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Before You Remodel Your Kitchen, Check out These Custom Kitchen Ideas


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:Cabinetry-with-self-closing-soft-touch-technology

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.Laundry-Room-Hidden-in-Kitchen-CabinetsOur 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

Sink drawers

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

Refrigerator Drawers

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.

Progress Update on Home Renovation in Darien, Connecticut



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

Webb-front-1st-progressDemolition 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.


Webb-front-2nd-progressFront view of home renovation




Webb-front-4th-progress-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.


Attic-windows-rear-of-houseDrawing of attic windows at rear of house


Webb-rear-progress-1Rear 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:

  • 1st Floor
    • Laundry cabinets
    • Mudroom cubbies
    • Kitchen island & cabinets
    • Kitchen bar cabinets
    • Living room tv cabinet
  • 2nd Floor
    • Master bath vanity
    • Master bath built-in shelves
    • Master bath tub paneling
    • Master closet window seat
    • 2nd floor family room tv cabinet
    • New home office built-in bookshelves
    • 2nd floor linen cabinet
    • Renovated bath #1 vanity
    • Bookshelves in new stair hall
    • Built-in shelves in bedroom #3
    • New hall built-in
  • 3rd Floor (attic)
    • Bath vanity
    • Bar cabinet in new studio space


For more information on this Darien, CT home renovation check out our Whole Home Renovation in Revitalized Neighborhood blog.

Thank You to All Our Clients and Friends for Your Referrals!

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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