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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…

The Modular Advantage

Many people recognize the term "modular home". Not as many people truly understand what a modular home actually is. Initially, some people believe that a modular home only involves two halves of a home and can only be designed as a single story ranch. However, this is false! Modular homes offer much more diversity and custom options than ever imagined.


Ritz-Craft manufactured modular homes, via Connecticut Valley Homes, provide more options and less chaos than ever imagined. If that's not enough reason to explore this homebuilding option then maybe the following modular home advantages will win you over:

  • Your home is built in a climate controlled environment eliminating the possible defects caused by weather. All in all, you end up with a better quality product. 
  • Consistent quality is not optional as many modular home manufacturers, such as Ritz-Craft, provide steady careers for experienced, skilled and highly trained employees. 
  • Quality control inspections mean that every home has it's own "traveler document" that provides a checklist for every task that must be performed. Every task must be signed off on by three people: the person who performed the task, that person's supervisor and the quality control inspector. 
  • These homes have superior strengths compared to those homes that are not modulars. How? They are built with more fasteners and framing to withstand transportation. 
  • Time is saved and the house is available sooner since both the home construction and building site preparation are completed at the same time. 
  • Modular homes allow for cost savings. Materials are bought in bulk at low cost, interest is saved on construction loans due to a lower time requirement and the house arrives to the building site 80-95% complete lowering the cost of on-site theft, vandalism and damaged materials. 
  • These homes are custom! Computer Aided Drafting allows for this to be possible. If you have a specific vision, create it! 
  • The Ritz-Craft modular home manufacturer is an Energy Star partner. They are proud to stamp your home with a logo that stands for energy efficient building methods and materials. 
  • Every Ritz-Craft home comes with a full, one-year limited warranty and a 10-year structural warranty. Also, the materials used to build the home, along with appliances, are covered by separate manufacturer warranties.   
Feeling intrigued and want to learn more? Contact Connecticut Valley Homes

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