Feinmann, Inc.
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Open & Airy contemporary kitchen

Open & Airy

Our client’s 1950s ranch is typical of many from this post-war genre: humble on the exterior, but possessing great potential and flexibility on the interior. The homeowners asked Feinmann to design a more efficient kosher kitchen and a dining room that would be cozy enough for nightly family dinners while also accommodating up to 14 people for dinner parties. The scope of work also included a new mudroom and small computer desk off the kitchen, as well as a new deck on the rear of the house.
The floor plan of the home was changed dramatically, but no square footage was added. The dynamic solution involved removing an existing wall separating the dining room and kitchen and flipping the two spaces, thus creating an open floor plan. The client’s property had a beautiful backyard and in order to bring this asset into focus in daily life, we created a dramatic arcade of windows running the length of this living room. Each room within the space is loosely defined and open, and the “edge” of each room is defined by the raised tray ceiling above, which provides a sense of enclosure.
The kitchen is truly the heart of this home. Children can do homework at the kitchen bar or dining room table and still interact with the homeowners’ when they’re cooking. Maple cabinets with a honey finish and oak flooring add warmth to the kitchen and dining room. Highlights of blue add a personal touch and appear as accent tiles in the backsplash, iridescent blue flecks in the ‘Blues in the Night’ granite, colorful blue pendants, and light blue cove ceilings.

Photos by John Horner

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bjcarini wrote:
Love the pendants! Where are they from????
   Comment   June 24, 2013
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where are these pendants from?
July 13, 2013 at 8:41am     
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Thanks but we can't understand your question. Sorry.
February 13, 2013 at 12:53pm   
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deborahdg wrote:
What did you use for the backsplash on the island? - I will have outlets and plugs like you do and my lower part is granite and the upper counter is wood and I don't want to use either of those products. Would ceramic or metal tile work? thanks.
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Thanks for your question. Yes, ceramic or metal tile would work. We used white, ceramic subway tiles with a few glass tiles. You could use glass as well - you just want the area to be water tight.
September 4, 2012 at 8:30am   
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megbrook wrote:
What is the wood in the cabinets? Appreciate this information.
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Hi. Thanks for your interest. The cabinets are by Corsi, maple with a champagne finish. The cabinet doors are Amesbury.
July 19, 2012 at 10:53am     
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Dianne Gee wrote:
Can you tell me the countertop material/color?
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Hi. Thanks for your interest. The countertops are a granite called "blues into the night"
July 20, 2012 at 7:10am   
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shoang wrote:
what is the size of the kitchen island?
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10'-6" by 3'-0"
April 19, 2012 at 1:21pm   
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4lynn wrote:
size - What are the dimensions of this super kitchen?
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That is a somewhat more complicated questions that it would seem as there is additional storage tuckked into the mudroom beyond the wall ovens. But the basic dimensions of the kitchen proper are 12'-6" wide by 16'-6" long. the dimensions are wall to wall and wall to end of island. Feel free to contact us if you would like some help designing your own kitchen.
March 19, 2012 at 7:20am     
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tokyokchan wrote:
Beautiful lighting. Can you tell me where the pendants come from?
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They are from Tech Lighting.
January 16, 2012 at 6:42am     
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sshardha wrote:
Depth of raised counter - Could u pl share the height and depth of the raised part of the island? This might meet my needs and I am trying to decide on the depth though
   Comment   March 24, 2014
Dave Geborek wrote:
Can you please tell me what color the wall, sophit and ceiling paint are.
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darrenfeldman wrote:
What is the width if the kitchen, thanks
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