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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…

Real Estate Trend Watch - The First Floor Master Bedroom

A predicted housing trend is coming to fruition now that baby boomers have grown children.  

First-floor bedrooms are becoming sought after in new construction, even if the intended use isn’t a bedroom just yet. This versatile space has many possible uses such as a master suite, a guest room or a flex room that can be converted into a bedroom in the future. 

Does a first-floor bedroom make sense for your family?  

See if any of these scenarios sound familiar …

Maybe your knees are bothering you when you climb stairs. Each trip up and down seems to take longer than the last. You wish you didn’t have to deal with stairs to reach your bedroom at the end of a long day.

Maybe you are tired of carrying laundry from the ground floor laundry room to the second-floor bedrooms. Laundry would be so much less of a chore without taking the stairs twice per load!

It’s not just laundry that needs to be carried between floors. You may find yourself making a pile at the bottom of the stairs that multiplies like rabbits all day long so that you end up with a mountain of things to carry up at the end of the day. Your home would be a lot tidier if you didn’t have to go up the stairs to put things away.

Are you are planning on an elderly family member moving in with you?


A first-floor bedroom would make it easier to care for him or her. With babies and younger siblings in the family, it is popular for parents to have a bedroom on the same floor as the children. But now that the kids are older, you might enjoy having a little privacy and space away from their bedrooms. Or maybe just the convenience of being closer to the kitchen for your midnight snack!

Connecticut Valley Homes has many plans to choose from if a first-floor bedroom is a right choice for your family. 

Take a look at a small sampling of customizable floor plans:

  • The Jamestown is a plan full of pleasant surprises including a first-floor bedroom with a walk-in closet and private bathroom.
  • In the Glendale, the first-floor bedroom has three windows to let in lots of light.
  • A ranch home is a good choice if you wish to avoid stairs entirely. The Bradford II is a very popular plan for families requiring more space.  This 2,284 square foot home includes two other first floor bedrooms in addition to the master bedroom.
  • If you are downsizing, consider the Newell. This charming 1,418 square foot home is open-concept for a big feel without the work and upkeep of a larger home. The master bedroom suite includes a walk-in closet and his-and-her sinks.  

Connecticut Valley Homes has built hundreds of homes with first floor bedrooms. The featured floor plans are just the beginning! If you don’t see what you want, the experienced Connecticut Valley design team can help! 

Whether you want to modify one of the plans from their copyrighted floor plan collection, or need a custom design to fit your building lot and lifestyle, Connecticut Valley has the answers.  

For more information about building a dream home, contact us here


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