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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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Before you start, here’s what you need to know about kitchen remodeling

Posted 26 July 2017 by Team Hudson

 It’s time.

You’ve decided that the almond-colored range and faux-wood paneling in your kitchen have got to go.

But before you start swinging a hammer, here are a few considerations to make your kitchen planning smoother and easier.

Will I add a pantry? And if so, where? Especially if you don’t have one currently, a pantry can make a big difference in the functionality of a kitchen. But you can’t add it just anywhere. Consider what you’ll be using it for. Daily staples like pasta, cereal and flour? Or deep storage like home-canned fruit and vegetables? Ideally, a daily-use pantry would lie along the edge of the fridge-stove-sink triangle.

Counter-depth fridge, or fridge-depth counters? Counter-depth fridges are all the rage, and for good reason. They can fit seamlessly into the flow of your cabinets, adding functionality without bulging out into your living space. But they can also be quite expensive. To replicate the look and feel at a fraction of the cost, consider making your counters an extra foot deep along the fridge wall. Not only will you gain the look of a counter-depth fridge, but you’ll also gain some bonus counter space, too.

How high should my countertops be? Standard kitchen counter height is 36 inches. For ideal comfort, the countertop should typically be 2 to 3 inches below elbow height. If you’re particularly short or tall, 36 inches might be all wrong. However, there are two additional points to consider: Most kitchen appliances, such as dishwashers and ranges, are designed for standard-height counters. Also, if you plan to sell your home someday, custom heights might dissuade prospective buyers. A compromise would be to raise or lower just sections of the countertop or to have a kitchen island at non-standard height.

Do I want a new kitchen island? Do I want to get rid of one? Large kitchens benefit from the extra workspace an island provides, but small kitchens can seem crowded. If you’re changing the size of your kitchen during the remodel, consider whether you want to add or remove an island. And if you want a workspace at non-standard height, as mentioned above, an island might be the perfect choice.

Do I want a new kitchen layout? Planning a new kitchen while the old one is still in place can be one of the hardest parts of the kitchen-remodeling process. But you don’t want to start gutting the room until you’re sure what appliances will go where, and which walls, if any, will be removed. Here’s where an experienced kitchen designer with computer design skills, like Susan Silva at Hudson Remodeling, can be invaluable. A three-dimensional CAD rendering of your kitchen can help you make difficult decisions without having to fully commit.

 

If you’re considering remodeling the kitchen in your Whatcom or Skagit County home, give the experts at Hudson Remodeling a call. They have years of design/build experience and have seen (and done) just about everything when it comes to kitchen remodels.

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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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Ideas for improving your home’s exterior

Posted 24 May 2017 by Team Hudson

Every home could use a pick-me-up now and again, and it’s never too late to return a home to its former beauty. Here are a few tried-and-true exterior remodeling options that can help any home look its best.

New siding: Is it time to replace that old aluminum or vinyl siding with something that looks a bit more natural? Or is the old wood siding so worn that the boards are warped and nails are popping? Few things like fresh siding can restore the beauty of a home — and add to its longevity. Worn siding can very quickly lead to problems with water damage and pest infiltration.

New windows: Not only are updated vinyl windows beautiful, they’re also much more energy-efficient than the wood or aluminum windows they typically replace. New double-paned windows can add decades of energy efficiency to a home. Energy savings can be as high as 50 percent!

P1060467New doors: It’s incredible the facelift that something as simple as a new front door can provide. A fun, colorful door can add character to an otherwise plain facade, or a timeliness wood door can better match a home’s Craftsman character. There are many ways to be creative with doors, too. A set of French doors to replace the old sliding door can add loads of character, for example. And adding a new door to open access — a set of French doors leading to the side yard, for example, inst  ead of that picture window — can improve the way a house flows.

