Category Archives: Home Tips

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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Get Revved Up! Garage Organization Tips from Paragon Homes

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At Paragon Homes, we realize that the garage is an extension of the home. For some people, the garage can become a very important part of the house. (“Man cave,” anyone?)  Since the garage is more than just a place to park a car, it should be organized like the functional workspace that it is.

We have the garage organization tips for you to keep your garage revved up and in working order. (And, if we do say ourselves, our custom-built Paragon homes offer pretty impressive garage space, which helps.)

Simple Tips for Organizing Your Garage:

  • Use as much space, as efficiently as possible. This includes utilizing as much vertical and ceiling space as you can. Hooks, wires, and shelving will become your best friends.
  • Remove as much “junk” as possible. Don’t keep what you don’t need. If you must hang on to it, but you don’t use it, put it into storage elsewhere. Keep your garage floor and workbenches as de-cluttered as you can.
  • Group like items together so they are easy to find. (An area for tools, a space for car washing supplies, a section of paint cans, etc.)
  • Give each space of the garage a distinct purpose.
  • Use labels as much as possible.
  • Don’t underestimate the value of a nice tool chest or tool box … especially one on wheels or that can be stowed away.
  • Make sure your car fits! Keeping a vehicle in a garage is a great way to make sure you’re taking good care of it. After all, that’s what a garage is truly for. Organization experts estimate that only about one-third of us actually park our vehicles in the garage. The reason? There’s often too much junk for the car or truck to fit. Even with spacious Paragon garages, if there’s too much “stuff” scattered about, it just won’t work.

So follow these simple tips and give your vehicle a home without sacrificing storage space!

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.paragonhomescustombuilder.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!

Goodbye, Dust Bunnies … Hello, Easter Bunny! Spring Cleaning Tips from Paragon Homes

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Easter is upon us, and with Easter comes fun family traditions like Easter brunch, egg-dyeing, Easter egg hunts, picnics, Easter baskets, and more.

Whether you will spend your Easter season planting daffodils, serving up mimosas, painting eggs, or enjoying yummy Easter candy, Paragon Homes wants to wish you and your family a “hoppy” Easter and a happy Spring!

Speaking of, have you gotten to your spring cleaning yet? If not, there’s no time like the present to begin spring cleaning before the Easter Bunny (and perhaps your friends and family) arrive.

Here are some tips on how to get rid of dust bunnies as you prepare to welcome in the Easter bunny:

 Paragon Homes Presents:

Easy Spring Cleaning Tips:

  • Prioritize by room to make it easier and less intimidating.
  • Don’t neglect your appliances: clean out the fridge, oven, dishwasher, etc.
  • Disinfect your garbage disposal.
  • Try lemon oil on doorknobs.
  • Dust, dust, dust!
  • Get rid of clogs – use Drain-O or Liquid Plumber  in your drains.
  • Use the proper brooms for sweeping: indoors, choose one with finer bristles; outdoors, go for stronger, stiffer bristles!
  • Clean out your closets and drawers. Donate some, sell some, trash some.
  • Declutter your home office by getting in organization mode.
  • Multitask: catch up on phone calls while you clean, or dance around as you vacuum, making it a workout.
  • Time your chores. You’ll realize that most household chores take less time than you imagine, making them seem more tolerable once broken down realistically.

Another easy tip is just this simple: hire a professional! Even if you don’t have a regular housekeeper, some maid or cleaning services have ‘spring cleaning’ specials and deals.

And who knows … if you drop enough hints, maybe “somebunny” special will gift you with a day of cleaning this Easter or Mother’s Day. You never know!

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!

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!

Home Organization for the New Year

Most of us could use some help when it comes to more organized living, and Paragon Homes wants to help with these useful home organization tips. If you’ve resolved for better home organization in the new year, here are some ways to help you stay better organized in your Paragon Home.

