November 1, 2021

Working in Tight Spaces

Mike Hume fills in for me and he’ll take you to a project in Charlestown. He will guide you through a narrow alley and down into a deep hole… trust me—it’s not as sketchy as it sounds.


Finding space in Charlestown to build is like searching for a parking space in downtown Boston—nearly impossible. However, the homeowner really wanted to add on to the home, and we realized we could remove the deck on the back and repurpose that space. One of the challenges in doing so is gaining access to the area—we have to make our way down a very tight alley—literally about 28 inches wide. Challenging yes, but doable. So we removed the deck and then had to hand excavate for our foundation. And carry everything in and out through the narrow alley.

The concrete guys are ready to form the footings and get the rebar set, pass inspection, and pour. We’re at the end of a dead-end street, we’ve lined up parking permits, and we’ll use a pump to get the concrete all the way from the concrete truck on the street, through two gates, down the alley, and into the backyard.


NS Builders focuses on really listening to our clients—finding out what matters to them in terms of style, function, design—and then we do everything in our power to make that happen. It’s what we call “intentionally crafted”—designing, constructing, and finishing with a clear purpose. And this home addition is no exception.

It’s going to be roughly 9’6” and returning back into the house. We’ll open up the whole back corner, build a new kitchen, a big walk-in pantry, and a built-in dining area. The kitchen addition is a single story; however, this is where it gets really interesting. Once the addition is built, we’ll have to set a staging tower on top of that roof to gain access up to the third floor, where we’re going to put a dormer on the backside. This is going to be a fun project!

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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