Posts Tagged ‘Wilton’
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
The kitchen has become the hub of the home. Not only is the kitchen the place where you prepare foods, more often than not, it ends up being the gathering place for family and friends. At Titus Built, our client’s input is essential when designing their kitchen. When thinking about a kitchen renovation their lifestyle plays an important part of the design and material selection. Keeping up with the Jones’ is not the key factor, but rather what suites their budget and lifestyle. Resale is also a key factor when considering a remodel. When choosing a remodeler to renovate your kitchen it is important to hire a partner that can enhance your lifestyle as well as increase the value of your home; a partner that will ensure a smooth and positive experience. It’s critical that you understand your partner’s vision, philosophy, and values to make sure they align with your goals.
Design is a crucial part of the remodel. Quality cabinetry is another key component to a good kitchen renovation. You want your dollars to last and not “look good” for a short period of time. Fine cabinetry uses quality materials and workmanship as well as offers unique, custom styles.
Below are photos of fine quality cabinetry including clever kitchen ideas:
Our Harbor View clients’ wanted a kitchen where they could entertain. We designed and handcrafted a kitchen where each custom piece of cabinetry was made completely by hand at 1″ thick, with self-closing soft touch technology and substantial marble countertops providing ample space for prep, cooking and entertaining during large gatherings.
One of our Redding clients brought us their ideas and we worked with them right down the smallest details to give them the kitchen they desired. Cabinet doors were designed and fabricated to the millimeter of our clients’ specifications; wood for countertops was hand selected by Jeff Titus and the clients; the stone surround and stone incorporated into the island were handcrafted to complement the adjacent family room fireplace; and, the organization of the info center was tailored to our clients’ requirements. Photo is of the veneer stone surround with spice shelves installed inside the surround.
A New Canaan, client wanted to make sure her newly remodeled kitchen stayed uncluttered, so she requested cabinet built-ins for paper towels. General manager Jeff Titus and the architect worked together on the design, which includes a holder to the right of the main sink and the island sink. Other details in the kitchen include a variation in depth of base cabinets; a custom made china hutch; and a full walk-in pantry.
Our Westport clients wanted more room in their home to accommodate their three growing children and make the whole family more comfortable. At the same time, it was important to them to maintain the integrity of their 1914 house. They wanted the remodel to look as if it had always been a part of their home. Titus Built designed and built a 1-1/2 story addition, including a family room and additional living areas, to the back of the Westport couple’s home. The couple also wanted a functional laundry room in the kitchen/family room area, but wanted the washer and dryer units concealed. Titus Built designed and built cabinets to hide their washer and dryer units. Custom cabinets can be designed and handcrafted to accommodate both apartment and full-sized units.
Here are some other clever kitchen ideas that you should think about including in your kitchen design:
Cutting board to fit over compost bin
Pull out storage
Pull out cutting board
Hidden pocket door in cabinetry
Brass & stainless sink with front towel rack
Pantry – pull out shelves in closet
Pull out dog dishes in cabinetry
Storage for sink
Pull out dish cloth storage
Peg drawer dividers for dishes
Drawer for upright utensils
Kitchen power grommet
Pull out under sink storage
Remote Locking Cabinets
Trash & recycle shoots
You may also want to consider a closet pantry, pantry addition inclusive off drawer refrigerators, room temperature and chilled wine storage, a closet turned into an office… the list is endless. With Titus Built, our master craftsmen create the custom-designed details that make your home one-of-a-kind. Ask us about the difference.
Friday, February 15th, 2013
Interested in starting dance classes for you or your children? Looking to renovate your light commercial space? This is a great time to come out and join us in celebrating the grand opening of the Conservatory of Dance:
Studio #3 at the Conservatory of Dance
Stop in and check out the brand new State of the Art Studio!
When: March 2 & 3, 2013
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 151 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT
Mix & Mingle, Eat, Drink & DANCE:
* Meet & Greet Wine and Cheese Reception
* Enjoy Dance Demonstrations by COD Ensemble and Special Guests
* Join in on the Fun with Free Trial Classes (Please call as pre-registration is required.)
