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Make your home cozy for winter

Posted 27 September 2017 by Team Hudson

Windy weather, swirling leaves and the pattering of rain on exterior windows — when fall arrives in Whatcom County, it brings with it a constant urge to curl up in front of the fire or soak in a warm bath.

If cooler weather and the approach of the holidays have you brainstorming ways to make your home cozier, peruse this list of home-remodeling projects; you may find on it the perfect little warm winter hideaway.

Create a home theater room: Do you have an unused room in your house? Unfinished basement? Consider remodeling that space to add a comfy space for watching movies and sports. 

Upgrade the bathroom: One way to combat the colder weather of winter is with the warmth of a spa-like bathroom. Consider a non-jetted soaking tub so that there’s no noise to wreck the mood or maintenance to wreck your wallet.

Install a new fireplace: It can be hard to curl up in front of the fireplace when you don’t have one. Modern technology offers numerous options for fireplaces, from gas inserts to pellet stoves to electrical fireplaces that don’t even require external venting. 

You pick the fireplace and Hudson Remodeling will design and install a fabulous mantle that will match your home’s character.

Create a reading nook: Whatcom County’s older homes are well-known for their myriad quirky spaces perfect for the creation of cozy reading nooks. With a little imagination, newer homes, too, offer many such spaces: an unused corner of the living room, next to the front-entrance pony wall, under the window of the master bedroom.

Build a window seat: Speaking of reading nooks — window seats can be fun, functional ways to transform the look and feel of a room. Simply take a plain window and flank it with built-in bookshelves or closets to create a cozy space you’ll never want to leave. Lounge there with a good book, hot cup of coffee and the view of your side yard or surrounding neighborhood, and you’ll never want to leave.

Upgrade your windows: While you’re at it, you might want to consider installing better windows. 

Those old wooden or aluminum windows aren’t keeping the cold out as well as they should. New, energy efficient and beautiful windows can help ensure your home stays comfy and cozy all winter long.

If you’re looking for a Bellingham or Whatcom County remodeler to help improve your home’s coziness potential this winter, give Hudson Remodeling a call. We have the experience and expertise to ensure your job is done to the highest standards.

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Change your home’s personality with new flooring

Posted 23 August 2017 by Team Hudson

Is your home’s interior looking a little tired these days? Looking for a project to breathe life into your home, but you’re just not sure what?

One effective way of giving your home a makeover is to redo the flooring.

Plus, new flooring means hiding the carpet wine stains from Christmas 2004 and the path worn through the kitchen by Sadie and her clackety claws.

But what to choose? From carpet to cork, from bamboo to berber… the myriad possibilities can seem overwhelming. Here are a few flooring options that have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity lately for Bellingham and Whatcom County home remodels.

Vinyl flooring: Luxury vinyl plank flooring is pretty hot right now. (Note the “luxury” in the name; there are cheaper options that don’t look nearly as good.) LVP can be made to resemble pretty much anything you can think of, from weathered, reclaimed wood to Brazilian Oak to slate tile and more.

Linoleum: Like vinyl flooring, linoleum is experiencing a resurgence. Made largely from linseed oil, linoleum is popular among people looking for renewable, eco-friendly options. In fact, linoleum is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options available. And because it’s manufactured, you can get it in just about every color, pattern and texture you can think of.

Cork: Cork flooring is environmentally friendly, comfortable to walk on, durable and cost-effective. Like wood, it can be stained in pretty much any color imaginable, so it’s a versatile option for homeowners who like thinking outside the box.

Bamboo: Made from the familiar fast-growing grass, bamboo flooring can be as hard and durable as any hardwood. Lately, we’ve been seeing an explosion of colors and styles, making this renewable flooring all the more attractive. Bamboo often resembles hardwoods in look, too, though its interesting grain patterns offer something unique.

Concrete: As an interior flooring material, concrete is another surface that has come a long way in recent years. It can be textured, colored, stamped, stained and polished until it shines like a mirror. Whatever your style, concrete can probably match it.