  • Tackle that junk drawer! We all have one … don’t neglect it. Organizing it will be an easy first step in what can become an overwhelming process!
  • Hang it up! Look into different types of hangers. Nowadays, there are special hangers for special garments AND all of your other items from scarves to belts, handbags, and other accessories. This will help your closet to be more organized and easy to access.
  • Store instruction manuals in a 3-ring binder. This will help prevent clutter, and they’ll be easy to find when you need one. In fact, binders and color-coded folders can be a great way to store everything from tax documents to report cards, medical records, and more.
  • Repurpose shoebox lids or cardboard as drawer dividers.
  • Use plastic bins or collapsible storage bins rather than stacking clutter out in the open.
  • Shrink-wrap sweaters and other bulky clothing in a Space Bag or other space-saving storage bag.
  • Designate spaces in your home for specific purposes. Sounds simple, but may be easier said than done. When all else fails, get creative and think outside the box when it comes to storage and organization.
  • Invest in a magazine rack or another way to store magazines and newspapers, rather than having them strewn about your home.
  • Use a pill organizer for medications, or, group medications by category (stomach, allergies, pain relievers, prescription drugs, etc.) so that they are easy to access when needed. Also, throw away expired drugs.
  • Likewise, clean out your refrigerator often, making sure to throw out foods and beverages that are past their expiration date.
  • Toolboxes, makeup boxes, and the like are not just a waste of money. Buy them or make your own so that everything has a place.

What other ways can you think of to better organize your home?

Pet-Friendly Paragon Homes: For the Animal Lovers in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a great place for animal-lovers, and Paragon knows that they are important members of the family.

Owning a pet can be a rewarding and enriching experience — but sometimes, just sometimes, they can … well … practically destroy our homes.

That doesn’t have to be the case, though. In fact, you can have a house that’s both chic and pet-friendly with these tips for functionality and fabulosity as a pet owner.

Here are some ways to make yours a pet-friendly home:

  • Get your dog or cat their own bed. You can find pet beds that are stylish and comfortable, and that won’t be an eyesore. Giving them their own spot may also prevent pet hair in your bed or on your living room furniture.
  • Better Homes and Gardens suggests building a “pet den,”  stating: “Dogs do very well in crates or cozy closed-in spaces. The way you feel in your den is the way your dog feels in his crate: safe and relaxed. Push the crate under a table in a kitchen nook or in the basement—or build a little pet hideaway—and it won’t fight with your decor.”
  • Chic storage. Use a pretty basket or a cute bin to store pet toys.
  • Store smart. Keep glass vases, picture frames, and collectibles away from your pets. Be logical. An antique vase on the coffee table that your cat walks all over or a valuable sculpture that your Great Dane can knock over with the swipe of his tail isn’t smart storage or display.
  • Go natural. Opt for cleaners that have minimal or no chemicals. Try vinegar and water or all-natural cleaners instead of bleach.
  • Scratching posts. If you have a cat, buy a scratching post so that they don’t shred your furniture. In the meantime, aluminum foil on no-scratch-zones is a good way to discourage clawing.
  • Built-in pet dishes. Did you know that you can build your dog or cat’s food bowls into a drawer? Smart and less clutter!
  • Be cautious. Do your homework and research if houseplants and plants/flowers in your yard are poisonous to your pet.
  • Cut the cord. Hide or cut cords and tassels that hang from blinds, curtains, drapes, and blankets. Your dog or cat could get tangled up and put themselves in a dangerous position.
  • Make sure windows are secure. You don’t want your dog or cat leaping out an open window or jumping through a screen.
  • Build an attractive dog gate. A custom dog gate that you build yourself will match your home decor and look nicer than most sold at pet stores or chain retailers — plus, it may be more sturdy, too.
  • … or build an attractive crate. Who says dog crates have to be ugly metal and wire?
  • Build a pet agility course in your backyard. It’s fun for them, exercise for you both, and a great chance for you to bond!
  • Fence your yard. A fenced-in yard is a great option for pet owners.
  • Vacuum regularly to sweep up that pet hair.
  • Bathe and groom your pet regularly to help prevent shedding and odor.
  • Choose furniture wisely. Stain-resistant fabrics and material to which pet hair won’t cling are a great option!
Can you think of any other ways to make your home a pet-friendly household?

