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Back to School Tips and Information from Paragon Homes

Back to school tips from Paragon Homes Custom BuilderMost of us are back into the school routine by now – up early and scrambling to get breakfast, pack lunches and organize the day.

If you are moving into a Paragon new home neighborhood, here is some background information on school districts in areas where we build. And no matter where your kids go to school, read on for ways to organize and structure your home to help save time and reduce the clutter.

South Fayette Township School District – A growing school district that recently built a new primary school building for grades K-2, South Fayette serves only residents of the township. The primary, intermediate, middle and high school buildings are located on the same campus. South Fayette has been nationally recognized for its educational initiatives in science and technology. http://www.southfayette.org/

Chartiers Valley School District – Chartiers Valley School District serves families in Bridgeville, Collier Township, Scott Township and Heidelberg. The district has started construction of a new middle school on the existing campus of the middle and high school buildings in Collier. A primary school for grades K-2 is also in Collier, and the intermediate school is located in Scott Township. Chartiers Valley was recognized in 2015 as having one of the top 10 STEM programs in the country. http://www.cvsd.net/

Montour School District – Students who live in Robinson and Kennedy townships, Ingram and Thornburg boroughs and Pennsbury Village attend Montour School District schools. The district is building a new, consolidated elementary school for grades K-4 near the high school in Robinson. The middle school is located in Kennedy. Montour High School opened a Virtual Immersion lab – the first of its kind in the state – in 2015. http://www.montourschools.com/

Upper St. Clair School District – “Newsweek” ranked Upper St. Clair High School #113 in the nation among public high schools last year, and the school district has also been nationally recognized for its music education program. The district serves Upper St. Clair Township with three elementary schools and two middle schools along with the high school. http://www.uscsd.k12.pa.us/

Peters Township School District – Serving families in Peters Township and the towns of McMurray and Venetia, Peters Township School District earned a 14th place ranking statewide from the “Pittsburgh Business Times” in its 2016 Guide to Western PA Schools. The district operates three elementary schools, one middle school and the high school. http://www.ptsd.k12.pa.us/

North Allegheny School District – Consistently ranked by “Newsweek” in the top 6% of public high schools nationwide, North Allegheny is the largest suburban school district in Allegheny County. Children who live in Bradford Woods and Franklin Park boroughs, Marshall Township and the Town of McCandless attend one of North Allegheny’s 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 2 high schools (an intermediate high school serves students in grade 9 and 10). http://www.northallegheny.org/

Settling in to the school year can take some time, and your children’s storage and space needs will change as they grow. Here are some ways to optimize your home for a smooth school year.

Entryway Storage

A custom closet or a row of locker-style cubbies near the door will make everyone’s life a little easier on school mornings. The key is training everyone in the family to use their designated hook or space for storing backpacks, lunchboxes and shoes. Try to customize each section and if everyone has his or her own space it will be easy to remember who sits where. Baskets near the doorway you use most often can also help corral umbrellas, sports gear and gloves and hats once the weather turns cold.

Desk Space

Whether your child likes to work in peace and quiet or in the middle of the action, he or she needs a desk or table space for homework. It’s always helpful to set up a routine. Maybe homework in the kitchen during dinner prep is the best time, or farther away from family distractions in their own room right after school. Kids who are involved in activities often end up doing homework “on the road”, but that isn’t an option for larger projects that involve a lot of research. If you have your own “homework” to do in the evenings for work, make it a family routine to keep everyone on track.

Command Center

In the first weeks of school, especially, half of the papers your kids bring home are for you. Designate one spot – a folder, basket, file drawer, etc. — for school-related paperwork. An open spot in the house, like the kitchen or family room, is a great place to set up a “command center” with a calendar and wipe-off memo board to keep track of everyone’s activities and appointments. Lots of people rely on electronic calendars, but there’s something to be said for a large scale, visual “aid” to keep important dates front and center in a high-traffic room in your house.

It’s not too late to ramp up your house’s organization and daily routines, even if you’ve been back to school for a few weeks. Even some small changes can free up more time for family activities that aren’t school or work related.

What is a Custom Home?

