Behind-the-Drywall: Newton Home Addition

Newton addition framedThe owners of a 1960s split level ranch in Newton are expecting an addition to their family home. They came to Feinmann seeking an enlarged kitchen, family room and dining area on the main floor with views of the back yard. Another goal was to create a playroom and guest room with a new bath on the lower level. A 968 square foot two-level addition will provide an open floor plan at the rear of the home with a new kitchen and living room-dining room combination. It will also have a new wood-burning (zero clearance) fireplace and built-in television and shelving. On the lower level, what was formerly the husband’s office will now be a guest room with a new full bath. Also on the lower level will be a laundry room and a freshly renovated playroom that exits to the backyard. 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…

Project in Progress: Building a Better Bungalow

Lexington bungalowBungalows built in the 1920s have a certain charm to them but many lack the conveniences of modern homes. The owners of a Lexington bungalow came to Feinmann looking to create a better version of their dark kitchen and dining room. By taking down the wall between the two spaces, moving the half bath and strategically adding several new double-hung windows, this bungalow got a much needed boost. The space is brighter and inviting, plus offers views of the backyard, which will become all the more important as their family expands. A new backdoor and mudroom area and half bath are connected to the kitchen. The first floor flows much better with the new layout design. Read more…

Framing the View

Chef's Kitchen-Arlington-After-Exterior viewSee the world outside your windows in a whole new light by framing the view. Placing a window in an unexpected place (near a bench in an entryway or above the stove in a kitchen) gives the viewer a particular perspective, captured like in the viewfinder of the camera. There is a delightful focus in a framed view. Read more…

Feinmann Named Multiple EM NARI CotY Winner

EM NARI 2015 CotY LOGOThe Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the  National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) handed out their Contractor of the Year – CotY™ – Awards on March 4, 2015 at the Clarke Showroom in Milford, MA. Feinmann won awards in two categories; Gold for Residential Kitchen $100,001-150,000 for White, Waves and Blue Kitchen in Carlisle, MA and Silver for Residential Bath Over $60,000 for Urban Fusion.

“Once again Feinmann is honored to be recognized by our peers for our work. I am proud of the collaborative efforts of the design staff, project managers and lead carpenters who create and execute our projects with dedication, excellence and the highest level of craftsmanship,” said founder and firm president Peter Feinmann. Read more…

Feinmann Project Showcase: Tastefully Expansive in Westwood

Last April we took you behind-the-scenes of this project in Westwood. Today we share the results with you in one of our project showcases.

Feinmann Westwood home renovationA Westwood family came to Feinmann seeking to make their first floor more efficient and better suited to their needs. At the back of the house there was a wall dividing the kitchen and living room. A deck with sliding doors sat off of a large pantry. Windows along the back of the house were different sizes and not in scale with the home. Read more…

Sneak Peek: Boston Project in Progress

Feinmann project houseA couple who had recently purchased a 1960s Colonial in Boston came to Feinmann looking to renovate the kitchen, open up the floor plan and improve the first floor layout and circulation. The traditional center hall Colonial floor plan meant there were walls dividing every room and the awkwardly located powder room made the passageways feel dark and narrow. A breezeway between the garage and the back of the kitchen became part of the design solution for the transformation of this Boston home. Read more…

Project Showcase: Carlisle Kitchen Renovation

Feinmann Carlisle kitchenThe owners of a contemporary home in Carlisle wanted to update their kitchen, enlarge their center island and improve the connection to the dining room. Feinmann transformed  the space with strategic changes, within the same footprint, making details like the placing of elements and the use of sleek and textured materials essential to the success of the project.

Originally the homeowners were imagining cherry cabinetry, but they were open to creative and modern design ideas. “When Peter came to the house he took real interest in building a kitchen that would fit the design of the house and meet our needs,” the client explained. “That was when we knew that Feinmann was the best choice for us. Anyone can rip out an old kitchen and put in some new counters and cabinets, but we wanted someone who cared about design, style and function.” Read more…