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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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Remodeling the master suite of your dreams

Posted 25 January 2017 by Team Hudson

P1070679Dreaming of the perfect master suite?

The best home renovations are ones that take advantage of your home’s unique character while also meeting your desires for space and function.

Hudson Remodeling has worked on a number of elegant master suite remodels in Whatcom and Skagit Counties over the years, and through it all we’ve learned tips and tricks that ensure your master suite remodel is a huge success.

Here are a few things to consider to ensure the end product is the master suite of your dreams!

When it comes to ideas, start from scratch. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when planning a remodel is not letting their imaginations roam freely. They simply can’t imagine the bed in a different part of the room or the door to the bathroom being in a different spot. Try to imagine your space completely empty, and then think: If I could move anything I want, what would I do? Maybe you’d cover up a window to allow the bed to be in a different spot. Maybe you’d move a wall to create a larger sitting area. Perhaps you’d expand the bathroom into the neighboring bedroom to fit in an oversized jacuzzi tub. Maybe you’d even add on to the house to make room for your dream suite! If you’re stumped for ideas, feel free to browse images of work we’ve done.

P1070689Think of all the things you would do in the space if you could. A master suite should be designed for a purpose. Think of it as your personal, private space, away from the bustle of the rest of the house. Now, what do you want to do there? Maybe you want curl up by a fireplace and watch TV, or sink into a comfy chair and read a book, or sit at a desk and conduct business from home. In the bathroom, maybe you’ve always wanted to relax in a full-surround shower or enjoy the comfort of a step-in tub that’ll provide safe, barrier-free living for years to come. A list of possible uses for your master suite will make the design process much simpler.

Reach out to an expert for design tips and ideas. Typically, homeowners don’t really know what’s possible until they talk with an expert. We recently completed an extensive master suite remodel near Bellingham, WA that features a beautifully tiled walk-in shower with a stylish grab bar and integrated seat. It’s a space in which our client will feel safe years down the road. However, clients often don’t think about how their needs might change a decade or two in the future. An experienced design/build firm like Hudson Remodeling has the expertise necessary to notice these sorts of issues and to suggest functional and beautiful layouts and products. Our client loves this new space!

If you want to talk with Hudson Remodeling about your ideas for a new master suite, give us a call or come see us at the 2017 Home & Garden Show in Lynden March 3 to 5. For inspiration, go online to look at samples of work we’ve done in the past. Because we’re a design/build contractor, we can handle any job, from the basic idea stage all the way to the finished product. And we can handle almost every type of project, whether it’s a remodel or it involves additions or new construction.

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Why choose a remodeling contractor with an in-house designer?

Posted 29 December 2016 by Team Hudson

p1070635If you’ve spent any time online researching your home remodeling project, you’ve likely come across the term “design/build.”

What does the phrase mean? And why would you choose a design/build contractor?

For starters, the design/build process integrates building design with the actual work of building or remodeling to ensure a smooth, seamless project. Design/build firms have an in-house planning designer who works with clients to translate their visions into a customized, buildable design that is respectful of their budget.

This process, as it plays out at Hudson Remodeling, is much simpler for the client than working with one firm to develop project plans and taking those plans to a separate builder, hoping all the while that they’re properly understood.

Thus, the design/build process gives homeowners a greater degree of control and makes it easier for them to add personal, unique touches to their remodeling project. Because the designer works directly with the builder, any adjustments that the client wants during the remodeling phase are easier to implement.

p1070631Here at Hudson Remodeling, we recently completed a bathroom remodel in Lynden for a couple of homeowners — one super tall, the other of average height — that helps explain the design/build concept in remodeling.

Because of the differences in height of the homeowners, the job was custom at every turn. Our designer met with the clients, and together we devised a plan that was well-suited for them both.

They decided on a new Choreograph shower system with two shower heads — one higher, one lower — and a bank of cabinets crafted at a custom height that would be comfortable for them both.

