From building and renovating houses to making custom built-ins and power-washing homes, Jack Mitchell has been at the helm of Mitchell Construction for nearly 40 years, putting his imprint on “the face of the town.”
A graduate of Hull High School, Mitchell started the business in 1983 as a cabinetmaker. These days his focus is on what he describes as “high-end work, custom homes.”
He has built and renovated hundreds of homes in Hull and takes significant pride in having had what he claims has been “a big role in changing the face of the town.”
“Most of the houses we do are people from out of town moving into Hull,” he says. Usually, they will either take the house already on the lot and tear it down or else completely renovate it.
Mitchell’s family goes back seven generations, he notes. “We have a lot of history in the town of Hull,” he says. “This is where I grew up.”
With such a long, strong connection with the town, Mitchell knows “the ins and outs of the process,” from Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations to Hull’s zoning requirements, he says.
“The town is very reasonable to work with; they use a lot of common sense,” says Mitchell, who acknowledges that “it’s a tough area to build [in].” The permitting process is “pretty rigorous,” and people from out of town come “not knowing where to begin.”
However, Mitchell believes he can help them gain that understanding. “I’ve been doing this [for] 38 years down here, … [so] it gives people a lot of comfort knowing that there’s someone who knows.”
The business has several renovations currently underway, from a few big houses on Beach Avenue to Allerton Hill and Vernon Avenue.
For Mitchell, his work is more than just a job. “It’s a passion,” he explains. “I’m very passionate about the business, and I take a lot of pride in what we do.”
He is also proud of the reputation he has established over the years. “It’s very high- quality work [with] attention to detail,” he says.
Mitchell’s children have begun to get involved in what is emerging as a family business, with his daughter working on interior design and his son heading South Shore Power Washing, a division of Mitchell Construction.
“We do a lot of residential work,” Billy Mitchell says of the power washing business, but also commercial work such as storefronts and restaurant patios.
“We do a lot of people’s homes. … People are always really happy at the finished home,” he says, because the washing “makes it look like new again.”
That cleaning service is especially popular on beachfront houses, according to the younger Mitchell, who reports, “We do a lot of stuff on Beach Ave. where the storms really take a toll on them.”