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“Greening” Your Custom Built Pittsburgh Home!

We are a builder who focuses on details. We make sure that your home is as efficient as it is marketed to be. At Paragon Homes, we only build a few homes per year and have a thorough system in place to ensure that your home is constructed as it is supposed to be, providing a level of supervision and customer service you just can’t find at a big builder. So if you’ve purchased one of our custom built homes, no worries – you’re already on your way to saving money and helping to green your home and the environment.

So, you’ve settled into your new custom built house in Pittsburgh.  You’ve decorated each room with your personal style, customized your outdoor living space, and even put up some seasonal décor. You and your family are settled in to your lovely new place of residence, and you start thinking: what else can you do to help make your home a “green” one?

No, we’re not talking about a paint job already! We are talking about simple tips to make your household an eco-friendly one!

  • Save water! Don’t waste water – monitor showers and other water-guzzling activities.
  • Recycle!  Many communities offer recycling pick-up, and if not, you can always gather recyclable goods to take to your local recycling facility on your own.
  • Clean green! Many cleaning product lines now carry “green” product selections – Green Works, Simple Green, Bio Green Clean, and  Martha Stewart Clean are just some examples of eco-friendly brands.
  • Try Upcycling! Pennsylvania native Danny Seo is a green living expert who comes up with crafty ideas for everyday living, including up-cycling, which involves restoring old products into chic new home accessories and housewares instead of throwing them away.
  • Watch the temperature! How high do you really need the heat? How low does that AC have to go? Not only will it save you on utility bills, but it is also a plus for the environment! In fact, Paragon Homes is proud to be an ENERGYSTAR partner. In fact, our most recent ENERGYSTAR home was rated as 15% more efficient than ENERGYSTAR standards, making it more that 30% more efficient than other homes.
  • Buy recycled paper and other recycled goods when possible.
  • Buy produce from local farmers and aim for all organic when possible.
  • Consider utilizing reusable shopping bags for your grocery runs.
  • Plant a tree! Or a few!

“Going green” doesn’t have to be an extreme lifestyle makeover. But, with a few tweaks, any home can be eco-friendly!

Energy efficient and green building technologies have progressed so significantly in recent years that our typical new homes can be 30 to 50 percent more efficient than homes built even a few years ago. Even better? Today, a net-zero home (one where your home literally makes as much or more energy than it consumes where you could actually have no utility bills) are a real – and affordable – possibility.

So, with Paragon, not only will you be doing the environment some good by “living green,” but you’ll also have the potential to save money on heating as the winter months grow cooler, with our energy-efficient homes.

 ~~ 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 blogger, aspiring author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh, Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, and one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011. She lives happily 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!

Invest in the Luxury of a Custom-Built Pittsburgh Area Home

Luxury.

By definition, luxury is

  1. Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort, 
  2. Something expensive or hard to obtain, or 
  3. Sumptuous living or surroundings.

But luxury is more than that. It doesn’t have to be expensive or hard to obtain. It’s more than a dollar sign or a price tag – luxury is about living your best life, living your dream, being comfortable and content, and doing it YOUR way.

You can achieve all of this with Paragon Homes! We offer customizable choices – so whether your taste is high-end or a little more subdued, we have the home, and the options, for you.

Is your idea of “luxury” a walk-in closet? A granite countertop? A lush garden? Modern light fixtures? A winding staircase, a steam bath, or a bay window? Is your concept of luxury 1,500 square feet, or 8,000 square feet? Is it traditional and classic, chic and modern, or nostalgic and homey with a touch of whimsy? Whatever it is, luxury is what you want it to be. What makes you feel your best?

Comfort is luxury. Being true to yourself and your vision is luxury. Defining your own personal tastes in a cooperative fashion that allows you to be yourself and have the home of your dreams – now THAT is luxury….and that is something that Paragon is prepared to offer you.

Why choose Paragon Homes? It’s simple. Paragon gives you choices. We have a reputation to uphold and are proud of that fact. As Pittsburgh’s premier custom home builders, we can promise you that you’ll be getting unparalleled levels of craftsmanship, quality materials, great customer service, and outstanding attention to detail. We’ll work with you to achieve YOUR idea of luxury….no matter what it is!

Contact Paragon today, and let us help you obtain your dream home!

 

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years. Founded on the basis of outstanding customer service before, during and most importantly after construction they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in the region. 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 blogger, aspiring author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010 and happily lives 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! Ashley was recently honored as one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40.

Tips from a Pittsburgh Luxury Home Builder: Make Your Outdoors Great!

One great thing – among many! – about living in Pittsburgh is that we get to experience the beauty of all four seasons. While many homeowners put a lot of thought into the interior of their houses, many people fail to consider the outdoor space that is also a part of their “home sweet home.” Enjoy the Pittsburgh environment and weather by making sure the outside is as fabulous as the inside!

Paragon offers luxurious custom homes to suit your tastes and help make your dreams a reality! So how can your “outdoor living space” complement your gorgeous new home?

Here are some simple tips on how to make sure that the outside of your home reflects the beauty that is housed within.

  1. Choose plants and flowers that are appropriate for the climate and make sure that you are aware of whether they need shade or sunshine, are annual or perennial, how much water they need, etc.
  2. Consider “hardscaping” if you aren’t into landscaping. Hardscaping is a new trend to enhance your outdoor space via bricks and stones instead of grasses and plants. It will lend a more expensive look to your home, and can be just as pretty as a lush garden.
  3. Think about an option with a nice deck or porch. These “outdoor living spaces” can be virtual extra rooms to your home – adding to the entertaining space of your house and enhancing both looks and comfort.
  4. Add a pool or a private-bathing space for summer. A chic, fast-growing design trend is integrating a spa-like experience into one’s back yard via a cedar soaking tub or a small outdoor shower. Of course, a traditional swimming pool or hot tub works, too!
  5. Waterfalls and fountains can be luxe additions to your landscape
  6. Outdoor lighting can set the mood and add to the ambiance of your abode. Rope lights, twinkle lights, lamp posts, paper lanterns, tiki torches, fire pits, solar lights, and other outdoor lighting are excellent sources.
  7. Personalize your home exterior by adding fun and unique outdoor furniture that suits your taste and personality. It can complement your Paragon home in ways you’d never imagine!

It is important to accentuate your home when you have such a beautiful house! Paragon homes are gorgeous, quality houses that deserve these appealing outdoor spaces.

~~ 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 blogger, aspiring author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010 and happily lives 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!

Picky Pittsburgh Home Buyers LOVE Paragon Homes

No matter the budget – whether it be $300,000 or $2,000,000 – people are very specific about how they want their new home to look and feel. Paragon’s philosophy is quite simple: build the home of customer’s dreams so that they can walk away happy, regardless of how much they are spending. Homes are built to the unique tastes of each individual customer.

Details such as counter space, storage space, building materials and finishes (such as faucets) can be all be customized based on the customer’s requests. Most importantly, the quality of the materials used will be extremely high and incomparable what the competition has to offer. Our motto is “custom homes of unparalleled excellence” after all!

A great place to build a new custom home is in the Walker’s Ridge new home community.  We have only 9 cul-de-sac lots left. Situated on over 25 acres adjacent to Nevillewood in Collier Township, Walker’s Ridge offers scenic views, large wooded backyards and private home sites. Located in Chartiers Valley School District and minutes from I-79 this community is convenient to Downtown Pittsburgh, restaurants and shopping.