Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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ForResidentialPros.com QR August 2014 17 Neither the Andersons nor Palmer would disclose the proj- ect's budget, although Palmer says cost was not "the primary concern" for the owners. (Mike is an executive with an executive search firm, and Eliza runs the household and is a board mem- ber with the Community Charter School of Cambridge. Both are 50 years old and Harvard alums.) The Andersons and Charlie Allen Renovations pre- planned the renovation several weeks in advance of construc- tion, which kept change orders to a minimum, Palmer notes. CHALLENGES OVERCOME Although the project came in on time and on budget, it did pres- ent one major challenge. The ceil- ing height made installing walls to compartmentalize this space impractical. So the family and renovation team came up with a solution to separate the sitting and sleeping areas with a prom- inent wooden console with a retractable flat screen TV inside. The TV faces the sitting area and the console, says Palmer, "creates a very visual block." One problem, though: The Andersons didn't want the power lines to the console to be exposed. So that meant drill- ing holes through the concrete floor, which have radiant heat- ing coils embedded. Palmer says her company needed to call in a thermal imaging expert to locate the coils so subs could work around them during the wiring installation. The coils also led to another unexpected consequence of the Andersons' decision to give the room some warmth by painting the floor in a light blue and gray checkerboard pattern. The polyurethane coating unfortunately didn't respond well when heated and began to yellow almost immediately. Palmer says the yellowing was a "product defect" and the problem was remediated by using a different finish. QR John Caulfield writes from Old Bridge, N.J., about remodeling and design. Custom-ordered floor-to-ceiling shelving can be reached with the library ladder that slides along the wall, around the piano. COMPANY INFORMATION Charlie Allen Renovations, Cambridge, Mass. charlie-allen.com Full-time employees: 7 Average annual revenue: $2 million Annual remodeling projects: 15 Residential: 100 percent Single-family: 50 percent Multifamily: 50 percent Design-build: 100 percent PROJECT INFORMATION Project location: Cambridge, Mass. Completed: April 2013 PRODUCT INFORMATION Cabinets: Metropolitan Countertops: Corian Verde Toilet: Kohler Shower floor: Kyoto Antracite mosaic floor tile Shower faucet: Kohler Sink and sink faucet: Kohler Flooring: Concrete, painted in a checkerboard pattern

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