Sneak Peek: A Lexington Renovation “Unboxes” Previous Additions

Our clients were moving from out-of-state to a house in Lexington that had two previous ill-conceived remodeling projects, adding square footage but creating disjointed spaces. The most recent addition was a rustic sunroom abutting the backyard pool area. The rooms were stacked up like boxes, one behind the other.

The goal was to create a floor plan that graciously created a natural flow between the spaces, including an enlarged kitchen, eating area and family room. The husband likes to cook so a good work triangle was a priority. To accomplish the project goals, the Feinmann design team removed the wall between the existing kitchen and family room; and the wall between the family room and sunroom. Read more…

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…

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 Named National CotY Winner by NARI

National CotY WinnerFeinmann, Inc., has been named a national CotY Award winner by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for Historic Renovation/Restoration under $250,000. The winning project, Bauhaus Landmark Renovation, is in the Garrett Birkhoff house in Cambridge, MA.

Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

How does your home handle #Back-to-School time?

backtoschoolWe all know what #backtoschool means; an influx of stuff into our homes like new clothes, backpacks, sporting equipment, books, homework and papers galore. The question is – how does your home handle back-to-school time? Do you have a place for everything? A spot where Junior can do homework within eyeshot of mom or dad? A place for your teenager to read? Have you devised a way to organize all of the hustle and bustle?  A place to file the paperwork? Read more…

Behind the Scenes in a Burlington Kitchen Renovation

Creating Room-Burlington-After Rear Main ImageHaving worked extensively in the home of a Burlington family of six, Feinmann was ready when the clients wanted to update their kitchen to lighten up the dark space and slightly expand the home’s footprint.

In a previous renovation, Feinmann had built a screened-in porch off of the kitchen. Double glass doors lead to a porch, which extends from the eating area adjacent to the kitchen, located next to the remodeled family room (with a half wall separating the kitchen table and family room). The eating area was to remain unchanged except for the new wide-plank oak flooring beneath and new chandelier above. The main focus of the renovation was the U-shaped kitchen workspace. Read more…

Feinmann Project Showcase: Newton Home Remodel

Feinmann 5 14 kitchen 7 BLOGThe owners of a Newton Tudor home came to Feinmann looking to make the first floor function better for their multi-generational household.  Updating their kitchen to provide varied cooking, prep and serving areas was their first priority. They also sought better use of the existing space, improved circulation and a contained mudroom. The clients planned to upgrade their eating area and remodel the study, all within the same footprint.

The Feinmann design team solved several design dilemmas. Removing an unused chimney freed up essential floor space for the relocated powder room. Eliminating a column that contained plumbing and obstructed the flow in the kitchen allowed the design to include the extended peninsula with uninterrupted views of the eating area. Read more…

Behind the scenes: Renovation in Westwood

Westood Deck Scout view into sunroomA Westwood family came to Feinmann looking to reshape their first floor to better reflect their lifestyle and needs.  The French-chateau style, two-story home, built in 1988, had a rear deck, a separate formal dining room, and a kitchen opened to the living room with a corner fireplace. A back hall led to the garage and included a pantry, bathroom and laundry area. The couple wanted to be able to work on the first floor as well as be able to entertain, relax and watch TV or listen to music and enjoy the view of their backyard. The front hall and formal dining area seemed to collect the family’s stuff on the way in and out of either the front door or garage. Read more…