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12 Top-Rated Kitchen Countertop Materials to Select From

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Cambria kitchen countertop material used by Titus ContractingHow to Choose the Best Kitchen Countertop Material For Your Home

Homeowners have a wealth of countertop materials, colors, and patterns to select from when choosing the best kitchen countertop option for a newly remodeled kitchen.

We know that this aspect of your kitchen remodeling project is an important part of kitchen décor; it matters a lot what material, finish and design you choose for your countertop. The countertop is an essential component of every kitchen design. It is the surface that a lot of daily activities happen on, but more than that, the countertop is the foundation of a kitchen’s décor when doing a kitchen renovation. As a large and eye-catching surface, it sets the tone and feel of a kitchen space.

Today’s discerning homeowners are seeking a bit more character in their kitchen countertops. Thankfully, technology has advanced along with the new home remodeling trends and offers more creative solutions then we’ve ever had before.

How Top Kitchen Countertop Materials Rank

Trends in kitchen countertops for 2019 are focused on the look of real stone and practicality. There are pros and cons with each countertop option. Kitchen interior home designers have their list of favorites. NKBA released the percentages per type of kitchen countertop surface that these designers commonly specify:

1. Quartz—88%
2. Granite—83%
3. Marble—43%
4. Solid surface—43%
5. Butcher block—35%
6. Other wood—29%
7. Other stone—26%
8. Recycled countertops—22%
9. Stainless steel—17%
10. Concrete—13%
11. Glass—11%
12. Tile—6%

The right material can make your whole kitchen feel luxe or relaxed. We recommend focusing on quality and function. Let’s talk in detail about each one.

What is The Best Kitchen Countertop Material for Your Money?

Your home is uniquely yours. How you function optimally in it, budgets, and the personal style you choose plays much into which material you will be pleased with in the long run. Whether you are wanting a larger eat-in kitchen space, or an outdoor kitchen, or are wanting to transform an older home’s kitchen into a more modern and function space, the material you choose can help achieve your desired result. Seeing how and why one material is ranked higher or lower is helpful. Below, we provide more details to help you make an informed choice.

1. Quartz Countertops – 88%

While its beginnings are from genuine quartz, this countertop material is categorized as man-made when resins are added to fabricate the product. Cambria and Silestone are two of the best-known quartz products. Numerous color options and edge treatments are available for purchase. Buyers will find “super slabs” for a premium price as they meet the need when a larger quartz slab is needed for the installed countertop.

One advantage of using quartz is that it doesn’t need sealing. Most home remodelers use some type of undermount sink. It has numerous advantages over granite; the primary one is it’s impervious to stains and stands up to acidic foods. It’s also remarkably more scratch and chip resistant, which speaks of longevity. For individuals who are environmentally conscious, it is a greener choice because it’s made from waste stone and therefore doesn’t require mining slabs or shipping them around the globe, both of which are carbon-intensive procedures for natural granite and marble countertops.

Some of the more familiar brand names are Silestone, Zodiaq, Cambria, and Caesarstone. You should expect the costs of a quartz kitchen counter top to run between $70 and $85.00 per square foot. Like granite, it has a honed or gloss finish.

2. Granite Countertops – 83%Granite kitchen countertop used in a Twin Cities kitchen remodel

One of the key qualities of granite is its ability to be durable regardless of changes such as when hot and cold items are placed on it. Its top advantages are that it is hard to damage and a breeze to clean. One downside brought up by Quartz manufactures is the fact it needs to be sealed. Otherwise, its surface is prone to risks of bacteria invasions. However, sealing is a simple task and quick to do. Many cleaning products have sealers built right in. For the most part, raw granite slabs for purchase are limited to 5’ x 9’, which are smaller pieces than you will often find in the market in Quartz. Many selections are priced in the $40 to $65.00 range per square foot but can run more when selecting more unique, harder to acquire colors. A wide variety of countertop edges are typically available. The typical application is with undermount sink.

3. Marble Countertops – 43%

This material is known as a softer natural stone. This may not the best option for kitchens because of how yielding it can be if something hits it with a thud. However, it can add a gorgeous element that often is featured in showrooms. It is important to make sure a good sealing is completed before using.

4. Solid-Surface Countertops – 43%

While quartz and solid surface countertops both provide immense value, they rank very differently from one another. Typically, quartz rivals with granite and solid surface countertops parallel more closely with laminates. Quartz is made up of 85-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder while solid surface—also man-made—consists of acrylic or polyester plastics. Corian, known as the original solid surface counter, is composed of approximately 33% acrylic resin (PMMA) and about 66% natural minerals.

According to thespruce.com, “It was introduced in 1967 by DuPont under the brand name Corian, though there are currently other major brand names offering the material, including Avonite and Swanstone. It is a decided improvement over laminate countertops, and over the older plastic material commonly called cultured stone”.

It is not a “single substance” kitchen surface and neither is it all-natural. So, if a purely natural product matters to you, this is an aggregate of polymers and minerals, and you should look at natural stone slab options instead.

