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The Ins and Outs of Your Bathroom Remodel: An Interview with John Flaherty of Shamrock Remodeling

By Jon Flaherty

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

Shamrock Remodeling is a privately-owned company that can handle all projects from frame to finish. With twenty-five years of experience, we pride ourselves on walking a customer through the entire process and bringing the project to completion in a timely manner. Custom work and innovative design planning is our specialty.

When people want to remodel their bathroom, where should they start?

When remodeling a bathroom there are a few elements that need to be considered at the outset of the project?the size and proportion of the room, a wish list vs. a needs list, and a budget.

What are some of the most important decisions homeowners will need to make during the bathroom design process?

When re-designing a bathroom don't be restricted by the original footprint of the space. Look for potential expansion on the other side of existing walls. Also, consider the age of the homeowner, the how long they will reside in the home, and if an aging parent may become a resident in the future. These aspects may require accommodations not previously considered. Lastly, keep in mind the possible resale of the property. You don't want to out-build the original style of the home or of the area and neighborhood.

How is the budget typically set? What are some ways to help stay within budget?

A starting-point budget can typically be set by creating a wish list. An effective method of staying within that budget would be to carefully select the main component materials of the remodel. The variety of choices and price levels allows for wide range of expenses. A homeowner could also consider a custom built-in to give the bathroom a specific look.

Is there anything that a homeowner should know about working with a contractor during the remodel that they might not know?

When working with a contractor it is beneficial to have either a preliminary design plan or budget so that the builder will have a starting point to work from. This can prevent confusion, and wasted time. The bathroom represents vital activity within the home so you don't want it to take any longer than necessary. Plumbing fixtures, vanity, built-ins, linen storage, tile, and paint color are all choices that need to be decided on in a timely fashion. If a special order is necessary, or any item is overlooked, the project could be delayed.

What is one of the most challenging parts of the remodel for a homeowner and do you have any advice about that?

The most challenging part of any remodel for the homeowner is the inconvenience and disruption that is created by the work. In my experience, it is always helpful to pack items away that won't be needed, set up a temporary space that can make getting ready easier, and, if possible, provide a work space for the contractor to keep supplies and equipment. This could cut down on the cost and clutter.

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

Shamrock Remodeling can be contacted by calling Jon Flaherty @ 603-234-5842, or referring to the website www.shamrockremodeling.net

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