Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sensational Renovations: What Tenants Are Looking for in a Rental Property

When it comes to rental properties, I often receive questions about what kind of improvements get the most bang for the buck.  The truth is, there are many things potential tenants look for and wish their property managers would invest in. These finishing touches and remodeling projects can help attract tenants and influence their ultimate decision; to rent or not to rent. At Titus Contracting, we are often asked to help with tenant improvements in Woodbury and the surrounding areas so I would like to provide a brief rundown of some of the most common tenant improvement requests and why they seek them out.

New Windows
If you are considering any large scale tenant improvements before renting your property, new and improved windows should be at the top of your list. Older properties in particular will benefit from  upgraded windows. New windows will regulate the inside temperature, therefore increasing energy efficiency. Often, tenants have to pay for their heating and/or cooling and want to know that their money isn’t leaking out through old, faulty windows.

Storage and Closets
One of the first things potential renters look for in a new home or office space is ample sized closets for clothing, toiletries, files, and more. While you cannot increase the size of your property, there are several ways to increase the size of your storage. You can create storage space where it didn’t exist before, as well as make the most out of the storage areas you already have.

A Fresh Coat of Paint
Whether or not you have the time and budget for larger scale tenant improvements, you should never turn over a rental property without giving the entire space a fresh coat of paint. It lends an overall cleaner look and shows you put the time and effort into getting it ready for future residents.  

Kitchens & Bathrooms Renovations
If you can only focus on one or two areas during your next round of tenant improvements, make it the kitchen or the bathroom. Small but impactful projects, such as new taps, faucets, light fixtures, backsplashes, and energy efficient appliances will upgrade the look of the unit and make it more appealing to potential tenants.  

Offer More Amenities
Add a fitness center, laundry room or common area to increase your building’s appeal. With today’s emphasis on health-consciousness, having an on-site fitness center is an attractive amenity to a lot of prospective renters. Titus Contracting has constructed plenty of fitness centers throughout the years, so we can help add this great amenity, and many others, to your building!

Do you want more information about tenant improvements in Woodbury? Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Building Relationships

As the owner of Titus Contracting, it is my duty to ensure that we listen to our customers so that we may know and understand their wants and needs for a home renovation project. The relationship between us and our client is vital to the successful completion of their project. We strive to maintain a well communicated relationship with each of our clients individually.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Designing Your Dream Space

If you want to start a remodeling project but are not quite sure how to describe your great ideas to us, there is no need to worry! Titus Contracting has several easy-to-use resources to help you share your dreams for your new space with us.

On our website (www.homeromodelers.com) under our Design Process tab, we have added a new feature: Remodeling Visualizer. This fun tool allows you to play around with different looks and materials for your home’s exterior. You can try it on sample houses or even upload a picture of your own house! It’s an easy way to get an idea of what styles and features you prefer and share them with Titus when you are ready to upgrade your exterior.

Another useful resource for your design ideas is Houzz.com. You can sign up for free and search through thousands of ideas for your remodeling project. If you visit and follow Titus Contracting’s Houzz, you can look through some of our completed projects and design ideas. When you decide to start your project, we can create a private “Ideabook” for you. This Ideabook is a private place for you to collaborate with Titus by adding pictures and sharing ideas for your project. By seeing pictures of the features you love, we can gain better insight into your design style and even share ideas of our own with you!

You are also probably familiar with the popular idea site Pinterest. If you visit and follow Titus Contracting on Pinterest, you can check out some of our past projects and pin them on your own project board. When the time comes to start your remodel, you can share your project board with us, and we can go over your great ideas.

Once you have decided to start your remodel with Titus Contracting, we will work with an interactive 3D design software called Chief Architect. Chief Architect allows us to show you an accurate three-dimensional view of your project, and helps you visualize what your space will look like with all of your design elements incorporated.

Our goal at Titus Contracting is building excellence fueled by your dreams! Titus sets itself apart from other contractors because we truly listen to what you want and need out of your remodel, so we can work together to create your dream space. We want to exceed your expectations and turn your project into a space you will enjoy for many years to come.

These idea-sharing sites are a great tool for us to get a feel for how you would like your new space to look. It is our belief that the key to a successful remodeling project is communication: before a project begins and throughout the entire remodeling process.


Please check us out and follow us on Houzz and Pinterest to get started working up ideas for your dream space! When you’re ready to take the next step toward realizing your dream, contact Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or schedule your free consultation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Reasons You Should Consider Lower Level Remodeling



Remodeling your lower level is a great way to get the home renovations you want without having to spend a fortune. At Titus Contracting, we specialize in lower level remodeling in Burnsville, and we can think of several reasons you should consider renovating your basement.

When you remodel your lower level, there are certain aspects of a typical remodeling job that you don’t have to worry about like you do with other renovation projects. For example, the floor, load-bearing walls and foundation are already there. So you do not have to pay for those parts of your new space to be built because they are already there.

And when you are planning your lower level remodeling project, the sky is the limit in terms of what the space can be used for. You could add in a wet bar, play room, home office, guest suite, entertainment area or anything else you can think of. With lower level remodeling, you can really let your imagination run wild.

Lower level remodeling also helps you use every bit of space in your home. Most people use their basement for storage and functions like that, but if you remodel your basement, you can use all of that space for other, more fun uses. A lower level remodeling project really opens up the possibilities for all of that space. So instead of having old boxes stored down there, you could have a lovely entertainment room or something equally as functional or fun!