Reclaimed wood: People are using old barn siding or other reclaimed wood as flooring with gorgeous results. It can be harder to find than more traditional flooring options, but it’s stunning and already proven to stand up to wear and tear. As an alternative, there are some tiles that do an impressive job of emulating the look and feel of reclaimed wood. An excellent choice for a floor or even a quirky backsplash in a modern kitchen.

Engineered hardwood: If you want the traditional look of hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood is a great way to go. It layers an actual slice of hardwood — usually oak, hickory or cherry, but other options also are available — over high-quality plywood, and it actually stands up to moisture better than solid hardwood, because it’s less prone to warping.

If you’re looking for a fun, effective way of rejuvenating or remodeling your home’s style, flooring is a great way to go. Contact us at Hudson Remodeling to chat about flooring trends in Whatcom and Skagit counties and how we can help upgrade your style.

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A few home remodeling projects can make it easy to age in place

Posted 28 June 2017 by Team Hudson

Independence.

As we age, the word takes on a different meaning. At the approach of our sunset years, we begin to think of things that could prolong — or stand in the way of — our ability to be independent.

Independence is always top of mind at Hudson Remodeling. Our craftsmen have years of experience in Whatcom County remodeling homes to improve flow and reduce barriers so that individuals and couples can confidently grow older in the homes they love.

Here are a few tips we’ve picked up over the years that can help maintain independence at home while aging in place.

Consider a step-in shower: Hudson Remodeling recently completed a remodel in which we swapped out a small, high-sided bathtub for a roomy walk-in shower complete with grab bars. The previous tub was a constant trip hazard, and the new shower is incredibly easy to get in and out of. It occupies the same footprint as the bathtub, too, so the replacement job was simple. For those who want to age in place, a bathroom remodel like this is one of the best choices to make. And for those who like an occasional soak, Best Bath also makes a tub with a door that swings open to allow safe, step-free access.

Add grab bars to existing bathroom features: Even those who love their current bathroom setup can benefit from a sturdy grab bar or two. Great for their help in preventing falls, grab bars can be installed for shower stability and to help anyone safely maneuver around the bathroom.

Widen doorways and other paths to reduce tripping hazards: Narrow doorways, hallways and galley kitchens can present access challenges — or be plain impossible to navigate with a walker or other mobility device. Knocking out a wall or two to provide more space — or even widening doorways where possible — can improve the feel of a home in addition to ensuring access.

Reduce trips up and down the stairs: Often, this means an interior remodel. If the master bedroom is on the second floor, for example, the homeowner could make many trips up and down the stairs every day. Adding on or remodeling a ground-floor space into a master suite puts an end to frequent navigation of stairs. It is another critical change to a home in the interest of aging in place.

Add a step-free exterior entrance: In the Pacific Northwest, it’s common to see homes with porches and/or decks at both the front and back doors. They look great, but they can be quite a nuisance to people wary of falls. Independently (or as part of a ground-floor master suite remodel), Hudson has ideas for ways to install stair-free access to a home from the outdoors.

The experts at Hudson Remodeling are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists and can be a go-to source for Bellingham and Whatcom County homeowners who would like to create a space that is accessible for all ages and all abilities.

 

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5 features that improve bath safety at home

Posted 27 July 2016 by Team Hudson

Bathroom remodeling, walk-in shower

AFTER: Best Bath walk-in shower installed.

Are your parents safe and comfortable in their home? Are you nervous about tripping hazards that may be present? Did you know that more than half of all falls occur in the home, according to the National Institutes of Health?

With their many slippery surfaces, bathrooms present some of the biggest barriers for worry-free living among older adults, but fortunately there are great solutions.

A Whatcom County homeowner came to Hudson Remodeling recently for help in preventing slips and falls while also increasing comfort in the bathroom.