Throughout the process, our designer was in touch with our remodeling team to ensure that nothing they decided on would be over budget or impractical to build.

In summary here are some benefits of selecting a remodeling contractor with an in-house designer:

  • A design-build contractor won’t design a project that the contractor can’t build.
  • In the design-build process, your project is designed with your budget in mind. The designer works hand-in-hand with the builder to choose finishes and products that help keep the project within your budget.
  • From concept to completion, your entire project is in the hands of one design/build team. This helps provide a seamless, easy experience for the client.
  • There’s no risk of mistranslation between the designer and the builder. Because the designer and builder work for the same company, all of the details you hash out with the designer will show up in the final product.

For more information on Hudson Remodeling’s design/build process, give Hudson Remodeling a call.

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Bathroom remodeling: Bold fixtures highlight design trends for 2017

Posted 23 November 2016 by Team Hudson

Form over function? Not in today’s bathrooms.

But don’t think that means bathrooms are boring. Emerging trends in bathroom remodeling are all about ramping up style without sacrificing usability. Modern, sleek fixtures and shiny surfaces are being used in creative ways to put personal stamps on bathrooms while also maximizing long-term functionality and resale.

The bathroom is one of the most-important and most-used rooms in your home. If you’re considering giving new life to your bathroom, Hudson Remodeling is here to help. For inspiration, check out these trends we expect to see in 2017 bathrooms.

Surfaces: Natural surfaces such as granite and marble have been mainstays in bathroom design since just about forever. Don’t overlook tile, though, which can be arranged into geometric patterns to express personality while also maintaining its broad appeal. Expect to see a lot of muted colors this year, such as grays and other earth tones, set off by areas of geometric interest. Colored or pattern-printed tile arranged into geometric shapes can add pop to floors, walls and countertops. Small areas of odd-shaped tile can also add interest.

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Fixtures: In 2017, look for modern fixtures that add a touch of style without sacrificing functionality. Home remodelers are eschewing standard items like classic sink-vanity combo for bold and modern sinks, faucets and bathtubs. Freestanding sinks and bathtubs in bold shapes and even bold colors can act both as functional fixtures and art-like centerpieces.

Colors: As mentioned above, gray will continue to be a huge color in bathroom design. Add to the mix earth tones such as green, brown and blue for a sleek-yet-subdued combo that will provide a bathroom you can be proud of for years to come. To get some of that color, consider bringing in additional items such as wooden touches or living plants. Bamboo, for example, needs little light to grow and brings both color and form into the space. And for that space that needs a little extra flair, don’t be afraid to add in little bits of bright colors, too.

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, check out some of the work Hudson Remodeling has done in the past. Charlie Hudson and the team are experts in creating amazing new spaces out of bathrooms in Whatcom and Skagit counties. We’re 100-percent committed to giving you our best work in every project, and we pride ourselves in being able to work with customers to implement their remodeling visions.

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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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Feature Project: Barkley Hill Remodel

Posted 28 January 2016 by Team Hudson

Barkley Remodel - BeforeSometimes when people move into a home that is new-to-them they want to make subtle changes to make it their own. Such was the case with this home remodeling project in Bellingham, WA.

The owners of a 1990’s home on Barkley Hill came to us with a wish list that included:

  • Adding a new window
  • Removing an existing built-in bookcase/relocating a wall
  • Upgrading a fireplace
  • Moving a door

First, our crews framed and installed a new energy efficient window (roughly 4’ x 4’) that greatly improved territorial views of North Whatcom County and the Canadian Rockies. Interior and exterior trim, caulking and paint were added to match the home’s color scheme.

Barkley Remodel - AfterOn the same wall as the new window, an existing built-in bookcase (reported by the homeowner to be a junk collector) was removed and the wall, which originally jogged in an odd direction, was straightened so it could follow the natural lines of a vaulted ceiling. Framing, electrical and sheetrock work were included in this phase of the project.