* Teen/Adult Ballet, Adult Dancer’s Workout, Preschool Ballet, African Dance Workshop, Yoga for Dancers
* Tour the Facility
Entry to the Conservatory of Dance
For more information, please call the Conservatory:
Check our more photos of Titus Built’s commercial renovations here:
Renovations: Light Commercial Space by Titus Built, LLC
Titus Built Commercial Renovations Portfolio
Preview the construction progress here:
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
The Conservatory is dedicated to educating and inspiring dancers of all ages and interests. They are trained to work with everyone who loves dance – from aspiring professionals to recreational enthusiasts. We are pleased to be working with the Artistic Director, Christine Titus on the renovation of commercial space located at 151 Ridgefield Road in Wilton, CT. Christine had envisioned the design of the Conservatory to be NYC chic and contemporary.
“The space turned out to be just that…. open, airy and bright with lots of perimeter windows, exposed ceilings with floating ceiling “clouds” incorporating recessed lighting and Sonos sound system and speakers. The colors and finishes have a slight industrial feel, yet very artsy and contemporary with vibrant colors and accent walls. Everything is state of the art from the custom furniture to the AV system. The design is comfortable and fun with the usual Titus Built attention to detail,” said Christine.
Check out the progress photos below:
Commercial Space Prior to Renovation
Commercial Space Prior to Renovation
Stan Creating the “Clouds” for the Conservatory
Stan Creating the “Clouds” for the Conservatory
Progress photo of Conservatory “Clouds”
Progress Photo: Custom Made Office Furniture
Storage Cubbies for Students Coats & Backpacks
Progress Photo of Entry to Conservatory
“Clouds” installed at the Conservatory
Stay tuned for the grand opening party coming soon!
Conservatory dancers performed at DanceFest
Palace Theater in Stamford on January 20th!
To learn more about the Conservatory you can check out their website: http://www.conservatory-of-dance.com/
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Existing Home before Pergola Addition
Happy July, all!
We have had several new contracts signed the last couple of weeks in June. Our Artisan Cabinetry and Millwork Shop continues to create the custom designed details that make homes one-of-a-kind. Thought I’d give you a run down on some of our new jobs:
Kitchen, Mudroom & Bath Remodel
Complete renovation of rooms including custom cabinetry and millwork. Note the stone veneer surrounding cook-top, range hood and at the end of island facing table in the kitchen.
Basement Remodel with Pub and Lounge
The basement remodel incudes windows, doors, sound proofing, lighting and electrical, HVAC as well as audio and video. Our custom millwork shop will also design, fabricate, finish and install custom cabinetry as per plan including:
- TV/Media Cabinet
- Back Bar Cabinets
- Island Cabinets
- Reading Nook
Family Room Remodel
The family room renovation includes demolition, insulation & water control, heating & cooling, electrical as well as fabrication of custom painted cabinetry and millwork as per plan including the following:
- Entertainment Center
- Window Seat w/ Built-ins on each side
- Fireplace mantel
Drawing of Fireplace and Pergola
Pergola with Fireplace and Built-in Masonry Grill & Cooler Station
Thank you to Craig & Jana, Brendan & Kristy, and Marc & Wendy of Wilton; Mike & Julie of New Canaan; as well as Joe & Dorothy of Redding, Connecticut. We look forward to making wonderful improvements to your homes.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
At Titus Built we are committed to supporting our local community and particularly our children in sports. Sports teams require the 3 P’s – practice, patience and persistence. Most things in life do not come easy. Children learn through sports how to set goals and work to achieve their goals; if they want to win they have to go after it. It teaches them how to work well with others and have fun at the same time. All are critical success factors for business.
We are proud to sponsor this year’s Wilton Little League and wish them a successful season, full of fun, laughter and home runs!
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Referrals are still Titus Built’s best sales leads. Referral leads converted to contracts top all other categories, followed by Repeat Customers and SoMe… Advertising is way down the list.
