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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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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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Preparing your home for winter weather events

Posted 26 October 2016 by Team Hudson

Replacing old windows is worth the investment.

Replacing old windows is worth the investment.

In October 2016, news reports throughout the Pacific Northwest were flooded with heralds of the impending “storm of the century.”

Newscasters painted visions of siding peeling away, skylights leaking like a sieve, deck railings blowing down, uprooted trees crashing through roofs — a catastrophe was looming.

Thankfully, though the storm was indeed a beast, it was less frightening than it could have been.

We were all given a reprieve, a chance to fix various issues before the next storm rolls in. Here are a few winter home repair items for Whatcom or Skagit County homeowners to think about mending:

Leaky windows and doors: Do you notice a draft when you walk near your front door? During a typical Northwest (read: sideways) rain, do a few droplets sneak into your home? Hudson Remodeling’s handyman services can take care of this by installing a new entry door. Water leaks can cause a lot of damage, especially when allowed to persist, so it’s a good idea to take care of leaks as soon as you notice them. And if a lot of damage has already been done, Hudson — a window and door installer with years of PNW expertise — can make your home safe and looking like new again.

photo-1452626212852-811d58933caeWorn siding: If nails are popping from your wooden siding, or if your vinyl siding makes loud noise in the wind and rain, call Hudson for help. Whether it’s a small caulk-and-paint job or a larger siding replacement, Hudson is a siding installer with the expertise to get the job done right. Not only will your home be better prepared to fend off winter, but it’ll be a lot better looking, too.

Weak insulation: Many houses in Bellingham and Whatcom County were built without insulation. And many of those who do have it don’t have enough. If you’ve been wondering whether your winter heat is escaping right through your walls and ceiling, now’s the time to get it checked out, before another storm hits.

Faulty decks and railings: Given enough time, wood rots. Especially in this wet Northwest Washington weather. Replace rotted deck boards and railings, or even have an entirely new deck made of long-lasting composite material installed.

Not only is your home a big investment, it also keeps your family safe and dry. Don’t wait until more damage is done, or until the next storm hits and the entire county is calling for help. Be ahead of the game.

For help from a Skagit or Whatcom County remodeler to get your home ready for another unpredictable Northwest winter, contact Charlie Hudson and the rest of the Hudson pros.

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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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Feature project: Structure remodel of a home addition

Posted 25 April 2016 by Team Hudson

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What would you do if your sunroom roof was sagging and you were afraid to spend time in the space? What if you thought there were structural problems that may cause part of your house to fall in during a Whatcom County windstorm?

That was the case with one of Hudson Remodeling’s recent clients–homeowners who lived in the North Bellingham/Ferndale, WA area.

The homeowners were afraid to use the hot tub inside their sunroom because they knew there were roof issues that were causing safety concerns.

Hudson Remodeling came on board to work with the clients to renovate their sunroom addition, making it safe and usable for years to come.

The project included re-using existing windows and eight skylights (as a cost-saving measure). What is cool about this project was that the exterior walls were not altered in any way, but the entire roof was removed and the room was re-built from the inside.

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To better support the structure a new ridge beam was installed and framing was upgraded from 2” x 6” construction to 2” x 12” construction so R30 insulation could be added to the sunroom. Larger rafters allow better air flow (important when a hot tub is in the room) and insulation in the ceiling means the space can be more efficiently heated.

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After the ridge beam was added, both end walls were rebuilt to better support the improved roof. Interior walls were sheet rocked and painted—the ceiling was finished with 1” x 6” pine tongue and groove boards.

Nolan’s Roofing, a Whatcom County roofing company, was a great resource on this job. They helped with roof demolition then came back a couple days later to shingle the new roof. Scheduling was important on this job as construction crews were working outside in the month of February—the roof had to be put on quickly to avoid rain from getting in.

This project went very smooth despite its complexity and winter working conditions. The finished result is a safe and energy efficient sunroom that the homeowners can use year round.

If your Bellingham, Lynden or Ferndale, WA home needs structural repairs contact Hudson Remodeling—we specialize in remodeling older homes to increase function, flow and safety.

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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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