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Friday, March 25, 2016

How The Better Business Bureau Can Help Find A Builder For Your New Home

 When asked what is the most important consideration when selecting a builder, Dave Cooper, Senior Home Consultant from Connecticut Valley Homes, gave this helpful advice: “Look for experience and reputation. Testimonials and online reviews can provide helpful information.  For example, the Better Business Bureau provides reports for customers looking for a home builder.  Of course, meet with the builder to see if they are a good fit for your project and see examples of their work." 
  Dave reports that his customers find this information from the Better Business Bureau website helpful:  "The BBB helps consumers make smart decisions, and is evolving to meet fast-changing marketplace needs and technology.  
We help you find businesses, brands and charities you can trust, offer objective advice and a wide range of education on topics affecting marketplace trust. BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses.
  • BBB sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to our high standards.
  • BBB helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and those that are not, through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews."
For more information about Modular Home Builders, contact The Better Business Bureau or Connecticut Valley Homes at 800-468-6284.

Friday, March 11, 2016

How To Find The Best Builder For Your New Home

                                                                     

One of the most important decisions you can make is who to select to be your builder. Your home is the place where you will experience some of your dearest memories with family and friends … and the peaceful place where you will come home to at the end of a busy day. Selecting the right builder will result in a beautiful new home to be proud of and a building experience to fondly remember. Needless to say, this decision should be made with care.
Modular homes have received a lot of attention lately because of the many advantages this style of construction offers those wanting to build a new home. Dave Cooper, Senior Building Consultant from industry leader Connecticut Valley Homes was asked to explain some of the advantages of modular construction and how to find the best builder for your project.
No Two Homes Are The Same: Dave Cooper says, “our custom homes range from cozy cottages to exclusive estates. Each of the 1550 homes we have built reflects the needs, personal style and budget of our customers. Regardless of size, every one of our homes has much in common: free home design service so the new home fits the building site and lifestyle of our clients, meticulous quality control, careful cost control, and superior after-sale service.”
Efficiency: “The Connecticut Valley Homes building process saves time so clients can move into their new home sooner. Because of all the included energy saving features, we get a lot of positive feedback from customers about their utility costs”, reports Mr. Cooper.
Durability: Modular construction is inherently stronger than traditional site-built homes. “This added strength means a Connecticut Valley Home can stand up to mother nature better. As FEMA reported after Hurricane Andrew, module-to-module construction provides an inherently rigid system and performed much better than conventional residential framing.” And while many of the “built to last” structural components are behind walls, standard features like solid surface countertops mean the interior of a Connecticut Valley Home gets high ratings for durability too.”
When asked what is the most important consideration when selecting a builder, Dave Cooper didn’t hesitate. “Look for experience and reputation. For example, at Connecticut Valley Homes, we are home designers and building professionals. We are an experienced coastal builder, with hundreds of homes in coastal and high wind zone areas. For over 34 years we have been managing complicated coastal codes and regulations, which benefits our inland customers too. We are used to difficult lots, small building sites, and everything in between. Our expertise includes tearing down an existing structure to rebuild a new custom home either on the existing foundation or with an expanded footprint. Home design services are included with each unique situation and each home is built to our customer’s specific needs, building site, and budget.”
“Testimonials and online reviews can provide helpful information”, notes Dave Cooper. “Meet the builder in person to find out if their strengths are a good fit for your project. I tell customers, when you are ready to learn if building makes sense for you, give me a call at either the Fairfield office at (203) 690-1678 or the East Lyme office at (860) 739-6913. You can also visit online for floor plans and photos.”

Friday, February 19, 2016

We Love Our Customers!



Connecticut Valley Homes has been fortunate over the years to have built custom modular homes for so many wonderful people.  Thanks so much to Christina for the lovely spring flowers and the kind words below ...

Richard,


We received your thank you note and you are welcome.  Nice to hear everyone appreciates a bit of spring early.  We love the home you built for us and think of you every day.  Hope all are staying warm and healthy.

Take care,
Christina

Monday, February 8, 2016

Modular Homes 101 …. What Is Modular And Is It A Better Way To Build?

