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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why Savvy People are Building Two-Family Homes

If you are thinking of having a new modular home built, have you considered a two-family home? There are many reasons why this is a popular option.

Why Two-family homes?

Live in one; rent the other.

This strategy not only gives you a beautifully designed new home but also an opportunity to make money. How much income could you receive from a monthly rental payment? Some homeowners make enough to pay most or all of their mortgage. Since you will be so close to your rental property, you will be able to keep the investment in excellent condition. Depending on the community, your property could be a vacation rental rented out on a week-to-week basis.

A step up from a mother-in-law suite.

If your parents are aging, but aren’t quite ready to share your home, a two-family house allows them to be close, while still maintaining privacy and independence. The same can be true for grown children living at home.

Off-site landlord.

Many families are looking for rental homes since qualifying for a mortgage is more difficult than in years past. If you are happy living in your current home but are looking to build an investment property, a two-family floor plan can give you more opportunity for income than building a single home.

We have many floor plans with two units. This is smart investing.

For savvy people looking for a multi-family property, Connecticut Valley Homes feature many floor plans. As always, Connecticut Valley Homes specializes in custom floor plans. But if you are looking for ideas from a readily available plan, take a peek at one of these:
The Sussex has two units, each with three bedrooms on the second floor. All bedrooms have walk-in closets. The generous-sized living room is open to the spacious kitchen.
The Culpepper: All of our multi-family plans have been designed for both the investor and owner-occupant. Each plan contains the features both renters and owner-occupants are looking for such as low maintenance, sound control, easy to work in kitchens, adequate storage, open floor plans, and most importantly pricing that helps put together a financially viable project. Each plan can be modified based on owner requirements and budget.
Try the Albermarle 1 if you want a plan that looks like a single-family home. Each unit has 820 square feet with two large bedrooms. This floor plan has one shared front door for a traditional look from the outside. Inside the front door, there is a separate entrance for each unit.
Are you in the market for a two-family home? Contact Connecticut Valley Homes today to brainstorm together about what a two-family home can look like for you.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Real Estate Trend Watch - The First Floor Master Bedroom

A predicted housing trend is coming to fruition now that baby boomers have grown children.  

First-floor bedrooms are becoming sought after in new construction, even if the intended use isn’t a bedroom just yet. This versatile space has many possible uses such as a master suite, a guest room or a flex room that can be converted into a bedroom in the future. 

Does a first-floor bedroom make sense for your family?  

See if any of these scenarios sound familiar …

Maybe your knees are bothering you when you climb stairs. Each trip up and down seems to take longer than the last. You wish you didn’t have to deal with stairs to reach your bedroom at the end of a long day.

Maybe you are tired of carrying laundry from the ground floor laundry room to the second-floor bedrooms. Laundry would be so much less of a chore without taking the stairs twice per load!

It’s not just laundry that needs to be carried between floors. You may find yourself making a pile at the bottom of the stairs that multiplies like rabbits all day long so that you end up with a mountain of things to carry up at the end of the day. Your home would be a lot tidier if you didn’t have to go up the stairs to put things away.

Are you are planning on an elderly family member moving in with you?


A first-floor bedroom would make it easier to care for him or her. With babies and younger siblings in the family, it is popular for parents to have a bedroom on the same floor as the children. But now that the kids are older, you might enjoy having a little privacy and space away from their bedrooms. Or maybe just the convenience of being closer to the kitchen for your midnight snack!

Connecticut Valley Homes has many plans to choose from if a first-floor bedroom is a right choice for your family. 

Take a look at a small sampling of customizable floor plans:

  • The Jamestown is a plan full of pleasant surprises including a first-floor bedroom with a walk-in closet and private bathroom.
  • In the Glendale, the first-floor bedroom has three windows to let in lots of light.
  • A ranch home is a good choice if you wish to avoid stairs entirely. The Bradford II is a very popular plan for families requiring more space.  This 2,284 square foot home includes two other first floor bedrooms in addition to the master bedroom.
  • If you are downsizing, consider the Newell. This charming 1,418 square foot home is open-concept for a big feel without the work and upkeep of a larger home. The master bedroom suite includes a walk-in closet and his-and-her sinks.  

Connecticut Valley Homes has built hundreds of homes with first floor bedrooms. The featured floor plans are just the beginning! If you don’t see what you want, the experienced Connecticut Valley design team can help! 

Whether you want to modify one of the plans from their copyrighted floor plan collection, or need a custom design to fit your building lot and lifestyle, Connecticut Valley has the answers.  

For more information about building a dream home, contact us here

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Modular Homes Remove “Unpredictable” from Winter Homebuilding

If you had some office work to do on your computer in the winter, you could take the work outside. You would need gloves (touch screen gloves if you have a touch screen), winter coat, hat, heavy boots. Propping up a golf umbrella would keep you dry in the rain and snow. Then you would need a chair with warm blankets for your lap and a steady flow of warm coffee to heat up your insides.

Could you work this way? You could if you had to. But it would be much quicker, easier, and more efficient to do your work inside. Plus, then you could concentrate on producing quality work instead of staying warm.

The same is true with building a home. Could you have a home built onsite in the wintertime? 

Yes, it is possible. Some homebuilders are equipped with warming tents and tarps to keep snow off the site along with other special tools and techniques to build in the cold weather. Even then, there will be days off where no work can be done due to blizzards or other severe weather conditions.

Wouldn’t it be quicker, easier, and more efficient to build inside? 

And wouldn’t the builder be able to concentrate on quality work instead of staying warm? This is precisely why over 1550 families have chosen to have their custom modular home designed and built by Connecticut Valley Homes.

Advantages to Our Employees

At the bustling manufacturing facility, the skilled and experienced construction team does not need to check the weather report before beginning their workday. Instead, their minds and body are free to produce their best work in a climate-controlled environment.

Advantages to Our Materials

In addition to preventing weather delays, the dry environment for building protects against mold and water damage. Having the materials safe in our climate-controlled factory also protects against theft and vandalism, which is not only a heartache, but also wastes time filling out police reports as opposed to actually building.

Since homes are built inside in a modern, high-tech facility, precision equipment can be utilized that allows building to a higher standard. Homes are constructed to meet or often exceed rigorous national building standards, which are often stricter than local codes.

Advantages to You, the Homeowner

With traditional construction, it is often a long wait from drawing up plans to moving day. Modular homes allow you to be able to move in faster since the site work and the homebuilding can happen simultaneously. Plus, seldom are there typical weather delays common in New England. Just ask someone who was trying to get a stick-built house during the winter of 2014-2015. In case you forgot, there were 20 storms that winter with a total snowfall for Inland Connecticut of 63.8 inches where the normal is 38.4 inches!

Choosing a modular home removes the unpredictable from home building.

Are you interested in having a home built? Take a look at the extensive selection of floor plans at to get your thoughts started. Keep a list of additions or changes you would want in your own home since homes are easily customized. Contact Connecticut Valley Homes and let’s make a plan for your home this winter. 

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 ...


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,

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.