5. Butcher block/Wood Countertops – 35%

Although this offers an attractive-looking option, Titus Contracting hasn’t found it to be particularly sanitary. It’s very susceptible to bacteria and easily damaged. Combined, it means that a homeowner should be prepared to manage its high maintenance needs. We recommend a fresh oil finish is applied every 3-9 months.

6. Other wood (Laminate) Countertops – 29%

Laminate countertops are made of a mixture of wood and paper products held together with glue and resin. They are the least expensive of the kitchen top options. Formerly, we used this material a lot, but today, it is rarer for Titus Contracting Inc. to be involved with a kitchen upgrade that uses laminates. High Definition laminates have come a long way in giving the laminate a very real (stone like) look. There are all kinds of edge treatments available, some that give the top an even more realistic stone-like appearance. Post Form is a type of laminate top where machinery is actually used to roll the material to give it a more stone-like look as well.

Laminate countertops typically will run in the $20 – $30.00 per square foot range, and drop in sinks are typically used with them. One advantage that homeowners like about laminate is that you don’t have to wait to have the tops fabricated after your cabinets are installed. Largely, the tops listed above are templated after the kitchen cabinets are installed. Then, the tops are typically installed 1-3 weeks following fabrications. This obviously prolongs a project – as many things cannot happen until the tops are installed.

7. Other Stone Countertops – 29%

Soapstone and Limestone are two additional classic materials. Limestone appeals to the eye seeking a natural-stone look without heavy veining or graining, so it has a clean and uncomplicated look. As well, it resists heat. Soapstone tends to take on nicks, cuts, and scratches faster than other materials, and some stains are challenging to resolve. This makes it a less popular choice.

Engineered stone is a composite material that is used in kitchens. It is made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, (most often with polymer resin, with a few more recent versions using cement mix). This category includes engineered quartz, polymer concrete and engineered marble stone. The application of these products for a kitchen counter depends on the original stone used.

8. Recycled countertops – 22%

There are several manufacturers who specialize in recycled quartz, Vetrazzo, or glass countertops in order to offer a great alternative to the standard materials. For the remodeling budget-conscious kitchen project, if you go with Vetrazzo, there are few chances of hidden surprises. It’s made in the USA from 85% recycled post-consumer glass and a non-resin binder of Portland cement, Vetrazzo is a green material countertop that doesn’t contain any petroleum products or toxic chemicals.

Given its weight, it is one more reason to not attempt installing this yourself. Our home remodeling crews have the proper equipment, experience, and training that most homeowners don’t have, which could leave you with a very sore back.

9. Stainless Steel Countertops – 17%

Many consider a stainless steel kitchen countertop as classy and professionally elegant. Its flair appeal fits a sleek, contemporary home look, but it is not as “stainless” and durable as the name implies. It will stain and corrode, and, like concrete, demands a significant amount of care and maintenance. The popularity of stainless has grown and prompted its expanded use from professional kitchens into more residential kitchen remodels.

Sixteen-gauge stainless steel is used for typical home kitchen applications, whereas the thicker fourteen- and twelve-gauge steel is commonly found in heavily-used restaurant kitchens. It begins as a raw material, which makes it easy to shape into almost any dimension you desire. While you may gain a highly unique and showstopping kitchen, be prepared for its outrageous price tag. It’s obtainable at $100-$200 per square foot.

10. Concrete Countertops – 13%

Its less often that our home renovation team gets a call for this, but there are individuals who like it. Concrete adds a solid and modern tone to a home’s design and there are some creative finishes available. As a newer material choice in the lineup of kitchen counter choices, concrete is totally a custom surface. If you have your heart set on a specific shade of stone, then you can more easily obtain that with concrete, along with a host of texture options.

One advantage is that it’s a “poured material,” meaning that we can form it into any shape you desire and then you add your choice of color. However, in our experience, its maintenance is more challenging, because it must be sealed on a regular basis. Concrete is a heavy material, similar to solid granite. Note that concrete counters are poured and cured before being installed in your house; they are not produced on-site.

Homeowners may be surprised at how expensive it can be. Considering that many consider concrete as a very common building material used in a home’s walkways and patios, it hits the $100/square foot mark when used in kitchen applications.

11. Glass or Recycled Glass Countertops – 11%Glass kitchen countertop

This countertop material is gaining popularity. Partly because it is environment-friendly to recycle glass for a good use, but also because homeowners love the vast range of color choices that are easy to find on the shelves. This material is also fabricated similar to other solid surface tops and doesn’t require sealing. It typically is more expensive, running between $75 and 110 a square foot.

12. Tile Kitchen Countertops – 6%

If an open concept kitchen design resonates with you, some consider tile countertops an ideal choice to accompany stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, and perhaps recessed-panel cabinets. Tile works well when used as a kitchen island surface and can be applied behind your stove as well for a themed look. It is easy to cut and fit for rounded edges and around drop-in sinks.

Tile can also echo a certain culture, for example, if you have a love of Spanish Colonial architecture, many kitchen tiles are available that help make this style statement. A very simple, clean vintage look is achieved with tile countertops and white appliances if you have a historic home and wish to reflect that era.

