Scott Rajavuori and Titus Contracting Finish Kitchen Addition and Remodel in Plymouth

Titus Contracting and Scott Rajavuori recently completed a home addition and kitchen remodel in Plymouth, MN. The clients for this project were referred to Scott in February 2017 through a friend who had worked with Titus Contracting in the past. The Plymouth couple were considering a kitchen addition and remodel, with a desire to have the project designed and built starting in the late spring or early summer. Scott met with the couple for a few initial design meetings where their needs, wants and wishes were worked through and the remodel budget was discussed. Titus Contracting was then awarded the design/build contract.

Scott completed the preliminary scope of work, then the Titus team began the design work that would turn the Plymouth customers’ dreams into reality. The design work of a project typically includes creating conceptual plans and layouts of the space, working out options for materials and finishes, and ensuring that everything encompasses the vision and budget of the clients. The kitchen and addition design were both completed by the end of April. Site meetings took place and a residential remodel construction agreement was signed.

In late June 2017, Titus Contracting broke ground on the addition. Prior to starting any project, all of our clients are provided with a detailed construction schedule they can follow as part of our desire for clear communication. An important goal for Titus Contracting is clear communication with our clients and excellent schedule management. This particular project was completed on schedule!

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This kitchen addition and remodel included complete demolition of the existing kitchen location. Then the following new components were added: foundation, framing, roof, siding, windows, insulation, drywall, custom cabinets, hardwood floor, Cambria tops, appliances, painting/finish and millwork. In addition, the homeowners asked us to enhance the front façade of their home by adding a new stoop and front covered entry.

We are grateful to these clients for choosing Titus Contracting when considering a huge project like adding onto their home. Most homeowners consider the kitchen the “heart beat” of the home, so remodeling this area is always a great asset. These Plymouth homeowners now have a beautiful space to enjoy with family and friends.

If you would like more information on home additions or kitchen remodeling, give Scott Rajavuori a call at (952) 444-2301 or Contact Scott Here.

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Allow Us to Take Your Home to the Next Level: Lower Level Finishing

The game room. The man cave. The den. The basement can become anything you dream it up to be. Especially after it’s been finished, remodeled and transformed by the experts here at Titus Contracting. Need a new space to entertain guests, watch the game or work on your favorite new hobby? Lower level finishing for your St Paul home is the solution for you!

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We have completed basement remodels in St Paul, Minneapolis, Plymouth, New Brighton, Minnetonka and many other Twin City communities. The three things they all have in common: great design, an awesome finished product and all on budget.

So, if your basement is being used only as a storage area, why not turn it into “the place” to be? From an awesome home theater, to a game room, to an extra bedroom, playroom or office, there are many ways the lower level of your home can be transformed from wasted to wonderful. Lower level finishing and remodeling are some of the best home renovation projects for homeowners looking to get the most out of their home.

Titus Contracting specializes in lower level finishing, and we would love to help transform your space. Here is a few of my favorite benefits to investing in a basement renovation:

Increased Versatility

Lower level finishing is the opposite of one-size-fits all. You could have the entire space made into a home bar and entertainment room; or, section off a home office, create a bedroom for the in-laws or incorporate a playroom for the kids. Really, whatever you can imagine me and my team can design!

A Greater Return on Your Investment

Everyone knows a finished basement is a major plus when searching for a new home. Lower level finishing can add major appeal to your home when it’s time to sell. And, since the basement is already a part of your home, there are no costs associated like with building an addition. The foundation, load-bearing walls, floors and ceiling are all already in place, so that eliminates the need and costs associated with building a new part of your home. You get additional space for you and your family to use at a fraction of the cost.

And, finishing your basement also means it will be more energy efficient and help save on utility bills. We can fix any air leaks or insulation problems as well as put in new, more energy-efficient windows.

Optimize Your Space

You might use your basement for storage right now, but think of all of that wasted space you and your family could be using! There are so many different and new purposes for your basement when you entrust me and my experts to tackle a lower level finishing project.

And, these are just a few of the many reasons to choose lower level finishing for your St Paul home! Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or you can Schedule a Consultation to learn more.

Home Remodeling Contractors and You: Effective Communication

As the design manager for Titus Contracting, Scott Rajavuori has worked with a wide variety of clients through the years. Thanks to this experience, he has some great advice to share about how to effectively communicate with your home remodeling contractors in St Paul.

