October 20, 2022

Intentional Plumbing Details That Rock

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I head over to the Back Bay and check out some awesome plumbing details that take this brownstone renovation to the next level. And I’ll share a pro tip that will save you frustration and money.


I’m really impressed by the plumbing work being done on this project—the attention to detail is exceptional. For example, stubbing out water lines with copper instead of PEX. I’m not saying copper is better than PEX in this application, but my personal preference is to have a stiff piece of copper coming out for a water line connection versus the PEX. Copper just feels more solid, especially once it’s blocked. 

Another thing that drives me crazy is when there is no consideration for the height of water lines and how it will affect our finish details. But, in this project, I’m relieved to see that the water line to the floor-mounted toilet was intentionally placed 8 inches off the floor so that it falls above the baseboard—no need to cut into the baseboard. Why call attention to a water line coming out of the wall for no reason? This is a great example of intentional design and looks way better.    


One thing I’ve learned over the years in commercial and residential applications is that prevention is worth its weight in gold. Here’s a perfect example and pro tip you need to try.

When installing new mechanicals, ductwork, etc., take the time to cover up any flat surfaces or openings with a protective covering to keep the dust out. You’ve seen it on appliances or vents—usually a blue tinted self-adhesive film. It provides excellent protection as a temporary cover to prevent dust or debris from entering duct systems. It’s tear resistant, easy to apply and reposition, and leaves no residue. Trust me—it’s much less expensive and time-consuming to cover ducts with this product versus allowing dust to enter the system and having to get it cleaned out. 

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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