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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.

Architectural Design & Custom Millwork… In the News


Titus Built is honored to be recognized by two local magazines this month: East Coast HOME & DESIGN and New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton Magazine. If you get a chance, please pick up a copy.


Portfolio of Kitchens & Baths 2013, Titus Built,

East Coast HOME + DESIGN, Feb/Mar 2013 issue, pages 64 & 65

“Bright and sunny, this classic kitchen is one more example of attention to detail and fine craftsmanship that clients have come to expect from the West Redding firm of Titus Built, LLC…” ~ East Coast HOME + DESIGN


street smart, New Canaan, Darien + Rowayton Magazine

“Some homes make great first impressions. They couple good symmetry with architectural details, custom touches, carefully chosen colors and lush landscaping. The result is incredible curb appeal. These dressed-up facades are nothing sort of street smart. To celebrate the many fine examples of fashion-forward houses in our towns, we’ve photographed four that showcase eye-pleasing elements that add style and interest.” <~ New Canaan Magazine


Besides our features, the magazines also have some great articles such as Hillside Retreat, http://www.echomeanddesign.com and Balancing Act, NewCanaanDarienMag.com.


Titus Built is also honored to be nominated by the JDR team for the 2013 Best Microblog Award, Twitter. We would be pleased if you voted for us as one of your favorite professional remodeling industry bloggers. Voting Closes on April 12th 4pmPST ~ Thank you!
2013 JDR Industry Blogger Awards

Building Clients for Life… One Home at a Time Cont…

Outdoor Addition ~ Patio, Pergola, Fireplace & Chimney, New Canaan, CT

“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.



Daughter’s Bathroom:
3cm Bianco Nuevo Polished (White Glass) vanity countertop with undermount sink and 4" backsplashes.
3cm Bianco Nuevo Polished (White Glass) vanity countertop with undermount sink and 4″

Fixtures: aquabrass Single-hole Lavatory Faucet #77314 & Wallmount Tub Spout # 32032
Fixtures: aquabrass Single-hole Lavatory Faucet #77314 & 

Wallmount Tub Spout # 32032 ~ www.aquabrass.com 



Outdoor Addition ~ Patio, Pergola, Fireplace & Chimney, and, Built-in Masonry Outdoor Grill & Cooler Station:


Outdoor Addition ~ Patio, Pergola, Fireplace & Chimney, and, Built-in Masonry Outdoor Grill & Cooler Station:

Outdoor Spaces ~ Patio, Pergola, Fireplace & Chimney New Canaan, CT




  • 10” round fiberglass columns on sitting wall and on patio.
  • Structural beams on top of columns.
  • 2 x 8 red cedar pergola rafters (paint grade) on top of structural beams.
  • 2 x 2 red cedar purlins (paint grade) on top of rafters.

Exterior Trim on Pergola - Design-Build Exterior Landscape

Pergola Beam Detail Drawing

Pergola Beam Detail Drawing
Exterior Trim:

  • PVC trim board on sides and bottom of structural beams.
  • MDO cap on top of beams.
  • PVC crown molding and panel molding on both sides of beams
  • Copper flashing on top of beams and columns’

Elevation Plans for Outdoor Patio & Pergola, New Canaan, CT
Elevation Plans

­Fieldstone Veneer Fireplace, including gas log set, & chimney at pergola

­	Masonry grill & cooler station with fieldstone veneer to match walls & chimney



  • 18” high stone fieldstone veneer sitting walls with 2” bluestone cap (rock faced edge).
  • Fireplace, including gas log set, & chimney at pergola
  • Fieldstone veneer exterior
  • 3” Bluestone hearth stone  & mantel (rock faced)
  • 2” Bluestone chimney cap (rock faced)
  • Masonry grill & cooler station with fieldstone veneer to match walls & chimney.
  • 2” rock-faced top with openings for gas grill and drop-in cooler.

To view the Master Bathroom Renovation, check out the blog here: Building Clients for Life … One Home at a Time


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