New porch: What often happens in the Pacific Northwest is that, over the years, porch wood can rot and become spongy. Often, this happens without the homeowner even noticing — the change happens slowly, and the homeowner doesn’t spot the incremental changes. But taking a close look at that aging front porch might reveal that it’s time to replace it with something new and beautiful — for the sake of both looks and safety. A composite material such as Trex can provide a beautiful, long-lasting look that doesn’t even need to be painted or stained. Subtle changes to the roofline over a front porch can also add a ton of curb appeal.

A new deck: Consider the possibilities a deck could provide: evening barbecues with friends, relaxing in the sun while the kids frolic in the yard, and a hot cup of morning coffee on a crisp Pacific Northwest morning. Sounds amazing, right? Building a new deck or expanding an existing one just might be the best idea you’ve had in a long time.

For help with these or any other exterior remodeling ideas, contact Hudson Remodeling.

For help with these or any other exterior remodeling ideas, contact Hudson Remodeling. The Hudson team has years of experience providing stellar remodeling services to homeowners in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties. They’d be happy to consult with you on your project or stop by and take a look at your home.

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Opportunity available: Lead carpenter

Posted 11 May 2017 by Team Hudson

Love doing good construction work but tired of chasing down your own leads? Want a reliable source of income doing work you can be proud of?

Hudson Remodeling, a high-end remodeling contractor working in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties, has an opportunity available for a quality craftsman:

Kitchen remodeling, Bellingham WALead carpenter: Hudson Remodeling is looking for an experienced, detail-driven carpenter who is reliable and energetic. Applicants should also:

  • Be friendly, professional with customers and have a strong work ethic
  • Have experience in residential remodeling including window & door installation, framing, tile installation, cabinet and trim work
  • Understand and appreciate workplace safety guidelines
  • Be able to work together as a team or independently
  • Have reliable transportation and a cell phone
  • Pass mandatory drug testing and a criminal background check

Wages: $22+ per hour, DOE, plus paid holidays and vacation time; medical after two months. Apply by sending your resume to remodeling2@comcast.net.

If you’re interested in the lead carpenter opportunity, check out Hudson Remodeling online via our website or Facebook page and then contact us at remodeling2@comcast.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

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CAD renderings add an extra touch to design/build work

Posted 26 April 2017 by Team Hudson

Are you sure you put the microwave in the right place? Is there enough space around the island? Might those pendant lights get in the way of the cabinet doors?

Looking at a flat blueprint, the answers to these questions are sometimes hard for clients to imagine.

That’s why Hudson Remodeling uses the latest computer technology to help clients visualize the changes to their homes.

Susan SilvaSusan Silva, who designs and manages design/build projects at Hudson Remodeling, creates computer-aided design (CAD) drawings for many kitchen jobs — and a lot of the bathrooms, too — that Hudson works on.

It’s a worthwhile service, Silva says, because it helps clients imagine the changes that will be made to their spaces. In addition to blueprints of plans, the Whatcom County remodeler’s clients can get a virtual walkthrough of their new room and thus are better able to contribute to the remodeling process and make design decisions on the fly when needed.

When clients hire Hudson Remodeling, they get much more than a simple project manager. They get an entire team dedicated to making sure their remodel project goes as smoothly as possible — and that they are equipped to make design choices as the project proceeds.

Because Silva works alongside Hudson’s lead carpenters to provide estimates, create remodeling plans, research supplies and order materials, she knows what each project will look like and how it will proceed. And because she’s able to put that information into a CAD rendering and walk through it with clients, they know, too, just how their home will look.

For example, look at these renderings from a recent kitchen remodel in Bellingham. The work required reconfiguring some cabinets in a kitchen the clients had enjoyed for many years. Because they had the CAD renderings, it was easy for them to look beyond the kitchen they were familiar with and imagine the kitchen of their dreams.

If you’ve been considering a remodeling project for your Whatcom County home, give the team at Hudson Remodeling a call. In addition to kitchens and baths, Hudson Remodeling handles master suites, exterior projects and even whole-house remodeling.

