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How to Update a Split-Level Ranch

During the 1970's, split levels soared in popularity and today there are still plenty of them on the market, but most of us say we don't like the style or want to live in one. The catch, like in the '70's, you are buying more house for the dollar. What do you do if you own a split-level, love your neighborhood, and don't really want to move? Renovate! Here are some tips on how to transform that 1970's style home:

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Tired of Going Out in the Snow to Collect Logs?

Here's another tip I thought you would enjoy. Are you tired of having to go out in the rain and/or snow to collect more logs for your fireplace? One client had the same issue and here's our solution ~ Build a woodshed for the logs attached to the house (approx. 6' x 5'– 2 logs deep). The shed can be accessed from the outside as well as from the interior of your home. In the fall you can load up the shed with logs.When you're ready to start your fire, all you have to do is open your insulated swinging door and collect the logs.

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

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. Check out Titus Built 's post in March of 2012 -
How to determine what makes sense for your family – Your Home...Your Lifestyle.

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Cape Cod Renovated into Craftsman Style Home

The homeowners of a 1930s Cape-style home that had been remodeled and expanded several times before they purchased it wanted an exterior facelift that would upgrade and unify the home's aesthetics while adding much needed functionality. The clients went to Titus Built, LLC with a desire for a more appealing interpretation of their traditional Cape exterior, with Craftsman elements and a sophisticated level of design. The home needed significant structural work to improve water management in storm conditions, as well as an overall tightening of its envelope to better conserve energy. This exterior facelift required thoughtful planning to successfully achieve the aesthetic and functional goals of the clients while retaining the original character of the home and its detached garage. When adding elements of Craftsman styling to the 80-year old Cape home, it was essential to establish authenticity in the details and in the overall exterior impression. The design was meticulously researched, revised and implemented to faithfully integrate with the home's fundamental nature. Many of the elements in this project were custom-designed and handcrafted in the builder's millwork shop. This included everything from the extra-large gable end rafters (called barge board) to over 100 handcrafted mahogany and cedar brackets, along with custom flower boxes and shutters. Exterior details created from the sourced raw lumber Sapele (African mahogany) contribute to the character of the finished design. Since almost nothing was bought "off the shelf," accurate planning was crucial to the project's timely completion. In addition, a project with so many custom-designed features required a prudent balance of needs, desires and budget. A new covered front porch affords protection from seasonal elements and presents an appealing welcome. The front door is stained in a warm persimmon, and the front entry was remodeled to improve traffic flow in what was once a claustrophobic area. The finished design substantially enhances the home's aesthetics and significantly improves its functionality, while honoring the original character of the house with care. Specified Products - Brick/Masonry: Connecticut Fieldstone Doors: Simpson Door Company Hardware: Baldwin Hardware Corp. HVAC: Lennox Lighting Fixtures: Arroyo Craftsman Paints/Stains: Benjamin Moore Windows: Marvin Windows and Doors Titus Built, LLC Won Gold in the 2010 Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards for this Exterior Facelift.

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Transformations of a New England-Style Home with 21st Century Embellishments

A renovation to meet the needs of a modern family lifestyle
Our New Canaan clients loved their home but needed significant updates to bring their environment up to date with 21st Century style, comfort and greater energy efficiency. They asked Titus Built to give their home an exterior facelift, expand their kitchen and perform other improvement projects throughout the home to meet their current lifestyle needs.
Our clients' life is centered around family and entertaining so it was important to them that their home renovation have a good traffic flow. This home is situated on five acres with an exterior pool and pool house. Titus Built was contracted to design, remodel and build an addition to the home with the inside integrating easily to the outside to work well for entertaining.

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Remodeling vs. New Home Construction: How are they different from each other?

As we talk with potential clients these days we find there are several questions we hear often.
In this article, we will address one of those common questions: Is there a difference between a design-build remodeling contractor and a new home construction contractor?
New home construction builders use architects and/or "stock" plans and new home contractors to build your home. If an architect is involved, he/she usually imposes a personal style onto the design and develops the concept drawings and plans on paper. Most architects are not builders – they can conceptually draw the plans, but it takes a quality builder to see the architect's plans and know if the concepts can be transformed into practical, effective solutions without costly alterations during the project. What works on paper doesn't always convert smoothly to the building process. Also, having more "cooks in the kitchen" can cause confusion, a loss of the client's vision, and unclear communications, all areas which lead to significant disappointment during the process of a remodel or addition.