Kitchen tiles with exotic finishes resembling wood, marble, brick or natural stone have grown in popularity as homeowners seek something different from the ordinary. The difference in style between the countertop and the backsplash tile can provide a surprisingly harmonious result. Our designers might recommend a countertop tile that is toned down just a bit to best highlight your backsplash, with both complementing each other perfectly.

One negative aspect of tile is the cleanup. With the grout joints, you tend to have more work keeping things clean and maintaining the tops. Tile can also chip which is a downfall, but if they have extra pieces they can be replaced. When doing this the grout may not match something that has aged. Countertop prices using tile typically run in the $25 – $40.00/SF range.

For an additional read, Consumer Reports has a helpful article titled “Pros and cons—and costs—of 10 countertop materials“.

Conclusion

The countertop remains a significant aspect in beautiful kitchen décor. Through the generations, we have gone from style to style, as homeowners love something fresh yet functional. We can help you obtain that perfect look for your main cooking space. You have an almost endless selection of materials, styles, sizes, and finishes to choose from; our partnership will ensure that you are pleased with your end result.

For now, less color-centric countertops seem to be winning in kitchen trends. The modern kitchen in 2019 is predicted to feature neutral colored countertops with thin “delicate” slabs and sleek sink lines that are beautifully integrated.

We’d be privileged to be your choice Twin Cities kitchen remodeling contractor. Call (952) 746-7817.

Stylish and Simple Eat-In Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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Eat-In Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for the Stylish HomeownerStylish and Simple Eat-In Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Top stylish and simple eat-in kitchen remodeling ideas from Titus Contracting Inc. We know that incorporating a stunning and useful eat-in area is a popular focus of many kitchen remodeling projects.

Friends and family love to congregate to share food and conversations in a home’s kitchen. Casual dining is more of an everyday occurrence than formal dining experiences, meaning that your family will value this kitchen remodeling feature for as long as you live in your home.

Convenience is the top reason why most Twin Cities homeowners opt to have eating space in their kitchen. How you live and use your kitchen is a very personal choice. If you are looking for a Twin Cities home remodeling contractor who can provide you with the latest news in kitchen trends and execute your kitchen project seamlessly, read this article.

Even adding a small space dedicated to taking meals in the kitchen will be incredibly useful. Or you may go with an open floor plan that blends in a casual dining area.

Eat-in kitchen areas may take the form of:

  • Breakfast bar
  • Center Kitchen Island with seating
  • Built-in banquette
  • Open area with dining room table
  • Workspace with sufficient countertop surface
  • Connected dining room located just off to one side
  • Window bays with built-in seating and a small table

These eating spaces work well for the family that is intentional to integrate design, form, and function in their kitchen remodel planning. Eating is a huge chunk of our days with family members at home; you can make it more fun and inviting. Often the kitchen is the one room where the stress of a full house and the constant push of daily schedules make the ability to share a quick meal together of high importance.

Titus Contracting will help you work with your existing kitchen to determine the best ways to make your kitchen feel connected and open enough to incorporate an eating-in space. For the cash that you will invest, it is hard to come up with a better value than making your kitchen more livable and lovable.

Eat-in Kitchens Become a Central Place for Families to GatherEat-in Kitchens Become a Central Place for Families to Gather

Mealtimes can be relaxed and less-hurried if there is less need to shuttle place settings, serving dishes, and food to another room. Today’s busier lifestyles for many families’ means that casual dining is more in line with making life flow easily. After mealtime, cleanup chores are one step easier, too.

The renovated kitchen illustrated here mixes in a wine cooler and storage so that your kitchen is used at will and still can look clean and organized. The industrial style pendant lights are ideal for meal preparations and set the mood for open family conversations. The large built-in fridge will accommodate the food and beverages that you want on hand. It is less intrusive, offering more floor space for foot traffic as people come and go for their next nibble.

Families that eat meals together are known to feel closer and enjoy home life more. Daily meals don’t necessarily require pulling out the china and setting up your formal dining room. In fact, many homes hardly see action in the dining room. While it is a great place for Thanksgiving meals, having dinner party guests, or to make a family meal more special, remodeling to accommodate an eating area in the kitchen is a top trend.

5 Types of Functional Eat-in Kitchen Designs by Titus Contracting5 Types of Functional Eat-in Kitchen Designs by Titus Contracting

Let’s start with how much space you have, whether you are a gourmet cook, serve food with special diet considerations, or prefer a grab-and-go eating area.

A kitchen with a modest amount of square feet may function best with a breakfast bar or center island seating. If your kitchen space is generous, then remodeling and working in an open grandiose dining area will be both functional and stunning. If you have a narrow kitchen, then a peninsula on both sides may work, or extra sitting space along a new bay window may open it up with fresh daylight, too.

1. Connected Dining in Open-Concept Kitchens

If you were constructing a new home, you might go for the enormous great rooms that combine hundreds of square feet of living space into singular spaces, punctuated only by the granite or marble outcropping of a kitchen island. This more unstructured, multipurpose space has become the center of many domestic homes where the kitchen, an informal eat-in nook, and formal dining all co-habit.

