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5 Tips on Your Bathroom Remodeling Options: An Interview with Jack McHugh of Jack McHugh Remodeling & General Contracting

By Jack McHugh

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Jack McHugh Remodeling is a full-service, home remodeling company established in 1988. We specialize in residential home remodeling, with an emphasis on kitchens, baths, decks, porches and small additions in communities northwest of Boston. We also have experience in restaurant remodeling and commercial build-outs.

Is there something people can do to help make the design process go smoothly and make sure they end up with a bathroom they'll love?

My advice is to be organized with your material choices, since the process of determining them can be overwhelming. Think of all the small elements you'd like to incorporate, and then visit a bath showroom and a tile showroom to determine which selections best fit within your vision and budget.

What are some of the basic choices a homeowner will need to make when they're remodeling their bathroom?

Basic choices are cabinets and countertops, sinks, faucets and other plumbing fixtures, lighting, and typically tile for the floor and around the tub or shower. Accessories include soap dishes, towel bars and bathroom tissue holders.

What are the some of the most popular bathroom features or styles people are choosing?

Bathroom styles incorporating tile have become more modern, with larger tile sizes. There is also an emphasis on simpler styles with clean lines, utilizing built-in niches for soap and shampoo- although these create an added complication, since they must be watertight. In-floor heating is in great demand as well.

How can people choose colors and materials that also complement the rest of their home?

There has never been a better time for an owner of an older home to create a design that would have been fitting for that earlier time period. This is due to the number of classic designs that are available in plumbing fixtures, tiles and accessories, with all the modern conveniences. For example, you can install an antique-looking toilet with low water consumption.

Do you have any advice for how to make a bathroom stand out while maintaining your remodeling budget?

People are often tempted to put too many elements into their design. I advise homeowners to keep it simple and avoid the temptation of choosing exotic tiles or a special glass. For example, homeowners tend to feel as though they have to add an exciting accent tile that ends up making the project look dated 10 years down the road.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

I'm available by cell phone at 781-953-7123 and e-mail at jack@jackthebuilder.com.

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