We are grateful for all our referrals. Referrals are more than a sales lead – they are a report card. We also understand that referrals to us are the referrer’s clients and friends, and therefore, it is important that we treat them with utmost courtesy and respect.
As a thank you for your loyalty, Titus Built has initiated a new referral program. Should you refer us to a client who undertakes a construction project with Titus Built (including a signed Construction Agreement of at least $10,000 value)** we will express our appreciation by offering you a Referral Reward.
1st Referral Rewards (choose one)
-$100 donated to the charity of your choice (via www.JustGive.org)
-$100 gift certificate for a local restaurant of your choice
-$100 American Express gift card
2 or more referrals within same calendar year (choose one)
-$250* donated to the charity of your choice (via www.JustGive.org)
-$250* gift certificate for a local restaurant of your choice
-$250* American Express gift card
Also, upon signing a Titus Built, LLC Construction Contract Agreement of $50,000 or more, your referred friend will receive a $500 LILLIAN AUGUST Home Furnishings and Interior Design Gift Card.
*for each referral
Regardless of whether any referral turns into a project for Titus Built, we greatly value your referrals and extend our sincere appreciation!
**The reward will be based on the signed Construction Agreement and will be fulfilled within 30 days of the contract signing.
Rewarding you for your business and referrals
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
New exhibit explores architects’ work to
update and preserve antique homes
When Jeff Titus bought the above house, he hired a dendrochronology lab to take samples from the fireplace lentil, front wall and floor joists to run scientific dating tests. (Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating is the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree-rings. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed, in many types of wood, to the exact calendar year. From Wikipedia) The lab results were inconclusive; the best likely dating was somewhere between 1740 and 1760, but during this period it was not uncommon to reuse wood from an older home when building a new home. The Wilton Historical Society dated the home’s origin to 1791. Dendrochronology Report will be available to read at the "Building a Future From the Past" Exhibit.
"Building a Future From the Past" – Exhibit
March 25 - October 31, 2012
Tue – Fri, 10am – 4pm
Sat, 1 – 4pm;
Sun (through May) 1-4pm: 4/15; 4/29; 5/6; 5/20
Cost: free to members and children, $5 for non-member adults
Special Opening Reception (Free): Sunday, March 25, 3-6pm
“Fitch House Move 2001” – Fitch House, formerly 249 Danbury Road. To make its trip from #249, south to #224 Danbury Road, this 1732/1757 dwelling sacrificed its roof, attic, and rear wings, one of which was rebuilt on the new site. The center chimney was moved intact, with the top portion reassembled in its new location. Much of the Wilton community gathered on a cold day in January, 2001, to watch the event, which was led slowly down Route 7 behind the bagpipes of Glenn Shattuck. In a single day, the house was rotated 180 degrees and set just above its newly prepared foundation. Watercolor by Ed MacEwen. Donated to the Society by Hal & Judy Higby
"This new exhibit explores architects’ work to preserve antique homes while bringing them into the 21st Century. A special opening reception will be held Sunday, March 25 from 3-6pm, and educational events, an architect’s symposium and other events related to the exhibit are being planned.
Antique homes and their strong visual presence along roads in Fairfield County and throughout New England are an important part of the tapestry that creates the character of the town.
Reminders of the town’s and nation’s heritage, these buildings serve as living monuments of our past. For the owners, antique houses provide a very real connection to the lives of residents long since passed. For those driving by, they offer glimpses of a landscape steeped in history and nostalgia.
The Wilton Historical Society and a team of 11 leading architecture firms from throughout the region explore the many ways these historic homes are being preserved, protected and restored while being adapted for life in these modern times. The featured architects will be:
- Richard Bergmann Architects – New Canaan
- Erskine-Middeleer Associates – Wilton
- Faesy-Smith Architects – Wilton
- David Ling Architects – New York
- Bartels-Pagliaro Architects – South Norwalk
- Austin Patterson Disston Architects – Southport
- Kathleen Poirier Architects – Wilton
- Kevin Quinlan Architecture – Wilton
- Rob Sanders Architects – Wilton
- Michael Smith Architects – Wilton
- Richard Tomasetti Architects – Wilton
Curated by New Canaan’s Richard Bergmann, and made possible through a generous sponsorship from Titus Built, LLC of West Redding, the exhibit offers a glimpse into the innovative solutions architects are bringing to antique homes.
