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Project Spotlight - 'Children's Bath' by Charlie Allen Renovations

February 10, 2016

Recently highlighted by Houzz in an article on small bathrooms, Charlie Allen Renovation’s exceptional ‘Children’s Bath’ renovation included a traditional Scroll grille from Reggio. Read more on how Charlie used Reggio grilles in four other rooms in the renovation of an 1850’s Greek Revival in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tell us a little bit about Charlie Allen Renovations.

“Charlie Allen Renovations was founded in 1978 by Charlie Allen, a Harvard grad who’d studied social work but was always drawn toward the historic architecture of the Boston/Cambridge area, and had worked part-time renovating and remodeling period houses before turning his passion into his profession. Since then, the company has renovated and restored scores of older homes, introducing modern amenities while maintaining period charm. Today, Charlie is CEO and Julie Palmer, who has worked with the company since 1999, is its President.”

Tell us a little bit more about the "Children's Bath" project.

“The owners of this 1850s Greek Revival in Cambridge, MA, wanted a floor plan better suited to family living. We redesigned the second floor, which included the addition of two baths, including a master bathroom that the Boston Globe Magazine chose as its ‘Bathroom of the Year 2007.’ The second of those baths was this room, specifically designed for the owners' two young children. Adjacent to the children’s bedroom, it features a bright and playful design and period-appropriate fixtures as well as right-sized tub, toilet, and vanity with just enough room to store kids' toiletries and bath necessities.”

How did Reggio fit into this project, and how did it contribute to the room design as a whole?

“The square zinc Reggio register cover used here complements the home’s period aesthetic perfectly – it was the right choice for this room, and we used four other Reggio grilles in other areas of the house, too.”

What's next for Charlie Allen? Any exciting projects in the works?

“It’s a busy time for us – we’re currently working on several kitchen and bath renovations and a few whole house remodels.”


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