Titus Built… the only call you have to make for Residential Design and Construction Services. Not only does Titus Built create beautiful homes with custom-designed details, they renovate state of the art small commercial offices and buildings as well.
Check out this HOBI Award Winner for “Best Small Commercial Rehab” presented to Titus Built for 27 Cannon Road, Wilton, CT:
2nd Floor of 27 Cannon Road, Wilton, CT
Front View Before Renovation
Front View After Renovation
Side View Before Renovation
Side View After Renovation
Titus Built renovates small commercial spaces for clients from real estate and professional office spaces to playhouses and dance studios.
151 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT Before Renovation
151 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT After Renovation
Interested in checking out some of Titus Built’s commercial renovations? On March 2 & 3, The Conservatory of Dance will be hosting their Grand Opening Party where you can mix, mingle, eat, drink, dance and explore their new facility in Wilton, CT. Come out and join us!
Titus Built, LLC Wins NARI 2013 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award
A “Coastal Haven” Entire Home Remodel is Recognized for Excellence
Northeast Region: Entire House $500,001 – $1 million
Titus Built, LLC of West Redding, Connecticut, is proud to announce the company has been honored by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) with a 2013 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) award for “Entire Home $500,001 – $1 million. Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. The Association, which represents member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more about RCA/NARI (Chapter) visit: Remodeling Contractors Association of Connecticut.
Wednesday night the Titus Built Team was privileged to attend the 2012 HOBIs, The Home Building Industry Awards, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT. Jeff Titus cordially invited his team to join him at the 2012 HOBI Awards dinner to accept the Best Residential Remodel $750,000-$1 million Award. We had a wonderful evening watching award presentations, receiving awards as well as mingling with coworkers sharing some laughs and cheers.
The Titus Built team had been notified in advance about the “Best Residential Remodel” award but the “Remodeled Home of the Year” award was not announced until the awards ceremony. At the end of the evening the team was excited and surprised to hear our name called as one of the Grand Award Winners. “It was a no brainer,” the judges said. They were particularly impressed with the detailed craftsmanship of the project.
L-R HOBI Remodeling Judges Denise Nott & Eric Miner, Jeffrey Titus,
HBRA of CT President Elizabeth Verna and Vice-President Ken Boynton
“I am truly honored that one of our projects was selected in the Best Residential Remodel category, but it was even more thrilling to receive top honors out of all remodeling entrants as Remodeled Home of the Year. This was truly a surprise considering the achievements of our competitors and a tremendous compliment from the judges. I’d like to thank my generous clients who provided us with this fantastic opportunity, and give a big thank you to my hard working team,” said Jeff Titus.
About the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut, Inc.
The HBRA of Connecticut is a statewide professional trade organization representing home builders, remodelers, developers and many subcontractors, suppliers and professionals that provide services to this diverse industry. HBRA members are dedicated to quality and excellence in their craft.
In terms of craftsmanship, what level of quality does Titus Built provide?
Our product is of the highest quality of materials and workmanship, using very well planned design and details.We love doing the different and unique; however, we are used to working with budgets and can suggest methods and products that can change the price point while still achieving a similar look.
What specific steps does Titus Built take to keep a client’s home, possessions and jobsite clean and safe?
We hire employees that understand the importance and sensitivity of working in someone’s home. Our subcontractors are held to this same standard. I would not put anyone in a client’s home that I wouldn’t have work in my own home.
What makes Titus Built different from other remodelers?
Clients appreciate the one-stop convenience of design,custom cabinetry design and fabrication and full construction services we offer. Our in-house millwork shop is attractive to clients who are looking for the highest quality detail work from local craftsmen. I’m most proud of the fact that 80% of Titus Built clients are repeat or referral based. A happy client is our best sales force. We do the job well, provide convenience and value and listen to our clients. Our company motto is“Building clients for life … one home at a time” and abiding by that principle has helped us grow and thrive.
Look for our advertorial in the Nov/Dec issue of athome Magazine!
“When selecting a company to design and build your custom home or remodeling project, you’re hiring a partner to enhance your lifestyle and increase the value of your home. To ensure a smooth and positive experience, it is critical that you understand your partner’s vision, philosophy and values to make sure they align with your goals.” - Jeffrey A. Titus
As professional remodeling contractors in Fairfield County, Connecticut, it is important to us that we provide continuous improvement through all of our services, from Home Renovations and Remodeling projects to Architectural Design work.
