Trends That Shaped Home Design and Décor in 2016

Last January we made some home design predictions based on client requests and overall industry trends. While we were right on most counts, we missed mentioning a few design and décor trends that shaped 2016. Free-standing soaking tubs continued to be a trend throughout 2016. In fact, we predict it will become a staple for the rest of this decade, along with spacious showers. Another trend that has continued to grow in popularity is the open-space floor plan that combines living and dining areas, often open to the kitchen. Read more…

Project Showcase: Splitting the Difference in Newton

Feinmann addition Newton exterior after In October 2015 we showed you a behind-the-drywall sneak peek at this project. Here’s the finished addition with a new kitchen and open concept living/dining room.

The owners of a 1960s split level ranch in Newton wanted to enlarge their kitchen, living and dining area on the main floor with views of the back yard. A 968 square foot two-level addition provides an innovative open floor plan with a new kitchen and combination living-dining room that features a zero clearance, wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelves. On the lower level, what was formerly the husband’s office is now a guest room. A new full bath, laundry room and playroom that exits to the back yard were all part of the project. An existing screened-in porch was incorporated into the new open floor plan on the main floor. A portion of the original living room has been partitioned and is now the home office for the owner’s PR company.

The old deck was removed to make way for the addition. A modest-sized deck with cable railings and a staircase to the backyard is accessible from the upstairs space. Generously sized windows along the rear of the home bathe the space in natural light. New elements of the home are contemporary Shaker-style cabinetry in the kitchen from Greenfield, painted white and a large kitchen island with gray cabinetry below and a honed Bianco marble surface. The space is bathed in natural light from the floor to ceiling windows. Read more about the project here.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Design/Build Team at Feinmann

gobble-then-wobbleThanksgiving greetings to our clients, subscribers, business associates and staff. With Thanksgiving a few days away, we are preparing to pause and observe the holiday. Our staff has been focused on projects in progress, our lead carpenters busy hammering away!

We always like to take the opportunity this time of year to express our gratitude to our wonderful clients, past and present. We also want to give a shout out to our great subcontractors, vendors and, of course, our team here at Feinmann. Read more…

Remodel or Move? Feinmann Answers

 

home for sale signOne of the questions we’re often asked is whether to stay and renovate or to sell and move. Although we’re nothing like the show Love It or List It, we want to help you make the right choice for you and your family based on our almost 30 years in the design/build business. There are a variety of factors that go into this decision, some financial, some emotional. Ask yourself:

  1. Do we love our neighborhood enough to stay?
  2. Will our home become the most expensive house on the block and is that worth it to us?
  3. Are we ready to take the plunge into a home makeover project and all that it entails?
  4. Are we in a position to move to another house and take on those challenges (Financial and otherwise)?
  5. What is our timeline?

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Master Bath Luxury

old tubAmong the most requested projects we get after kitchen renovations are master bathrooms. Homeowners crave the luxury of the master bath, but it wasn’t always the case. The rise of the spacious and luxurious master bath began in the 1990s when a design shift occurred. For most of our history, bathrooms were a utilitarian space, shared by all. Luxury was considered having more than one indoor bathroom! Read more…

Are we a match? 5 Attributes of a great client

good-clientJust as you are selective about finding a husband or wife, choosing a partner to renovate your home is a highly personal and important decision. Not everyone is a good fit. So what makes for a successful relationship between clients and remodelers?

From listening to our design and build clients we’ve learned what matters when it comes to making major home improvements. Thoughtful and beautiful design, a well-articulated process, superb craftsmanship, responsive service, and respect for our client’s budget. With almost thirty years in the remodeling business, we know what works for us.

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Annual Made-in-America List in Honor of July Fourth!

Happy 4th JulyEach summer Feinmann celebrates the Fourth of July with a list of products for the home made in America. Happy 240th birthday, U.S.A.! We are proud to serve the greater Boston community and to contribute to what makes America great. Every year we tout the fact that we use many American-made products. For example, our client used a BlueStar range in their Doctored Home Renovation. Below is our annual list. Read more…

Behind-the-Scenes in Sudbury

mom apronMost moms dislike being stuck in the kitchen, cutoff from family activities and without being able to keep an eye on the children. This was definitely the case when a Sudbury family with a traditional center-hall Colonial approached Feinmann seeking a way to eliminate the barriers to a more open space concept without adding square footage to the house.

By moving the half bath to another location between the front hall and the new kitchen; removing most of the wall between the dining room and kitchen; and reconfiguring the first floor traffic pattern with an opening into the living room, and opening the half-flight staircase into the family room, this family can now play and stay together. Read more…