Area rugs, center island placement, columns, and/or pillars can help segment how an expansive kitchen is used and suggest walking pathways for better flow. In practice, open-kitchen planning has long been a quiet struggle between freedom and servitude. The struggle that most have is keeping it tidy when it is so used and exposed.

With good planning for storage, it can be assembled perfectly.

Scott Rajavuori, the president of Titus Contracting, ensures that your new eat-in kitchen space won’t be awkward, or have a disjointed layout. Having completed hundreds of kitchen renovations across the Twin Cities, we can transform your galley style eat-in kitchen from bursting at the seams to a beautiful and function cooking and eating zone.

2. Breakfast Bar Eating Area

There are tons of things to love about a kitchen island with a breakfast bar built right in. There are many great reasons why you will want to plan for one:

  • It makes it easy for the chef (mom/dad) to chat with their kids or guests while finishing up meal prep.
  • It means that homeowners don’t need to have their backs to their guests while cooking.
  • It may inspire guests to stay out from underfoot in the kitchen while engaged in the busyness of meal prep.
  • It is one of the most favored forms of convenient seating for serving one-at-a-time foods such as breakfast crepes or socca.
  • It enables everyone to share as much time as possible in the typical family favorite gathering spot.
  • It lets another family member unwind naturally and be close enough for more intimate conversations.
  • Depending on your kitchen’s design, it fits more easily into kitchens of any size than other eat-in areas.

3. Creating an Eat-in Kitchen Homework Space

When the kids leave for school from home in the morning with their backpacks overflowing with paperwork- it’s great to have a dedicated homework space where you can also set out their boxed school lunch. It doubles as a place to help them stay organized and have oversight when needed. When they arrive home from school, aren’t they always “starving”? Now they can jump on that homework and easily have a snack, too.

For individuals who frequently office from home, even if you have a dedicated room for your office, a kitchen desk area helps you overlap tasks when waiting for the oven timer to go off or to complete other meal preparations.

4. Eat-in Kitchen Bay Window Area

Adding a floor-to-ceiling kitchen bay window area opens up the floor space that you may need to welcome new eat-in opportunities to your home life. It also provides a greater sense of openness as the daylight and huge windows create that feeling. Minnesota homeowners especially favor a brighter kitchen during the winter when we encounter less daylight hours.

You can opt to hang modern blinds that filter the sunlight when it is most intense or for added privacy after sundown. If you struggle to visualize what this could do for your own kitchen, one of our remodeling project managers can sit down with you and answer all your questions beforehand.

Remodeling your kitchen by adding a bay is less extensive than a full kitchen add-on. Which, if your kitchen update needs to be on a budget, wants an energy-efficient kitchen, and has time constraints, this is a way to not go wild with pricey items and still created an incredible eat-in space that your family can grow with.

5. Cheery Kitchen Banquette

Some kitchen spaces can be enhanced by the room’s architecture turning one corner of the kitchen into a cheery dining area with an L-shaped built-in bench. It can be done to beautifully match your existing cabinetry. The dining nook can be cozy and un-restaurant-like by filling it with a metal bistro table and embellishing the space a sparkly chandelier above. A custom octagonal, marble-topped table accompanied by three chairs and a freestanding banquette provides ample seating in a tight space at one end of the kitchen.

A built-in banquette can be more than just a stylish kitchen seating option; you can also use the space under the seat to store small items that you can access when you need them. The type of eating nook can successfully maximize the efficiency and utility of your existing kitchen’s square footage.

Download tips that will help you prepare for your next Twin Cities kitchen remodeling project.

Conclusion

Revamping your entire kitchen can change the feel of the whole house. To have your kitchen function better will a treat every day for every family member. Titus Contracting offers quality kitchen makeovers at value-driven pricing. We cover all kitchen styles and provide free estimates. We are locally owned and operated and have an “A+” rating with the BBB.

We can help you keep your next kitchen remodel both stylish and simple. We’ll help you achieve a kitchen that is both aesthetic and practical. View our kitchen gallery to see completely revamped kitchen and breakfast areas.

Call 952-746-7817.

Home Additions Add Value And Long-Term Enjoyment

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Why a Home Addition Is An Ideal Way to Increase Your Home’s ValueWhy a Home Addition Is An Ideal Way to Increase Your Home’s Value

There’s vital research to be done before embracing a home addition. Homeowners need to know if it’s adding immediate resale value to the property or an investment in choices with the likelihood of zero ROI down the road.

When considering a home upgrade by adding on to it, start with a market value assessment of your home and those in your neighborhood that are similar to yours. Pay attention to price points, understanding which homes set the value ceiling in your neighborhood. If they top out at $600,000, and yours is already worth $550,000, you may not be able to recoup costs if your project runs more than $50,000. Evaluate your local housing market against your home’s current value, and then stay and add on if it makes sense to.

Expanding your homes square footage typically directly leads to a higher home value, and buyers tend to be well aware of that.

