2016 Design/Build Trends Forecast – Part 1

2016 predictionsWith the new year comes a new blog feature – our 2016 design/build trends forecast – what you can expect to see more of in the coming months. Many of these elements have been trending since last year but we predict there will be further iterations evolving. Several of these trends will become design staples – ideas that are here to stay, that possess a timeless quality. Read more…

Behind the Scenes: More Room to Grow in Arlington

Arlington Victorian Kitchen in Progress by FeinmannThe owners of an 1880s Victorian in Arlington returned to Feinmann to reconfigure their first floor connecting the old, small kitchen with the existing dining room. They asked for a large island with seating and a walk-in pantry as part of the renovation.  The wall between the kitchen and dining room were removed to create a more open floor plan.

Feinmann had previously created a new, award-winning master bathroom and family bathroom for this client. As their family continued to grow, they began planning their next big project.

Additional requests included providing access to the backyard and refinishing the back staircase. A new set of French doors was added as seen in the drawing below. Finally, Feinmann removed the shower from the main floor bathroom and used the space for a recessed refrigerator and storage cabinets. Read more…

Thanksgiving Greetings from the Feinmann Design/Build Team

Happy Thanksgiving artThe Feinmann Design/Build team continues the tradition of Thanksgiving greetings to our clients, subscribers, business associates and staff. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we are busy putting the finishing touches on clients’ kitchens so they’ll be ready for seasonal action. We are in the process of working with some new clients on planning their kitchen, bath and living space renovations. And, of course our lead carpenters are hammering away at projects in progress.

The team at Feinmann has much to be grateful for again this holiday season. We have received glowing testimonials and Houzz reviews from clients and we are deeply appreciative. We have been recognized with awards and press coverage for our work. This is the time of year when our thoughts turn gratefully to our wonderful clients, current and past.  Read more…

The Unexpected Versatility of the Color White

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply WhiteThe color white is unexpectedly versatile – fundamental, pure and unequaled. After curating 23 colors, traveling the world over and identifying “what was in the air” culturally, Benjamin Moore has chosen Simply White as their 2016 Color of the Year. Of the 250 blanc hues they offer, Simply White (OC117) is the most neutral. As Ellen O’Neil, Benjamin Moore Creative Director, writes “white is transcendent, timeless, its versatility unrivaled. From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form – that’s why we chose it as our Color of the Year. Turn down the noise and celebrate the simplicity of white. Simply said…Simply White.” Read more…

Behind-the-Drywall: Newton Home Addition

Newton addition framedThe owners of a 1960s split level ranch in Newton are expecting an addition to their family home. They came to Feinmann seeking an enlarged kitchen, family room and dining area on the main floor with views of the back yard. Another goal was to create a playroom and guest room with a new bath on the lower level. A 968 square foot two-level addition will provide an open floor plan at the rear of the home with a new kitchen and living room-dining room combination. It will also have a new wood-burning (zero clearance) fireplace and built-in television and shelving. On the lower level, what was formerly the husband’s office will now be a guest room with a new full bath. Also on the lower level will be a laundry room and a freshly renovated playroom that exits to the backyard. Read more…

Eat Meals at Home for a Healthier Lifestyle

calendar with post it note Are you ready for another school year and family meals? Schedules and calendars are filling up fast. Between afterschool activities for kids and hectic work commitments for parents, who has time to prepare a healthy meal, much less sit down to eat one? Yet experts tell us that eating at home is much healthier for us than eating out or grabbing a fast food meal on the road.

“Research shows that when you dine out, you tend to eat 185 calories more than when you make and eat dinner at home. Eat in more often for a slimmer, healthier you,” says Joan Salge Blake, Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University. She is the author of the book “Nutrition and You.”

So how do we squeeze quality, nutritious meals into busy schedules? One way is by using weekends to prep for the week: create a menu, shop and chop ahead of time. Another suggestion is to cook soups, stews and casseroles ahead of time. Slow cooking devices like Crock-Pots and rice cookers work well, too, with a little advanced planning. Try three-ingredient meals or pre-cooked items to incorporate into a dish such as a Rotisserie chicken, available at most grocery stores, BJs and Costco. Read more…

Feinmann Project Showcase: Concord Condo Reconsidered

Concord condo master bath renovation by FeinmannOur clients knew when they purchased their Concord condominium (built circa 1985) that they would be calling on our design/build team to renovate the kitchen and master bath. Having worked with them in their previous home in Arlington, we had a head start understanding their taste and budget.

Keeping within the same footprint of the existing kitchen, Feinmann updated and enhanced the floor plan with new lighting, flooring, cabinetry, tile and appliances. Moving the door to the garage further towards the back of the kitchen allowed the wall to be extended to provide space for a new, ample center island. Built-in bookcases and a new window seat flank the rear window. The first floor was given a more expansive feel with shared natural light by expanding the opening between the dining room and kitchen. Read more…

Sneak Peek: Lexington Addition Expands Kitchen and Backyard Vistas

To achieve the homeowners goal of updating and expanding their Lexington kitchen to include a long-desired, large professional range, a small one-story addition was added to the rear of their 1990s Colonial-style home. Existing windows were replaced with sliding French doors to the deck and additional windows were added along the rear wall giving the family the extensive views and access to the backyard they desired. Read more…

3rd Annual Made-in-the USA in honor of July Fourth

fireworksQuestion: Are fireworks made in the USA?

Answer: Yes. There are still manufacturers of fireworks made here in America. Pretty good thinking for a holiday that celebrates our country. Did you also know that the Pledge of Allegiance was an advertising campaign designed to sell American flags? Whatever the reason, this weekend is a pretty good time to fly the stars and stripes. And yes, plenty of American flag makers are based in the USA. To continue our tradition of featuring products made in America in honor of July Fourth, here is our 3rd annual list. This time we’re focusing on products used in the kitchen that are probably familiar to most people. Read more…