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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…

Fall Maintenance Musts

As Fall is underway, Connecticut Valley Homes offers these Fall maintenance musts to uphold the quality of your home:

  1. Check the Exterior Paint - If paint is peeling this may indicate an issue with protection of the siding, which could be damaging to the house. 
  2. Clean the Gutters - Clogged gutters are one of the biggest reasons for ice dams. 
  3. Caulk Windows - Sealing windows will prevent heat from escaping from them. Openings in the structure of your home can also cause water to enter, which can freeze causing cracks and sometimes mold. 
  4. Get Up On the Roof - Inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles, so you can replace what is necessary. It's always best to make small repairs than to deal with a leaking roof in the freezing cold dead of winter.   
  5. Prepare Heating Systems - Make sure heating systems are serviced. They will operate more efficiently and last longer when properly serviced. 
  6. Seal the Driveway - This will help with extending the life of the asphalt long past the winter months. 
  7. Reverse Ceiling Fan - Change the direction of the ceiling fans to force hot air down from the ceiling to where people actually are.
  8. Cover Air Conditioners - Vacuum out the internal pieces of these cooling machines and cover with appropriate covers to prevent rusting. Do not leave air conditioners in the windows during the Winter months. 
  9. Prepare Yard Equipment - Clean yard equipment before storing it for the Winter. Also, make sure all Winter equipment is prepare and ready to go come time to utilize. 
  10. Prepare the Deck - Store all Summer furniture indoors during the Winter months to preserve their life. Also, remove soil from any planters so that pots do not crack.

Sources: Bob Vila


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