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…

Carlisle Project Leaves No Stone Unused

 

Feinmann Carlisle Kitchen ScoutingIf necessity is the mother of invention, then preventing waste is the father of innovation. Project Manager, Kyle Dube, has been working with a client in Carlisle on their kitchen renovation. They chose a beautiful piece of Azul Bahia granite from CounterEdge for their island surface. Realizing that there would be a significant amount remaining, he arranged with the fabricator that the client could keep the remnant and use it for something else. No piece of that stone went unused! A beautiful set of shelves in a dining room alcove were created from the piece of granite. Read more…

Feinmann Celebrates Made in the U.S.A. for July 4th

flag fireworksIn honor of the July Fourth holiday, we’re updating a past blog post about products made in the U.S.A. that we have used and recommend. Hooray for the red, white and blue! Our team is always on the lookout for products that are sustainable and affordable. If they also happen to be manufactured in America, we’ve hit a trifecta. We are proud to share some with you. We hope they inspire you to create the project of your dreams. Read more…

Feinmann Project Showcase: Newton Home Remodel

Feinmann 5 14 kitchen 7 BLOGThe owners of a Newton Tudor home came to Feinmann looking to make the first floor function better for their multi-generational household.  Updating their kitchen to provide varied cooking, prep and serving areas was their first priority. They also sought better use of the existing space, improved circulation and a contained mudroom. The clients planned to upgrade their eating area and remodel the study, all within the same footprint.

The Feinmann design team solved several design dilemmas. Removing an unused chimney freed up essential floor space for the relocated powder room. Eliminating a column that contained plumbing and obstructed the flow in the kitchen allowed the design to include the extended peninsula with uninterrupted views of the eating area. Read more…

Decked Out for Father’s Day

Father's DayThe weather forecast may be better for watching golf than playing golf this Father’s Day.  It probably won’t stop the grill-masters from spending time outside behind the grill. The place to be this Father’s Day – and any lovely summer Sunday – is on the deck, porch or patio. Here are some of our favorite projects that included decks and outdoor spaces. Living in New England, we treasure our all-too-brief outdoor time. Read more…