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CAD renderings add an extra touch to design/build work

Posted 26 April 2017 by Team Hudson

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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.
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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.

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.

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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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Bathroom remodeling: Bold fixtures highlight design trends for 2017

Posted 23 November 2016 by Team Hudson

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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.

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.

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.

Feature Project: Water damage repaired with style at Ferndale, WA home

Posted 26 August 2016 by Team Hudson

Remember that time you invited your friends over on a rainy night and they got soaked while standing UNDER the cover of a deck at your door?

Some recent Ferndale clients certainly do. That’s why they called us to remove their sieve of an unused balcony and replace it with something that would look good while also protecting their friends and neighbors.

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We drove out to take a look. Years of rain infiltration had left the balcony in a soggy state. The railing was sagging, and the beams were exhibiting water damage.

The plan of attack was simple. They decided to have our construction crews demolish part of the old structure and, since the balcony wasn’t being used anyway, replace it with a new roof with covered soffit.

Tip: We recently did another water damage repair at a Bellingham condo. If you suspect that water is getting where it shouldn’t, give Hudson Remodeling a call! Water damage around your home can be common in Whatcom County, but it’s definitely not something you want to ignore for long.

Photo Aug 12, 2 24 48 PMAt the core of the old brick columns was wood that had begun rotting away, so we replaced the columns with new wood wrapped in easy-to-care-for PVC. We were even able to use that same PVC to add a little detail to the trim at the tops and bottoms of the posts, as you can see in the photos.

Because the deck was going away, the old sliding glass door was now obsolete. Wanting to maximize the amount of natural light coming into the home, the door was replaced with a new window. We also took off the green shutters on all of the windows and replaced them with black shutters to match the gorgeous entry door.

Now, there’s no more water leaking at the entry or birds nesting in the floor joists of the old deck!

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If you’re tired of leaky decks — leaky anything, really — giving your guests a bad impression, consider hiring a licensed and experienced remodeling contractor like Hudson Remodeling. We’ll make sure the job is done well, safely and on time. Here’s a little info on what you can expect from us when you give us a call. And to see what we can do, check out this gallery of other home remodeling jobs we’ve done.

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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