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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cottage Chic: A Custom Designed Cozy Retreat

The classic cottage style home complete with its charming look and warm, comfortable interior continues to be a favorite of those individuals seeking to build a traditional home.


Generally thought of as a small space with rustic character and cozy proportions, today’s cottage combines style with modern design, addressing current demand for things like open floor plans and improved energy efficiency.

Even the exterior finishing touches inspire a calming daydream:  white picket fence or low dry-stack stone wall with an iron gate?  A pea gravel walkway to the front door, welcoming friends and neighbors, or a rocking chair and ice cold lemonade on the front porch?  Pots of wildflowers or a rose trellis defining the elegant entryway?

Inside, the choices are all yours! Well-designed built-in cabinetry to showcase cherished found objects or organize treasured collections?  A vintage inspired claw foot soaking tub or relaxing steam shower complete with teak bench and a tiled shampoo niche?  Hardwood floors or soft plush rugs underfoot?

Your dreams become reality with Cottage style home plans from Connecticut Valley Homes. 


Consider the comfortable “Riverbend” plan featuring two master suites, a galley style kitchen with a raised bar and an optional fireplace in the great room, all within 1257 square feet.

At 1444 square feet the 2-story Little Compton” plan features a welcoming great room, an open kitchen, and a spacious master suite with an optional private veranda.

Or consider the "Niantic," an expansive cottage with vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen and living room, and a first-floor master suite.  Almost 1800 square feet, this two-story home has three bedrooms upstairs and loft open to below.

A cozy cottage atmosphere replete with classic beauty and elegance awaits you in your cottage style home from Connecticut Valley Homes.  Whether you prefer a cozy retreat with well-designed spaces or a more modern twist on the traditional, the experienced team at Connecticut Valley Homes can create a custom design to suit your way of living. Visit CTvalleyhomes.com or call 860-739-6913 today for more information.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Connecticut Valley Homes Builds More than Homes with Al’s Angels and LIVFREE

The team at Connecticut Valley Homes is passionate about building.  

We build homes designed to fit our customer’s lifestyle and budget.  We choose to build modular because we believe it is a smarter way to build:  our homes are built efficiently and securely in a weather-controlled environment.  We take pride in our craft and often hear from our homeowners how proud they are of their new home.

Recently, we had the opportunity to experience pride on an entirely different level.  


With many other local businesses in Fairfield, CT, we sponsored the first ever “Skating on Sherman Green.”  Hosted by Al DiGuido of Al’s Angels, a charity providing meals and toys for families in need at the holidays and LIV FREE, a nonprofit that supports children with cancer and rare blood diseases, it was a true Winter Carnival.

Despite the spring-like weather, a synthetic ice skating rink welcomed community members along with the Fairfield Prep hockey team and costumed characters.  Ice skating, music, and food were enjoyed by all, especially the wheel-chair bound skaters.

Money raised by Al’s Angels and LIVFREE goes to local families who are battling pediatric cancer.


LIVFREE was created by Daniel and Katrina Vieira after their toddler, Lauren, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2015. Thankfully, two years later, Lauren is now in remission from her cancer! After facing all the hospital stays, chemotherapy, medications, blood transfusions, and obstacles to living a normal life that comes with having a child with cancer, the Vieira family began LIVFREE to support other parents that are now living through what they have endured. 

Al DiGuido created Al’s Angels because his heart was broken the first time he personally had contact with a child with cancer. He asked himself: what if it were my child? Now he works to raise money for families who have exhausted their financial resources helping their child survive cancer or other hardships.

Connecticut Valley Homes would like to thank LIVFREE and Al’s Angels for all they do for children in need. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Build a Coastal Home and Why Modular is a Better Choice

Richard Wildermuth, president of Connecticut Valley Homes, was asked recently what the two most important considerations are when building a coastal home.   


After 35 years building along the shore, he was quickly able to offer advice to those considering making a move to the shore. “Building a home in a shoreline community or directly on the water, is a dream that can come true with assistance from an experienced builder familiar with typical coastal considerations like:


  • Flood Zones (AE, X, and V Zones for example)
  • Wind Zones
  • Building on piers
  • Small or difficult building sites
  • Tearing down an existing house and re-building new


Not only is it important to select an experienced builder who is familiar with complex building codes to construct your new coastal home, it is equally important to consider the way your new home will be built. Many people don’t realize that modular construction is inherently stronger than traditional site-built homes. FEMA documentation after Hurricane Andrew concluded that module-to-module construction provides an inherently rigid system and performed much better than conventional residential framing.  Modular homes like those constructed by Connecticut Valley Homes are not only beautiful but are better able to stand up to the unpredictable weather events experienced when living on the coast.”

The modular homes of today are no longer cookie cutter.  


The coastal homes below show just some of the features and design styles available.  Richard Wildermuth adds, “If you don’t see what you want, just call to see examples of some of the other over 1550 homes we have built.”

The Short Beach has 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and can be built on piers or a foundation.  The spacious, open floor plan features a dramatic kitchen with island open to the dining and living room. The large sliding glass doors open to the outdoor living spaces and bring in lots of natural light.

The Summer Place has room for everyone with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The design includes an open concept living/dining/kitchen area, plus a first-floor bedroom/den.

The Bayside I has 1200 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and 2 full bathrooms all on one floor. The open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen give a spacious feel.


For over 35 years, property owners along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts, in addition to Block Island and Fishers Island, have come to the experts at Connecticut Valley Homes to build their new coastal home.  Their experienced design/build team is up to the challenge of designing a new home that meets or exceeds your expectations.  For photos, floor plans and additional information go to www.ctvalleyhomes.com.

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 www.ctvalleyhomes.com 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.