What is a custom home? Paragon Pittsburgh BuildersCustom Does Not Always Mean “Custom”

Does it seem like everyone has artisan bread these days? Or artisan something. If you are looking to build your own home, you might find that the term “custom home” has become the artisan bread of the construction world – it is used very broadly and could mean any number of things.

Generally, there are three different types of new home building.

Production Homes

Also called tract houses, this type of development offers the least amount of choice for homebuyers. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you are easily overwhelmed. These builders may let you make minor changes to a set list of floor plans, but your house will end up looking very similar to others in the neighborhood.

Semi-Custom Homes

These homes also begin with a basic floor plan from the builder, and these builders allow you more flexibility to add a room or change a little bit. Buyers in these neighborhoods often appreciate the added choices they get, but these homes fall short of providing the truly unique neighborhood many buyers are looking for.

Custom Homes

A true custom home is all about choice, from the ground up.  A custom builder may show you some floorplans to get the creative juices flowing, but always lets you make as many changes as you like or start fresh with their architect and a clean sheet of paper. Many buyers choose a popular design and fully customize certain areas of the home but not others.  Either way, the Paragon process is designed to make buying a new home as easy and enjoyable as possible so that you can get the new home that has every little feature and detail that you dreamed about.  Working with a custom Pittsburgh home builder also gives you the opportunity to incorporate Energy Efficient or Green Building techniques, create accessible design elements or custom spaces to suit your religion, family size or even your favorite hobby, and with a good builder, design all of that in a way that is flexible so you home can adapt to your family’s needs in the future just as it does now.

The 2015 Festival of Homes is Upon Us! Join Paragon Homes This Weekend

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Join Paragon Homes THIS & NEXT WEEKEND for the 2015 Festival of Homes in Pittsburgh!

We’ll see you soon …

EVENT DETAILS:

October 3rd and 4th, 2015

October 10th and 11th, 2015

Noon-5pm

FREE Admission

Paragon Homes will once again be participating in the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh “Fall Festival of Homes.”
On October 3rd and 4th & October 10th and 11th,  over 50 home sites will be open, including some Paragon Homes properties, of course.

The annual“Festival of Homes” is the largest yearly showcase of new and residential home communities, in addition to home renovations. Paragon Homes, along with other leading new home builders in the Western Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh region, will open our doors, welcoming you to take in our beautiful home designs, unique custom styles, top-of-the-line technologies, and exciting layouts that we have to offer.

Visit our homes and building sites, and allow Paragon Homes to help you make all of your home dreams come true.
During the 2015 Festival of Homes, you can visit the following Paragon new home communities:

We look forward to seeing you soon! Be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, too!

New CONTEST Coming Soon from Paragon Homes!

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Contest Alert! 

Starting on Monday, Paragon Homes will have a new guessing game on our Facebook page, and we want YOU to join in the fun!

 

Like our page and keep an eye out for our occasional“Where’s This Home?” posts. Then you’ll simply take a look at the home pictured in the photo, and see if you can guess the right answer for your chance to win a Starbucks or Crazy Mocha gift card!

To enter, simply “like” us on Facebook, and when you see a Where’s This Home?” post, like and comment with your guess. For a bonus entry, share the post to encourage your friends to play, too. A winner will be chosen at random out of all the correct answers submitted.
Good luck — we can’t wait to see what you guess!
After all … who doesn’t love a giveaway? 🙂

 

To be eligible, participant must have a valid Facebook account. One guess per account. Contest runs Monday-Friday at 5pm EST. Winners will be selected at random out of all CORRECT contest entries.

Paragon Homes Participates In the 2014 Fall Festival of Homes

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This weekend, Paragon Homes will once again be participating in the Builders’ Association of Metropolitan Homebuilders “Fall Festival of Homes.”