Our residential remodeling team installed a Best Bath shower unit for them. This seemed like a great opportunity to talk about the benefits of installing a walk-in shower system instead of a traditional bath tub:

  1. Barrier-free access: With this kind of a setup, you just walk right into the shower instead of stepping over a high ledge into the tub. You can see from the pictures how easy access now is, especially when all of the surfaces are wet and slippery. Even younger and more agile people can appreciate that difference!
  2. Integrated safety bar: A strong, sturdy safety bar now runs the length of the shower, providing a safe handhold to aid in standing or to ease the transition from standing to sitting and back. Don’t rely on a flimsy towel bar outside the shower; it will not hold up when you actually need it.
  3. Integrated seat: When legs get tired or weak, it’s critical to have nearby access to a seat to help prevent falls. This integrated shower seat enables people of all ages to sit and shower with ease.
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    BEFORE: Dated tub/shower unit that was hard to access.

    Hand-held shower head: Standing or sitting, it’s easy to access the water.

  5. Easy to clean: Old high-sided bathtubs are difficult to keep clean. On hands and knees, it’s hard to reach over the edge to get all the nooks and crannies of the tub. Walk-in showers are much easier to access and clean.

The best gift you can give your parents is to be proactive and help them make changes before they fall or get injured. Our experienced carpenters do a lot of remodeling work for people who want the ability to remain active and safe in their own homes.

Hudson Remodeling can help you incorporate barrier-free and universal design elements into your parent’s home. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Charlie Hudson is a great resource for those wanting to make a change – contact him today to learn more.

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Five tips to improve the flow and function of your home

Posted 1 July 2016 by Team Hudson

If you’ve been paying much attention to real estate news lately, you know that it’s hard to buy a house in Bellingham. Houses are flying off the market, often going for well above the asking price.

So what do you do if you need to upgrade your house?

Often, the solution is right in front of you. If you love your house’s location but are unsatisfied with a few of its flaws, there are a few things you can do to improve its flow and function and turn it back into your dream home:

Remove walls: Few things can improve the feel of a home like removing an unneeded wall. What once was a cramped kitchen or isolated sitting room can become an inviting hub of conversation among family and friends. Many houses in Whatcom County weren’t built with open-concept living in mind, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not possible.photo-1458829267686-b15150d4a28e

Add windows: A client on Barkley Hill recently asked Hudson to add a large window to better capture territorial and sunset views. Installing new windows (or sliding doors) can also help to extend the living area and connect the house with the gorgeous outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Widen doorways: Hudson worked on a remodel in the South Hill area of Bellingham in which we expanded a doorway to better connect the kitchen with the rest of the main living spaces. What once was a dark, narrow pass-through kitchen is now an open, inviting living space, and the flow of the entire house is improved.

Borrow space from adjacent rooms: Especially for those excited to grow old in their current home, an expanded master suite makes a lot of sense. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, including adding on to the outside of your home, but borrowing from underutilized space is usually the simplest.

Add on to your home: Borrowing from adjacent spaces works well, but sometimes the best option for expanding a kitchen or family room space is simply to push out an exterior wall. One huge benefit of this option is that you can also add extra windows and open the floor plan while you’re at it.

Hudson Remodeling is a whole-house remodeling contractor with years of experience in Whatcom County. No matter the style, age or condition of your home, our general contracting firm has seen and remodeled it all. Give us a call today to learn more about getting the most out of the house you have.

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Charlie Hudson featured guest speaker at Northwest Adult Day Health & Wellness Center

Posted 14 April 2016 by Team Hudson

Whatcom County senior citizens can learn about aging-in-place and remodeling their homes to improve safety and comfort during a speaking event Thursday, May 19th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at Northwest Adult Day Health in Lynden.

According to Consumer Reports, each year about half of those in the U.S. who are 65 or older
suffer a fall–about 10 percent of those falls result in serious injuries.

As a long-time Certified Aging-in-Place contractor, Charlie understands the needs of today’s Baby Boomers. He will be sharing info with attendees about how to prepare your home for “aging-in-place” and “universal design” practices that serve all ages and all abilities.

The home renovation work Hudson Remodeling does can help seniors live in their own homes safer and for a longer period of time.