In 2017, more than 80% of homeowners indicated that a design process to upgrade their home was important for value investments. Just because you live in your home and have an idea for modifying your home, you shouldn’t simply assume that a potential buyer is likely to agree. It is easy to find current home remodeling statistics that show how to best invest in improvements that add value to your proposal.

It is the most appropriate way to add more space to a home without being compelled to list it for sale, buy a larger dwelling, or entirely remodel it.

8 Reasons Why a Home Addition May be Your Best Value Decision8 Reasons Why a Home Addition May be Your Best Value Decision

1. Creates the Option of Renting to Gain Additional Income

Homeowners may add to their home for the temporary need of a family member. Whether the decision is made to care for an elderly family member or a child returning from studies overseas, should they move on in life, that space can become rental income. Homeowners who have competed an addition can do a short-term rental to recover some costs incurred by the project. Though it may not be the purpose behind a home addition, it is nice to have the option for either short-term or long-term additional income.

2. Invest in Your Real Estate for Increased Value

Some additions, such as a wooden deck or a 3-season porch typically have a reasonable return on investment for homeowners, but a two-part addition to a home’s everyday interior space accomplishes more. For example, a two-level addition may include a new family room on the ground floor and a new bedroom/bathroom on another just above it. Consider how your family spends their time at home. You will be grateful that you invested in high-use, high-traffic rooms, and so will the next buyer. Seek a professional who knows your local building codes and whether or not they restrict the height of ridgelines for residential dwellings in your neighborhood. For example, in some historical housing districts, you cannot block the view of area homeowners with a too-tall second story addition.

3. It Costs Less than Moving Your Household

If a person resides in a house that she/he sees him/herself living in for a long time, but recognizes that lacks the necessary space, then a home addition is a great option. It happens too often that someone sells and moves to another home only to realize how much they enjoyed their previous home and neighborhood. On top of that, they may be paying more monthly and are still stunned by all the moving costs that they incurred. Rather than moving out of the comforts of a home too hastily, first, weigh the pros and cons of adding a few rooms or another level.

4. Room for Family Expansion, Entertaining or a Home Business

For families planning for more children, to work from home, or to expand their house so that it can comfortably accommodate friends and relatives on holiday, home additions can offer the extra bedrooms and space that makes a visit more pleasant for guests. Or, it may be important to enjoy the closeness of having downsizing parents share some pleasant years right on your property. Carriage houses and in-law apartments can be totally charming and quite sufficient. Detached additions are often converted into additional garage space, guesthouses and home offices.

5. Add Curb Appeal

Paint, windows, roof lines, and landscaping all come into play with a home addition. Adding on is the ideal moment to make your home more appealing to potential buyers by correcting exterior flaws or by adding a luxury sense of outdoor living. Great exterior lines are foundational to how your home presents from the curb and can get more buyer eyes on your property. New windows, over every other element on the outside of your home, define its personality, and the overall style of your home. They should tie into your home’s existing windows. They are also functional for core ventilation, natural light, provide a sense of welcome, and better windows can make your home more energy efficient.

6. Make the Most of Your Home’s Lot

When settling on your home remodeling plans, you should evaluate if expanding vertically is the best fit if your lot is narrow or on the tiny side. Building up lets you keep as much open space in your landscape as possible. If gardening, walking paths, outdoor living spaces, or simply an adequate sense of separation from neighbors gives you the privacy you want than a second level is better than a horizontal expansion. Should your home feel cramped for lack of higher ceiling, now is also an opportunity to give the main floor an added stretch by making the walls inches taller before adding a second level. Some rooms, such as a tiny spare bedroom, may no longer be needed after your new upstairs is completed. So it can work out perfectly to repurpose or open that main level space at the same time.

7. Incorporating the Right Element Choices During a Home Addition

Since most people perceive bathroom and kitchen updates as most impactful on a home resale value, if you are adding on another level, add a full bath so that no one needs to run downstairs when they need one. If you are adding an upstairs office, nursery, or entertainment area, consider a small kitchen station. Add in sufficient storage space for each room type to maximize functionality.

8. Adding Quality for Long-Term ValueSetting the Right Home Add-on Cost Expectations

It is always tempting to go for as much space and desirable home features as possible for the spend. And that is wise. But an even more important consideration is to invest first in your home’s floor system to determine whether or not it is strong enough. A professional home remodeler can evaluate the existing ceiling joists to determine whether they meet both the building code and engineering specifications for the load they will carry. If it is recommended that you supplement them by adding new, larger, or structurally stiffer floor joists alongside the existing ones, say yes to the additional expense. A full expert evaluation of how the existing plumbing and heating/cooling vent pipes work and whether or not they should be rerouted to accommodate the new level is part of the planning stage. A home in the Minnesota area needs to be comfortable and snug for winter weather; that alone is a huge value factor.

A skilled home renovation specialist can spot with their trained eye if doubling the height of your existing house frame runs the risk of creating a boxy effect. They will know how to offset it with the best roof pitches, overhangs, porch add-ons, and custom trim details.

