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Celebrating our Founder, Catherine Taylor, in honor of International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  The first gathering to celebrate this event was in 1911 and was fully adopted by the United Nations in 1975 to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Not long after that, our very own Catherine Taylor decided to leave her full-time job as an elementary school art teacher and enter the world of new home construction. As the story goes, “It was summer and I was off from school. After a chance meeting with someone who was building modular homes, I decided to leave teaching and go into home building.” She completed a few projects on her own, then in 1981 incorporated as Connecticut Valley Homes.

Specializing in offsite modular construction since the beginning, Catherine was intrigued by the idea of building a home inside a factory. 
“Modular construction just made so much sense back then, as it does today,” she said. “Homes are built in a climate controlled facilit…

Choosing the Right Contractor: Porches, Decks &Three Season Rooms

No matter what season, having a relaxing spot to unwind when you return home is coveted. Everybody has their favorite room within their home, but what about beyond their front door? Porches, decks and three season rooms are highly desirable and optimal for entertainment and relaxation. These fun spaces require experienced builders and contractors to create them, so how exactly does a homeowner choose the right person/company to perform a quality job? Connecticut Valley Homes provides these few pointers to consider when making this type of decision:

1)  Experience - The builder/contractor has been in the industry for a substantial amount of time and is credentialed. They can prove the quality of their work via their past projects and portfolio. They also belong to well known, accredited associations and groups.  
    2)  The Builder or Contractor is Professional - Homeowners do not want to end up in a wild goose chase trying to get a builder/contractor to uphold deadlines and project completion. Finding a company that is professional and acts businesslike is imperative for a successful project.  

    3)  Process - A homeowner should consider whether the potential company they may hire has processes in place. These can refer to routines regarding multiple variables such as weather, environment and materials. If there is a lack of processes in place, inconsistency is likely.

    4) Value - Yes, a great deal is desirable, but high quality products are crucial too. Material used should hold up and last. Also, be sure that this space is being designed efficiently. Choose a builder/contractor that is an Energy Star builder. This will allow a homeowner to save in energy expenses down the road.  

    5)  Customized Product - Homeowners should find a builder/contractor who is interested in what you want and an expert at customizing spaces. The company they hire should care about bringing the homeowner's vision to life and know how to do so. After all, making their dream porch, deck or three season room a reality should be the builder's main goal.  

    6)  Detail Oriented - Homeowners should hire someone who is not going to cut corners or do the job halfway. Find a company who takes pride in the quality of their work and ensures a thorough job.

    7)  Warranties, Guarantees and Protection - Just in case something goes wrong it's always beneficial to have back up protection.

    Contact Connecticut Valley Homes, an expert in the custom home building industry, if you're looking for a builder or desire more information.

    Sources: Archadeck

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