Enhancing Your Outdoor Living Space | Paragon Homes

Our outdoor living space can be a huge asset to our home and property. The way we care for our yards, our landscaping, and our outdoor lighting and furniture can really make a difference. From curb appeal to entertaining, relaxing, and more, our outdoor living space should be treated as a part of our home.

 

Planting flowers, shrubs, and greenery can really spruce up your yard and accentuate your gorgeous Paragon Home. Making sure to keep your grass cared for and trimmed is another must, as is caring for any trees and plants surrounding your new home.

 

If you’re into entertaining, you’ll want to consider your outdoor living space as a part of your home.

 

What kind of lighting do you want outside? What about furniture, hammocks, a pool, or a bar? Do you want a basketball hoop or a maybe a fire pit could come in handy as summer turns to a chilly Pittsburgh fall.

 

There are many questions to consider in creating custom outdoor living space. Think about your family’s individual needs: are you into gardening? If so – vegetables, or flowers? You can eat fresh veggies right from your garden or you can create beautiful indoor centerpieces with flowers you’ve grown, too.

 

Depending on your style, you can also think about yard décor. Do you like the kitschy fun of a yard gnome? The retro feel of a gazing ball? Or, do you prefer simpler things like solar lights, tiki torches, white twinkle lights, or subtle statues of angels or animals?

 

Whatever your style is, keep it true to you and yours. You want your yard, patio, and deck to be like an extension of your home, and so you should care for it as such.

 

Be sure to check out Paragon Homes for our unique custom home designs.  You can choose a home plan as is, work with our team to make any custom changes you like, or we can design a custom plan around you from the ground up. Don’t forget to check our blog often for more Pittsburgh custom home and lifestyle tips.

 

From Home Building to Body Building: Staying Fit and Healthy with Paragon Homes

Is your home a healthy home?

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Do you have a devoted workout space in your house?

If you have a new home, you probably do, but ultimately, you do not even need a lot of extra room in your home to exercise and stay in shape.

 

Sure, a home gym is wonderful, but, there are plenty of creative options, too.

 

Here are some tips from Paragon Homes that should be useful whether or not just built your dream home or are just looking for a homebuilder:

 

  • Choose exercise equipment and accessories that are portable, versatile, and easy to store. For example: resistance bands, yoga mat and blocks, small weights, jump ropes, kettle bells, suspension training systems such as TRX, etc.
  • If your item is harder to store, such as a large piece of equipment (think: treadmill, stair-climber, rowing machine, stationary bike, elliptical, or other total-body or weight machines) consider moving it to a space that isn’t frequented by guests, such as a spare bedroom, basement, or home office.
  • Choose treadmills and other machinery that folds up for easier storage.
  • Keep a balance ball in your garage or basement that is out-of-sight most of the time, but that can be easily pulled out for a quick workout.
  • Try exercise DVDs and/or Exercise TV. Most cable providers have exercise, sport, and fitness channels that feature OnDemand workouts…and if not, you can find many exercise routines on YouTube to follow along with.
  • Consider your kitchen to be part of your fitness regimen. Your Paragon home comes with the kitchen of your dreams, so why not put it to good use and make nutritious, wholesome, healthful meals for you and your family? Use fresh produce and organic foods when possible.
  • Keep houseplants in your home – they clean and purify the air!
  • Use your home! Yes, that’s right – your house can be part of your physical activity for the day. Cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry all burn calories. Plus, who says you need a step-machine when you can walk or jog up and down your own stairs at home? Use your couch arm to do modified push-ups. Use a gallon of milk to do bicep curls. Try chair yoga. You can make everyday items extraordinary with a “fit” frame of mind!
  • Don’t forget that many exercises don’t need any equipment at all:  yoga, Pilates, stretching, jogging in place, crunches, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, squats, and planks are just some examples of things that can be done in any room of your house…or anywhere, really!
  • Get outdoors! Take your dog for a walk. Play ball in your backyard. Have a pool? Take a swim. Go for a hike. Ride a bike. Whatever you can do to stay active, do it!