If it wasn’t planned for initially, some home foundation types are limited when it comes to supporting a multilevel home. The homeowner might not think of how the rafters in a one-story house may not work to double as floor joists for a second story. Here the worth of a reputable building contracting who teams with a structural engineer will make sure that your new structure can last your lifetime.

Setting the Right Home Addon Cost ExpectationsDo residential  home addition projects increase your property value?

Do residential home addition projects increase your property value? Yes, home additions add value! Or they can with the right floor plan.

Houzz’s 2018 Home Study, reveals that over half of homeowners plan to renovate this year. But you don’t need to go into it blind. The right research and a remodeler’s consultation can make all the difference in ensuring that you have realistic expectations as to what adding on to your home upgrade will really cost. A professional builder will provide you with an estimate or quote that can help you achieve your dream space, and know what you can expect to recoup if selling later on.

Take advantage of a seller’s market if one exists for you. The number of new real estate purchases, people that buy a home and who renovate it within the first year, climbed to13.4% in 2017. By considering the typical buyer profile in your area, and going with general buyer preferences, your home addition has a better chance of a strong return on your investment.

For more information, the Remodeling magazine is a key resource for obtaining a homeowner’s “Cost versus Value” report, which is broken down by geolocation for accuracy. This annual report is widely considered the most authoritative study on the subject. It analyzes what you can expect to pay for a range of home upgrades as well as how much you can anticipate recouping if you opt to sell.

The median overall US regions for a two-story home addition offered a 94.6% return on investment in 2006. It consistently ranks in the top 10 projects that will add the most financial value to your home. Minnesota falls in the West North Central area; a bathroom addition alone had a recoup value beginning at 51.7% in 2017 and is up to 59.9% in 2018.

We know that Burnsville, MN home addition projects have a higher success rate for regaining costs when planned for, designed, and completed under a management of a professional remodeler. Wherever you live in the metro, your home’s flow and layout can vastly improve with the guidance of experts like an architect, interior designer, structural engineers, and the right building project manager.

Conclusion

For many homeowners who plan to remain in their current homes more than 10 years, home additions can greatly improve their quality of life, offer enjoyment from the extra space, and give back at sale time. When contemplating home additions projects, there are many components to consider. Read up on our before and after Twin Cities home addition projects.

If you are considering home improvements, including home additions, find a reputable Twin Cities remodeling contractor to partner with, you will not regret it. A homeowner’s desire to invest in home upgrades often includes the full expanse of a home addition. If there is low inventory within a specific neighbor and the real estate demand is high for larger homes, your addition may fit that buyer demand.

Call Scott Rajavuori at Titus Contracting Inc to find out today! (952) 746-7817.

Minneapolis Nokomis-Page Neighborhood Addition, Main Level and Kitchen Remodel

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Titus Contracting recently completed an addition, main level renovation and kitchen remodel in the lovely Nokomis-Page neighborhood in Minneapolis.

Our clients were looking for design direction for remodeling their main level and keeping it within the period look of their 1920s home, as well as a second story master suite addition. They were referred to us by past clients who were ecstatic over their own Minneapolis home addition and enjoyed working with the professionals at Titus Contracting.

After meeting with the clients and discussing their desires for the project, we presented them with a preliminary scope of work, design ideas, and budget information. They decided to hire Titus for a design-build agreement. A design-build agreement allows us to work with our clients to come up with a comprehensive design, allowing for an accurate scope of work, and therefore more accurate pricing. It also allows our clients to work through their budget, selecting and prioritizing their needs, wants and wishes for the project. This ensures the project budget is prioritized by what our clients deem important.

Our team worked closely with our Nokomis-Page clients to work through their selections and design ideas to make sure their project fit their vision, budget, and needs. Based on the proposed client budget, it was decided that the addition, the main floor, and the kitchen remodel project would occur together. They decided the second story master suite remodel would be a future project to be finished at a later date.

If you take our special 3D tour of this project, you can see their home after the renovation. You will notice the space created by the second story addition remains unfinished for now, until the clients decide the time is right to move forward with their dream master suite. To see the before 3D tour, visit our previous blog on this Minneapolis home remodeling project.

The exterior portion of our clients’ addition included brand new architectural series Anderson windows and a combination of stuccos to blend perfectly in with the existing look of their home. The kitchen was opened up to flow with the rest of the main floor and had many exciting new features added to update its look and feel. Titus Contracting created a beautiful arched opening to match an existing arch in the home and installed brand new millwork throughout the home. The all-new slate flooring throughout the main level also included in-floor heat, which is a nice comfort feature, especially on cold winter days. Another critically important aspect of the kitchen design was a mechanical makeup air system, since the range exhaust hood was over 300 CFM. Besides updates to the HVAC system in the home, there were also numerous electrical upgrades including new, high efficiency LED recessed lighting, as well as under cabinet lighting.

