Episode 8

Bath and Kitchen Fixtures

Published on: 1st January, 2020

Episode 8- Kitchen and Bath Fixtures

Jason Sevinor, President of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, discusses what to look for in bath and kitchen fixtures and how to get professional help.

Episode Recap

  • Why shop at a showroom rather than on the internet or a big box store?
  • What to look for when choosing fixtures
  • Is there really a $10,000 toilet? What is the difference between that and a $400 toilet?
  • Trends in bath fixtures right now
  • Ideas for an environmentally friendly bathroom
  • How to make your bathroom feel like a spa

About this episode’s guest

As the third generation owner of Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Jason Sevinor’s entrepreneurial spirit was inherited from his father, Ralph and grandfather, Bill, whose hard work and dedication grew a small plumbing supplier into the successful specialty kitchen, bath and plumbing supply company it is today. With an emphasis on exceptional customer service, Designer Bath embodies the very best of family-owned business practices and continues to thrive under Jason’s current leadership.

Prior to taking over his father Ralph’s title as President in 2008, Jason worked in various roles throughout the company, including showroom and counter sales, operations and warehouse. 

He attended the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in marketing, human resource management and psychology. Following graduation and prior to joining the family business, he completed a plumbing supplier management-training program in Maryland.

A frequent guest speaker and panelist at design, kitchen/bath and plumbing trade conferences, Jason mentors industry members and advises entrepreneurs on best practices and career development.

Outside of the kitchen and bath world, Jason is an avid runner and donates his time and resources to support the communities of Boston’s North Shore, as well as causes close to him and his family, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the Northshore Medical Center and its annual Cancer Walk. He resides in Beverly with his wife and two young sons.

Visit the Designer Bath website at www.designerbath.com

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Katharine MacPhail

Katharine White MacPhail, Principal at dEmios Architects in Arlington, MA has been
working on residential projects of all sizes in the greater Boston area since 1996. She is
sought after for her ability to turn residential projects around quickly, and for her
competent yet light-hearted approach to architecture. Her specialty is transforming the
older homes so prevalent in Massachusetts, bringing them to the next level without
sacrificing their character. MacPhail shares her knowledge and experience through her
renovation seminars and now her podcast.
MacPhail is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a
Leed Accredited Professional. She received a Master of Architecture from Southern
California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in January of 1996. While at SCI-Arc,
she pursued projects and theory related to the study of the architecture of the
"everyday". Upon completing her MArch, Katharine was an adjunct studio instructor
for the Department of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Katharine also holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College where she fell
in love with classical antiquities and later completed some graduate work in Historic
Preservation at Boston University before pursuing a career in architecture. MacPhail
has been involved with local politics for a number of years, and just finished 13
years of homeschooling her 3 children, plans parties and events for a number of
non-profit groups, serves as the Secretary for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club and
plays with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. She is the manager for the all-girl
Celtic string quintet Scottish Fish.