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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…

How to Find the Best Builder for Your New Home


One of the most important decisions you can make is who to select to be your builder. Your home is the place where you will experience some of your dearest memories with family and friends … and the peaceful place where you will come home to at the end of a busy day. Selecting the right builder will result in a beautiful new home to be proud of and a building experience to fondly remember. Needless to say, this decision should be made with care.
Modular homes have received a lot of attention lately because of the many advantages this style of construction offers those wanting to build a new home. Dave Cooper, Senior Building Consultant from industry leader Connecticut Valley Homes was asked to explain some of the advantages of modular construction and how to find the best builder for your project.
No Two Homes Are The Same: Dave Cooper says, “our custom homes range from cozy cottages to exclusive estates. Each of the 1550 homes we have built reflects the needs, personal style and budget of our customers. Regardless of size, every one of our homes has much in common: free home design service so the new home fits the building site and lifestyle of our clients, meticulous quality control, careful cost control, and superior after-sale service.”
Efficiency: “The Connecticut Valley Homes building process saves time so clients can move into their new home sooner. Because of all the included energy saving features, we get a lot of positive feedback from customers about their utility costs”, reports Mr. Cooper.
Durability: Modular construction is inherently stronger than traditional site-built homes. “This added strength means a Connecticut Valley Home can stand up to mother nature better. As FEMA reported after Hurricane Andrew, module-to-module construction provides an inherently rigid system and performed much better than conventional residential framing.” And while many of the “built to last” structural components are behind walls, standard features like solid surface countertops mean the interior of a Connecticut Valley Home gets high ratings for durability too.”
When asked what is the most important consideration when selecting a builder, Dave Cooper didn’t hesitate. “Look for experience and reputation. For example, at Connecticut Valley Homes, we are home designers and building professionals. We are an experienced coastal builder, with hundreds of homes in coastal and high wind zone areas. For over 34 years we have been managing complicated coastal codes and regulations, which benefits our inland customers too. We are used to difficult lots, small building sites, and everything in between. Our expertise includes tearing down an existing structure to rebuild a new custom home either on the existing foundation or with an expanded footprint. Home design services are included with each unique situation and each home is built to our customer’s specific needs, building site, and budget.”
“Testimonials and online reviews can provide helpful information”, notes Dave Cooper. “Meet the builder in person to find out if their strengths are a good fit for your project. I tell customers, when you are ready to learn if building makes sense for you, give me a call at either the Fairfield office at (203) 690-1678 or the East Lyme office at (860) 739-6913. You can also visit online for floor plans and photos.”


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