A finished basement is also an asset in terms of keeping you and your family entertained all year round. You can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and your lower level offers you and your family plenty of enjoyment no matter what the weather is like outside. You can all spend time together when the weather outside is too snowy or too hot to enjoy otherwise.

Finally, a finished basement is an energy efficient basement. When we come to your home for your lower level remodeling project we will fix any insulation problems it has, as well as any air leaks. Plus, we can add more energy efficient windows. That could save you some money on your heating and cooling bills over the long term.

Are you interested in learning more about lower level remodeling in Burnsville? Call Titus Contracting 952-746-7817 or you can contact us to Schedule a Consultation.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2015 Basement Remodeling Trends



This time of year, most people are starting to look toward the start of the new year. And with the new year comes new basement remodeling trends. Many Burnsville homeowners are already looking into remodeling their basements. Here are a few 2015 basement remodeling trends we’re seeing.

More Living Space
If you think about it, basements are some of the most under-used space in your home, but they are one of the easiest parts of your home to remodel. There is already a foundation, a ceiling and walls, so you don’t have to worry about having any of that added. Adding an extra bedroom or in-law suite is easy, especially as many Baby Boomers are coming into their golden years. It’s nice to have a place for Mom and Dad to stay when they come to visit you and the grandkids!

More Fun
Having a spot to entertain in is pretty important for most families. That’s why basement remodeling is such a great idea. You can have a basement bar, home theater or play room added. You can have guests over as often as you want, or you can just kick back with your family and spend some quality time together. You won’t have to worry about driving, parking or spending money if you have a nice area like this in your home.

More Storage
You can have bookshelves or cabinets built into the walls during the basement remodeling process. That way, you don’t have to waste space having ones that are separate from the walls. They can be flush with the walls and you get all of the perks of having the extra storage space as well as the extra floor space.

More Function
If you want your new basement to have more than one function, that’s a basement remodeling trend for next year also. You could have a bar area and wine cellar for the adults, a play room for the kids down in your basement and a home theater for everyone to enjoy. That way, you get the best of all worlds! (And if you are a movie buff, having a home theater room is a huge perk.)

These are just a few of the best 2015 basement remodeling trends we’ve been seeing!

Do you want to learn more about basement remodeling in Burnsville? Then give Titus Contracting a call at 952-746-7817, or you can contact us to Schedule a Consultation.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Scott Rajavuori: Home Remodeling Spotlight on Kitchens

Scott Rajavuori, home remodeling professional, knows how a kitchen remodeling project can really bring a home up to date. With over 35 years in the remodeling industry, he has participated in many kitchen remodeling projects. To really make a kitchen remodeling project worth it, it should be more than an updated backsplash and a coat of paint on the walls. This particular type of remodeling project should have dedicated time and effort.

Wide, Open Kitchen Plan
While it's ultimately up to the client, a wide, open kitchen plan has its benefits. It is easier to get around the kitchen when there are wide walkways, and it is easier to cook if you have ample space. If you have children, it is less likely that they will get too close to the stove if there is plenty of room to get around it. Scott Rajavuori notes that open kitchens also tend to be more streamlined and simplistic.

Plan the Island
If you have an island in your kitchen, it could be used for many different purposes. Scott Rajavuori suggests that you plan the use of your island as part of your kitchen remodeling project. Figure out what you wanted it to be used for: a cook top, dining area or extra counter space. Your island could be the focal point of the project. Plan the rest of your design around the functionality of the island.

Living Kitchen
If you're interested in trying before you buy, Scott Rajavuori and the team at Titus Contracting recently built a Sub Zero/ Wolf Living Kitchen in St Paul. At this luxury display, you're able to test out high quality appliances before you add them to your kitchen.

If you're ready to get started on a home remodeling project, contact Scott Rajavuori today. Call 952-746-7817 or Contact us Here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Commercial Remodeling Project Update on ALL, Inc.’s St Paul Store



I am really excited about this commercial remodeling job in St Paul. Titus Contracting is ahead of schedule on the work we’re doing for ALL, Inc. They are a cabinet and appliance retailer located in St Paul, and they hired us for a remodeling project to update their showroom.

As of right now, we are nearly done with the 2300-square-foot living kitchen. This is a Sub-Zero/Wolf display room so their customers can get a closer look at these appliances and furniture. We have installed the cabinets, tops and millwork to update the showroom and give it a more modern look and feel.

The demo, framing and drywall are now all done too, plus we recently finished all of the painting we had to do for this commercial remodeling project. All that’s left are the finishing touches! The ceiling grids, tiles and flooring tiles are also done. Everything is coming together just as we planned and hoped.

The electric and HVAC systems were updated too. This was one of the most important parts of this commercial remodeling job because we wanted them to be able to operate at maximum efficiency so they can put their best foot forward for their customers.

I am really looking forward to seeing the end results of this commercial remodeling project for ALL, Inc. When we first took on this job, we knew it would be a big one, but we were happy for the challenge and we are really pleased with how well it is all progressing so far.

Titus Contracting can help with any commercial remodeling project. There is no job that is too big or too small for us! So when you need commercial remodeling in St Paul or the surrounding areas, give us a call at 952-746-7817 or contact us for a Free Estimate.