Design-wise, our clients wanted to update the look of their home while staying true to the feel of the home’s 1920s time period. They chose beautiful white enamel cabinets, some with the popular look of glass door inserts, and a white subway tile backsplash to enhance the bright and open feel of their kitchen. A decorative range hood perfectly accented their new six burner Thermador cooktop. Our clients also selected a large, stainless steel Kitchenaid fridge and other high-end appliances. For their countertops, our clients decided to go with clean, white polished Silestone tops. Our clients also decided to include a couple features that are becoming more popular these days, including a pot-filler over the stove, a white cast iron deep, single bowl sink, and a spacious food preparation area (with its own sink) on the island.

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The kitchen has become a hub of activity in today’s modern home and a place where people naturally tend to gather. Our happy clients were able to turn their kitchen into a beautiful and functioning space, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Their design and selection choices allowed them to upgrade their home exactly to their tastes and the vision they had for their project. Our clients are loving their new remodel and addition, and they are looking forward to beginning their master suite.

Have you been dreaming of updating your home to make it more beautiful and functional for your family? Take the next step today and talk to the trusted home remodeling professionals at Titus Contracting. Our professionals have decades of combined experienced and have remodeled hundreds of homes in the Twin Cities metro area. We would love to talk to you about your project and help you turn your home into the place you have always dreamed of. Call us today at 952-746-7817 or contact us!

Twin Cities Home Remodeling Trends 2018

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Twin Cities Home Remodeling Trends 2018

For families looking to remodel their Twin Cities home in 2018, it is exciting to know what is trending on the market.

It’s 2018! Are you keeping up with your new year’s resolutions? Why not make a new one that’s easy to keep? Finally, make this the year you take on the home renovations or remodel you’ve been putting off! It seems like every year, there are new, beautiful design trends in home remodeling, and we are here to help you find the right ones to include in your home. As home remodelers for Maple Grove, we here at Titus Contracting have a few of our favorite design trends for the year.

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to revamp your current home, or if you just want some new design inspiration, read all about these trends here:

Home Remodeling Trends for 2018: Farmhouse Style Kitchens
Home Remodeling Trends for 2018: Farmhouse Style Kitchens

Farmhouse style kitchens have a bright, open layout and utilize natural materials, unpretentious design, and cooking spaces that can accommodate large meals. Our home remodelers can brighten up your space with new farmhouse style windows, rustic materials, granite or quartz countertops, and put in farmhouse sinks to give your kitchen this popular look.’ The farmhouse style kitchen is also timeless design that will last for years to come.

Simply Beautiful Sinks

Farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the bathroom. Deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in the new year. These long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic and maximize minimal space in both the kitchen and the bathroom. Contact our home remodelers and we can work with you to select the best ones for your unique home and renovations.

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Although white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colors, such as warm wood tones and neutrals, into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.

Some realtors feel that it’s the floor that buyers look for when they’re house shopping, and it will instantly catch someone’s eye. The natural color tones in wood flooring add depth and help blend a home’s interior with it outdoor surroundings.

The custom woodwork and cabinetry that Titus Contracting creates in-house can bring warmth, personality, elegance, and grace to any of your kitchen and dining areas. Learn more about how we can bring your favorite style to life in your next home remodeling project by viewing our residential gallery.

Upgraded Kitchen Nooks and CranniesCook up Some Color During Your Kitchen Remodel

If you’re looking to sell your home this year, or just want to make some needed upgrades, 2018 is the year to do so. While kitchen and bathroom remodeling will always top the list of projects homeowners and home remodelers want to do first, the often forgotten areas of the home can actually make a huge impact.

The mudroom addition, laundry room update, master bedroom suite revamp, or lower level remodel can update the overall look and function of your home. Experienced home remodelers such as Titus Contracting can help pinpoint these areas and suggest the best updates for the biggest impact.

Are you are looking to find top Twin Cities home remodelers that are active in Maple Grove? Call Titus Contracting at (952) 444-2301, or you can contact us to Schedule a Consultation.

New Year, New View: Home Remodeling Ideas for Winter

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Winter is officially here, the holidays are over and 2018 is just around the corner. As the cold sets in and you begin preparing for a few months of keeping cozy indoors, why not set your sights on a new design for your home’s interior? Give you and your family a new view with remodeling from Titus Contracting. As remodeling contractors for St Paul, we have compiled a list of the best remodeling projects to tackle during the colder months.

Finish the Basement

Our remodeling contractors can build you the basement you’ve always dreamed of! If your home has a basement that is being used only as a storage area, why not turn it into a great place to hang out? From beautiful home theaters, to office space, to an extra bedroom or playroom, there are many ways the lower area of your home can be transformed; and in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Since the basement is already part of the home and is completely indoors, this is a great winter project. When you hire us as your remodeling contractors, we won’t have to leave any areas of your home open to the outdoor elements Additionally, winter is typically a slower time in the remodeling business which can mean better pricing and tighter control of schedules.

Install New Flooring

Winter is a great time of year to get new floors installed by our remodeling contractors. Consider hardwood floors or new luxury vinyl. This time of year, the air is dry, so that helps to prevent gapping in the boards. This is a great project to plan when you need a winter escape. While you are traveling to some warm destination we can quickly and professionally complete this type of remodeling project and have it ready for you when you return.

