Feinmann Architect in the Land of the Rising Sun

Our guest blogger is Feinmann senior architect Barney Maier. This past summer he traveled to Japan.


Whether by intent or coincidence, the modern aesthetic, particularly related to kitchens, increasingly resemble the Japanese aesthetic. As exemplified by so many projects featured in home design magazines, interior design is moving towards a refined, uncluttered, clean and simple elegance that is the hallmark of Japanese design. In the past, I have had an opportunity to incorporate elements of Japanese architecture into projects I have designed. This trip allowed me to experience the “pure” form of the Japanese origins of those features. Those elements include the following: Read more…

Sneak Peek: Victorian Bath Features William Morris Wallpaper and more…

A previous client called us to renovate a bath in her Waltham Highlands home. The house has a storied history. Built in 1900, the home was originally part of a farm near the Central Mass Railroad. There is still an old train station nearby. The house is closest to a Victorian Shingle  – popular in the United States from 1840 to 1900. Although the goal was to update the bathroom, the homeowner still wanted to keep a period feel in the space. We worked with her to choose components that reflect the period but with all the modern conveniences in today’s homes. Read more…

Awesome laundry rooms make happy moms!

One way to make a mom happy is to give her an awesome laundry room in which to do the dirty work! We agree that some of the most memorable days end with the dirtiest clothes and that every stain has a story to tell. Since women do more than 15% more laundry than men according to the American Time Use Survey, we think great laundry spaces are worth the investment. With Mother’s Day on Sunday, we wanted to spotlight some of our recent laundry room success stories. Although some are only closets, they make the chore easier to handle.

We also love these laundry hacks. And check out these fun laundry room signs on Pinterest, too.

Wishing all of the moms we know a day off from the laundry and a Happy Mother’s Day!


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Project in Progress: Bathrooms in a Newton home receive a deluxe upgrade


Newton VIctorian Master Bath renovationThe owners of an 1890s Victorian wanted to update two bathrooms and add laundry on the second floor while maintaining the period ambiance of the house. Additional storage and closet retrofits were another priority. Swapping the original master bath with the family bath enabled Feinmann to reconfigure the second story, moving doorways and closets to satisfy the goals of the project. Adding 15 square feet to the master bath permitted the homeowners to have both the shower and bathtub they desired. Good space planning, luxurious materials, and custom arched replacement windows have reinvigorated the second floor of this grand dame home. Read more…

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.


Feinmann two-story addition in NewtonFeinmann Newton addition after image


newton-addition-kitchen-beforeFeinmann newton addition dining room before


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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