The presentation is open to the public and there is no cost. RSVP appreciated by May 17–call NWADH at 360-306-3031.

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Master suite remodeling trends and fresh ideas

Posted 21 August 2015 by Team Hudson

Master suites—they are where we begin and end each day, so why not have one that reflects your lifestyle and makes you smile each day?

Freshening up a master suite can help create a perfect retreat, improve the use of space/flow and also add value to a home. On the priority list for most master bedroom remodels are larger closets, more storage and a bathroom layout that is more functional.

Master Bedroom RemodelHave some fun; incorporate textures and new colors.

When it comes to selecting paint colors for a master suite remodel, it’s okay to incorporate some fun colors—master suite colors and design elements don’t necessarily have to coordinate with the rest of the house.

Wallpaper and other surface textures are currently hot! Houzz.com has compiled some trendy examples that show how textures can be used when remodeling a bathroom as part of the master suite remodel—these 2015 remodeling trends make a statement!

Consider future needs when remodeling a master suite.

While remodeling a master suite, why not take universal design and/or aging-in-place into consideration? Simple design tweaks now can create living spaces that look great while also being functional for all ages and abilities.

Universal design, functional remodeling and aging-in-place are not just for the elderly. Think about it—where would you bathe if you broke a leg? Is there an accessible bathroom in your home for disabled relatives? Remodeling a master suite, especially if it’s a ground floor master, can make a huge difference in how your home works in the future.

Best Bath Examples of functional remodeling include installing lower lighting switches, adding a walk-in shower (with space to add bench seating later), raising the height of vanities and the toilet, and making sure the master suite entry doors are wider than normal to allow mobility devices to pass through. These simple changes create an accessible master suite that will work during every stage of life.

Looking for more inspiring ideas for your master suite remodel? Here are 14 designs that are popular for 2015.

Hudson Remodeling helps homeowners near Bellingham, WA renovate their master suites for today’s lifestyle and for the future. We specialize in additions that expand living spaces, creating custom tile showers and installing American made Best Bath’s Designer Series products. Contact us today to talk about a home remodel that fits your budget and design preferences.

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How to improve bath safety at home

Posted 18 June 2015 by Team Hudson

According to Consumer Reports, each year about half of those in the U.S. who are 65 or older suffer a fall–about 10 percent of those falls result in serious injuries.

Barrier free shower to be displayed at Home & Garden Show 2015 (r)In the home, the bathroom is considered more dangerous than any other room due to the higher risk of falling in or around the tub or toilet. Let’s face it, bathroom surfaces can be slippery and dangerous for all ages and abilities!

The good news is that falls at home can easily be prevented by upgrading fixtures and installing strategically placed safety rails and grab bars, especially near bathing areas.

TIP: Towel bars should not be considered grab bars because they are not designed to be weight-bearing. Install grab bars in showers, tubs and next to toilets so senior citizens are not tempted to reach for towel bars, sliding glass doors, or other unstable fixtures.

When it comes to bathroom safety, proper product choice and installation is key—grab bars are actually rated to support certain weights. A professional remodeler can help ensure the right product is placed in the right spot…and that it is safely secured to any surface.

With the proper hardware, Hudson Remodeling can affordably install safety rails in existing shower units (including those made of tile or fiberglass).

Here are two additional bath safety tips for senior citizens:

  • Consider replacing an existing tub/shower unit with a barrier free shower unit. These units can include a built-in shower seat and a handheld showerhead set on a sliding bar with a 6-foot hose that can be used while standing or sitting.
  • Install a comfort height toilet, which is about 2 inches taller than a standard model and is easier to get off of—install safety bars alongside toilets.

Hudson Remodeling helps Whatcom County homeowners make their homes safer so senior citizens can age-in-place. We install American made Best Bath’s Designer Series products that come in a variety of sizes and stylish design options.

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New technology makes grab bar installation easier

Posted 26 March 2015 by Team Hudson

 

Most Americans over the age of 45 you want to continue living in their own home safely in the maturing years. A recent study by AARP found perhaps unsurprisingly that a majority of seniors prefer to age-in-place, which means they need to find ways to do so safely and comfortably.

