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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…

Modular Homes 101 …. What Is Modular And Is It A Better Way To Build?

Whether you’re looking to build a quaint cottage, charming craftsman, or coastal getaway, modular construction can make your dream home a reality.  Since 1981, Connecticut Valley Homes has been designing and building custom modular homes in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Block Island, and Fishers Island.  We asked these experts, who have built over 1550 homes, to explain what modular is all about and what, if any, benefits there are to someone who wants to build a new home.

First of all, what is modular? A modular home is simply one that is built in a factory to the same building codes as a site built home. Construction takes place inside protecting the new home from adverse weather conditions.The traditional wood frame building methods are the same, but the location where the home is built is different allowing skilled tradesmen and women, using state-of-the-art equipment to build new homes in a climate-controlled environment.  Each well-crafted home is kept clean and dry while carpenters, electricians, and plumbers work in perfect conditions. The efficient and precise factory construction methods elevate the home building process to a higher standard.

Modular construction is a faster way to build allowing owners to move in and enjoy their new home sooner.  Because of the controlled factory environment, weather delays are seldom a concern. New homes can be built in the factory at the same time the foundation is being installed.  An 85% complete modular home can be set on the foundation the same time as a locally built home is just starting the framing process.  In addition to saving time, modular homes are stronger (try picking a site build home up with a crane and see what happens!) and extremely energy efficient. 

Now for the hard questions …. Can a modular home satisfy today’s demanding buyers when it comes to style and curb appeal?   And what about the finishes?  Dick Wildermuth, president of Connecticut Valley Homes says, “I can’t speak for other companies, but our homes are beautiful inside and out.  We have been using CAD, computer-aided design, for well over 20 years to enable our design team to draw custom plans for our customers.  And the styles range from single style to single story and to homes on piers and everything in between.  Inside we include more as standard like solid surface countertops with tile backsplash in the kitchens, cabinets with dovetail drawer construction and much more.  Plus, at Connecticut Valley Homes, with help from our talented colors and finishes expert, customers can enjoy the stress-free convenience of choosing all the fixtures and finishes in one convenient location, our design center.”

Modular construction offers many advantages to those considering building a new home.  To decide if building is a good choice for your family, modular home expert, Dick Wildermuth from Connecticut Valley Homes, suggests doing your homework.  “A good place to start is our website because it is filled with floor plans, photos and good, solid information about designing and building a new home.  Those ready for more detailed information about a specific project, can visit Connecticut Valley Homes at three locations (Fairfield and East Lyme in CT, plus Westerly in RI) or call 860-739-6913.  

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