Feinmann Wins National 2017 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence

Feinmann has won a National 2017 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence. The addition to a Newton split-level earned top honors in the entire nation in the Addition Over $250,000 category. There were 400 projects submitted for Chrysalis Awards in 15 categories. 80 remodeling companies from across the country were named winners. A panel of remodeling industry experts judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

“Feinmann has won 10 Chrysalis Awards since 2002, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to professionalism and excellence,” said Ken Kanline, director of the awards program. The Chrysalis Awards, begun in 1994, recognizes the national remodeling industry’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial projects. The Chrysalis Awards are open to every professional remodeler an design professional in the United States.

“I am proud of the innovative design and craftsmanship illustrated in this project,” Feinmann founder and President, Peter Feinmann, said. “We appreciate that our team’s collaborative spirit, dedication and hard work have been recognized.”

A Room for All Seasons in Belmont

Feinmann-Inc-Three Season Porch-Belmont-MAPast clients of Feinmann Design|Build sought our design assistance on a project for the Belmont home that they’d long been dreaming of: a comfortable outdoor space creating a screened porch with heating elements to extend the seasons. Our team previously had renovated the kitchen, master bedroom and master bath, and was eager to begin work on establishing a place for our clients to gather with guests outdoors. Having easy access from the outdoor room to the hot tub was of critical importance. Read more…

Dancers Design in Lexington, MA

After what felt like a lifetime of dreaming of a different layout for their home, a Lexington couple finally decided to take the plunge with Feinmann Design|Build – calling the phone number off the brochure they had saved for several years.

Long time partners in life and on the dance floor, they sought a home in which they could practice their craft. They asked our team to create a plan that would transform the main living area from a compartmentalized space to an open floor plan. Visions of pushing the furniture aside, turning up the music and working on their choreography in their own little ballroom fueled the final design.

Working with our client’s request for a contemporary and open space, the plan required removing the walls dividing the living and dining area from the existing kitchen. The kitchen was then relocated to the back of the home, closest to the dining area – overlooking the new deck built to wrap around a cherished hemlock tree.  Open and bright, the kitchen ‘s vaulted ceiling and skylights offer glimpses of the many tall trees lining their back yard. Modern elements like stainless steel appliances, sleek door pulls and ‘green’ cabinetry connect the kitchen to the rest of the updated open floor plan. The living area is now closer to the front of the home, where the kitchen was previously located.  An open floor plan and added length guarantees that dance routines are no longer interrupted.

We wish our clients’ many years of blissful dancing and music in their new home!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Remodeling Style

‘Twas two months before Christmas, when all through the house
Mrs Claus was all cranky so she complained to her spouse (Santa that is).
Though the stockings were hung and the elves were at work,
Mrs Claus thought St Nicholas was kinda a jerk.We all know that Santa runs a really tight ship,
Since he has to prepare for his long one night trip.
To pull off this monsterous task once a year, we all know the crew needs more than a great mood
They depend on the Mrs to come up with the food!So one day from the kitchen arose such a clatter,
The elves and ole Santa ran in to see what in heck was the matter.
While trying to cook in her mangy old kitchen,
Mrs Claus was a yellin – some might call it bitchin’.The counters were all sticky and laminate peeling,
The oven door falling off sent Mrs Claus to a reeling.
The cabinets all broken and sink faucet a dripping,
Mrs Clause in a tirade she started to ripping.

“Get out of my way” she proclaimed as she demolished the space,
“These things that are here must all be replaced.”
Finally Santa did get it he got his wives point,

He exclaimed to his reindeer “Let’s get out of this joint”.
He pulled on his coat and hat and his gloves,
To find a remodeler to build for his Love.
The kitchen she dreamed of and wanted the most,
The one that would make her the North Poles best host.
He called to his reindeer by name to each one “Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
Let’s get to the office of Feinmann right quick
A brand new remodel will sure do the trick!
I will never forget the sounds on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I looked up from my desk and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.We all know the story about the man dressed in fur from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
But when he opened the bag that was flung on his back,
You can bet the surprise to see a full set of plans rolled up in that pack.
He described the dream kitchen right down to a tee,
And asked us to build it for the Mrs and he.
He said it is perfect and that he did know,
He was sure she would love it just like she loved snow.
Plans double checked and permits all pulled
Cabinets and fixtures all delivered in full
The project began we went straight to our work
We all kept our focus not a one he did sherk.
Now our job is complete and punch list all done,
The elves and the Big Man are due for some fun.
Mrs Claus will be cooking all her pies and her cakes
NOW, she will happily do whatever it takes!
Now Mrs Claus never leaves her new Feinmann kitchen,
We know we succeeded with the Great North Pole mission.
So if in the future you worry about Santa’s round belly,
Rest assured it will continue to shake like a bowlful of jelly
As we packed up our trucks, to our team we did whistle,
And away we all flew like a nuclear missile.
But we heard HER exclaim, ‘ere we left for the day,
”Happy Christmas to all, and put your dishes away!”

Written By, Tammy Russo, Senior Production Manager and ‘Project Manager of the Year – 2011’ PRISM Award Winner 

Getting What You Pay For

Feinmann Design|Build President and Certified Remodeler, Peter Feinmann recently found himself engaged in  a lively and honest conversation with homeowners about the challenges they faced during a recent remodel.

Earlier this summer, I met a couple at a cookout who recently completed an addition and kitchen remodeling project on their home.  As you can guess, they were happy with the end result but they were also unhappy with the process.  This couple chose an Architect friend who developed the plans and then they hired a local Contractor.  Well, that relationship didn’t work out at they expected.  Even though both parties were earnest to make the project work during the planning phase, they approached the project differently and the client became the referee.  As the project went into construction, the homeowners became increasingly frustrated by the small details that arose that the Architect had not fully developed.  Now, this is not unusual even in a Design|Build Firm such as Feinmann.  But these two companies did not have a previous relationship to interpret how to resolve these details.  And the client was again the referee.  The homeowners confided in me that no one really guided them through the cabinet selection, counter choices, lighting, paint colors and hundreds of other decisions they faced.  They had hoped the Architect would do so and they expected the Contractor to help them out as well.  But we are in the Great Recession and the Contractor bid the project pretty tight.  He wasn’t using employees to save costs so he only used a framer and a finish sub-contractor, who also bid the project really tight. So when these clients wanted to stop and adjust some of the details, everyone wanted to move quickly so they could move on to the next job.

But I wonder if they got what they paid for.  Could they have paid more money for a more professional coordination between the Architect and the Contractor instead of feeling frustrated that elements of their project did not turn out as expected?   There are no real deals in the Design and Remodeling Business as you might find in a retail store.  It is a service business but when people try to treat like it like a commodity business, it’s no wonder why they are so frustrated.

– Peter Feinmann