Remodeling projects are often needed to make an existing home work for life, regardless of age or abilities.

One of the first places to start with safety modifications is in the bathroom. Larger projects include adjusting countertop heights, adding ground-floor master suites or replacing a standard/shower unit with a walk-in shower. Smaller, more affordable options include installing safety grab bars in several locations in the bathroom.

Grab bars are an affordable option to bathroom remodeling

Hudson Remodeling has installed grab bars in bathrooms they were remodeling for quite some time. Traditional construction techniques were used—gut the room, expose studs and framing, add additional support where grab bars are desired. This is one way to add grab bars to a bathroom that’s under construction.

They recently began installing safety bars in existing tubs and showers using a special mounting hardware that eliminates the need for structural blocking. The state-of-the-art hardware resists loosening and it’s rated for up to 300 pounds.

Using this grab bar mounting hardware means the project is minimally-invasive–walls never need to be opened to expose studs and framing so there’s no need for drywall repair and painting. This construction technique allows grab bars to be installed on existing fiberglass or ceramic tile shower units so homeowners can affordably update their bathrooms to improve safety.

Why choose a Certified Aging in Place Specialist?

Hiring a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist can help you determine what your needs are and answer questions about making a home work for you for years to come. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists have been taught strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically-pleasing, barrier-free living environments.

Hudson Remodeling is proud to be a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designated company. They work hard to stay on top of home renovation trends and new products that make your life, and living in your home easier.

For more information about modifying your Whatcom County so you can safely age-in-place, click here.

 

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Hudson to be featured at upcoming educational events

Posted 17 February 2015 by Team Hudson

Charlie NW Retirement Magazine

Hudson Remodeling owner to speak about helping Baby Boomers plan for the future

By 2020, the number of people 65 and older living in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million. And by 2050, that number could be as high as 88.5 million, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Meanwhile, a recent survey by the American Association of Retired Persons confirms that most of those adults want to stay in their current home and community as they age. They want to “age-in-place.”

Whatcom County senior citizens can learn more about aging-in-place and various housing options during two upcoming events featuring a local building contractor.

Charlie Hudson of Hudson Remodeling will be a featured speaker at the“What’s Next – Housing Options as We Age” forum in Bellingham on February 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The annual event is organized by Whatcom County Council on Aging – attendees can also learn about the concept of village housing, assisted and independent living, and in-home care from more than 20 housing resource representatives.

Hudson Remodeling will also host an informational booth with a unique barrier-free shower unit his company installs at the Whatcom County Home & Garden Show on March 6-8 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.

As a long-time Certified Aging-in-Place contractor, Charlie Hudson understands the needs of today’s Baby Boomers and he has evolved his general contracting business in recent years to help Boomers modify their home so they can age comfortably and safely in place.

“For most, the dream of living life at home with the people and things they love can be a reality – but it does take careful planning and preparation before needs arise. We’ve been helping seniors take steps today to ensure their home is ready when they are,” said Hudson.

In 2014 Hudson Remodeling became a distributor for Best Bath products, a designer line of ADA-accessible bathroom fixtures.

Best Bath produces wheelchair-accessible showers, walk-in bathtubs and grab bars that Hudson then installs in his customer’s homes.

“We chose to partner with Best Bath because they offer the highest quality product that is manufactured right here in the USA. Our customers like this product line – it’s functional and aesthetically pleasing. When we’re done, their space often looks more like a traditional bathroom than an accessible space – and that’s important to today’s seniors.”

In addition to the Certified Aging-in-Place designation, Charlie Hudson is an EPA-certified Lead Paint Specialist and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CRG). These designations come in handy when helping seniors remodel homes they have been in for decades. He has also earned numerous awards including the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s Builder of the Year Award and Remodeler of the Year.

For more information about preparing a home for aging-in-place, contact Charlie Hudson or visit hudsonremodeling.com.

 

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