February 16, 2023

Site Wall and Custom Downspouts 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I’ll show you the completed concrete site wall/steps and how the custom fabricated downspouts are designed to blend seamlessly with the shingle siding.


The site wall is now in play—and it’s doing double duty. First, it’s essentially holding our elevation change from the front yard to the back yard. But this site wall is more than your ordinary concrete wall—it’s been formed in steps. Eventually pavers will be added and the steps will lead all the way up from the lower elevation (backyard and basement level) to approximately the grade for the front yard. There will be a landing at this upper level, then a staircase that ties into the wood deck that surrounds the glass walls going around the side and back of the house.    


Something really cool we’re doing with the gutters and downspouts is making them almost invisible. Around the entire house we have our drainage that collects all of the water from the gutters. Each gutter—hidden up and under either the soffits or drip cap—empties into a custom fabricated downspout. These are aluminum and powder coated to match our Schӧne windows and the color of the shingles. The downspout then goes into a corrugated black pipe which will be at finish grade elevation and hidden by the grass or mulched beds. A cutout cap for the downspout prevents any debris or dirt from falling into the drainage system. The finished look is very sleek—a straight line that blends into the side of the house.       

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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