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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.

Whole Home Remodel Emphasizes Family Togetherness

Before exterior renovation New Canaan, CT
A Center Hall Colonial Gets an Updated Exterior and an Interior Designed to Enhance Family Time

front elevation

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.

Exterior back of house before renovation

Exterior back of house after renovation

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.

frattaroli model update copy

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.” 

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Should We Stay in Our Home and Renovate/Add On or … Should We Move?

Kitchen Remodeling

How to determine what makes sense for your family.

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 property expandable?

If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, then you need not give remodeling another thought!

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 upgrading your home and 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 Landscape Contractors gave them the estimate for their new property!

Related Fees: Real estate commissions, closing and moving costs will typically be 10% or more of your selling price.

Moving Costs and Headaches: Once you sell your home you have to pack up your belongings and move. The new home will be filled with boxes to unpack and redecorate.

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.

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.

If you are considering a move, don’t hesitate to call us before buying your new home. A Pre-purchase Consultation and Renovation Feasibility Analysis will help you visualize the renovation prior to purchase.

At Titus Built, we are able to transform your thoughts and ideas into reality. Your home will be designed to enhance your lifestyle with new technology, re-purposed rooms, and built-ins added to minimize your footprint in a clutter-free environment.