Whether you’re looking to build a quaint cottage, charming craftsman, or coastal getaway, modular construction can make your dream home a reality.  Since 1981, Connecticut Valley Homes has been designing and building custom modular homes in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Block Island, and Fishers Island.  We asked these experts, who have built over 1550 homes, to explain what modular is all about and what, if any, benefits there are to someone who wants to build a new home.

First of all, what is modular? A modular home is simply one that is built in a factory to the same building codes as a site built home. Construction takes place inside protecting the new home from adverse weather conditions.The traditional wood frame building methods are the same, but the location where the home is built is different allowing skilled tradesmen and women, using state-of-the-art equipment to build new homes in a climate-controlled environment.  Each well-crafted home is kept clean and dry while carpenters, electricians, and plumbers work in perfect conditions. The efficient and precise factory construction methods elevate the home building process to a higher standard.

Modular construction is a faster way to build allowing owners to move in and enjoy their new home sooner.  Because of the controlled factory environment, weather delays are seldom a concern. New homes can be built in the factory at the same time the foundation is being installed.  An 85% complete modular home can be set on the foundation the same time as a locally built home is just starting the framing process.  In addition to saving time, modular homes are stronger (try picking a site build home up with a crane and see what happens!) and extremely energy efficient. 

Now for the hard questions …. Can a modular home satisfy today’s demanding buyers when it comes to style and curb appeal?   And what about the finishes?  Dick Wildermuth, president of Connecticut Valley Homes says, “I can’t speak for other companies, but our homes are beautiful inside and out.  We have been using CAD, computer-aided design, for well over 20 years to enable our design team to draw custom plans for our customers.  And the styles range from single style to single story and to homes on piers and everything in between.  Inside we include more as standard like solid surface countertops with tile backsplash in the kitchens, cabinets with dovetail drawer construction and much more.  Plus, at Connecticut Valley Homes, with help from our talented colors and finishes expert, customers can enjoy the stress-free convenience of choosing all the fixtures and finishes in one convenient location, our design center.”

Modular construction offers many advantages to those considering building a new home.  To decide if building is a good choice for your family, modular home expert, Dick Wildermuth from Connecticut Valley Homes, suggests doing your homework.  “A good place to start is our website because it is filled with floor plans, photos and good, solid information about designing and building a new home.  Those ready for more detailed information about a specific project, can visit Connecticut Valley Homes at three locations (Fairfield and East Lyme in CT, plus Westerly in RI) or call 860-739-6913.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Guide to New England Spring Gardens

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 (East Lyme, CT) - Springtime gardening in New England sometimes presents hurdles. With temperatures steadily getting warmer, us New Englanders are always a bit weary of whether or not the warmth is to stay - and with good reason too, especially after a frost warning this past week!

Given a rather long and cold winter, there is no surprise that we're all quite eager to get outside and play in the dirt. With that said, though, we do not wish for our sweat equity to be wasted and therefore, must determine the hardiest, most attractive plants to invest in. For this reason, CT Valley Homes brings you a guide to the top gardening considerations and best selections for New England flower gardens.

Considerations of the New England Gardener 

  1. Do I have to worry about deer? 
    • If you live in a wooded area where it is not uncommon to find deer in your yard, consider deer resistant additions to your garden.
  2. Is your garden area sunny, partly sunny or shady? 
    • When you are choosing the plants to decorate your garden do not overlook the growing environments specific to plant types. Do not invest in full sun plants if your garden is mostly shaded. 
  3. Choose plant category carefully. 
    • Gardeners have the choice between perennials and annuals. If you're looking to enhance the outdoor appearance of your home, but are not looking for a new hobby, perennials are your best bet - yes, you've got it; they come back year after year. Annuals, on the other hand, need to be planted year after year creating a more time consuming project for homeowners. If you love gardening and consider it a hobby, then this is not a problem for you. If you don't feel so in love with this project then be extra cautious to ensure you're investing in perennials. 
  4. When will my plants bloom? 
    • Do not forget to review and coordinate the blooming cycles of the plants you'll be adding to your garden. If you desire a colorful garden all spring and summer long, be sure to incorporate plants that bloom at different times throughout the warmer seasons.

