Charlie Allen Renovations, Inc. Best of Houzz 2013 2014



Recent projects demonstrate that at Charlie Allen Renovations, itís not about project size or budget ó itís about finding smart solutions that accommodate your needs while maintaining your homeís unique character.


The kitchen, living room, front entry, playroom, and guest bedroom in this three-story Cambridge home were all renovated.

Entertaining Kitchen

The owners wanted a house better suited to entertaining but also appropriate for time together for a family that includes both a teenager and a toddler. Specific improvements on their wish list included a playroom that could handle differing family needs, a custom bar for entertaining, a new fireplace, and an inviting kitchen that would remain distinct but be more connected to adjoining rooms.

Custom Fireplace

Adding a fireplace to the living room involved rebuilding the entire back wall of the home. The fireplace mantel was custom designed to match an existing mantel in the nearby dining room, which is original to the home. Sensitivity to the homeís period character was also demonstrated in the third level guest bedroom, where a new window was installed to better match the proportions of the house.

Guest Bedroom

In the playroom, care was taken to create zones for three members of the family: The mother enjoys crafting and now has a station directly below existing skylights, the teenager has a semi-private nook at the back of the space for relaxing, and the youngest in the family can enjoy toys and games placed along one wall alongside a rug for playing on the floor.

Custom Kitchen

The kitchen is fully upgraded and custom designed to accommodate the mother’s cooking habits, with specific elements including a farmer’s sink in the island and a stainless steel counter with integrated sink for food preparation placed behind it on the counter.  To improve storage in the much-used room, corner drawer units were installed, instead of lazy Susan cabinets.   Also, the homeowners were not interested in an open floor plan, but did want to improve access to the living room and yard beyond.  This was achieved by expanding the opening between the two rooms allowing the cook to engage with nearby family and guests and have a clear view of children playing in the yard.

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Interior Restorations

Bathroom Restorations
A carefully restored period bathroom can be a great place to enjoy all the relaxing elements of today's spa lifestyle, from steam baths to soaking tubs, radiant floor heating to electric towel warmers.
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Kitchen Restorations
New technologies have dramatically improved how we use our kitchens. A thoughtful renovation introduces these modern amenities without compromising the period charm of the room where we love to gather.
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Exterior Restorations
New England is blessed with a wide variety of period homes representing many different architectural styles and historical eras. Meticulously restored, these homes are charming and distinctive highlights of the neighborhood landscape.
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Interior Restorations
Every period introduces new interior architectural and design features. A successful period home interior renovation restores original features and thoughtfully integrates them with the personal tastes of the modern day homeowner.
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Interior Restorations

The key to safe wood burning in any home is a proper flue liner.  The highest quality and longest lasting is a cast-in-place masonry liner.  Our poured flue lining system is a unique chimney lining process ideally suited to reline and restore old, damaged, or worn out chimney flues.
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