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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…

Weathering the Storm - Post Blizzard Home Maintenance

 The blizzard has come and gone, but while the weather has settled it is critical not to neglect proper assessment for possible home damage. 

Heavy snow is a notable cause of substantial property damage. Damage can range from dislodged shingles, collapsed roofs, water leaks, flooding, etc. Failure to take action when these problems arise can result in payment denial of home insurance companies. For this reason, it is important to look for, photograph and report these problems in a timely fashion. 

Following a snowstorm or blizzard, as stated prior, it is crucial to check for home damage. Things a homeowner should look for include signs of water leakage, ventilation issues, roofing deconstruction and unstable windows. Water spots on a home's ceiling are a sure sign of water leakage/ventilation issues. 

Determining possible damage to a home's roof will require roof access. Be sure to use a plastic shovel to remove significant snow build up in an effort to prevent any further damage. If shingles have detached from the roof, determine which are salvageable.  

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Following the storm, flooding can become an issue due to melting ice and/or damaged water pipes. If flooding problems arise, it is important that homeowners power off their electrical supply prior to tending to water build-up. Homeowners should also proceed cautiously and wear protective gear in the case that sewage pipes have also been damaged. 

Once the storm has passed, it is very important that homeowner's do not forget the significance of assessing their home for damage. Homeowners should look for any sign that indicates unstable windows, water leaks, ventilation issues and damaged roofing. 


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