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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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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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Kitchen remodeling design trends

Posted 29 September 2016 by Team Hudson

The kitchen. It’s the heart of your home.

It’s where meals are cooked, conversations are held, laughs are shared. It exerts a gravitational force, pulling in friends for a drink, children for help with homework, loved ones for deep conversation.

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It’s no wonder we typically turn to the kitchen when we want to rejuvenate our homes. They’re a great return on investment, whether you plan to sell or live in it forever.

If you’ve been contemplating a kitchen remodel, here are a few recent trends sure to uplift the soul of your home:

Appliances: High-end appliances — Sub-Zero, Miele, Viking, Thermador, to name several — are popular these days. When you’re crafting a delicious meal for your family, you need the right tool for the job. And if you’re going to put the time and energy into a remodel, you want it done right. Homeowners these days are recognizing the utility in investing in the products they use the most. And when it comes to color, it’s worth noting: Polished stainless steel is on the way out, giving way to darker alternatives such as black and bronze.

Surface products: Countertop trends change often, cycling among laminate, granite, marble and tile. The great news is these are all enduring options. Right up there these days are two others you might not have considered lately: classic butcher block and quartz. Wood flooring has been huge in kitchens lately. Why not bring some of that up to the countertops for a fresh new look? Another option that has been trending hot lately is engineered quartz. While looking great, these countertops are also tough when it comes to handling heat and resisting stains and scratches.

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Color palettes: The best kitchen colors tend to represent regions. Here in Whatcom County and throughout the Pacific Northwest, we’re inspired by the ocean, the forests, even the oft-gray skies. Keep things bright and clean by interspersing spots of color — bright ocean blues, muted sage greens, crisp cloud grays — amid swaths of white. In fact, according to HGTV, gray is the new white.

Cabinets: Two-toned and mismatched cabinets are pretty hot these days. This trend takes the classic look of white cabinetry to the next level by adding style, color and texture.

Fixtures: This is the jewelry of your kitchen. From taps to knobs to chandeliers, fixtures add a finishing flourish to your gorgeous remodel. Here’s a tip: Go bold. There are as many options in light fixtures and faucets as there are personal styles, so do some digging and find the options that work for you. Colored sink? Go for it. Oversized island lights? Why not? Make a statement by going just a little further than might be expected for the space.

Ready to add some life to your kitchen? Contact Hudson Remodeling if:

  • You want the job done with a high level of quality and attention to detail.
  • You don’t have time to micromanage a construction project, but instead want a contractor to handle the difficult work of sourcing supplies and scheduling subcontractors.

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5 features that improve bath safety at home

Posted 27 July 2016 by Team Hudson

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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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5 backsplash ideas that will make your kitchen POP!

Posted 25 February 2016 by Team Hudson

swan-kitchen-3In most homes, the kitchen is the center of all the action. It gets used the most and is where families gather daily-so why not personalize it? One way to make a kitchen unique and personal is by adding or updating the backsplash.

A kitchen backsplash is a functional element that protects walls from stains and splashes when cooking or cleaning. It also adds a decorative feature to kitchen interiors. The most common backsplash material used today is ceramic wall tiles.

Tile is a traditional and practical option that can make any kitchen complete, but there are also many other stunning materials you can use according to Lushome.

Here are 5 ideas for your kitchen backsplash:

  1. Laminate. A variety of colors can be used to create interesting combinations and decorative patterns.
  1. Mirrored tiles. These trendy tiles reflect light and add an attractive contrast with other kitchen surfaces—mirrored tile backsplashes can help make a smaller kitchen look larger.
  2. Mosaic. This option can be super practical and visually stunning. Mosaic tile backsplashes create smooth glossy surfaces that can be colorful or neutral, depending on your design preferences.
  1. Metal. Have a sophisticated style and/or want a high-tech feel? Metal backsplashes, like those made of tin tiles, may be for you!
  2. Tempered glass and original prints. These can bring artistic design trends into modern kitchens by creating a fantastic, colorful and bold backsplash for traditional and contemporary kitchens.

Does your Whatcom or Skagit County kitchen need remodeling or design help? Hudson Remodeling can assist with any kitchen design or remodel project. Simply contact us–we can help with fresh design ideas or incorporate your vision into the remodeling plan.

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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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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

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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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Charlie Hudson featured speaker at aging-in-place event

Posted 27 January 2015 by Team Hudson

Whatcom County senior citizens can learn all about aging-in-place and housing options during a speaking event February, 25, 2015 at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

The event features Charlie Hudson, owner of Hudson Remodeling and certified aging-in-place specialist. Ed Meideros, board member of the Seattle Phinney Neighborhood Association will also be speaking. A variety of breakout sessions with housing and in-home care specialists will also be included in the all-day event.

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Not your grandparent’s bathroom

Posted 22 December 2014 by Team Hudson

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A lot has happened in recent years when it comes to the design of ADA-accessible
bathroom facilities and universal design. Options for those with disabilities or who are choosing to age in place have expanded far beyond the institutionally functional plastic shower benches and chrome stability bars of yesterday.

Hudson Remodeling is proud to offer Best Bath Systems, a luxurious line of walk-in tubs, showers, and fixtures that feature beautiful contemporary designs without compromising the accessibility and safety of traditional barrier-free bathroom systems.

Best Bath Systems has an entire designer series that meets ADA safety requirements and can minimize strain for caregivers. The series includes stylish grab bars in an array of jewel colors, composite shower inlays for the look of a tile shower without all the maintenance or potential leaks. Ceramic or glass tiles can be incorporated into the design of the shower to match with the décor of your entire bathroom.

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As a long-time Certified Aging in Place contractor, Hudson Remodeling has watched the evolution of barrier-free bath products. They take pride in installing beautiful and useful walk-in bathtubs and showers so people can continue to live independently in their homes as they age and without having to give up pleasing aesthetics.

Best Bath Systems’ line of innovative walk-in tubs are designed for safe, soothing, and accessible bathing. Featuring twice the depth of normal tubs, they have a comfortable contoured seat, grab bars, and a non-skid floor. Therapeutic jetted tubs are also available, along with optional tub-surround design to fit seamlessly into your current bathroom area.

For more information about Hudson Remodeling’s bathroom remodeling services near Bellingham, WA, or to set up an in-home appointment to discuss your project, simply give them a call at 360.354.7006 or email Charlie here.

 

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