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The Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog is a forum for homeowners of old homes or new homes with vintage appeal. The Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog features tips and tidbits on clawfoot tubs, clawfoot tub faucets and showers, heat registers and cold air returns, antique reproduction door hardware, and many more products for classic homes. For more tips and anecdotes about the old home experience, take a break and visit the Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog or peruse the complete list of topics discussed on the blog at the Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog Archive.


Sun, 24 May 2015 17:01:00 +0000
Aluminum Decorative Vent Covers from Reggio Register
Continuing the review of Reggio Register collection of vent covers, today’s blog provides an overview of Reggio Register’s aluminum grille vent covers.  Reggio Register added aluminum vent covers to complement their cast iron vent covers.  Aluminum grille vent covers offers a number of advantages compared to cast iron and brass grille vent covers:

Aluminum is light weight compared to brass and iron and therefore aluminum vent grille vent covers are better suited for wall and ceiling vents. 
 
Aluminum does not rust so aluminum grille vent covers are better suited than iron grilles for vents where moisture is a concern. 

Aluminum grilles are similar to iron grilles in that it is relatively inexpensive and typically have a durable powder coat finish.   Reggio Register’s aluminum grilles, like its cast iron grilles, are offered in black but they are also available in gray, oil rubbed bronze brown, silver, and sun gold.

As mentioned in the past blog, Reggio Register with one exception does not offer its grilles with pre-attached louver assemblies.  Reggio Register offers separate drop-in louver insert assemblies that are wrapped by a foam strip that helps create a snug fit for the louver assembly when placed in the heat duct.

Reggio Register’s aluminum Victorian Scroll grille is offered in all the standard sizes as well as additional square, toe kick, and larger sizes.   Their aluminum grille is available in gray, oil rubbed bronze brown, and sun gold.  Homeowners often order the powder coat gray grille to paint to match the home’s wall or ceiling color.   Oil rubbed bronze powder coat aluminum grilles are a much more economical choice compared to real solid bronze vent covers.   Reggio Register’s Sun Gold powder coat finish is an economical alternative to solid brass for those wanting decorative vent covers with a more lustrous finish.

Size and Color Options for Reggio Registers Aluminum Victorian Scroll Grille Vent Covers


Duct Size
Black
Gray
Oil Rubbed Bronze
Silver
Sun Gold
Louver Insert
2 1/4" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
2 1/4" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
2 1/4" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
4" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
4" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
4" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
4" x 8"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 22"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 24"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 30"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
6" x 6"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
8" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
8" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
8" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
8" x 8"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
9" x 20"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
10 1/4" x 12 1/4"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
10" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
10" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
12" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
12" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
12" x 24"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
14" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
14" x 18"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
18" x 18"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
18" x 30"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
24" x 24"
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Reggio Register’s versatile aluminum Square Grid vent cover grille is ideal for contemporary as sell as Arts and Crafts homes.  This simple grille is offered the most common sizes.  They are available in most of the same powder coat finishes as their Victorian scroll grilles and also available in silver for a more modern look.  

Size and Color Options for Reggio Registers Aluminum Square Grid Grille Vent Covers


Duct Size
Black
Gray
Oil Rubbed Bronze
Silver
Sun Gold
Louver Insert
2 1/4" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
2 1/4" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
2 1/4" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
4" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
4" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
4" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
6" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
6" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
6" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
Y
       N
Y

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:37:00 +0000
Reggio Register Victorian Cast Iron and Brass Grilles Overview
Reggio Register has been producing high quality metal heat register and cold air return grille
Reggio Registers Cast Iron Victorian Grille
vent covers for nearly forty years.   In addition to quality fit and finish, Reggio Register is known for the wide array of sizes in which their vent cover grilles are offered.   Reggio Register’s metal grilles are available in cast brass, cast iron, cast aluminum, and even steel depending on the size and style.   With the exception of a single square cast iron grille, Reggio Register does not offer its grilles with pre-attached louver assemblies.  Rather, Reggio Register offers separate drop-in louver insert assemblies that are wrapped by a foam strip that helps create a snug fit for the louver assembly when it is placed in the heat duct prior to installing the duct’s grille cover.
With so many metal vent cover options available, this and following blog entries will summarize Reggio Register’s current vent cover offerings.  

Cast Iron and Cast Brass Victorian Vent Cover

Reggio Registers Brass Victorian Grille
Reggio Register initially offered only cast iron and cast brass vent covers with a distinctive Victorian-era grille pattern.   Although a Victorian reproduction, it has now become the quintessential Reggio Register.   Reggio Register offers this grille in powder coat black iron and brass in all the standard sizes as well as additional square, toe kick, and larger sizes.   This same pattern is also offered in lighter weight aluminum in even more sizes and finish options including gray, oil rubbed bronze, silver, and sun gold.