Whether you’re a body builder or a home builder, Paragon Homes has communities that are a great place to live, work, and play….and to stay healthy and fit!
~~ 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!

 

Organizing Your House: Tips from Paragon Homes

 

Sometimes, it is hard to keep a clean, organized home in this busy and hectic day and age. But, we’re here to offer some housekeeping and organizational tips to minimize clutter and maximize space in your new custom built Paragon home.

 

Some tricks and ideas for organizing your house:

 

  • Footwear in the foyer can get messy. Shoes can be kept on a mat or better yet, on a movable rack, so that you can clean underneath on a regular basis. Shelving or a space inside the coat closet would be an even better option.
  • With another Pittsburgh winter coming up getting the coats out of the way can be tricky.  If your home doesn’t have a coat closet, have a standing wardrobe specifically for coats, or, a coat and hat rack.
  • Keep your keys from getting lost by giving them a specific place where they go the minute you walk in the door.
  • Create focal points to distract from clutter. For example, Good Housekeeping suggests using a flat surface as a showcase area, with one central display like a vase of flowers or a bowl of potpourri.
  •  Home office? Organize your desk space. You should have enough room to work comfortably without knocking things over or bumping into your computer monitor. There are so many office space storage options available to aid in your office organization.
  • Bundle cords together or use a cord organizer.
  • Have a special spot where mail goes immediately. Sort and open it daily instead of letting it pile up.  If your builder included a mail shelf in your home design you are ahead of the game, but if not these recessed shelves can easily be added to existing homes.  Just be sure to check for any plumbing or other systems behind the walls.
  • Throw pillows are pretty, but keep them to a minimum to avoid your living space looking too cluttered.
  • Ideally, the top of the nightstand should hold a book, a light, and an alarm clock, but it should not become another catchall space of clutter within your home.
  • Store items under the bed in marked bins.
  • Hang seasonal clothing in your closet, and store out-of-season items in bins that are put away elsewhere.
  • All the clothes you keep in the dresser should be neatly grouped by type.
  • Keep jewelry in a jewelry box, and makeup in a cosmetics case. Don’t just leave things laying around.
  • Have a hat rack or a large pull-out drawer devoted to hats.
  • If you have children, store toys in a toy box instead of having them laying all over the house.
  • If you share your home with pets, keep their toys in a basket where they can access it, but where it is out of the way.

Good Housekeeping suggests having a workstation for cooking “Clustering basic implements and ingredients you regularly use in cooking can make meal preparation quicker. Self-contained units do the trick here. Keep often-used utensils on a lazy Susan, with compartments for cooking oil, salt and pepper, and basic condiments. Position commonly used staples such as garlic and onions next to the food-prep work station. Be sure to leave plenty of surface area for chopping, cutting, and other types of recipe preparation.”

 

  • Have distinctive areas for certain types of food in your refrigerator.
  • Don’t clutter up the outside of your refrigerator too much, as tempting as it can be.
  • Even if you have a “junk drawer,” try to keep it organized by cleaning it out frequently and/or using dividers.
  • The garage is a space that many people may not see, but there are lots of options for keeping it tidy – consider building shelves or adding hooks, containers, tool boxes, and so forth.
  • The laundry room also has lots of options for better organization. Southern Living suggests hiding infrequently-used supplies, and designating spaces for sorting, folding, ironing, etc.
  • Keep your bathroom organized by utilizing the space to the maximum capacity without overcrowding. There are many options available for hanging and storing health and beauty items in the home.
  • Your pantry items should be grouped by type, neatly, on shelves. Every so often, clear it out and get rid of expired goods, or de-clutter by finding items to donate to a local food back.

So, do you have any other home organization tips to share? De-cluttering and organizing your home can actually minimize stress, so it’s worth a try, don’t you think? At Paragon  Homes we want our home owner’s lives to be as stress free as possible whether it’s something we can to or something long after we build their new home!

 

~~ 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!