March 30, 2023

Plaster Details at the Back Bay Brownstone Renovation 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I catch up with Tim, the site supervisor on our Back Bay brownstone renovation. It feels like we’ve been framing for an eternity—mechanicals and electrical were super complicated. But now we’ve reached the point of plastering and laying the foundation for final finishes.


We used Multivista to capture a customized 3D scan of the entire space. Some might view scanning as a luxury; we find it to be worth every penny. It’s awesome to pull up actual dimensions right on the Multivista app. For example, Tim explained they found a random wire coming out of a wall—so they used the scan to identify what it was for and only had to pull down one piece of blue board in the basement to free up the wire. A simple, clean, quick resolution using accurate dimensions. We will be implementing Multivista laser 3D scans on all of our future projects. 


Blueboard and plastering are integral to the NS Builders signature flat wall finish—and we’re taking it to the next level in this project. Traditionally, we use blueboard—gypsum board—and then start with a scratch coat over the seams and screwheads. Then we use a 14-inch trowel over the entire surface. It gets you a really flat result. But this time we’re working with Trowel Inc. and they’re employing a straight edge, true-to-coat process—they are using long pieces of aluminum to true up an entire wall. The kitchen and living room walls and ceilings catch the light in such a way that we need to execute the highest level of finish possible. The ceiling lights are trimless and set with a 1/8-inch mud ring before the scratch coat. Everything is set with a laser, control points established, and perimeter lines snapped. 

Going the extra mile in meticulous plastering on this project provides a superior flat finish.   

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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