FEINMANN SPEARHEADS BACKPACK DRIVE FOR COMPASSforkids.org

HomePageCFKPhotoAs part of Feinmann’s ongoing commitment to “doing good while doing well,” we have joined forces with COMPASS for kids on a backpack donation drive. These backpacks are for the homeless parents enrolling in COMPASS job training or college classes through their COMPASS Community Collaborative (CCC). We want to extend this opportunity to all of our clients, former clients and readers to participate in a worthy cause.

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Professional Development for the Team at Feinmann

Continuing Education blackboardAs building code laws, innovative technologies and design trends continue to evolve, who would you rather have working on your project: the design/build team that invests the time for professional development, earning certifications and continuing education credits, and networking with peers or the contractor who can’t be bothered? Read more…

Feinmann Finds – The Kitchen Bible

We always love sharing resources with our clients and readers, especially books in which our projects are featured. Over the years we have been asked to participate in a number of publications. One of our favorite writers to work with is Barbara Ballinger. Her new book “The Kitchen Bible: Designing the perfect culinary space” has recently been published and is available on Amazon. Read more…

How does your home handle #Back-to-School time?

backtoschoolWe all know what #backtoschool means; an influx of stuff into our homes like new clothes, backpacks, sporting equipment, books, homework and papers galore. The question is – how does your home handle back-to-school time? Do you have a place for everything? A spot where Junior can do homework within eyeshot of mom or dad? A place for your teenager to read? Have you devised a way to organize all of the hustle and bustle?  A place to file the paperwork? Read more…

Happy Labor Day from your friends at Feinmann

Labor DayWhile Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer vacation, we observe it as a day not to labor. With projects in full swing and at different stages, the Feinmann Design/Build team has been spread out across Greater Boston all summer long. Monday we pause to spend time with family and friends. We pause to rest and recalibrate. We pause to refresh for the coming activity that Autumn brings. Read more…

Behind the Scenes in a Burlington Kitchen Renovation

Creating Room-Burlington-After Rear Main ImageHaving worked extensively in the home of a Burlington family of six, Feinmann was ready when the clients wanted to update their kitchen to lighten up the dark space and slightly expand the home’s footprint.

In a previous renovation, Feinmann had built a screened-in porch off of the kitchen. Double glass doors lead to a porch, which extends from the eating area adjacent to the kitchen, located next to the remodeled family room (with a half wall separating the kitchen table and family room). The eating area was to remain unchanged except for the new wide-plank oak flooring beneath and new chandelier above. The main focus of the renovation was the U-shaped kitchen workspace. Read more…

TOP 5 Reasons to Work with a Professional Remodeler

Planning-implementationWorking with a professional remodeler can mean the difference between a job well-done and a headache that won’t go away.

Have you ever heard the story about the DIY-ers who started a project but couldn’t finish it because they didn’t have the proper tools, training or follow-through? Or, the story about a friend who hired the least expensive contractor around, only to end up with a half-finished job?

We’ve heard just about every story under the sun and scratch our proverbial heads. Your home is probably your biggest asset, so why cut corners?  If you invest wisely in your home – such as working with a professional – not only will you be improving the value, but you will have the enjoyment of living in a well-planned, beautiful space, tailored for your needs. Read more…

Checklist for Vacationing Home Owners

August means folks are heading out on vacation and leaving their homes alone. Is yours ready? We wrote about this back in 2012, and had such good feedback, we thought we’d run it again.

Feinmann Finds…Is Your Home Ready for You to Go on Vacation?

gone fishing signAugust is a prime vacation month. The reservations have been made, suitcases are packed and the car is gassed up and ready to roll. But is your home ready for you to leave?

Whether you have concerns about home security, energy savings or home maintenance issues, we’ve compiled a quick checklist to prepare your home for your departure:

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Framing the Open Space Floor Plans Families Love

Weston kit viewThe popularity of open floor plans remains undiminished because families love the togetherness they provide. However, there can be some tricky design challenges to confront with these spaces. What happens when there are unmovable structural components or  when there is the desire to have some demarcation between rooms with different uses? Just as one captures a setting in a camera’s viewfinder, one can frame open spaces to provide architectural interest and room demarcation, handle structural components and even give some semblance of privacy.

In each of the projects below, the Feinmann design and build team figured out a way to frame the open space. In the top photograph, posts anchor counters that have no upper cabinetry and frame the extended view into the family room, providing architectural interest and hiding necessary support beams. Read more…