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Remodel the Kitchen or Bathroom

When it comes to winter remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, you won’t have to worry about any part of your home being exposed to the harsh outdoor elements. When you have the experienced remodeling contractors at Titus Contracting running your project, you can expect a very exciting transformation and exceptional return on your investment. Planning your project and selecting all the products to be used for your kitchen or bath remodel are nice distractions from the harsh weather outside.

Are you looking for remodeling contractors in St Paul? Call Titus Contracting at (952) 444-2301, or you can contact us to Schedule a Consultation.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Titus Contracting

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With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to have served the Twin Cities area for more than 10 years with professional home remodeling services. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage of so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing Titus Contracting, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future home remodeling needs!

We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Many Benefits of Lower Level Remodeling

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What is one of the most coveted features of a home? The finished basement of course! So, how does your lower level stack up? Perhaps it is time to look at your basement in a new light. For many homes, there is an often overlooked and under-utilized space – the lower level. In fact, a lower level remodeling project has about a 70% return on the investment, which is pretty amazing! It is one of the highest yielding home improvement projects available. Turn your cold dark basement into a room fit for fun and fancy with lower level remodeling. Always wanted a game room or an extra guest room? Look no further than the basement!lower level finshing

If your Eagan home has a basement that is being used only as a storage area, why not turn it into a great place to hang out? From beautiful home theaters, to office space, to an extra bedroom or playroom, there are many ways the lower area of your home can be transformed and in a surprisingly short amount of time. Titus Contracting specializes in lower level remodeling in Eagan and the surrounding areas and we are ready to get started designing your new living space!

More and more, people are choosing to create a lower level suite for a parent or relative to be able to live in independently. Therefore, we often encourage people to think about adding a wet bar or kitchen to their lower level. If you put the necessary plumbing in place before closing up the walls, you will have a much easier time converting it in the future should you need it.

Another important consideration is the need for proper insulation. As you well know, Eagan winters can be especially cold; so it is important your lower level remodel includes insulation installation. While many homeowners are opting to go with hardwood floors instead of carpeting for upstairs spaces; having carpet installed will be easier and warmer than vinyl or wood in your basement.

No matter what you decide you want your new living space to function as, the professional lower level remodelers at Titus Contracting, can help make it happen. It is important your lower level remodeling adheres to the local ordinances regarding the number and size of egresses required. As a local renovation and remodeling company, we are well versed in all of these regulations.

Lower level finishing is a great way to enhance your home’s value and add to your living space. So don’t wait any longer! Give us a call today at (952) 444-2301 or Contact Us to learn how we can provide your Eagan home with the lower level remodel it deserves!

Titus Contracting Finishes Kitchen Addition and Remodel in Plymouth

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One of Titus Contracting’s recent projects is a kitchen addition and remodel in Plymouth, MN. These clients were referred to Scott Rajavuori of Titus Contracting 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/early summer. After a few initial design meetings where their needs, wants and wishes were worked through, and the remodel budget was discussed, Titus Contracting was awarded the design/build contract.

Scott Rajavuori, Sales and Design Manager for Titus Contracting, 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 our clients. By the end of April, the kitchen and addition design were complete, site meetings had taken place, and a residential remodel construction agreement had been signed.

Titus Contracting broke ground on the addition in late June 2017. Prior to starting any project, all our clients are provided with a detailed construction schedule they can follow as part of our desire for clear communication. One important part of the Titus Contracting commitment is clear communication and excellent schedule management. 

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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, siding, windows, roof, insulation, drywall, custom cabinets, hardwood floor, Cambria tops, appliances, painting and finish, and millwork. We were also hired during the process to “dress up” and enhance the front façade of their home by adding a new stoop and front covered entry.

We would like to thank these fantastic clients for choosing Titus Contracting when considering a huge project like adding onto their home, and completing what most homeowners consider the “heartbeat” of the home: the kitchen. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with our clients and their vision for their home, and to create a beautiful space for them to enjoy.

For more information on home additions and kitchen remodeling, give us a call at (952) 444-2301 or Contact Us.

Titus Contracting Begins Minneapolis Home Remodeling Project

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Titus Contracting has just started work on an exciting new design/build project in the beautiful Minnehaha Creek area of South Minneapolis.

There are several main aspects to this project, the first being a second story owners’ suite addition. Our experienced contractors will also be removing a main floor bedroom and bathroom in order to expand the kitchen area for a large gourmet kitchen remodel, and the addition of a mudroom. A new half bath will be created in a more convenient location on the main floor.

Here’s a “before” 3D walk-through of the home. Once the remodel is complete, we will have photos of the finished project.

The finished project will respect the vintage of the home, while creating the space, function and style the homeowners are after. This includes many energy efficient upgrades such as new gourmet appliances, more energy efficient mechanicals, LED lighting throughout, and even hot water in-floor heat!

If you have a home remodeling project near Minneapolis you’d like to get started, call Titus Contracting Home Remodelers at (952) 444-2301 or Contact Us to schedule a consultation!