Next up was the fireplace upgrade. First Hudson Remodeling removed the existing mantle (preserving and revamping it for later use). Then Baron Heating removed the old unit and installed a new gas fireplace unit. Then our crews finished up the job with a custom paint job and installation of a tile hearth and surround…giving the fireplace a sleek, modern look.

Tile sourced at Aqui Esta Tile & Stone in Bellingham, WA.

The last part of this home remodeling project included relocating a powder room door. The home’s original design sent guests from a powder room right into the kitchen—a design feature our customers didn’t appreciate.Relocated bathroom door

We were able to close the doorway opening next to the kitchen and create a new one just around the corner. Framing, sheetrock, texture and electrical work were included. The end result improved the flow in the living spaces around the powder room.

Here’s what our customer said about our work on this project:

“We hired Hudson Remodeling to help with a couple of projects around our home. Andrey and Dave did a great job installing a new window, moving a door and updating our fireplace. The quality of workmanship was top-notch.”

If you find you’re in need of a few upgrades around your Whatcom County home, contact us—our design/build team is here to help.

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Feature Project: Bellingham investment property remodel

Posted 21 December 2015 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling recently completed an income property renovation located on South Hill, (Garden Street) in Bellingham, WA. The renovation involved updating one of four units in the building.

Kitchen beforeThe property owner is currently renting out the unit with the intent of moving in herself down the road—she used quality products that will last and be appreciated in future years.

It’s true that kitchens and bathrooms are high-use areas in any home—our client wanted to make improvements that added visual appeal while also maximizing the space for efficiency and comfort.

In the “Before” picture, you will see how the kitchen needed updating—lack of storage was an issue; the space was also narrow and dark.

Kitchen afterOur crew gutted the existing area by removing the three full walls and converting them to half-walls. The “After” photo shows how the space is more open—remodeling the kitchen created a cleaner view into the den and opened up a territorial water view.

In addition to knocking down walls, we installed custom cabinets on both lower and upper units using beautiful quarter sawn white oak that matched existing wood throughout the home. Our remodeling team also removed soffits to allow more cabinet space—cabinets now extend all the way to the ceiling. The kitchen is now brighter, modern and more functional than before.

Upgrades to the electrical system and adding recessed lights helped modernize the home. Other updates included changes to plumbing and finishing countertops with a trendy laminate surface. In case you haven’t heard, laminate is back and our customers are loving it—it’s an affordable and great-looking option.

Bathroom beforeThe other room in need of renovation was the bathroom. The goal was to create a clean and modern look while retaining a few existing elements.

As you can see from the “Before” photo, the existing flooring, sink and light fixture above the sink stayed–they were in perfect condition and look great with the design of the remodeled bathroom.

Hudson Remodeling helped this property owner achieve a modern looking bathroom by installing a new custom vanity using the same quarter sawn white oak used for the kitchen cabinet doors–again to match the existing wood in house. The last touch was adding a laminate counter top and a new faucet.

Bathroom afterSince there was not a window in the bathroom, our crew installed a solar tube for natural lighting. Solar tubes are an easy way to brighten the interior of many rooms in a home.

To complete the investment property rental building remodel, Hudson Remodeling also upgraded an existing tub/shower unit by installing a Best Bath barrier-free bathing unit. This property owner will be able to live comfortably and age-in-place.

If you are interested in updating your Whatcom or Skagit County investment property contact Hudson Remodeling for information and a project estimate.

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Feature Project: Remodel one bath, add another

Posted 23 October 2015 by Team Hudson

Main BathWhat happens when you love the location of your home but its living spaces are no longer a good match for your needs? When moving is not an option, because you love its proximity to work and family, or you love the land your home sits on, remodeling can be a great alternative.

That was the case with a project Hudson Remodeling recently completed. The Whatcom County homeowner wanted to improve living spaces in both their home and a detached shop building—choosing to modernize and update an existing bathroom, add a shop bathroom and pop in a new window to add more natural light.

Bathroom addition in a workshop building.