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Take Care of Your Home This Season

Winter brings a unique set of challenges for home maintenance. Take care of your investment wisely ... here are just a few simple tips:
Make sure your windows aren't costing you money this winter. Check for loose caulk or deteriorated weather-stripping, and then repair or replace it. Consider installing replacement windows, which are relatively inexpensive and will save you money on heating costs in the long run.

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Waterscapes Create Beautiful Backyards

My passion for waterscapes stems from my childhood. I grew up with a brook in my backyard and my neighbors had ponds. We spent our days playing in the brook and the ponds: jumping rocks; catching fish, tadpoles, frogs and salamanders; and, creating dams to form a small pond and filling the pond with what we caught. A large storm would destroy our pond taking our treasures downstream, so we would have to start the whole process all over again ~ wonderful childhood memories!

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A Coastal Haven Renovation in Fairfield County, CT wins 2012 HOBI Awards

Titus Built is honored to announcethat Titus Built was awarded with "BestResidential Remodel $750,000-$1 million" and "Remodeled Home ofthe Year" awards in the 2012 HBRA of Connecticut HOBIAwards. The HBRA of Connecticut HOBI awards are the most prestigious awardspresented in Connecticut for excellence in design, construction, sales,marketing and financing. Awards were presented on November 14th, 2012 at theAqua Turf Club in Southington, CT.
The Titus Built team had been notified in advance about the "BestResidential Remodel" award but the "Remodeled Home of the Year"award was not announced until the awards ceremony. At the end of the eveningthe team was excited and surprised to hear our name called as one of the GrandAward Winners. "Itwas a no brainer," the judges said. They were particularlyimpressed with the detailed craftsmanship of the project.
This project was for the renovation of a humble cottage with an ideal coast side location in a quaint beach community which was transformed into an exquisite three level retreat. a coastal haven A couple about to celebrate the union of their two families wanted to transform their simple 1950s beach cottage into an idyllic second home they could comfortably share for a lifetime. Because they were planning a wedding and a remodel at the same time, it was critical that the project run smoothly. The deadline for the home to be finished and livable was set for one day before their wedding. After their upcoming wedding, the homeowners planned to live in the home with their four children and large groups of visiting friends and family during the summer and other vacation times. They wanted their new environment to be a comfortable and luxurious retreat for themselves and their children, with surroundings conducive to frequent entertaining and overnight guests. As frequent travelers and connoisseurs of art, the couple wanted to express their eclectic tastes and interests throughout the home, with a focus on compelling architectural elements, unusual materials and interesting found objects. They wanted their home to evoke a classic Nantucket style suitable to its environment, with its own memorable character and detail. The couple hired Titus Built of Redding, CT, to create a design and establish goals, budget and deadlines. They were thrilled to move into their new environment, as planned, right after tying the knot! Upon opening the front door, one is immediately engaged by the stunning view in a design that captures the essence of relaxed and luxurious waterfront living. At the top of the stairs on the third level, a remarkable pair of antique doors graces the entry to the large family room. Imported from a church in France for the project, the nine foot tall doors feature distressed oak on one side and antique mirrors on the other. The home abounds with refined design details. Every piece of cabinetry and wainscoting was custom built, lending the home a solid essence of enduring beauty.

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"Clouds" For the Game Room or Playroom

Titus Built recently renovated a dance studio in Wilton, CT.Although these "clouds" were made for a studio , I thought they would be fun in someone's game room or playroom as well.

Sharon Bothwell
Sharon Bothwell
About meEarly in my career I entered the corporate world specializing in treasury and financial management. I grew up in a family of construction contractors. After the birth of my children, I chose to be self-employed and focused on construction management as well as interior design.
I have a passion for design & Euro high country style with a transitional twist. This passion led me to create a line of custom upholstery using the old world technique of hand-tied springs, natural padding and hair. The custom upholstery was imported from the UK and sold to high-end trade and retail customers from our antiques and interiors shop located in Litchfield, CT.