10 Most Recommended New England Flowers 

Perennials: 
  1. Daylilies - very colorful and attractive flowers, but they usually only stay in bloom for the duration of one day, hence, their name.  
    Daylilies
  2. Sedum - this plant is extremely hardy. Whether we're experiencing an abundance of rain or the driest of droughts, this plant usually thrives. 
  3. Bleeding Hearts - Nothing short of its name, this beautiful plant showcases magenta heart shaped flowers year after year. Sometimes these plants even spread, so be sure to place them with plenty of room for expansion.
  4. Bleeding Heart
  5. Daffodils - Daffodils are one of the most common springtime flower sightings in New England. These floral pops of bright yellow and white bloom as early as late March through early June.
  6. Tulips - Just like daffodils, these springtime bloomers last from late March - early June.    


Annuals: 
Glitz Euphorbia
  1. Glitz Euphorbia - this summertime annual plant blooms tiny, white flowers throughout the entire duration of the summer. 
  2. Salvia - This full sun plant will attract the hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden throughout the summer months. 
  3. Dianthus - If you're in search of a magical flower, you've met your match. Dianthus is a beautiful ball of flower buds that change colors during their blooming cycle. While they bloom hot pink, they eventually fade lighter and lighter until they are white. 
    Dianthus
  4. Primula - This partial shade beauty will add gorgeous pops of color as potted plants for patios and outdoor escapes. 
    Primula
  5. Lobularia - The perfect annual flower considering those unanticipated New England cold spells. This spring annual is very cold tolerant and features tiny white flowers similar to Glitz Euphorbia. This flower is known to for it's flowery fragrance. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Millennials as Homebuyers

Source - www.eldorrado.com
For generations, a large part of the American Dream has included capturing the opportunity of becoming a homeowner. The feeling of achieving an investment that one can call their own is highly sought after. Is this desire universal, though? There seems to be a growing curiosity to understand whether or not millennials, too, envision home ownership within their future plans.

Recent research reveals that millennials, just like preceding generations, include homeownership within their realm of the American Dream. Although they also wish to achieve this goal, that does not mean that they put emphasis on the same ideas of homeownership as the generations before them. They, of course, have defined their own vision.

Millennials are becoming first time homebuyers, especially because, in many cases, it is cheaper to buy than rent. For this reason, many millennial homeowners invest in the "fixer-uppers" on the lower end of the price spectrum.

With that said, "the bigger, the better" is not always true within the millennial generation. In most cases, millennials' home sizes fall below 2,000 square feet. To be exact, 68% of millennials prefer to live in homes 2,000 square feet or smaller. They are a seemingly modest generation. Perhaps the reason for this is because they are more interested in spending their money on experience based extracurriculars such as traveling. This could also be a contributing factor to their dedication to those homes requiring some extra elbow grease and TLC. All in all, millennials are willing to give up a little for an overall more wholesome lifestyle.

While we are ferociously curious about this generation, millennials too possess similar future-building ideals as the generations before them. They may have their own way of doing things, customized to their lifestyle aspirations, but millennials do envision homeownership within their big picture of the American Dream.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weathering the Storm - Post Blizzard Home Maintenance

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 (East Lyme, CT) - The blizzard has come and gone, but while the weather has settled it is critical not to neglect proper assessment for possible home damage. 

Heavy snow is a noteable cause of substantial property damage. Damage can range from dislodged shingles, collapsed roofs, water leaks, flooding, etc. Failure to take action when these problems arise can result in payment denial of home insurance companies. For this reason, it is important to look for, photograph and report these problems in a timely fashion. 


Following a snowstorm or blizzard, as stated prior, it is crucial to check for home damage. Things a homeowner should look for include signs of water leakage, ventilation issues, roofing deconstruction and unstable windows. 

Water spots on a home's ceiling are a sure sign of water leakage/ventilation issues. 

Determining possible damage to a home's roof will require roof access. Be sure to use a plastic shovel to remove significant snow build up in an effort to prevent any further damage. If shingles have detached from the roof, determine which are salvageable.  


Following the storm, flooding can become an issue due to melting ice and/or damaged water pipes. If flooding problems arise, it is important that homeowners power off their electrical supply prior to tending to water build-up. Homeowners should also proceed cautiously and wear protective gear in the case that sewage pipes have also been damaged. 

Once the storm has passed, it is very important that homeowner's do not forget the significance of assessing their home for damage. Homeowners should look for any sign that indicates unstable windows, water leaks, ventilation issues and damaged roofing.