How great would it be to have a separate bathroom in your detached shop, barn or agriculture building? We made that dream a reality for our customer.

WebbShwrHudson Remodeling’s experienced carpenters framed a brand new bathroom in the shop building and installed an American-made Best Bath zero clearance shower.

We added drywall, new tile flooring and fixtures, plus a new window for natural light. The shop bathroom was then topped off with freshly painted walls.

Now folks can clean up after a hard day’s work in the garden and shop, without tracking dirt into the main house.

Remodeling a home bathroom.

Why not update another bathroom while we were there?!  Back inside the main house, a bathroom was remodeled Yellow Bathroomand updated to add more functionality and storage. It turned out quite unique and the design should aesthetically stand the test of time.

Hudson’s team gutted the existing tub and shower unit and installed the modern, vibrant shower you see below. We also installed a strategically placed Best Bath grab bar for additional safety.

Need inspiration? See 50 Personalized Bathrooms from Homeowners Around the World

Webb BoysAfter we replaced the existing toilet with a more efficient model, we completed the flooring tile work before adding an updated door for more privacy.

Again, the homeowners wanted more natural light so adding a new window really changed the feel of the space. Don’t mind our hard-at-work models (AKA Hudson team members Dave and Andrey) basking in the glow from the new window.

Next, we extended the laminate counter top (shown below) and installed all new lighting—the finishing touches give this remodeled bathroom a modern, colorful and bright look.

Lastly, the Hudson team installed charming “Farmette” signage on the outside of shop building. We think it looks pretty great behind our truck, don’t you?

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When moving is not an option, but your home is in need of a remodel or update—it’s time to start planning, and Hudson Remodeling is ready for your call. We can assist with any shower, tub, tile or whole bathroom remodel project, along with whole house updates.

Simply give us a call or email Charlie about scheduling an in-home appointment to discuss your project.

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How to modernize a 1980’s house

Posted 25 September 2015 by Team Hudson

So, you own or just bought a home that was built in the 1980’s, and you want to make some changes to modernize the look and feel of it—you’re not alone in Whatcom County.

Hudson RemodelingSome of the most popular communities in our area are filled with homes built in the 1980’s, including the Geneva area, Barkley Hill, Ferndale and Lynden.

Renovating and modernizing homes that are 30+ years old can improve functionality, add one’s own unique style, and increase the value of a home.

It’s all about upgrading and improving flow.

Knocking down walls to improve flow, upgrading the layout of master bathrooms, updating kitchen cabinets, replacing siding, and switching out doors and windows are all remodeling tasks that are worth the effort in a 1980’s home.

While those are examples of more costly ways to modernize a home, there are also simpler updates that can make a big difference.

Updating or replacing old trim around windows and doors, and installing new baseboards can be quite effective. Painting existing wood trim is another quick and easy way to modernize a 1980’s home.Hudson Remodeling-kitchen

Check out these inspiring ideas for adding painted trim to your home!

Another affordable way to modernize a 1980’s home is to switch-out kitchen and bathroom fixtures for more contemporary designs—removing brass fixtures is top on some homeowner’s list of home upgrades.

Keep in mind that a uniform approach to hardware makes a home appear more finished. For example, if you replace brass fixtures with nickel in one bathroom you’ll want to consider also replacing brass fixtures found in your kitchen or other bathrooms.

Upgrade those old lighting fixtures!

Upgrading old light fixtures in 1980’s homes is a must-do if you want a more modern look and feel—and if you want to save money on your power bill.

Hudson Remodeling-lightingRemove brass fixtures and dated wall sconces. Ditch unattractive fluorescent fixtures, add pendant lighting in the kitchen and consider installing recessed lighting. Home renovations that include lighting upgrades can greatly change the feel and mood of a home.

DIY or hire a pro?

If your honey-do list is already too long, or if you feel overwhelmed by the thought of spending nights and weekends modernizing your home, contact Hudson Remodeling. Our remodeling crews are pros when it comes to whole-house remodeling services in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

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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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