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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.

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.

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.

Feature Project: Exterior remodeling adds curb appeal to Whatcom County home

Posted 31 May 2016 by Team Hudson

Stand on the sidewalk or street in front of your home. Do you like what you see? Do you feel that your home has great curb appeal? If not, it’s probably time to consider remodeling the exterior.

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Boosting your home’s visual appeal can increase its value, plus it can greatly increase your sense of pride in homeownership—this was the case with a recent project our construction team completed.

Related: See additional home remodeling samples here!

P1060464Our Whatcom County clients came to us with a vision of modernizing their home’s entry and improving the overall curb appeal. The project also included new siding and upgraded windows, a new front door, stone columns, new stairs, and plenty of decorative cedar finishes.

After demolition and removal of an old concrete patio, siding, doors, windows and a dilapidated gazebo, our remodeling crews began putting everything back together in a new, fresh way.

Exterior renovations can make your home look completely different or they can simply freshen the look.

An updated front door with sidelights was installed and broom finished concrete stairs were added to create a new entry that has safe and sturdy (image below).

Once the concrete was set, a covered porch roof was built using stone accents on the columns, Douglas Fir posts and exposed beams. The end result is beautifully rustic.

Next came the addition of Hardie siding and shingles along with updated trim around all the windows and doors (painting to be completed by homeowner).

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If you are ready to ramp up your home’s curb appeal, please hire a licensed and experienced remodeling contractor like Hudson Remodeling. We’ll make sure the job is completed safely, on time and to a high set of standards.

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.

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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Feature Project: Water damage repair at Bellingham condo

Posted 23 March 2016 by Team Hudson

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Water leaks can cause minor and even major damage to the interior and exterior of residential properties. Damage can range from unsightly stains on ceilings and walls to significant structural problems like shifting foundations.

Some residential water damage repairs are fairly easy to manage—like fixing caulking and painting around windows. Other repairs are best left to experts—like siding and window replacement, roofing repairs, and structural repairs…especially if the damage is extensive.

Hudson Remodeling recently completed a water damage repair project at Olympic Condominiums in Bellingham, WA, shown in the photo below.

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The condo complex is a prominent building sitting on a main arterial roadway in Downtown Bellingham. Because of its visibility, the condo owners wanted to make sure to maintain the architectural “pizzazz” of the property while we worked to repair water damage.

To help in that area, Hudson Remodeling partnered with Zervas Architects during the design phase. Together we helped our clients and the Whatcom County architectural firm manage the design review process and obtain necessary City of Bellingham building permits.

Then our team of local remodeling pros got started! We removed old entry column supports that had rotted from an old awning system, reframed them and rebuilt the portico in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Sager’s Stucco and Plastering was brought in to repair stucco siding on the building—they did a great job!

A new entry skylight, from Brad Anderson of Crystalite Skylight Company, was added to make the condo entrance much brighter and inviting. See photo below.

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The owners of Olympic Condominiums couldn’t have been happier with the end result–and that makes us happy! Here’s what they said about working with Hudson Remodeling:

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Contact Hudson Remodeling for water damage repairs to your private residence, multi-family property or condominium complex.

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