June 23, 2022

Architectural Details That Elevate This Home 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I take you back to our Rhode Island project to check on progress. And I’ll point out some design details that go a long way in elevating this home in terms of style and craftsmanship. This is a unique project and collaboration for us—the homeowner is also the architect!


We’re using Z girts to securely hold two layers of ROCKWOOL exterior insulation and sheathing in place. On the walls, we have smaller Z girt pieces spaced out according to need. But for the roof, we’re actually using long, continuous pieces—due to the roof load and the uplift potential with the storms and hurricane-level winds we get here in New England.

We have a surface mount skylight ready to go in. And we’ve had multiple conversations with the Tesla quality assurance rep to make sure we don’t need to install a special curb. He gave us the go-ahead and said flashing shouldn’t be an issue. Once again, reaching out to vendors and asking these questions ahead of time can save you a world of trouble later on.  


We’ve got a really fantastic detail happening with the cedar shingles on the exterior of the house. The plywood is going to come right up to the window extension jamb, will get taped, and then the cedar shingles will run right into the window jamb. It’s similar to how inside the house the walls will tie right into the window jambs—creating a continuous surface to the glass. It’s details like this that make a home really stand out. And as we make more progress on this project, we’re getting a glimpse into the mind of the architect and how attention to detail in the smallest of decisions can make a huge impact.  

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build 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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