October 1, 2017

Making It Safe

I check on the progress of a renovation project in Cambridge—with a special guest—my mini-me, Reed. While he may lack the experience (and height) of the rest of the guys on-site, he clearly has the makings to be a future construction superintendent.


It’s time for the subfloor to get installed. We’re using a thick Stego Wrap to provide a vapor barrier. The existing slab had some cracks in it, and we discovered an issue with radon coming up through it, so we are addressing that problem. Part of the process involves laying down the Stego mat. It runs from wall to wall, is taped at every seam and joint, and will encapsulate the entire slab from front to back. Although the homeowner may never see the subfloor, a tremendous amount of work is spent properly installing it and providing for a safe environment.  


It’s never fun to have a conversation with a homeowner in which you dump bad news on them like: “Hey, your entire second floor is essentially being held up by drywall screws.” And basically, that is what I had to say to the homeowner—the loft didn’t measure up from a structural standpoint (we had a survey done by an engineer on-site). Unfortunately, the studs were not designed to be load-bearing. So, there’s only one thing to do: Find a creative solution to fix the problem and bring the existing structure, as well as new elements, up to a higher level of quality craftsmanship and safety standards. Because your home should be not only beautifully designed but safely built.  

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally craft 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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