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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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CAD renderings add an extra touch to design/build work

Posted 26 April 2017 by Team Hudson

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.

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.

 

 

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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.

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5 features that improve bath safety at home

Posted 27 July 2016 by Team Hudson

Bathroom remodeling, walk-in shower

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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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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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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Feature Project: Barkley Hill Remodel

Posted 28 January 2016 by Team Hudson

Barkley Remodel - BeforeSometimes when people move into a home that is new-to-them they want to make subtle changes to make it their own. Such was the case with this home remodeling project in Bellingham, WA.

The owners of a 1990’s home on Barkley Hill came to us with a wish list that included:

  • Adding a new window
  • Removing an existing built-in bookcase/relocating a wall
  • Upgrading a fireplace
  • Moving a door

First, our crews framed and installed a new energy efficient window (roughly 4’ x 4’) that greatly improved territorial views of North Whatcom County and the Canadian Rockies. Interior and exterior trim, caulking and paint were added to match the home’s color scheme.

Barkley Remodel - AfterOn the same wall as the new window, an existing built-in bookcase (reported by the homeowner to be a junk collector) was removed and the wall, which originally jogged in an odd direction, was straightened so it could follow the natural lines of a vaulted ceiling. Framing, electrical and sheetrock work were included in this phase of the project.

Next up was the fireplace upgrade. First Hudson Remodeling removed the existing mantle (preserving and revamping it for later use). Then Baron Heating removed the old unit and installed a new gas fireplace unit. Then our crews finished up the job with a custom paint job and installation of a tile hearth and surround…giving the fireplace a sleek, modern look.

Tile sourced at Aqui Esta Tile & Stone in Bellingham, WA.

The last part of this home remodeling project included relocating a powder room door. The home’s original design sent guests from a powder room right into the kitchen—a design feature our customers didn’t appreciate.Relocated bathroom door

We were able to close the doorway opening next to the kitchen and create a new one just around the corner. Framing, sheetrock, texture and electrical work were included. The end result improved the flow in the living spaces around the powder room.

Here’s what our customer said about our work on this project:

“We hired Hudson Remodeling to help with a couple of projects around our home. Andrey and Dave did a great job installing a new window, moving a door and updating our fireplace. The quality of workmanship was top-notch.”

If you find you’re in need of a few upgrades around your Whatcom County home, contact us—our design/build team is here to help.

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Kitchen and bathroom remodeling trends for 2016

Posted 30 November 2015 by Team Hudson

It’s a fact; homeowners are often on the lookout for trendy, inexpensive, easy ways –sometimes DIY ways – to improve their living spaces. Kitchen Remodel - November 2015

Some home remodeling design projects can lead to into improved function and appearance, and even a higher profit when it comes time to sell a home.

Below are some trends that Hudson Remodeling and our team have started seeing in Whatcom County, and hope to continue seeing in 2016.

Good to know! Off-white has been chosen as the “Color of the Year” for 2016.

Kitchen updates: Most can agree that a kitchen is often the heart of the home—especially when the kitchen has a great flow and design. Kitchens designed and built with custom cabinets, matching appliances, updated hardware and durable counter tops all help modernize a home.

Speaking of counter tops–laminate (yes, laminate!) is affordable and more stylish than ever before. Laminate hasn’t received a lot of respect over the years, but here’s the thing about laminate–whatever color or pattern you are envisioning, this long-lasting counter top material probably has that as an option. And did we mention it’s affordable?

Laminate countertopHomeowners are choosing laminate counter tops for their kitchen remodeling projects because the cost is usually less than half of natural stone or granite–choosing laminate can potentially save thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel project.

Trending now are interesting matte finishes with subtle textures and patterns—to the left is an example of a laminate counter top Hudson Remodeling installed in a Bellingham, Washington area home in November 2015.  Looks great, right?

Bathroom remodels: Bathrooms are the most used room in many households. Larger showers are in, giant jettedCustom shower enclosure with built in bench tubs are out. Not only do whirlpool tubs use a lot of water (like they will drain your hot water tank), they simply don’t get used as often as a shower.

Building a larger walk-in shower with seating, easy to maintain tile surfaces, spa like shower heads and even stylish safety bars, is definitely on trend for 2016.

If you are looking to use current remodeling trends to freshen up the look of your Whatcom County home in 2016, contact Hudson Remodeling’s design/build team to get the process started.

We can help create a home you love to be in–whether it is cooking a meal, relaxing in your living room or enjoying the company of friends and family-we can help make that happen.

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How to modernize a 1980’s house

Posted 25 September 2015 by Team Hudson

So, you own or just bought a home that was built in the 1980’s, and you want to make some changes to modernize the look and feel of it—you’re not alone in Whatcom County.

Hudson RemodelingSome of the most popular communities in our area are filled with homes built in the 1980’s, including the Geneva area, Barkley Hill, Ferndale and Lynden.

Renovating and modernizing homes that are 30+ years old can improve functionality, add one’s own unique style, and increase the value of a home.

It’s all about upgrading and improving flow.

Knocking down walls to improve flow, upgrading the layout of master bathrooms, updating kitchen cabinets, replacing siding, and switching out doors and windows are all remodeling tasks that are worth the effort in a 1980’s home.

While those are examples of more costly ways to modernize a home, there are also simpler updates that can make a big difference.

Updating or replacing old trim around windows and doors, and installing new baseboards can be quite effective. Painting existing wood trim is another quick and easy way to modernize a 1980’s home.Hudson Remodeling-kitchen

Check out these inspiring ideas for adding painted trim to your home!

Another affordable way to modernize a 1980’s home is to switch-out kitchen and bathroom fixtures for more contemporary designs—removing brass fixtures is top on some homeowner’s list of home upgrades.

Keep in mind that a uniform approach to hardware makes a home appear more finished. For example, if you replace brass fixtures with nickel in one bathroom you’ll want to consider also replacing brass fixtures found in your kitchen or other bathrooms.

Upgrade those old lighting fixtures!

Upgrading old light fixtures in 1980’s homes is a must-do if you want a more modern look and feel—and if you want to save money on your power bill.

Hudson Remodeling-lightingRemove brass fixtures and dated wall sconces. Ditch unattractive fluorescent fixtures, add pendant lighting in the kitchen and consider installing recessed lighting. Home renovations that include lighting upgrades can greatly change the feel and mood of a home.

DIY or hire a pro?

If your honey-do list is already too long, or if you feel overwhelmed by the thought of spending nights and weekends modernizing your home, contact Hudson Remodeling. Our remodeling crews are pros when it comes to whole-house remodeling services in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

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