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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…

Cottage Chic: A Custom Designed Cozy Retreat

The classic cottage style home complete with its charming look and warm, comfortable interior continues to be a favorite of those individuals seeking to build a traditional home.


Generally thought of as a small space with rustic character and cozy proportions, today’s cottage combines style with modern design, addressing current demand for things like open floor plans and improved energy efficiency.

Even the exterior finishing touches inspire a calming daydream:  white picket fence or low dry-stack stone wall with an iron gate?  A pea gravel walkway to the front door, welcoming friends and neighbors, or a rocking chair and ice cold lemonade on the front porch?  Pots of wildflowers or a rose trellis defining the elegant entryway?

Inside, the choices are all yours! Well-designed built-in cabinetry to showcase cherished found objects or organize treasured collections?  A vintage inspired claw foot soaking tub or relaxing steam shower complete with teak bench and a tiled shampoo niche?  Hardwood floors or soft plush rugs underfoot?

Your dreams become reality with Cottage style home plans from Connecticut Valley Homes. 


Consider the comfortable “Riverbend” plan featuring two master suites, a galley style kitchen with a raised bar and an optional fireplace in the great room, all within 1257 square feet.

At 1444 square feet the 2-story Little Compton” plan features a welcoming great room, an open kitchen, and a spacious master suite with an optional private veranda.

Or consider the "Niantic," an expansive cottage with vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen and living room, and a first-floor master suite.  Almost 1800 square feet, this two-story home has three bedrooms upstairs and loft open to below.

A cozy cottage atmosphere replete with classic beauty and elegance awaits you in your cottage style home from Connecticut Valley Homes.  Whether you prefer a cozy retreat with well-designed spaces or a more modern twist on the traditional, the experienced team at Connecticut Valley Homes can create a custom design to suit your way of living. Visit CTvalleyhomes.com or call 860-739-6913 today for more information.

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