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…

Let Design Drive Your Project

3D rendering master bath BostonWe tell our clients: let design drive your project. And the reason is simple – a well-conceived project will be a well-executed project, aesthetically and functionally. How do we know this? With almost 30 years of experience renovating homes and 60+ awards, you can believe that we know what skillful design can bring to a remodeling project. Read more…

Mother’s Day Celebrations

happy mothers dayTime again for Mother’s Day Celebrations and making the mom in your life feel special. In past blog posts we’ve written about items for moms who love being in the kitchen. We’ve featured spa-like baths that provide an escape for mom to relax on the one day devoted to Motherhood. Today we’re offering suggestions for entertaining at home. And where does everyone gather during a party? The kitchen, of course! Read more…

Feinmann Participates in Habitat for Humanity Project

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity logoAs part of our “doing good while doing well” philosophy, Feinmann staff worked at the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity project in Lawrence, MA. The Bixby Building at 100 Parker Street was a convent built in 1908.  The 100 year-old building was once associated with the school across the street, then St. Patrick’s (now Catholic Academy). When the project is completed – slated for the summer of 2015 – there will be a total of ten units (9 three-bedroom units, 1 two-bedroom unit) on three floors.  Read more…