Feinmann Project Showcase: Roslindale Home Renovation

Feinmann Roslindale Kitchen Main viewOwners of a Colonial Revival house in the heart of Roslindale came to Feinmann looking to improve the first floor circulation and renovate the kitchen and pantry.  The existing kitchen of this historic home – part of “Doctor’s Row” – lacked contemporary style and function.  It had no access to the living room but was connected to a pantry. The original back door and hallway were awkwardly located in relation to the rest of the house. Additional problems included a rarely used back staircase and old heating ductwork, taking up valuable space. Read more…

Feinmann Finds: Induction Cooking

Who says there’s nothing new under the sun? High-efficiency appliances dovetail perfectly with our busy lives and no-time-to-wait-for-the-water-to-boil schedules. Previous blog posts have touted the convenience and benefits of steam ovens and refrigerator and warming drawers. Today Feinmann Finds looks at induction ranges and cooktops that will not fail to impress.

How does induction cooking work? By heating the vessel rather than using heat transfer from electric coils or gas burners using ferromagnetism. Simply put, cookware that contains the right composition of materials that forms the magnetism. To see whether your own pots and pans will work, use the magnet test. If a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pan, it will mostly likely work. Glass and ceramic vessels do not function with induction but there are adaptive discs you can purchase to make your own pots and pans induction-worthy.

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Feinmann Finds: warming drawers provide convenience for busy families

busy calendarHow do you feed the family when one child is home for dinner while another is off at soccer? Or a working parent has a late meeting? Often parents are left preparing more than one meal or eating in shifts. We’ve found a convenient solution to this busy family challenge – warming drawers.

 

We put a Thermador Professional Series 30-inch warming drawer in a client’s kitchen recently. They have loved how easy it’s been to use and the flexibility around mealtimes. Warming drawers are fabulous for entertaining as well. Read more…

Feinmann Finds…Made in the U.S.A.

In honor of July 4th we’re touting products we like with an American pedigree.  The foodies have their locavore movement and design/build firms have their homegrown sources for cabinetry, countertops, tile and specialty products.

Several of the companies we work with are headquartered in our home state of Massachusetts: AZEK Building Products (with manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, Alabama and Canada), Runtal North America based in Ward Hill and a source for handcrafted stained glass, Pompeii Glass Company, based in West Medford.

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Feinmann Finds… Steam & Convection Ovens

Every Friday we bring you unique and interesting products and design elements for your home, suggested by our fantastic team at Feinmann.

Want to know the secret to perfectly cooked, moist salmon and vegetables that retain their color and nutrients? The injection steam oven is getting rave reviews for cooking quality and ease of use. The convection technology provides convenience through faster cooking times as well. Feinmann designer Kate Yurgelun and Senior Project Manager Tammy Russo both love these products and have installed ovens from three different brands  in clients’ homes: Miele’s MasterChef Steam Oven, Jenn Air’s double or single MultiMode Convection Oven and KitchenAid’s Dual Fan Convection Oven with Steam-Assist Technology. The ovens all come in a variety of sizes and finishes, but most importantly, they bring healthier cooking techniques to families everywhere.

JennAir ovenKitchenAid oven

Miele Steam Convection oven

Feinmann Finds…Mother’s Day Ideas

Feinmann.lexington.ma.masterbathHow do you spell Mother’s Day? R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N! This Mother’s Day, if you can’t bring the spa to the mom in your life, bring your mom to the spa. We like the Bella Sante day spas in Lexington, Wellesley and on Newbury Street in Boston.

However, it isn’t difficult to create a spa-like atmosphere in your own home. A basket of plush towels rolled up, bath salts, a tropical scented lotion and some candles channels the spa experience. Don’t forget the fluffy robe and slippers.

“I think of Mother’s Day as a day for mothers to take a break, relax,” says Feinmann designer Kate Yurgelun. “I’ve given my mother gifts of spa treatments and bubble bath… I wish I could give her a Jacuzzi tub or steam shower instead.”

Nothing beats a luxurious bathroom where mom can escape into the bathtub or shower fitted with state-of-the-art showerheads and sprayers. Planning a renovation soon? Make up a gift certificate for your own home spa, grand opening next Mother’s Day!

If your mom is an interior design fan, give her a subscription to one of her favorite shelter magazines like Design New England or Dwell. Or maybe an iPad with the Houzz app. She’ll find beautiful and inspiring photos of home design projects. Travel magazines and books make great gifts as well. We love Travel & Leisure and Afar.

Of course you can’t go wrong with the traditional stand-bys of flowers, homemade cards and macaroni necklaces.