April 21, 2022

Julia Designed It and We’ll Build It 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I take you on a progress tour of our Rhode Island passive home and introduce you to the architect and homeowner, Julia Nugent. We talked about some of the amazing details coming together to make the home she dreamed of a reality.


When your home has a view of a beautiful river, the bigger the windows the better! And in this home, whether Julia’s sitting at the dining room table or relaxing on the couch in the living room or working in the kitchen, her view of the river will be virtually unobstructed. That’s because we’re putting in a mitered glass corner window in the living room followed by two large glass panels that open up—it’s a multi-slide door that slides back to pocket into the wall adjacent to the kitchen.   


Of course, Julia’s not going to be content with her view of the river from the inside only—she’s designed a gorgeous exterior wrap-around porch and deck. In addition, the breezeway will get a rubber roof as well as decking and continue all the way around the back of the house. This will allow easy access to the rear deck from the front yard.

There’s a ton of details that had to be figured out in order for us to have the framing thermally broken from the rest of the house and mitigate rot and things like that. Julia walked us through a mockup showing how the deck will attach to the house and all that’s involved—you’ll want to check out the YouTube video. 

There will be a 6-inch step down from the door to the deck—and that’s a really important detail for homes in the Northeast. Wind-driven snow, sleet, and ice are going to pose a threat—even with a 4-foot overhang above. Having a flush transition into the home just isn’t practical in this exposed riverfront location.  

Julia explained that the roof with the overhang is designed for uplift—the uplift load is greater than the gravity load of the roof. All the steel and LVLs up there are about the wind and are bolted down to the foundation to make sure that roof isn’t going anywhere. 

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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