
  • Walk into another room. According to HGTV, you should,Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Approach it like a composition: You’re in one room, but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it.”
  • Use a color wheel for inspiration when considering paint colors for your custom built Paragon home.
  • Ask a decorator for their opinion. They are a professional for a reason!
  • Have decorating ideas in mind. What good is a lilac wall if you don’t know what to do with the rest of the room?
  • Consider the size of the room you are painting.  Some shades will make the room appear larger, others may make it look smaller.
  • For added interest, consider different finishes to add some depth and texture to your walls.
  • Always test your paint color on an area of the wall or even a poster board.
  • Consider if you’ll want to “be stuck with” a certain color theme. Black-and-gold may sound like a good idea for the diehard Steelers fans here in Pittsburgh, but will you think so once it’s painted that way?

 

Last but not least, when choosing paint colors, you should go with your gut. After all – it isn’t permanent and a fresh color of paint can make a world of difference in your new custom home. We can help you make the right choices: call Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com


~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations.

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, frogs, and kitten!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!