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Narrow Lot; Broad Potential

Monday, June 19, 2017

As the number of people wanting to live along the shoreline increases so does the need for new homes designed to fit the smaller building lots found in the quaint communities along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coast.  With some creative ingenuity, the smaller and narrower building lots can be the best of all worlds combining a desirable location with a beautiful new home designed to pe...

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Cottage Chic: A Custom Designed Cozy Retreat

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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 effici...

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Connecticut Valley Homes Builds More than Homes with Al’s Angels and LIVFREE

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The team at Connecticut Valley Homes is passionate about building.   We build homes designed to fit our customer’s lifestyle and budget.  We choose to build modular because we believe it is a smarter way to build:  our homes are built efficiently and securely in a weather-controlled environment.  We take pride in our craft and often hear from our homeowners how proud they ar...

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How to Build a Coastal Home and Why Modular is a Better Choice

Friday, February 24, 2017

Richard Wildermuth, president of Connecticut Valley Homes, was asked recently what the two most important considerations are when building a coastal home.    After 35 years building along the shore, he was quickly able to offer advice to those considering making a move to the shore. “Building a home in a shoreline community or directly on the water, is a dream that can come true with ...

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Why Savvy People are Building Two-Family Homes

Thursday, February 2, 2017

If you are thinking of having a new modular home built, have you considered a two-family home? There are many reasons why this is a popular option. Why Two-family homes? Live in one; rent the other. This strategy not only gives you a beautifully designed new home but also an opportunity to make money. How much income could you receive from a monthly rental payment? Some homeowners make enough t...

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Real Estate Trend Watch - The First Floor Master Bedroom

Friday, December 23, 2016

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...

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Modular Homes Remove “Unpredictable” from Winter Homebuilding

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

  If you had some office work to do on your computer in the winter, you could take the work outside. You would need gloves (touch screen gloves if you have a touch screen), winter coat, hat, heavy boots. Propping up a golf umbrella would keep you dry in the rain and snow. Then you would need a chair with warm blankets for your lap and a steady flow of warm coffee to heat up your insides. C...

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How the Better Business Bureau Can Help Find a Builder for Your New Home

Friday, March 25, 2016

 When asked what is the most important consideration when selecting a builder, Dave Cooper, Senior Home Consultant from Connecticut Valley Homes, gave this helpful advice: “Look for experience and reputation. Testimonials and online reviews can provide helpful information.  For example, the Better Business Bureau provides  reports  for customers looking for a home build...

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How to Find the Best Builder for Your New Home

Friday, March 11, 2016

                                                                      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 dear...

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We Love Our Customers!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Connecticut Valley Homes has been fortunate over the years to have built custom modular homes for so many wonderful people.  Thanks so much to Christina for the lovely spring flowers and the kind words below ... Richard, We received your thank you note and you are welcome.  Nice to hear everyone appreciates a bit of spring early.  We love the home you built for us and think of yo...

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

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 a...

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A Guide to New England Spring Gardens

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 (East Lyme, CT) - Springtime gardening in New England sometimes presents hurdles. With temperatures steadily getting warmer, us New Englanders are always a bit weary of whether or not the warmth is to stay - and with good reason too, especially after a frost warning this past week! Given a rather long and cold winter, there is no surprise that we're all quite eager to g...

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Millennials as Homebuyers

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Source - www.eldorrado.com For generations, a large part of the American Dream has included capturing the opportunity of becoming a homeowner. The feeling of achieving an investment that one can call their own is highly sought after. Is this desire universal, though? There seems to be a growing curiosity to understand whether or not millennials, too, envision home ownership within their future ...

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Weathering the Storm - Post Blizzard Home Maintenance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 (East Lyme, CT) - The blizzard has come and gone, but while the weather has settled it is critical not to neglect proper assessment for possible home damage.  Heavy snow is a noteable cause of substantial property damage. Damage can range from dislodged shingles, collapsed roofs, water leaks, flooding, etc. Failure to take action when these problems arise can ...

