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According to remodeler Peter Feinmann, this 1896 Victorian had a number of changes made to the structure over the years, including “a hideous modern renovation in the '60s” that included “industrial-type windows, poorly built porches, and faux-Swiss stucco.” The judges commended this remodel for doing “a great job of cleaning up what had become an ugly duckling from previous work.”  

Feinmann Inc. was given the task of restoring the facade to its “exact original condition.” A tall order considering photos were rare and the blueprints didn't exist. But the firm was lucky enough to have a set of hand-drawn architectural drawings to work from.

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The judges recognized the difficulty the designers faced. Said one, “The stucco, battens, windows, and bays no doubt were a chore to remove and replace with period details. And without photos or drawings? The finished results are very appealing.”  

Designer Barney Maier simplified construction elements in order to fit the budget and paid close attention to details to make it all work: brackets and panels, shingle work, moldings to create “ribbon boards” at the different floor levels, and molding details to match the original look of the house. “The desire to preserve the past grants credit to both the contractor and the homeowner,” noted the judges.


Old-house renovation, over $300,000


Newton, Mass.


Peter Feinmann, Feinmann Inc., Arlington, Mass.


Barney Maier, Feinmann Inc.

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