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…

Feinmann Participates in NBSS Evening of Traditional Craft

NBSS logoFeinmann’s connection with North Bennet Street School goes back a long way. Peter Feinmann received a certificate of carpentry from NBSS in 1982. Not long after he founded the firm, Feinmann, Inc., and in the early 1990s adopted the design/build business model. He has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award (2008), served on the NBSS Board of Trustees and has participated in the annual Evening of Traditional Craft for students and alumni for several years.  “NBSS’s mission resonates strongly with me and I want to support the school as it trains more talented craftspeople in Massachusetts and beyond,” Peter Feinmann has said. Read more…

Feinmann: The Clean Team

canstockphoto16250718We know you love your home and value your possessions. That’s why you hire Feinmann – to make your house the best it can be. Our staff works closely with clients to prepare them for the renovation process and the changes that occur along the way. Feinmann’s emphasis is on customer service so we go the extra mile when it comes to prepping and cleaning our job sites.

We’re often asked by potential clients whether they should plan to move out of their home during the construction phase of their projects. The answer is that it depends on the scope of the work and really how much temporary disruption to routine each client can comfortably tolerate. Read more…