June 10, 2021

Updating the Plumbing in Cambridge

I take you back to our Cambridge project. Imagine the stories this building could tell! Originally an old elevator factory, it has been transformed into stunning two-story lofts.

The building is a multi-family property, we had to carefully evaluate any work to be performed that would impact something structural—like cutting a portion of a concrete slab. When we renovate any building—particularly historic, multi-unit buildings—we communicate with everyone involved, from the homeowner to the building manager to the neighbors. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality of work, exceed all safety and health standards, and be a good neighbor.  


We needed to remove some of the 6-inch concrete slab to get to the plumbing. But before the first cut was made, we coordinated with the building manager and our plumber. Structural demo can seriously impact a building. So we took the necessary time to evaluate and properly plan our approach. Ultimately, we decided it made more sense to cut out one big section versus many little sections. The concrete was jackhammered out and removed. This gave us the space needed to work much more easily and efficiently.


We needed to remove the old plumbing in this section and incorporate a new design to allow for all the connections required. The trench was excavated, new plumbing installed, and it’s time for inspection. All connections have been made from the existing plumbing to the new. Next, we will backfill with a layer of sand and then drill into the existing concrete slab and place rebar to connect it to the new concrete once poured. Once the air barrier and subfloor are installed, it will be like the section of concrete removed never happened.

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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