We hire and train the best individuals, subcontractors and vendors that reflect our Core Values.
We actively solicit feedback from our clients and continually improve our processes.
We continue to create efficient systems and use innovative products.
We continue to improve our business methods and provide the highest level of service to our clients.
Motto ~ “Building clients for life … one home at a time”
At Titus Built, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations by delivering excellent service and value with integrity, accountability and a positive “can do” attitude.
Last month our blog discussed a New Canaan, Connecticut family that is a prime example of our motto. We recently completed their master bathroom renovation as well as their daughter’s bathroom remodel and currently are in the progress of finishing a pergola addition for them.
3cm Bianco Nuevo Polished (White Glass) vanity countertop with undermount sink and 4" backsplashes.
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Titus Built is busy with several home renovations in lower Fairifeld County, Connecticut. Some are at the beginning stage while others are nearly complete. The Harbor View waterfront renovation is scheduled to be finished by next Friday. Our clients are getting married and plan to have their rehearsal dinner/birthday party combo at their home on Friday evening. We wish Tamara & Steve a beautiful lifetime of togetherness and happiness. Photos of the home’s detail custom millwork will be posted soon.
Below is a progress update of the Darien home renovation. The renovation began this spring with the testing for lead paint. As this home was built in 1963, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all homes built before 1978 to be tested for lead paint. We were pleased to find out that there was no lead paint found. To learn more about the lead paint rule you can read the EPA’s pamphlet The Lead-Safe Certified Guild to Renovate Right.
Demolition is complete:
Titus Built tested for lead paint (in houses built prior to 1978) per EPA regulations.
Demolition completed to prepare for construction as per plan.
All demolition material was placed in dumpsters provided by Titus Built and removed from site.
Front view of home renovation
Exterior renovation progress:
Modified existing roof structure; frame for new dormers on front & back.
Reconstructed tops of 2 existing chimneys per plan, including build-outs and chimney pots.
Removed all remaining roof shingles.
Supplied & installed ice & water shield at eaves and in valleys.
Supplied & installed preservative treated western red cedar shingles over 30# felt underlayment on main roof.
Drawing of attic windows at rear of house
Rear view of home renovation
Framers are beginning to frame master suite addition.
Stay tuned for progress updates including interior custom cabinetry and millwork benchmade in our shop located in West Redding, CT:
Titus Built, LLC is on its way to completing the Harbor View Waterfront Project. This renovation has been a joy for us to work on from the custom interior doors to the imported accessories. The first floor family room has views of the water through the floor to ceiling windows. Sophisticated and elegant features include the coffered ceiling, antique oak parquet flooring imported from France and a handmade Burgisser fireplace mantel.
The handmade family room Burgisser fireplace mantel, imported from Italy, has been delivered and will be installed this week.
To our surprise, Recuperando srl also sent a French iron coat of arms fireplace insert… location to be determined… we all want dibs on this one!
The third floor consists of a living room as well as a guest bedroom. The living room ceiling is of reclaimed barn board and oak beams. Entry to the living room is through glass pane French doors imported from France.
The third floor guest bedroom has oak beams open to a cupola.
The master bathroom has a steam shower. Shower walls, floor and ceiling tiles are shell stone circles in a mosaic pattern with honed Crema Marfil borders. Bathroom floor is of the same material and pattern.
Exterior is finished in white cedar shingles, approximately 2” thick thin stone veneer on exposed foundation and seawall and Ipe wood decking and stair railing.
Ipe (pronounced EE-pay) is an environmentally friendly, exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to mold, fire, rot and decay; it is virtually knot-free with very little to no warping; and, if left to naturally weather, Ipe will stay smooth and splinter free and will turn into a light silvery gray patina.
Can’t wait to see final photos… when completed, this project will be a stunning showpiece of old world craftsmanship. In the meantime, you can view our progress photos of this home renovation by reading our Waterfront Property Renovation Update Blog.
A Center Hall Colonial Gets an Updated Exterior and an Interior Designed to Enhance Family Time
When the Frattaroli family came to Titus Built for a remodel of their Center Hall Colonial, they had two priorities in addition to the desire to update their home. They wanted to be able to stay in their home during the remodel so their teenagers’ school and personal lives would be undisturbed and they wanted to live in a more open space that would promote a feeling of togetherness when the whole family was at home engaged in different activities.
