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Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!

Did you know that April 22nd marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day?  As we adapt to the restrictions of social distancing, one thing we can celebrate is our shrinking carbon footprint. During this newfound journey, we are here to serve our clients today and tomorrow building energy-efficient homes designed to soak in natural light and ventilation. Modular construction maximizes the use of building materials and utilizes waste to energy practices which means far less waste in landfills.  A tighter building envelope combined with the insulation package we include in each home means greater energy efficiency and savings for the homeowner. Our homes are better for the families living in them and for our environment. What are some easy ways to reduce that carbon footprint even more?  Continue to reduce and consolidate trips to the store. Pick up needed items for neighbors and alternate trips to the store with friends. Wash and carry your own reusable shopping bags a

Defining Your Building Style – Modern or Traditional?

When thinking about building a new custom home, you may feel overwhelmed with all the decisions involved. Where to build and which builder to use are two obvious decisions to make, but there are also fun decisions like defining the look and feel of your home. Should it be a traditional style, with all the classic finishing touches or is perhaps a modern style home more to your liking?  Interestingly, traditional and modern can also describe the method of construction used to build your custom home.

Most people are familiar with traditional on-site construction where the house is built piece-by-piece, on your land, much like homes have been built for the last 150 years. The more modern approach would be to choose modular construction, a highly efficient manufacturing process conducted by skilled workers in a controlled, indoor environment.

Off-site building benefits:

  1. More work done offsite means fewer trade partners to deal with and less risk for miscommunication or mistakes.
  2. Ease of coordination and thorough planning in advance means very few decisions, if any, left to make on site.
  3. Less work done on site results in more efficient sequencing of work, fewer conflicts in scheduling, less debris, fewer stored materials, less construction traffic, safer installation processes, and reduced site disruption…improving overall safety and productivity.
  4. No weather delays, conflicts with subcontractors, theft or vandalism.
  5. Allows year-round building regardless of weather conditions.

When compared side-by-side, a home constructed in the traditional sense is indistinguishable from the home built using modular construction. They both have the same design flexibility, offering details like open floor plans, multiple roof lines, covered porches, and full masonry fireplaces. Beautiful design elements like crown molding and coffered ceilings can be included regardless of the way the home is constructed.

The engineered process of modular construction starts with dividing the home’s plan in to sections and then building those sections individually in a factory allowing for greater quality control.

Modular construction advantages:

  1. Individual modules come complete with plumbing, electrical, roofing, and often with interior finishes already assembled resulting in timely completion of the home once delivered.
  2. Quality control inspectors at the factory review the modules as they move through production
  3. Skilled workers at the factory don’t have to deal with unpredictable site conditions
  4. Individuals work in a controlled environment focused on precision and efficiency while their counterparts on a traditional job site may have to manage through heat, cold, rain and snow.
  5. High-quality products and precision cut materials vs hand cut on-site.

Designed and built to withstand long-distance transportation and eventually lifted by a crane, the modules are set on the foundation, constructing a home that is inherently stronger and built more precisely than its traditionally built counterpart.

Additionally, modular building structures are extremely airtight, optimizing energy efficiency and enhancing health and comfort.

Also, the nature of indoor construction means that the pre-fabricated materials are protected from moisture and outdoor elements during the build making them easier to recycle.

Why choose Connecticut Valley Homes?

  1. Less stress! We simplify the building process by guiding you the entire way from choosing a floor plan through move-in.
  2. No need for an architect; no hidden costs.
  3. Design decisions are all made in one location; no need to be overwhelmed by big-box retailers and their salespeople or endless products available online.

Contact the team at Connecticut Valley Homes and learn more about modular construction and why it is The Smart Way to Build™.  For additional information please call 860-739-6913 or visit


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