Scott Rajavuori, Home Remodeling Professional in St Paul

Scott Rajavuori, home remodeling professional working near St Paul, has learned a thing or two over the last 25 years. He is currently the Manager of Sales and Design for Titus Contracting- a home remodeling company serving Minneapolis, St Paul and the entire Twin Cities Metro. As the manager of sales and design, Scott Rajavuori is involved in much of the planning process for the home remodeling projects that Titus Contracting handles. From that experience, Scott Rajavuori has two major pieces of advice.

1. Be Decisive & Stick to the Plan

It is best if you are decisive in planning your home remodeling project. Don’t put decisions off until after construction has started. It’s best to have everything laid out before the project is off the ground. Once you have a plan, stick to it. It’s inevitable that you’re going to change your mind on some things, but keep in mind that every minor update to the plan will result in extra time and money. Which leads to the next point…

2. Have Contingency Funds Available

It’s important to have some extra funds available for your project. It’s happened in the past where minor changes turn into major changes, and before you know it the project is more expensive than you planned. It’s best to have the flexibility to be able to make updates if they’re necessary. Without some extra funds in place, you may be in the tough situation of sacrificing your wants for your budget.

Overall, a good plan and a good budget will get you set for the home remodeling project of your dreams. Scott Rajavuori has the experience to lead you down the right path.

If you’re ready to start a home remodeling project, contact Scott Rajavuori at Titus Contracting to get started today. Call 952-746-7817 or Contact Scott Rajavuori Here.

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.

Scott Rajavuori’s Take: How Home Renovations Increase Homeowner’s Satisfaction

Are you looking for ways to improve your home? Doing numerous small home remodeling project may seem like the way to go, but sometimes a few large remodeling projects may be best. Large home renovations can help homeowners increase their satisfaction with their house in a timely fashion. For those living in Minneapolis, home renovations can be the solution to a long to-do list. Taking on serious home remodeling projects can help you enjoy your home more, as well as make it a place that future tenants will want to live.

A Home You Love

Fall in love with your house all over again with home renovations. If there are things in your home that just don’t work for you, home remodeling can be an easy way to enhance your house. Don’t be shy when you design a remodeling project. You are only limited by your creativity. Make your home into someplace you love to spend time.

Expert Input

Who better to make home renovations than you, the current homeowner? You’re there day in and day out. You know what works and what doesn’t. You know what could make the rooms more functional and practical. That input is invaluable to future homeowners. Make home remodeling decisions now, so you can enjoy the time while you live there, as well as make it more desirable to the future homeowners.

Reselling Your Home

Home renovations have the potential to increase your resell value. By putting a little time and money into home remodeling projects, you may end up getting more in the end. Keep up with remodeling projects as you need to, instead of waiting until you’re ready to sell your home. This can help you financially and you’ll have some time to enjoy the updates.

Are you ready to take on home renovations in Minneapolis? Contact Titus Contracting today by calling 952-746-7817 or Contact us Here.

When Nailing, Always Play it Safe in St Paul

Have you been designated as the St Paul household handyman? Then it’s probably not uncommon that you find yourself up on ladders, down in basements and out in the garage in your St Paul house, nailing things. Without the right kind of background, minor home improvement projects can turn into a whole day – or weekend – affair! As you work through your “Honey Do List,” you may run into some questions.

As Titus Contracting’s Design Manager, I just recently tackled some questions on Quora related to nailing. We want to provide you, my faithful St Paul followers, with the same information. Hopefully, you find it useful and maybe save yourself some time at your St Paul home.

Nailing Items onto the Roof

A Quora member asked, “Is it safe to nail something to a roof?” The person posing the question goes on to explain that they have just a few lightweight things they want to fix on their roof by nailing. They are wondering if nails are okay or if an expert has any other ideas.

Scott’s answer to nailing items to the roof warns the Quora member that there are a lot of things to consider in this situation, whether you’re in St Paul or anywhere else in the country. The homeowner’s main priority is to attach the objects in such a way that they will not create a leak. Leaking water can cause a whole host of problems in your St Paul home. I suggested a galvanized fastener with silicone placed under the item and on top of the fastener.

Nailing Near an Electrical Outlet

On Quora, a member posted the question: “Can I put a nail into a wall above an electrical outlet?” This Quora community member wanted to hide an old outlet with a picture but had concerns about hitting a live electrical wire when nailing.

Scott ‘s response about nailing near an outlet was that it might be okay, but you never really know. I encouraged the Quora member to try a modern picture hanger that adheres to the wall, instead of using a nail. As per current code in St Paul and the United States, it should be okay to use a nail, but it’s better to play it safe when live electrical current is involved.

For more great questions and answers, visit Scott’s list of Quora activity. And, as always, if you are looking for a team of St Paul commercial or residential remodeling experts, contact Titus Contracting today by calling 952-746-7817 or contact us online.

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.