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Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!

Did you know that April 22nd marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day?  As we adapt to the restrictions of social distancing, one thing we can celebrate is our shrinking carbon footprint. During this newfound journey, we are here to serve our clients today and tomorrow building energy-efficient homes designed to soak in natural light and ventilation. Modular construction maximizes the use of building materials and utilizes waste to energy practices which means far less waste in landfills.  A tighter building envelope combined with the insulation package we include in each home means greater energy efficiency and savings for the homeowner. Our homes are better for the families living in them and for our environment. What are some easy ways to reduce that carbon footprint even more?  Continue to reduce and consolidate trips to the store. Pick up needed items for neighbors and alternate trips to the store with friends. Wash and carry your own reusable shopping bags a

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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