February 24, 2022

A Tour of the Ultimate Rooftop Deck

I take you on a tour of the nearly completed rooftop deck at our Comm Ave Back Bay project. And show you how we plan to literally melt the snow away from the door.


In previous Site Visit episodes, I shared the details of the pavers, the super cool walkable skylight, and the privacy wall. Today I want to call attention to the amount of pre planning that went into designing this rooftop patio. We invest hours in thinking about the style, function, and design way before we start constructing. For example, the copper headhouse has a threshold all the way around—basically a stop termination bar—and we needed to make sure that this patio came and tucked right underneath that.

As you step out the door to the patio, there is a step down onto the pavers a few inches below the door. And beneath the pavers are heat cables. These will heat up to melt the snow that falls into the depression. The goal is to combat accumulating snow (and in Boston, it can snow HARD), so the best way to combat it is to melt it right away. Never give it a chance to pile up. The heat cables are a snow melt system that detects snow and then kicks on. It will keep the pavers just warm enough—above freezing—to keep the snow from building up against the door.      

This dream patio will serve as an outdoor living room—perfect for entertaining guests with the impressive backdrop of the Boston skyline. We are installing an outdoor TV, fire pit, a custom stainless steel kitchen and grill, and furniture to complete the patio.      


The privacy wall is hiding the AC condensers for the building, but there needs to be an easy way to access them for servicing. We came up with a removable panel. The space is tight, but both sides of the units can be accessed. And we have a railing that provides fall protection, keeping anyone safe who has to work on the units. Once the panel is closed, you’ll never know what’s behind the privacy wall of this stellar rooftop sanctuary.

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally craft for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen.

—Nick Schiffer


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