The original home exterior was plain, with small windows and little visual interest. In the new design, the number of windows has been doubled, dramatically increasing the amount of light the home now receives. Architectural details, including a new portico, bring a fresh interpretation to the home’s facade while honoring its original character. Structural changes, such as new gutters and wood shingles, enhance the home’s eye appeal and add enduring value.
Once a cramped nook, the new kitchen was significantly expanded using space from the front hallway. The entire bottom level of the home was designed as an open layout. It was important to the Frattarolis that the new space encompassing the kitchen, living and family room areas be expansive and inviting while retaining the architectural integrity of their home. Their teenage children can now have friends over or do homework in one area while the parents are preparing meals in the kitchen and the family can easily interact. With such a comfortable and appealing new space to share, the Frattaroli children now enjoy hanging out with their friends at home.
Jennifer Frattaroli says she loved the experience of working with Titus Built. The family especially appreciated that they could live in their home while the remodel was being completed. "Titus Built made the process as easy as possible for us. They were non-invasive and respectful and their level of follow through was exceptional."
"The renovation achieved everything we wanted to achieve," says Jennifer, "We were particularly happy with the quality of the cabinetry work in the kitchen – it was just exceptional. The design and architecture phase was organized and detail-oriented. Once the construction phase was underway, we always felt taken care of. When the inevitable issues arose, due to weather or some other unexpected factor, Titus Built took care of our concerns immediately. We never felt like our project was at a stand still. We have worked with other construction companies and the level of detail and follow through that Titus Built offers is much higher than we have experienced previously. We could not be happier with our home and our remodeling experience."
Architectural Rendering of rear (Waterfront View) of House
Rear View of Home before Renovation
This waterfront renovation project started during the Spring of 2011 when Jeff Titus, owner of Titus Built, LLC, met with the homeowners to discuss the project. Jeff believes that it is imperative a potential client meets with him to establish a good contractor/client relationship. From the start of the project, our clients have been very excited about the home renovation. To help us visualize their ideas, they tabbed pages in magazines of “wish list” items for us to see:
After Jeff Titus listened to our clients’ requests, and gave them a preliminary estimate of what the project would cost, they signed off on a Design Concept Agreement. Below are the final Architectural Renderings of this remodel project:
Architectural Rendering of front of House
During the Design-Build process we completed the estimate of cost, contract schedule and plans. Below are the final revision floor plans:
1st Floor Final Revision Floor Plan
2nd Floor Final Revision Floor Plans
3rd Floor Final Revision Floor Plan
Construction Contracts were signed on September 30th and last week we started the demolition of a house on waterfront property in Norwalk, CT. The interior of the home has been completely gutted and this week the roof and ceilings will be demolished to the first floor ceiling. The sunroom will be taken away.
Commencement of Demolition
Demoliton of 1st Floor
Demolition of 2nd Floor
Demolition of 3rd Floor
When remodeling a home there are so many decisions that need to be made. A few of our clients’ choices/decisions are listed below:
Window Manufacturer: LePage, Marvin or Jeld-Wen – Still up in the air, but leaning towards LePage: http://bit.ly/oFbVkb.
Foam insulation vs fiberglass – Our clients chose foam insulation.
Decorative concrete floors in all bathrooms; options such as finish, color, texture, etc. are still being decided.
It’s always a pleasure for us when a client requests us to update the exterior of their home. The renovation gives us the opportunity to bring the existing home up to date with 21st Century style, comfort and greater energy efficiency.
One of our clients in New Canaan, CT wanted us to give their home an exterior facelift as well as expand their kitchen and other smaller projects to meet their current family needs. The home renovation took us approximately eight months to complete, but both the clients and the Titus Built Team are very pleased with the outcome and would like to share some of these photos with you.
New Canaan Exterior Renovation Front Before Remodel
New Canaan, CT Exterior Renovation of Front After Remodel
New Canaan, CT Home After Exterior Renovation – Rear of House
New Canaan, CT Home Before Exterior Renovation - Side View of House
Before and After of Exterior Renovation - Rear of House
French Doors Before Wood-Shingled Overhang
French Doors After Wood-Shingled Overhang
Hope you’ve enjoyed previewing the photos as much as we have remodeling the home. To see previous blogs on this home renovation, please view: Transformation of a New England Style Home with 21st Century Embellishments: http://bit.ly/lqooXE
Stay tuned for update of the interior renovation of this New Canaan, Connecticut Residence!