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A few home remodeling projects can make it easy to age in place

Posted 28 June 2017 by Team Hudson

Independence.

As we age, the word takes on a different meaning. At the approach of our sunset years, we begin to think of things that could prolong — or stand in the way of — our ability to be independent.

Independence is always top of mind at Hudson Remodeling. Our craftsmen have years of experience in Whatcom County remodeling homes to improve flow and reduce barriers so that individuals and couples can confidently grow older in the homes they love.

Here are a few tips we’ve picked up over the years that can help maintain independence at home while aging in place.

Consider a step-in shower: Hudson Remodeling recently completed a remodel in which we swapped out a small, high-sided bathtub for a roomy walk-in shower complete with grab bars. The previous tub was a constant trip hazard, and the new shower is incredibly easy to get in and out of. It occupies the same footprint as the bathtub, too, so the replacement job was simple. For those who want to age in place, a bathroom remodel like this is one of the best choices to make. And for those who like an occasional soak, Best Bath also makes a tub with a door that swings open to allow safe, step-free access.

Add grab bars to existing bathroom features: Even those who love their current bathroom setup can benefit from a sturdy grab bar or two. Great for their help in preventing falls, grab bars can be installed for shower stability and to help anyone safely maneuver around the bathroom.

Widen doorways and other paths to reduce tripping hazards: Narrow doorways, hallways and galley kitchens can present access challenges — or be plain impossible to navigate with a walker or other mobility device. Knocking out a wall or two to provide more space — or even widening doorways where possible — can improve the feel of a home in addition to ensuring access.

Reduce trips up and down the stairs: Often, this means an interior remodel. If the master bedroom is on the second floor, for example, the homeowner could make many trips up and down the stairs every day. Adding on or remodeling a ground-floor space into a master suite puts an end to frequent navigation of stairs. It is another critical change to a home in the interest of aging in place.

Add a step-free exterior entrance: In the Pacific Northwest, it’s common to see homes with porches and/or decks at both the front and back doors. They look great, but they can be quite a nuisance to people wary of falls. Independently (or as part of a ground-floor master suite remodel), Hudson has ideas for ways to install stair-free access to a home from the outdoors.

The experts at Hudson Remodeling are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists and can be a go-to source for Bellingham and Whatcom County homeowners who would like to create a space that is accessible for all ages and all abilities.

 

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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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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: Bellingham investment property remodel

Posted 21 December 2015 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling recently completed an income property renovation located on South Hill, (Garden Street) in Bellingham, WA. The renovation involved updating one of four units in the building.

Kitchen beforeThe property owner is currently renting out the unit with the intent of moving in herself down the road—she used quality products that will last and be appreciated in future years.

It’s true that kitchens and bathrooms are high-use areas in any home—our client wanted to make improvements that added visual appeal while also maximizing the space for efficiency and comfort.

In the “Before” picture, you will see how the kitchen needed updating—lack of storage was an issue; the space was also narrow and dark.

Kitchen afterOur crew gutted the existing area by removing the three full walls and converting them to half-walls. The “After” photo shows how the space is more open—remodeling the kitchen created a cleaner view into the den and opened up a territorial water view.

In addition to knocking down walls, we installed custom cabinets on both lower and upper units using beautiful quarter sawn white oak that matched existing wood throughout the home. Our remodeling team also removed soffits to allow more cabinet space—cabinets now extend all the way to the ceiling. The kitchen is now brighter, modern and more functional than before.

Upgrades to the electrical system and adding recessed lights helped modernize the home. Other updates included changes to plumbing and finishing countertops with a trendy laminate surface. In case you haven’t heard, laminate is back and our customers are loving it—it’s an affordable and great-looking option.

Bathroom beforeThe other room in need of renovation was the bathroom. The goal was to create a clean and modern look while retaining a few existing elements.

As you can see from the “Before” photo, the existing flooring, sink and light fixture above the sink stayed–they were in perfect condition and look great with the design of the remodeled bathroom.

Hudson Remodeling helped this property owner achieve a modern looking bathroom by installing a new custom vanity using the same quarter sawn white oak used for the kitchen cabinet doors–again to match the existing wood in house. The last touch was adding a laminate counter top and a new faucet.

Bathroom afterSince there was not a window in the bathroom, our crew installed a solar tube for natural lighting. Solar tubes are an easy way to brighten the interior of many rooms in a home.