Ask Questions

Your home remodeling contractors should be ready and willing to answer any questions you have. You should never be in the dark about what the contractors are doing or what phase of the remodeling process your home is in. If you don’t understand any portion of the contract or the work they are doing, ask! Being well-informed is also helpful to the contractors because then there are no surprises for anyone after the job is completed.

Be Clear about Your Budget

This ties into the first section – be sure to ask questions and be clear about your budget. Discuss your home remodeling contractor’s rates and make sure you understand the charges. Planning ahead and thinking about how much you can spend will help with every step of the home remodeling process.

Use Pictures, Not Words

If you have a design idea in mind, find some pictures either online or in a magazine that show what you want. Sometimes showing, rather than telling, is a more effective way to communicate with your home remodeling contractors. The contractors can get a much better idea of what you want and how you are visualizing the end result.

Have Regular Discussions

Make sure you’re meet with your home remodeling contractors on a regular basis to discuss your project. This is a great way to get updated on its progress and to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the design, budget and timeline. (This is also a great time to ask questions!)

For more information on home remodeling contractors in St Paul, call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or Contact Us.

Completed Project: ALL, Inc.’s New Living Kitchen

Scott Rajavuori and the team at Titus Contracting has some information to share about the project that was just completed for ALL, Inc. Titus Contracting just finished building the largest Sub-Zero and Wolf living kitchen display in the entire state of Minnesota!

You might be asking yourself, “What’s a living kitchen?” It’s an interactive display where customers can come in and use Sub-Zero and Wolf products before they buy them. It is highly interactive and a great way for people to get hands-on experience with these products to figure out if they’d like to purchase them.

We first built a new refrigerator room so the new space for the future living kitchen could be cleared out and opened for construction. New walls were built. We also remodeled the bathroom so it would be ADA compliant, plus we added highly efficient LED track lighting so the appliances will be properly lit up so they will look their best while on display.

The ceilings were then painted with a black dryfall paint. The end result is a “cool” warehouse feeling and vibe. We completed the future living kitchen space by building new walls, installing all-new electrical service for the space, and we also installed a new HVAC unit on the roof top. Not only that, we put in specialty lighting throughout the space, plus tile floors, cabinets, countertops, millwork and painting.

One of the best parts is that we were ahead of schedule throughout the entire project! The team at Titus Contracting is really happy with the end result of this effort because everyone worked really hard to turn this vision into a reality.

So the final result? An 1,800 square foot refrigerator room and a 2,000 square foot living kitchen area connected to the main area of ALL, Inc.’s showroom.

For more information on commercial renovations and how we can help you, call Scott Rajavuori at Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or Contact Us.

Titus Contracting Hires New Construction Manager

It’s been an exciting few months at Titus Contracting. We recently hired a new construction manager to join our Twin Cities remodeling company. In the press release about Martin Wood’s hire, I had this to say:

“We are sure Martin will be a great addition to our already successful team. His vast experience in construction and friendly demeanor truly match with the company’s qualities, values and principles.”

I’m excited to have Martin as part of the Titus Contracting family, and am positive he will do an amazing job. I look forward to seeing his ideas, insight and construction experience generate new and positive gains for the company and our clients.

Read more about Martin on the Titus Contracting blog.

Recent Minneapolis projects by Scott Rajavuori and Titus Contracting

Scott and the Titus Contracting team have been busy as of late with a bunch of projects, including many around Minneapolis. Here are a few highlights from recent work by Team Titus:

 

Cedar Screen Porch Construction

This was a job done for a residential client. The client will be able to enjoy the fresh air away from the bugs.

 

Tropical Smoothie Build-Out

The Tropical Smoothie Café in Eagan opened its doors on Oct. 5. We did the build-out work and finished it in time for the grand opening.

 

Apartment Remodeling

The apartment remodeling job was for a Minnetonka client, and began earlier this year. We were able to wrap it up in September.

 

To see all the projects we’ve done, check out the Titus Contracting blog.

Scott Rajavuori Speaks About Lead Certification

Lead is a dangerous substance, especially to young children and babies. It was formerly used in paint, but since it has been found to be fatal, it is now illegal to paint your home with lead paint due to the dangers associated with it. However, because regulations weren’t adopted until the 1970s, many older homes may have lead paint.

Scott Rajavuori and his company, Titus Contracting LLC, are certified through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead-Safe Certification Program to remove lead paint. Removing this type of paint can increase risks of lead poisoning if not done right.

“It’s a great certification to have,” Scott said. “Being Lead-Safe Certified enables Titus Contracting to help businesses figure out if they have a problem with lead, which can be a serious health hazard.”

You can read the entire press release by clicking here.