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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…

Building With Children - Replacing Confusion with Excitement

Moving can be tough on the whole family, but especially young children. Imagine being young kid who does not fully comprehend all of the changes surrounding them. Moving probably seems somewhat scary and dauntingly unfamiliar.

For this reason, it is imperative to generate excitement during the building process by including all family members. While a child might grow attached to their current home, there is no doubt that they can quickly grow fond of their new one. If you are a homeowner with young children consider designing creative kid spaces. This will help the transition into a brand new home feel exciting rather than sad and confusing. Not only are creative kid spaces a fun idea, but incorporating such designs/areas helps to also keep kid items in a designated area rather than all over the house. Consider inspiration like these spaces when building with children:

Bunk beds that offer personal, unshared spaces for families with multiple children.

Reading room with a cozy nook. 

Designated area for backpacks and notes.

Chalkboard walls allow for creativity in areas that are easily accessible for children.

Homework and craft space for each child of the family.

Media rooms and reading nooks keep books, video games and movies all in one very comfortable area.

Rock walls will promote activeness and are a really cool entrance to a lofted hangout area.

For the active/sporty child.

Add a swing to your child's bedroom and consider a treehouse for backyard fun/adventure.

Feeling inspired? Please contact Connecticut Valley Homes for more information.


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