We prefer to be involved as early as possible. We find it beneficial to the client and design team to act as a construction consultant during this process. We offer feedback on feasibility and how certain things affect the budget.
Same goes for new buyers, we’re happy to offer similar consulting on potential purchases.
Throughout the project, we work with the design team to make sure no detail goes overlooked. We accomplish this by pursuing excellence in our team members and pushing them to focus on their strengths.
We often find our time spent sweating the petty things but find ourselves thankful we did in the end.
Our warranty program is specifically designed to protect your investment.
Additionally, we would love for you to be part of our extended family and consider joining our continued concierge program. Additional Information coming
Nick Schiffer, Owner and Founder
I’m not sure if I remember it, or if the stories I’ve heard allow me to believe that I do. I was little, maybe two, and I was walking around the hardware store with my grandma. I kept asking her to buy me a “do-da.” After countless times asking, I finally showed her what I was talking about, and it was a screwdriver. I just wanted to play with tools. I bought small toolbox and filled it with all sorts of hard tools. I got to play with them every time I visited my grandma. When I say ‘play,’ I mean hammering nails into the wood flooring in the corner of her kitchen.
“Everyone knew I would be a carpenter or doing something with the woodworking trade.”
When I was younger, I used to make my parents drive through new housing developments to see the construction worker’s progress. I also woke up early on weekends and watched the home improvement and woodworking shows. I even stalked every contractor that showed up at our house. It got to the point that I would do my best to wear the same clothes as them…I just wanted to fit in!
Through the years, my father taught me how to use different tools and invited me to work at his business, Canton Fence Co. Immediately, I took a liking to Al Costa, an older gentleman that taught me everything he knew. When I was old enough, he let me drive his truck home if I needed a ride. He later passed away, but I will never forget the things I learned from him.
When I was 15 years old, I sold my first job. It was a 10×12 storage shed that sold to my art teacher. I called the lumber yard and gave them a material list to have delivered to my first real job site. My mother dropped me off in her Caravan with all my tools and told me that she would be back around dusk to pick me up. I sat there for four hours waiting for the truck to show up. When it did, I was so excited to sign the slip, despite the gentlemen who did not believe it was for me. For 2-weeks, I built that shed and hand nailed every piece of lumber. At the time, the only power tool I owned was a jig-saw and cordless drill.
I insisted on going to a technical high school. I enrolled at Southeastern Regional Vocation Technical High School and focused in House Carpentry. I quickly excelled in the trade. I was often head of the group, but I respected my peers and we would work as team. Later, I went off to college at Fitchburg State University. There, I received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Throughout school, I always kept my tool belt behind the seat of my truck and my hands ready to work.
“I took on any project I could and wanted to make sure everyone knew I was a carpenter.”
When I graduated college, I returned to work for my father and continued doing my own projects on nights and weekends. A month later, I was contacted by a large firm to work in multifamily construction, where I would go off to be a project manager that built high-rises. I remember my first interview and had never been to the city. Since I overestimated my travel time, I showed up over an hour early. I sat down with the gentleman interviewing me and he instantly made a comment about my calloused hands. I was embarrassed and apologized, but he explained that he was tired of seeing kids my age graduate school with no sort of experience. He knew with hands like these that I wasn’t like the others.
With 11 years working for my father, 3 years working in multi-family high-rise construction and 9 years picking up my own projects, I decided it was only right to focus on what made me happy. I left the big city behind and started my business, with a focus in residential remodeling, building and custom millwork.
“I strive to provide my clients with the best quality at a fair price.”
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We used Nick to install all new windows throughout the entire house. He was very professional from beginning to end. He walked us through every step of the process and made us feel very comfortable. He did a great job installing the windows and new trim, it looks amazing. Really made a difference in the look of our house. We would highly recommend NS Builders!
