April 20, 2023

Grilles and Access Panels in the Back Bay 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I’m taking you back to our Back Bay brownstone renovation. I’ll show you the bar grilles we’re using in the ceiling and how access panels can be done, allowing them to essentially hide in plain sight.


We’re using Architectural Grille products—state-of-the-art technologies meets old world craftsmanship. It’s a powder coated aluminum bar grille that allows us to achieve a really flush and seamless ceiling. And looking up into the duct, you’ll see a classic example of how NS Builders goes the extra—very intentional—mile: We’ve painted the inside of the duct black. No more reflective duct glare.  


Access panels are needed in a home, but you don’t necessarily want to see them—especially if they are sheet metal and stick out from the wall. That’s why most people try to hide them in closets. But the access panels we’re using on this project are pretty cool—the unit is designed to sit flat with the wall plane. It blends into the blueboard surrounding the panel with only a narrow reveal. The front of the panel is not blueboard, but it can be primed in preparation for plaster or just get joint compounded in its final condition. To open the panel, simply push on it and the springs release it, allowing the door to hold open with a carabiner. If you need to remove the panel, just release the carabiner and the panel pops out. I love that these panels don’t sit on top of the wall or ceiling—they actually blend in, hidden in plain sight. 

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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