To complete the investment property rental building remodel, Hudson Remodeling also upgraded an existing tub/shower unit by installing a Best Bath barrier-free bathing unit. This property owner will be able to live comfortably and age-in-place.

If you are interested in updating your Whatcom or Skagit County investment property contact Hudson Remodeling for information and a project estimate.

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Feature Project: Remodel one bath, add another

Posted 23 October 2015 by Team Hudson

Main BathWhat happens when you love the location of your home but its living spaces are no longer a good match for your needs? When moving is not an option, because you love its proximity to work and family, or you love the land your home sits on, remodeling can be a great alternative.

That was the case with a project Hudson Remodeling recently completed. The Whatcom County homeowner wanted to improve living spaces in both their home and a detached shop building—choosing to modernize and update an existing bathroom, add a shop bathroom and pop in a new window to add more natural light.

Bathroom addition in a workshop building.

How great would it be to have a separate bathroom in your detached shop, barn or agriculture building? We made that dream a reality for our customer.

WebbShwrHudson Remodeling’s experienced carpenters framed a brand new bathroom in the shop building and installed an American-made Best Bath zero clearance shower.

We added drywall, new tile flooring and fixtures, plus a new window for natural light. The shop bathroom was then topped off with freshly painted walls.

Now folks can clean up after a hard day’s work in the garden and shop, without tracking dirt into the main house.

Remodeling a home bathroom.

Why not update another bathroom while we were there?!  Back inside the main house, a bathroom was remodeled Yellow Bathroomand updated to add more functionality and storage. It turned out quite unique and the design should aesthetically stand the test of time.

Hudson’s team gutted the existing tub and shower unit and installed the modern, vibrant shower you see below. We also installed a strategically placed Best Bath grab bar for additional safety.

Need inspiration? See 50 Personalized Bathrooms from Homeowners Around the World

Webb BoysAfter we replaced the existing toilet with a more efficient model, we completed the flooring tile work before adding an updated door for more privacy.

Again, the homeowners wanted more natural light so adding a new window really changed the feel of the space. Don’t mind our hard-at-work models (AKA Hudson team members Dave and Andrey) basking in the glow from the new window.

Next, we extended the laminate counter top (shown below) and installed all new lighting—the finishing touches give this remodeled bathroom a modern, colorful and bright look.

Lastly, the Hudson team installed charming “Farmette” signage on the outside of shop building. We think it looks pretty great behind our truck, don’t you?

Farmette

When moving is not an option, but your home is in need of a remodel or update—it’s time to start planning, and Hudson Remodeling is ready for your call. We can assist with any shower, tub, tile or whole bathroom remodel project, along with whole house updates.

Simply give us a call or email Charlie about scheduling an in-home appointment to discuss your project.

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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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How to improve bath safety at home

Posted 18 June 2015 by Team Hudson

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.

Barrier free shower to be displayed at Home & Garden Show 2015 (r)In the home, the bathroom is considered more dangerous than any other room due to the higher risk of falling in or around the tub or toilet. Let’s face it, bathroom surfaces can be slippery and dangerous for all ages and abilities!

The good news is that falls at home can easily be prevented by upgrading fixtures and installing strategically placed safety rails and grab bars, especially near bathing areas.

TIP: Towel bars should not be considered grab bars because they are not designed to be weight-bearing. Install grab bars in showers, tubs and next to toilets so senior citizens are not tempted to reach for towel bars, sliding glass doors, or other unstable fixtures.

When it comes to bathroom safety, proper product choice and installation is key—grab bars are actually rated to support certain weights. A professional remodeler can help ensure the right product is placed in the right spot…and that it is safely secured to any surface.

With the proper hardware, Hudson Remodeling can affordably install safety rails in existing shower units (including those made of tile or fiberglass).

Here are two additional bath safety tips for senior citizens:

  • Consider replacing an existing tub/shower unit with a barrier free shower unit. These units can include a built-in shower seat and a handheld showerhead set on a sliding bar with a 6-foot hose that can be used while standing or sitting.
  • Install a comfort height toilet, which is about 2 inches taller than a standard model and is easier to get off of—install safety bars alongside toilets.

Hudson Remodeling helps Whatcom County homeowners make their homes safer so senior citizens can age-in-place. We install American made Best Bath’s Designer Series products that come in a variety of sizes and stylish design options.

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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

Charlie NW Retirement Magazine

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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