 

 

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Feature project: Clean, stylish kitchen remodel in Bellingham

Posted 28 March 2017 by Team Hudson

The pros at Hudson Remodeling absolutely love doing detailed work. And when they can do that work in the service of a client who’s tired of making compromises… well, that’s a great day.

Some homeowners came in recently with heads full of ideas for remodeling their kitchen. They wanted to keep the same basic layout, but they had some other fixes in mind that would help them truly enjoy their space.

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Before the remodel

For starters, that involved installing higher-quality cherry cabinets and extending the new cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Because the clients had been displaying glassware in that forever dusty above-cabinet space, new display areas with glass doors were built into some of the new cabinetry.

Under cabinet LED-lighting was installed. The result provides a good amount of light shining down on another of the centerpieces of this kitchen remodel: gorgeous granite countertops and a nearly seamless backsplash, which was sourced from Creative Stoneworks in Bellingham.

Under cabinet power strips and lighting

Because of space limitations, the granite countertops were custom-designed to have no overhang. The result is functional and just as beautiful as it would have been otherwise.

In a special touch, the project skipped the traditional placement of outlets that would be cut into the backsplash. Instead, under-cabinet power strips provide all power needs. This helps highlight the beautiful pattern of the granite backsplash.

Kitchen remodeling can be personal and customized. These home remodeling clients had knobs that were of sentimental value, so those went on all new cabinetry. The original kitchen faucet, which came with a rather neat permanently installed flower vase, also was retained per their request.

Transformation

The island was left in the same place, as shown in the photos, but the wine rack was moved around the corner, and cookbook storage was hidden behind a new cabinet door. The island also was the recipient of some new display space and a convenient electrical outlet. The overall result is a cleaner looking kitchen island, especially when viewed from other rooms in the house.

Finishing touches included a sliding recycling-bin feature for under the countertop and a custom, extra-deep pantry.

To chat about ideas for your own Whatcom or Skagit kitchen remodel, give Hudson Remodeling a call. And feel free to browse photo galleries of Hudson’s other kitchen remodels for inspiration.

 

 

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Four tips for hiring a remodeling contractor

Posted 2 March 2017 by Team Hudson

Buying a vacuum cleaner is a shopping experience. Hiring a contractor to remodel your kitchen or master suite is not the same as shopping. It’s more about finding a team you trust and personalities you connect with.

With that in mind, here are a few things to consider when selecting a Whatcom County remodeling pro to renovate your home.

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Choose a contractor you like and trust. When looking for a home remodeler, choose a team you trust, and a contractor who listens to you. Your home is an important asset; try to work with someone who will carefully listen to what you want. The remodeling process can be a long one — from initial conversations, to design, to construction — so you will want to work with a remodeling contractor who you like and trust. Ask friends and family members for the names of local contractors they recommend.

Consider the benefits of design/build. If you choose a design/build remodeling contractor, you’ll have a better chance of coming out of the project with exactly what you want. A design/build team will be with you every step of the way, ensuring that your remodeling visions are accurately incorporated into the design and, then, translated seamlessly from the designer to the building team. Design/build remodelers help ensure that plans on paper are buildable, and that designs can be built within your budget.

Choose a great communicator. You want your home remodel to be done right and with minimal impact on your life, especially if you’re going to be living in your home during the construction project. You should always know when your contractor will be on site and what he or she will be doing. Great communication means you’ll know ahead of time if power will be cut or if water will be turned off while you’re home. Look for a contractor who is easy to get in touch with via phone or email.

Hire a contractor with experience. Giving a fast, cheap “ballpark” quote is easy. Almost anyone can do it. But you don’t want to leave your home remodeling project in the hands of almost anyone. You want someone who can produce a detailed estimate so there are no financial surprises along the way. Choose a contractor who has the proper credentials and enough experience to know what hiccups can arise during a remodeling project, and to proactively plan, and budget, for them — and come through it with happy customers.

If you’re looking for a residential remodeling contractor in Whatcom or Skagit County, please consider giving Hudson Remodeling a call. We are 100-percent committed to every home remodeling project we take, and we always assure you our best work.

 

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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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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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