Brittany – Norton, Mass
Nick is a professor and an artist in the business. He has the skills of a master carpenter but the mind of an engineer allowing him to do the difficult jobs and manage the even more difficult jobs. Very impressed with his work – communication – responsibility and a true professional.
Anthony – Boston, Mass
I have used NS Builders twice and I would highly recommend using their services. My first experience was for a residential kitchen remodel and the second was for a commercial office build out. In both cases, the finished product was much better than I could have imagined and the pricing was pretty reasonable.
William – Dedham, Mass
We hired Nick for an entire interior renovation and a complete deck renovation at our house. His
attention to detail, communication and project management skill set truly set him apart from the
competition. Communication and project management is something that cannot be overlooked when
considering hiring in this field, and we cannot thank Nick enough for making this a fantastic experience.
Steve – Scituate, Mass
My husband and I recently bought a home that was built in 1890, and we wanted to put in some tasteful updates. Nick exceeded our expectations and took the time to do an absolutely perfect job. It’s refreshing to work with someone who truly loves their craft and takes the extra time to get the job done right. We look forward to all of our home’s future projects with NS Builders.
Caileen – Dover, Mass
I’ve never been as pleased working with a builder as I was with Nick. Nick worked tirelessly on my home as though it were his own and made sure every task was done right. He also provided top-notch
subcontractors and demonstrated that he only works with the best. Most importantly, Nick’s passion for what he does is immediately evident. He doesn’t just do this for a living – he does it, because he loves it.
Dave – Brookline, Mass
I had the pleasure of working with Nick at NS Builders for my client’s kitchen project in Boston. He has an amazing design sense and attention to detail, which added a lot to this project. I could not be happier with the end result of the project. His whole team was very easy to work with.
Amy [A Design] – Boston, Mass
NS Builders did a great job. Excellent finished product. The bonus was it was completed on time and on budget. Nick was great to work with and very responsive.
Ross – Boston, Mass
NS Builders is the best! We’ve worked with them on multiple client projects and they’re always super professional and accommodating. Plus their work is A+. Can’t recommend these guys highly enough.
Lindsey [Erin Gates Design] – Newton, Mass
I hired NS Builders to renovate two existing bathrooms in a 1960s deck-house. Nick was able to bring his design skills to the project and solve the challenge of barrier-free/ aging-friendly bathrooms without sacrificing the elegance of a clean modern solution all while working in a very challenging existing structure. As always his crew was respectful of the residents, totally professional and delivered on time.
Jenny – Boston & Lincoln, Mass
I’m an architect in Boston and had the pleasure of working with Nick Schiffer and his team on a recent renovation in Boston. Nick is young, energetic, dedicated to craftsmanship. We had a very collaborative relationship on this project and his creativity really came through. I would highly recommend Nick!
Mary McKee [Mary McKee Design] – Newton, MA
Our goal was to update the functionality and appearance of our existing living space. We believe our
project goals were met and, in some cases, exceeded. He is a master carpenter, and it shows in the
installation of the cabinets, wallboard and windows. Overall, we were very pleased with the quality,
timeliness and budgetary performance of Nick’s work, and we would recommend him as a contractor.
Judy – Wellesley, Mass
My clients asked me to recommend a few contractors for estimates for their kitchen remodel. One of
my recommendations was NS Builders. Nick came in with a competitive price and a great attitude. It was a pleasure to work with Nick Schiffer and his team. He was able to take our vision and designs and make them a reality.
Anna (Anna O Design)
Couldn’t have hoped for a better experience and outcome. NS Builders is a 10. I especially appreciate the effort Nick and his crew put forth on elements that might be gray areas in terms of their responsibility. Tilts very much to “the buck stops here”. Professionalism, attention to detail, project management, quality of the work, attitude.
Jules – Charlestown, Mass
Nick and his team are very honest and hard-working people. In this day and age, they possess important qualities that other general contractors lack, which made a world of difference. I would highly recommend them for future projects.
Andrew – Boston, Mass