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Posted 3 May 2013 by Charlie
While bathroom remodeling projects are a piece of cake for Hudson Remodeling, we know they can make homeowners nervous, anxious and frustrated. With that in mind, we have assembled a list of top bathroom remodeling tips to keep in mind as you work through the DIY (do it yourself) process.
- Consider updating your bathroom’s floor plan. Simply rearranging the toilet, vanity and tub can improve the flow of your bathroom. Adjusting the floor plan through careful design can maximize the space available to its fullest. Hire a bathroom designer or work with or an experienced remodeler to develop a detailed plan.
- Choose energy efficient products. Use low flow or dual flush toilets, Energy Star lighting fixtures and water saving shower heads. Incorporating these environmentally friendly remodeling products into your design will save you money over time.
- Think about lighting. Bathroom lighting is more than just 4 bulbs around a vanity mirror. Look for places to incorporate additional lighting in the ceiling, bathing areas, closets, and more.
- Add natural light when possible. Skylights and solar tubes are a great way to add natural light to your bathroom.
- Go neutral. Stick to a somewhat neutral color palette when choosing pricy items (tile and granite). Add splashes of color with less expensive things like paint, shower curtains, throw rugs, and accessories.
- Splurge a bit. Even if your bathroom remodel project is small in size it’s still nice to treat yourself to something fun. Upgrade cabinet hardware or sink fixtures; add a heated towel bar, color changing shower head or waterproof speakers and an iPod dock so you can listen to music while bathing.
Lastly, as you are planning for a bathroom remodel, keep universal design in mind. Consider making doorways a bit wider, replacing your traditional tub with a walk-in shower or installing the behind-the-scenes framework so grab bars can be added later. A bit of consideration and planning now will make a difference down the road.
As an experienced general contractor in Whatcom County, Hudson Remodeling has worked on many bathrooms. We have helped homeowners through the bathroom design phase, demolition and product selection. Our crews are master tile installers (floors, tub enclosures and free-standing showers) and we are detailed when it comes to cabinetry and trim work. Give us a call with any bathroom remodeling questions you may have.
Posted 5 December 2012 by Charlie
Have you heard the terms ” aging in place” or “universal design”? These words are often used to describe building and remodeling projects that are visually appealing and usable by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. This means homes are designed or renovated in a manner that allows able-bodied, disabled, youth and the elderly to comfortable use living spaces. The spaces work for long-term living needs as well as short-term situations like recovering from an injury or surgery.
Planning ahead can allow people of all ages to stay in their own home as long as possible. Here are a few tips to consider if you or a loved one are considering modifying a home to incorporate universal design features:
Aging in Place/Universal Design Tips:
- Install bath and shower grab bars. When properly installed, grab bars are effective in helping prevent slips and falls. Typically, they are the first item people turn to when looking to improve bathroom safety.
- Replace a traditional tub with a walk-in shower unit. Wonderful step-free shower units can be created in the same space currently used for a bathtub. Walk-in showers can be installed as prefabricated units or as a custom project using materials like tile and glass.
- Consider remodeling to add a ground floor master suite. This type of remodel not only allows seniors to stay in their own home as long as possible, it can also help those recovering from injury or illness.
- In the kitchen, relocate (or raise) the level of your dishwasher to make loading/unloading easier; install pull-out shelves in lower cabinets for easier access.
- Change hardware throughout the house; using levers or “D” pulls can make it easier for all abilities to open and close doors and cabinets.
- Install handrails along interior and exterior staircases; make sure those areas are well lit as well.
As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Charlie Hudson of Hudson Remodeling can help Whatcom County residents modify their homes to improve safety and long-term comfort. Feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.
Posted 15 June 2012 by Charlie
Hudson Remodeling is proud to support Pass the Hat, a wonderful local organization that provides financial relief for Whatcom County families who have been involved in tragic events.
“Tragedy brings more than just grief and loss, it also brings hospital bills, ambulance bills, funeral expenses, and more. It’s too much to bear for families already facing heartbreaking situations, ” shares Pass the Hat organizers.
The mission of Pass The Hat is twofold. First, they help families. Second, they inspire and allow people to become philanthropists by making it easy and affordable for everyone. You can make a difference in the lives of Whatcom County residents by simply signing up with a credit card to give $2 a month, every month, that’s it.
We invite you to take a look at this FAQ page to learn more about the group. If this charity seems like a good fit for you (or your organization) we encourage you to join us in supporting Pass the Hat.
Posted 16 July 2011 by Charlie
Hudson Remodeling will be participating in the 2011 Alzheimer’s Society Miles for Memories walk taking place on August 20th in Fairhaven. Our crews are in the process of collecting pledges of any size to support this fundraising effort.
Members of the Hudson Remodeling team have been closely impacted by the affects of dementia; we are proud to support local efforts to help those dealing with the disease.
Please contact me if you are interested in helping our team raise money at this community event! 360-354-7006Sincerely, Charlie Hudson
Posted 25 March 2011 by Mindfly
A big ‘Thank You’ to those who enthusiastically attended the Home & Garden Show in Lynden earlier this month; Saturday crowds even broke an all-time attendance record for one day! Visitors to Hudson Remodeling’s booth enjoyed viewing samples of our craftsman-quality work; the marble inlaid table and custom remodeling photos were a hit.
Our entry for 8 free hours of handyman time was pretty popular and gathered 275 entries. A winner has been selected – more to follow on that in the coming weeks.
As a builder I was personally encouraged to see the event was well attended and that many home-owners were excited about remodeling projects they are planning in 2011/2012!
Looking forward to what the rest of 2011 will bring!
Posted 22 February 2011 by Mindfly
The bedroom and master bath remodel at this La Conner, WA home are now complete. Notice how paint colors and trim details were selected to complement the furniture.
Posted 28 January 2011 by Mindfly
Hudson Remodeling craftsmen are expert chair rail and wainscoting installers! They also do an outstanding job with many types of tile applications. You’ll note the attention to detail in these photos.
Posted 28 January 2011 by Mindfly
Here we are in the master bathroom – continuing tile work and installing a stained glass insert that our client made. Note the use of glass block in the bathroom, it lets in an amazing amount of natural light.
Posted 12 January 2011 by Mindfly
New photos from our project in LaConnor, WA. These pictures are of the master bathroom. David is installing the heated marble floor and Stuart is installing steam shower tiles.