April 29, 2021

How to Be a Good Neighbor

Nick takes you to our modern loft renovation starting in Cambridge.

We are working in a multifamily building; neighbors live in the units on each side of the space we are working in. This requires us to put forth a little extra effort and time to demonstrate we understand what it means to be a good neighbor.    


INTRODUCE YOURSELF


When NS Builders began this project, we took the time to introduce ourselves not only to the building manager, but all of the residents. We accomplished this by printing out a flyer that we could slide under everyone's door. The flyer let people know who we were, where we would be working, and our contact information. Of course, we are strictly adhering to all COVID precautions and posting required signage. We wanted to make sure that the neighbors understood we are deeply concerned with our team's safety as well as the building's residents.


A friendly introduction—whether in person socially-distanced or a flyer—is just another way we demonstrate our respect for the homeowner, the building management team, and the neighbors.  

 

THINKING ABOUT THE NEIGHBORS


In this renovation, we will give extra attention to the shared walls. We will strip the walls during demo, then reinsulate for sound, putting two layers of board on with an acoustical green glue. The sound core on the first layer has a denser core to absorb a lot of sound. The quieter the space, the less chance of irritating the neighbors.


The roof presented a challenge in air leakage with the heavy timber framing and roof sheeting. We talked about air barrier, but pressurizing the unit didn't make sense as we would run the risk of blowing the material into the neighboring units. Therefore, we came up with another way to address the air leakage and sealing.  


Ultimately, our goal is to provide the highest quality of work while strictly adhering to safety standards for the benefit of everyone involved.  


Ready to impress the neighbors with your own custom build or renovation? Discover the "intentionally crafted" difference of NS Builders; give us a call. We're eager to work with you!


—Nick Schiffer

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