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A Splash of Style - Backsplashes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Whether a kitchen hosts guests or our own family members it is important that we are proud of this specific space. Aspects such as design, appliances, layout, functionality and style contribute to our overall satisfaction. We desire to focus on the elements we love - one's that may be unique to our homes. We desire small accents that give a big bang while capturing our style, but also adding ch...

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Kitchen Baskets: Produce Storage With a Warm Touch

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The traditional storing places for produce are generally refrigerators, countertops or window sills, leaving the cabinets and drawers as storage for kitchenware. What if produce storage has been reinvented? How about a concept that allows fruits and veggies to be put away, off of the counters, sills and out of refrigerators? Kitchen baskets -basket drawers inserted into an island - allow homeow...

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Fall Maintenance Musts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As Fall is underway, Connecticut Valley Homes offers these Fall maintenance musts to uphold the quality of your home: Check the Exterior Paint - If paint is peeling this may indicate an issue with protection of the siding, which could be damaging to the house.  Clean the Gutters - Clogged gutters are one of the biggest reasons for ice dams.  Caulk Windows - Sealing windows will preven...

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Renter's Net Worth 36 Times Less than Homeowner's

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Believe it or not, homeownership remains a great way to grow wealth in America. This may not seem possible, especially with the crash of the housing market, but The Federal Reserve states that homeowner's have a much higher net worth than renters. Again, this may seem shocking when reflecting on the housing market of the past decade. The Federal Reserve reports that the average renter has a net...

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Choosing the Right Contractor: Porches, Decks &Three Season Rooms

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

No matter what season, having a relaxing spot to unwind when you return home is coveted. Everybody has their favorite room within their home, but what about beyond their front door? Porches, decks and three season rooms are highly desirable and optimal for entertainment and relaxation. These fun spaces require experienced builders and contractors to create them, so how exactly does a homeowner ...

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Building With Children - Replacing Confusion with Excitement

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moving can be tough on the whole family, but especially young children. Imagine being young kid who does not fully comprehend all of the changes surrounding them. Moving probably seems somewhat scary and dauntingly unfamiliar. For this reason, it is imperative to generate excitement during the building process by including all family members. While a child might grow attached to their current h...

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Kick Cold Out of the House!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As the Summer 2014 comes to a close, we must brace ourselves for the colder approaching months. Beyond transitioning wardrobes, and turning off air conditioners, homeowners must take into consideration house preparation prior to the Winter months. Not only will readiness prevent major costly malfunctions, but will also ensure home efficiency. To ensure that you have considered all winterizing t...

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The Modular Advantage

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Many people recognize the term "modular home". Not as many people truly understand what a modular home actually is. Initially, some people believe that a modular home only involves two halves of a home and can only be designed as a single story ranch. However, this is false! Modular homes offer much more diversity and custom options than ever imagined. Ritz-Craft manufactured modular homes, via...

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Buying a Home in 2014 - Is this the Right Move?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last week we weighed the question of buying now or later. Focusing on both increased interest rates and cost to buy, we came to the conclusion that this heavily relies on the market in which you wish to reside.  While some markets anticipate substantial cost increases other's anticipate less drastic effects. This week, we are digging a little deeper. Is 2014 the year to buy a first home or...

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The Daunting Question: Should I Buy Now or Later?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The most prominent question homebuyers are asking remains: "Should I buy a home now or hold off until next year?" Why is this? It's simple. As potential homeowners we not only want to invest in a home with our dream qualities, but we're also looking to ensure we get the best deal. This does not only target the list price of a home or the cost to build. Interest rates play a huge role in the sum...

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A Splash of Color

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sometimes a touch of new color can make all the difference in a space. This can be accomplished in several different ways. One of the most noticeable and refreshing upgrades can simply be a new coat - or two - of paint on a room's walls. To accomplish the most dramatic makeover, follow these few tips:  Follow the 60-30-10 rule: This means that 60% of the room's color is the paint on the wa...

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