Reggio Register's brass and cast iron Victorian grille size options as of April 2015 are summarized below.

Duct Size
Cast Iron Grille
Brass Grille
Louver Insert
2 1/4" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
2 1/4" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
2 1/4" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
4" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
4" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
4" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
4" x 8"
Y
Y
Y
6" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
6" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
6" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
6" x 22"
Y
Y
Y
6" x 30"
Y
Y
Y
6" x 6"
Y
N
Y
8" x 10"
Y
Y
Y
8" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
8" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
8" x 8"
Y
Y
Y
9" x 20"
Y
N
Y
10 1/4" x 12 1/4"
Y
Y
N
10" x 10"
Y
N
Y
10" x 14"
Y
N
Y
12" x 12"
Y
Y
Y
12" x 14"
Y
Y
Y
12" x 24"
Y
Y
Y
14 1/4" x 18 1/8"
Y
N
Y
14" x 14"
Y
N
Y
18" x 18"
Y
N
N
18" x 30"
Y
N
N
24" x 24"
Y
N
N
29 5/8" x 29 5/8"
Y
N
N


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What It Does:

HARDWARE10 will apply a 10% instant discount to your total order of products from a single manufacturer when the order includes a total of $1,000 in heat registers and air return grilles from the same manufacturer. HARDWARE5 will apply a 5% instant discount to your total order of products from a single manufacturer when the order includes $500 in heat registers and air return grilles from the same manufacturer. The HARDWARE5 and HARDWARE10 coupons apply in addition to our already discounted prices and, as always, shipping is free for any order of $100 from a single manufacturer.

How It Works:


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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:23:00 +0000
Midcentury Modern Bathroom Where Vintage Style and Modern Style Collide
I was raised in a mid-1960’s three-bedroom ranch house with one full bath and a half bath.  While bedrooms, kitchen and living room were updated over time, the home’s bathrooms seemed to be frozen in time for forty years. Both baths featured classic mid-century color palettes, fixtures, and unique plumbing designs.   Their four walls were tiled with the full bath having pink tiles while the half bath’s tiles were an aqua blue.  The floors were white linoleum with a funky gold scribble pattern.  The toilets were pink and blue to match their respective tile walls.   They both had single cabinet style vanities with laminate counter tops and drop-in sinks.   Like all mid-century plumbing, the faucets for the bathroom sink and tub were chrome.  The handles were truly unique to the period, resembling the bottom portion of a three-finned space rocket.  To a young boy filled with imagination, the handles looked like the tails of rockets embedded deep into the sink vanity and tiled walls of the shower.   Six years ago the full bath was gutted and remodeled to a more contemporary, but traditional, style.   Gone were the funky linoleum, pink tiles, and faucet with rocket-ship handles. 

A few years after the bathroom remodel, Mid-Century Modern design became vogue and the style’s
Mid-Century Modern Freestanding Tub
popularity continues.   Today’s revival of Mid-Century design, however, is every different form the Mid-Century vintage design of pink and aqua bathrooms of my boyhood home.  The revival of Mid-Century Modern design draws its inspiration from post World War II Europe that filtered into American industrial design during the late 1960’s through much of the 1970’s.  Mid-Century Modern revival bathroom fixtures and plumbing are sleek; favoring straight lines and geometric shapes.   Chrome remains the finish of choice for Mid-Century Modern faucets but the color palette for tiles and bathroom fixtures are much more subdued compared to the aqua, turquoise, and pink that were common to bathrooms of the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s.   Tiles now tend towards natural shades of brown, black, gray, and white.   Sink, toilet, and bath fixtures are a more modern than mid-century standard white.  Curved forms of these bathroom fixtures provide contrast among the angular cabinetry, tiles and plumbing.

Mid-Century Modern Faucet
Shop 4 Classics offers streamline faucets and modern style sinks, toilets, and bathtubs that are complimentary to today’s Mid-Century Modern bathroom designs.  Chrome deco-style faucets and in-wall shower sets from Strom Plumbing and Cheviot Products bathroom sink faucets are ideal choices for Mid-Century Modern bathrooms.   Cheviot Products also offers sleek modern design sinks while both Cheviot Products and Strom Plumbing offer a variety of modern freestanding bathtubs perfect for your Mid-Century Modern bathroom makeover.

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