More importantly, the exhibit demonstrates the craftsmanship and viability of homes built 200 years ago, and explores the historical, cultural and environmental benefits of their preservation. For more information and updates, visit www.wiltonhistorical.org or call (203) 762-7257," via Wilton Historical Society.
Wilton Historical Society Co-Presidents with "Building a Future From the Past" Curator and Lead Sponsor.
From left: Tierney O’Hearn, co-president of the Wilton Historical Society, guest curator Richard Bergmann, exhibit sponsor Jeffrey Titus, and Greg Chann, Society co-president.
“I am honored to be included with this prestigious group of local professionals who are as passionate as I am about preservation, local history and superb design. Being part of five generations of family in this area since the early 1900’s, I feel the responsibility to enrich our communities and retain a bit of our local heritage.
We are fortunate to live in an area of the United States that is rich with American history and architecture. I’m proud to support the Wilton Historical Society in their effort to educate and raise awareness of our historical buildings, architecture and construction materials and methods that have shaped how we live today.” Jeff Titus
To see more of Titus Built Historical Renovations visit their Historical Renovations Portfolio or Blog here:
Join Jeff Titus on Sunday, March 25th, at the Wilton Historical Society and enjoy what the museum is all about . . . preserving, and sharing our heritage.
Interested in Traditional American Rooms join Christine G. H. Franck’s lecture at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in NYC:
WINTERTHUR: TRADITIONAL AMERICAN ROOMS
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
The first part of any successful relationship is to make sure the contractor and the homeowner understand each other. The contractor should: provide the services you need; deliver the quality you expect; offer good value for the services offered; stand behind the homeowner and the contractor’s work when project is complete; and, communicate clearly and professionally.
How to determine what makes sense for your family – Your Home…Your Lifestyle.
Before making the decision to renovate your existing home or move, ask yourself a few questions:
- Do you like the town you live in?
- Do you like your property and your neighbors?
- Is your house sellable as is?
- Does your property allow for expansion or improvements?
If the answer is "no" to any of these questions, then you need not give remodeling another thought!
Did you know? That a typical $250k project… can take 3-5 months to properly plan and design before construction begins; can require thousands of decisions regarding design, planning and production; can require coordinating up to 30 trades, numerous supply vendors and town officials; and, can require over 100 individuals to work on the job site during the project duration?
On the other hand, if you answer "yes" to the questions above then you still must consider the following:
The Selling Cycle: During the selling process your home must always be kept clean and tidy for potential viewings. In today’s economy it is taking an average of four months to sell a home in Fairfield County.
Moving Before You Sell: If you move and sell your home after relocating to your new home, potential buyers will believe that if you hold onto your old home long enough the stress factor will come into play. This increases the chance that you will receive lower offers on your home.
Unexpected Upgrade Costs: When moving to a new location, you must consider the higher costs. A larger home also means bigger utility bills, homeowner’s insurance premiums and so forth. That lawn that used to cost you $100/week to maintain now costs much more. Do your homework and get estimates on these additional costs prior to purchasing your new home. We have heard from many homeowners who were taken by surprise when their overall operating costs increased dramatically.
Related Fees: Real estate commissions, closing and moving costs will typically be 10% or more of your selling price.
Redecorating Expenses: Unless your home is custom built, you will also need to paint and refurbish your new home. Perhaps those drapes and blinds that fit so nicely in your old home no longer suit the new house. Sometimes, although the previous owners thought their taste was exquisite, you don’t share the same aesthetic. A custom built home may be your answer!
Family Issues: If children are involved, they must be uprooted and transferred to a new neighborhood. Most children are quite resilient and able to cope with the transition smoothly, but this is obviously an important factor in a family’s decision to move.
