August 20, 2021

Tight-Fitting Countertops and Exposed Rivets

I take you back to Beacon Hill as we check out the kitchen transformation with the installation of new countertops and how exposed rivets can really add an aesthetic pop! Let’s jump right in.


Sometimes you need an extra set of hands to get a countertop into place. And sometimes you need a crane.

A shout-out to C.J. Shaughnessy, who stepped up to help us hoist the countertops up and through the window, as well as Metropolitan, which fabricated and installed the countertops for us. Hoisting custom pieces up multiple stories and delicately fitting each piece in through a window opening is no easy task. It was a huge win for us this week once the countertops were delivered and installed with no mishaps.

One aspect of the countertops that is super impressive is where the island countertop meets the vertical beam. Rather than taking the easy route and just cutting straight across, the fabricators meticulously followed the really tight template we provided them of the cutout around the beam. They nailed it, and the countertop literally slid right into place around the beam and even the rivets. Fantastic job!  


Originally this steel beam and copper was going to get hidden behind an encasement of plaster, but we ditched that plan once we realized it was such an unusual and distinctive feature—literally begging to be left alone. Our faux painter will transform it to mimic an aged black steel, which will stand out from the white countertop and cabinets. Leaving all the rivets exposed creates a texture that works beautifully with the custom cabinets. I love how the beam creates an impression of intentional design—a break in the cabinets to accommodate the washer/dryer combo unit. When you design and construct with a clear purpose in mind, the end result will inevitably be exceptional craftsmanship.

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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