Our guest blogger is Feinmann senior architect Barney Maier. This past summer he traveled to Japan.
Whether by intent or coincidence, the modern aesthetic, particularly related to kitchens, increasingly resemble the Japanese aesthetic. As exemplified by so many projects featured in home design magazines, interior design is moving towards a refined, uncluttered, clean and simple elegance that is the hallmark of Japanese design. In the past, I have had an opportunity to incorporate elements of Japanese architecture into projects I have designed. This trip allowed me to experience the “pure” form of the Japanese origins of those features. Those elements include the following: Read more…
Qualified Remodelers Magazine recently announced their annual list of The Top 500 Remodelers in the U.S. Feinmann was one of 13 companies from Massachusetts ranked on the list at #283. The list includes design/build firms like Feinmann as well as window and door companies, roofers, and other companies in the construction industry reporting revenue from their remodeling jobs. Overall the list shows that the remodeling industry is busy servicing customers nationwide.
Feinmann participates in QR’s survey and ranking as well as Remodeling Magazine’s annual list. “Participating help us see how our peers and competitors are running their companies. These competitions help us see how we can better serve our clients and improve their experience,” said Peter Feinmann, founder and President of Feinmann, Inc.
A former client came to us looking to build an in-law suite for his aging parents in his Wellesley home, a split-level built in 1958. More multi-generational families are remodeling their homes to accommodate this national trend. Read more…
A previous client called us to renovate a bath in her Waltham Highlands home. The house has a storied history. Built in 1900, the home was originally part of a farm near the Central Mass Railroad. There is still an old train station nearby. The house is closest to a Victorian Shingle – popular in the United States from 1840 to 1900. Although the goal was to update the bathroom, the homeowner still wanted to keep a period feel in the space. We worked with her to choose components that reflect the period but with all the modern conveniences in today’s homes. Read more…
One way to make a mom happy is to give her an awesome laundry room in which to do the dirty work! We agree that some of the most memorable days end with the dirtiest clothes and that every stain has a story to tell. Since women do more than 15% more laundry than men according to the American Time Use Survey, we think great laundry spaces are worth the investment. With Mother’s Day on Sunday, we wanted to spotlight some of our recent laundry room success stories. Although some are only closets, they make the chore easier to handle.
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.”
Feinmann has earned two 2017 Gold CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards from EM NARI. CotY Awards were presented at EM NARI’s Evening of Excellence event on Wednesday, March 29th at the Clarke Showroom in Milford, MA. This year there were 100 projects submitted for CotY Awards across 19 categories. A panel of eight independent reviewers judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Feinmann was a Gold CotY Award winner for Residential Addition over $200,000, recognized for our Newton project, Splitting the Difference. A 1950s split-level was saved from the wrecking ball with a light-filled, two-story 968 square foot addition including a new kitchen. High ceilings, a zero-clearance fireplace and large windows bring this Mid-Century home into the 21st century. A guest room, playroom with doors to the backyard, full bath and laundry room complete the renovation on the lower level.
Feinmann was also a Gold CotY Award winner for Entire House over $500,000 for our River View project in Concord, to be published this fall in Boston HOME Magazine.
The owners of an 1890s Victorian wanted to update two bathrooms and add laundry on the second floor while maintaining the period ambiance of the house. Additional storage and closet retrofits were another priority. Swapping the original master bath with the family bath enabled Feinmann to reconfigure the second story, moving doorways and closets to satisfy the goals of the project. Adding 15 square feet to the master bath permitted the homeowners to have both the shower and bathtub they desired. Good space planning, luxurious materials, and custom arched replacement windows have reinvigorated the second floor of this grand dame home. Read more…
Join the design/build team at Feinmann for a workshop designed to provide insight, information and inspiration for those planning a home renovation. Discuss the importance of design and view innovative projects while breaking down the myths of renovating your home. You’ll learn what to expect when working with a design/build firm and see examples of projects from start of finish.
Workshop is on a first come, first-serve basis with a 30 person limit. Registration required. In our design studio at Feinmann, 27 Muzzey Street, Lexington, MA on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11 AM to 1 PM.