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…

Feinmann Wins Two Gold CotY Awards from EM NARI

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.

Project in Progress: Concord Deck House Renovation

Feinmann concord deck house kitchen scouting shotThe owners of a Deck house in Concord sought Feinmann’s design/build expertise to renovate the existing kitchen with more storage and updated appliances, and to improve the connection between the kitchen and dining room. Additional work included replacing the leaking roof, renovating the master bath, a new design for the fireplace/pellet stove, and creating a homework area within the great room.

The clients liked the open floor plan of their Deck house but sought to update and unify the design. One element was to add hardwood flooring to match existing hardwood floors throughout. Another solution included removing the back stairs to the basement from the dining room and creating an opening in the wall between the dining room and kitchen. The “interior” window serves as a pass-through and resembles the windows in the kitchen and dining room in size and shape. 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…

The Much Maligned Ranch House


Ranch houses are disappearing at a rapid clip these days.  In Lexington, those forlorn hold-outs seem to be awaiting their inevitable demise – replaced by chock-full-of –space, multi-storied homes.  It seems somewhat ironic that as the baby-boomer generation looks to retirement and “aging-in-place” life styles are becoming popular and desirable (as an alternative to assisted care settings), the building type that so well suits this population, the ranch house with its open plan, typical one-level living space and modest footprint is departing the scene in neighborhoods such as ours.


Ranch House kitchen remodel in Newton by Feinmann Design|Build  
















We’ve renovated a number of such homes, and it was instructive to find how readily they lent themselves to “updating” and how compatible they were with modern living.  The projects illustrated here required no structural changes or major dislocations to walls or spaces to achieve a compelling contemporary living environment.  Their concept of free-flowing spaces are inherently more in line with what today’s homeowners are seeking than are the more formal spaces of the traditional colonial house, so common and so sought after.  Those homes typically require more heroic efforts (structurally) to create the same desired flowing connected spaces.


Ranch House renovation by Feinmann Design|Build

So, as you pass by one of those hold-outs, don’t be too quick to dismiss them as irrelevant relics of a bygone era.