“In remodeling, thoughtful design, budgeting and proper planning are equally important to the actual construction process and ultimately contribute to a positive remodeling experience.” Jeffrey A. Titus, CGR
Still Have Questions? Join Jeff Titus of Titus Built, LLC and Kevin O’Brien of Wilton Country Homes this Friday, March 2, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and “Meet the Builder and Realtor” at 48 Keelers Ridge Road, Wilton, Connecticut.
Looking to purchase land to build your dream home? Ask a contractor for a pre-purchase consultation. This will save you time, less aggravation and money. And, don’t forget to ask questions! What style of home best suites the land? A professional builder will help you realize your dreams so that you can love the home you’re in!
Ask the Questions! How can they help you realize your dreams with a remodel or custom built home? Should you sell, renovate, or custom build? Ever thought about a Pre-purchase Consultation and Renovation Feasibility Analysis to help you visualize the renovation prior to purchase? Jeff and Kevin will be there to help unravel the mysteries of what kind of home to build, whether to buy a custom built home or renovate, as well as current real estate and construction trends. They want you to love the home you’re in!
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Home has become a personal retreat for most families ~ a place where they can enjoy spending time with their family and friends. Multi-functional basement or attic rooms are a trend at Titus Built. Many of our clients are deciding to increase their home’s footprint by renovating their basement, attic or adding outdoor entertainment spaces.
If a homeowner is thinking about renovating it is important that they understand that the key part of a remodel is the design. Each homeowner’s criteria for their basement or attic renovation is different and it is important that they choose an architect or design-build remodeler that maximizes the footprint to meet their specific needs while adding function to some of the most underused space in their home.
The first group of photos is of an attic remodel in Wilton, CT. The original part of the home was built in the 18th century, and therefore, the attic was the best choice to renovate for the children’s playroom and an area for our clients’ to workout.
Kitchenettes are often included in an attic or basement renovation.
A home office, or a bedroom with a bathroom, is also a great choice when remodeling the attic.
Another client was interested in renovating the basement for their parents. They wanted a room where their visiting parents could sleep as well as spend some quality time by themselves. It was important to our clients that the entire renovated space feel like it “belonged” with the rest of their home. Besides the bedroom and sitting area they also wanted us to create storage space for wine.
Cool teen hangouts, pantries and home gyms are frequent basement renovation requests. Below are photos of a few more of our basement remodels:
Basement before Kids’ Recreation Room Renovation
Basement After Kids’ Rec Room Renovation in Wilton, CT
New Canaan, CT client opted for home gym and pantry for their basement remodel.
We are currently working on a basement renovation in Greenwich, CT. Our client wanted a room where the kids could access the room from the exterior of the house. The exterior entry has been completed and we are in the process of remodeling the interior of the basement. The rooms will consist of a home gym, full bathroom, kitchenette, and rec room with pool table, home theater and 2 3-high bunk beds to sleep six… Talk about a Cool Teen Hangout!
(Progress Report: Basement Remodel in Greenwich, Connecticut: http://bit.ly/oY4V4m)
After the basement or attic renovation is complete it is important to call your home insurance agent and upgrade your homeowner’s policy. If you are looking to remodel your attic or basement, call 203-834-0275 to see how we can help.
For more Attic & Basement remodeling tips visit the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI): http://bit.ly/mXjmNR
Interested in expanding your home’s footprint thru Outdoor Spaces: Decks, Pergolas, Patios & Screened-in Porches http://bit.ly/qGkNMm.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
We currently have a new home for sale in one of Wilton’s most desirable neighborhoods. The home is being built at one of the highest elevations in town on a site with mature trees and spectacular views of the dramatic surrounding landscape. Below are some photos of the property prior to clearing the site:
Earlier this month our team was busy clearing the site:
This property is located in the same neighborhood as one of Wilton’s finest homes, 39 Keeler Ridge Road, which recently sold for $4M: http://bit.ly/pssOv9. What a rare opportunity to own a home designed and built with the award-winning design and quality Titus Built is known for as well as owning property in the right location. As any Realtor will tell you… Location, Location, Location!