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…
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.
Wishing all of the moms we know a day off from the laundry and a Happy Mother’s Day!
The 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…
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…
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.
Thanksgiving 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…
One 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:
- Do we love our neighborhood enough to stay?
- Will our home become the most expensive house on the block and is that worth it to us?
- Are we ready to take the plunge into a home makeover project and all that it entails?
- Are we in a position to move to another house and take on those challenges (Financial and otherwise)?
- What is our timeline?
A couple came to Feinmann looking to make improvements to their Back Bay condominium, including renovating the master bath and kitchen. Additional projects include built-in shelving and cabinetry in the living room and master bedroom. Read more…
Among 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…
Just 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.