April 12, 2021

Taking It One Step at a Time

Full-gut renovation of a brownstone in Back Bay Boston.

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I take you to a renovation project of a 100-year-old brownstone in Back Bay Boston. This project is a classic example of what we do best—intentionally crafted designs that start from day one. Without meticulously preplanning each step of this project, it would have been impossible to achieve the stairs and glass wall's incredible detail.


These stairs are epic! The treads appear to be floating on the back edge. And what really takes them to the next level is the glass—each channel from one floor to the next is perfectly distanced from the walls so that the channels line up. When the glass is slid into place and “buried” in the wall, the end result is game-changing. It took an immense amount of planning before we got started; when you’re dealing with one big sheet of glass, there’s no room for error. I’m really proud of the team for knocking this one out of the park!  


Sometimes the tiniest detail can leave the biggest impression. In this site visit, I pointed out a glaring imperfection—the makeup air grill is approximately 24 inches wide and the access panel for the exhaust fan above is 23 ½ inches wide. This is probably going to get hidden behind furniture, but the moment you notice that those two edges do not line up perfectly… well, you’ll never forget it. And it will start to gnaw at you. And irritate you every time you see it. So, the team is going to replace it with one that is exactly 24 inches wide.

We can’t live with less than perfect, and we’d never expect our customers to do so.  

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally craft for you! Contact us today to get started on your dream renovation project.

—Nick Schiffer


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