April 27, 2023

Quincy Cottage Renovation—New Windows, Roof and Upgraded Electrical Service

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I take you back to our Quincy Cottage Renovation (aka Doug’s house) and share some details of how we are modernizing this early 1900s cottage.


A long rectangular window is going to be installed in the kitchen—and in a unique place. The window is going to serve as a backsplash—it will fit between the upper cabinets and the countertop—and allow more natural light to flow into the kitchen. This “backsplash” window element is going to be a real conversation piece! 

When you’re inside the home, you may notice the windows are slightly lower than what would be considered standard height—but this is intentional. Why? Because when you are standing outside looking at the home, the scale makes perfect sense and is more appealing. If we had lifted the windows up a bit, it would look a little awkward to anyone passing by. The windows being slightly lower give the inside an even more cozy, cottage feel.      


Even though this is an old home, the board sheathing on the roof was fastened really well. We made a few patches, but otherwise the sheathing was in good shape. To provide a waterproof layer to the roof, we installed GRACE ICE & WATER SHIELD—a high quality roof underlayment to ensure Doug and his family will stay safe and dry. New asphalt shingles and three skylights on the front side of the home are truly modernizing this cottage.   

We seized the opportunity to not only replace the current electrical service, but upgrade it from 100 amp service to 200 amps. Appliances and heat pumps are going to require a bigger service. It’s a small upcharge to make the upgrade and well worth it. 

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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