 On Saturday, September 20th & Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 50+ home sites will be open, including some Paragon Homes properties, of course.
The annual “Festival of Homes” is the largest yearly showcase of new and residential home communities, in addition to home renovations. Paragon Homes, along with other leading new home builders in the Western Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh region, will open our doors, welcoming you to take in our beautiful home designs, unique custom styles, top-of-the-line technologies, and exciting layouts that we have to offer.
Visit our homes and building sites, and allow Paragon Homes to help you make your home dreams come true.
This Saturday & Sunday, you can visit the following Paragon new home communities:
 Admission is free, and you can tour homes from 12 noon until 5pm EST.
 We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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, pugs, doberman, frogs, and cats!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Join Paragon at the 2013 Festival of Homes

This weekend we’ll be participating in the Builders’ Association of Metropolitan Homebuilders “Fall Festival of Homes.”

The weekends of Sept. 28/29 and this weekend, October 5/6, 2013, over 50 home sites will be open, including some Paragon Homes properties.
The 2013 Festival of Homes is the largest annual showcase of new homes and residential home communities, as well as renovations. Leading home builders of the region, including Paragon Homes, open our doors to allow you to tour our amazing designs, styles, technologies, and layouts in the Pittsburgh Region. Check out our homes and future building sites for sale, and help us help you make your home dreams come true.
This Saturday & Sunday, you can visit the following Paragon new home communities:
Admission is free, and you can tour homes from noon until 5pm EST.
See you then!

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!

Some Groundbreaking PR: Breaking Ground at Deerfield Ridge in South Fayette

 

SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Pa., August, 2013 /PRNewswire — Paragon Homes Inc., one of Pittsburgh’s own elite-custom home builders, held a ground breaking for their new model home, a 2833 square foot home (plus a Finished Walk-Out Basement!) set on a charming cul-de-sac road just down Old Oakdale Road from the South Fayette School District campus.  Deerfield Ridge features just 23 lots for new custom homes on a single cul-da-sac with a view like no other Road in the South Hills.  The prices are starting in the low $400’s to the $900’s plus and already include many features in their starting prices that you would have to pay extra for elsewhere.

The model home has been designed to appeal to the needs of today’s home buyers with features like the spacious kitchen and great room with plenty of space for friends and family to gather, a three car garage, large back yard, 2nd floor laundry as well as a study/flex room on the main level. The model is expected to be listed for sale at $499,900.  It’s a very traditional home for Pittsburgh with a Paragon Homes touch. You will notice the difference at the front door whether you walk in during or after construction.  When you can see behind the walls, you will notice the old world craftsmanship that is still present in Paragon’s new homes.  From solid framing that puts a premium on standing the test of time to insulation and other energy efficient features that exceed ENERGYSTAR requirements, you can tell a Paragon custom home is different.

If you liked the homes Paragon has built in Nevillewood, Peters and Upper St Clair you will like what they are bringing to Deerfield Ridge. It’s been a long time since Paragon has had a community to build homes in South Fayette.  Bill Fink, Paragon’s founder is thrilled to be back in South Fayette.  “Since the original phases of Hickory Heights almost 20 years ago we have built on several scattered lots for clients, but we have not had access to a community of lots to offer to our clients.  I’m thrilled to have lots in Deerfield where custom builders can offer clients new homes with big back yards and a three minute drive to one of Pittsburgh’s best school districts.”

Being a custom builder, Paragon Homes can offer clients a home that is designed around what they want.  “Clients can bring their ideas, we can modify a floor plan for them or help them design something completely unique.  If you want a simple plan with no wasted spaces and 4 car garage, no problem.  If you want a plan with four formal rooms, a wine cellar and a library, no problem.

Paragon Homes has been building truly custom homes for over 25 years.  They are a small builder and can simply spend more time with their clients than other builders can.  By keeping the number of homes they build a year low, they can offer a small boutique feel with more customer service and attention to your home than other builders.  You can regularly find the officers of the company in jeans out checking on each home.

All Paragon Homes carry a 10 year structural warranty and a 1 year fit and finish, but what sets them apart is their attitude towards service.  Some builders have a that’s not covered attitude towards warranty where Paragon regularly goes above and beyond their warranty obligations to take care of the clients needs.

For further information about Paragon Homes Inc. or Deerfield Ridge please contact 412- 537-5400.  You can also see their website at www.VisitParagonHomes.com

 

The information in this press release is subject to change and the pricing and other features of any Paragon Homes Inc -built home will be established at the time of sale. ENERGYSTAR® is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. government.

 

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!