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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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New technology makes grab bar installation easier

Posted 26 March 2015 by Team Hudson

 

Most Americans over the age of 45 you want to continue living in their own home safely in the maturing years. A recent study by AARP found perhaps unsurprisingly that a majority of seniors prefer to age-in-place, which means they need to find ways to do so safely and comfortably.

Remodeling projects are often needed to make an existing home work for life, regardless of age or abilities.

One of the first places to start with safety modifications is in the bathroom. Larger projects include adjusting countertop heights, adding ground-floor master suites or replacing a standard/shower unit with a walk-in shower. Smaller, more affordable options include installing safety grab bars in several locations in the bathroom.

Grab bars are an affordable option to bathroom remodeling

Hudson Remodeling has installed grab bars in bathrooms they were remodeling for quite some time. Traditional construction techniques were used—gut the room, expose studs and framing, add additional support where grab bars are desired. This is one way to add grab bars to a bathroom that’s under construction.

They recently began installing safety bars in existing tubs and showers using a special mounting hardware that eliminates the need for structural blocking. The state-of-the-art hardware resists loosening and it’s rated for up to 300 pounds.

Using this grab bar mounting hardware means the project is minimally-invasive–walls never need to be opened to expose studs and framing so there’s no need for drywall repair and painting. This construction technique allows grab bars to be installed on existing fiberglass or ceramic tile shower units so homeowners can affordably update their bathrooms to improve safety.

Why choose a Certified Aging in Place Specialist?

Hiring a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist can help you determine what your needs are and answer questions about making a home work for you for years to come. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists have been taught strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically-pleasing, barrier-free living environments.

Hudson Remodeling is proud to be a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designated company. They work hard to stay on top of home renovation trends and new products that make your life, and living in your home easier.

For more information about modifying your Whatcom County so you can safely age-in-place, click here.

 

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Hudson to be featured at upcoming educational events

Posted 17 February 2015 by Team Hudson

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Hudson Remodeling owner to speak about helping Baby Boomers plan for the future

By 2020, the number of people 65 and older living in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million. And by 2050, that number could be as high as 88.5 million, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Meanwhile, a recent survey by the American Association of Retired Persons confirms that most of those adults want to stay in their current home and community as they age. They want to “age-in-place.”

Whatcom County senior citizens can learn more about aging-in-place and various housing options during two upcoming events featuring a local building contractor.

Charlie Hudson of Hudson Remodeling will be a featured speaker at the“What’s Next – Housing Options as We Age” forum in Bellingham on February 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The annual event is organized by Whatcom County Council on Aging – attendees can also learn about the concept of village housing, assisted and independent living, and in-home care from more than 20 housing resource representatives.

Hudson Remodeling will also host an informational booth with a unique barrier-free shower unit his company installs at the Whatcom County Home & Garden Show on March 6-8 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.

As a long-time Certified Aging-in-Place contractor, Charlie Hudson understands the needs of today’s Baby Boomers and he has evolved his general contracting business in recent years to help Boomers modify their home so they can age comfortably and safely in place.

“For most, the dream of living life at home with the people and things they love can be a reality – but it does take careful planning and preparation before needs arise. We’ve been helping seniors take steps today to ensure their home is ready when they are,” said Hudson.

In 2014 Hudson Remodeling became a distributor for Best Bath products, a designer line of ADA-accessible bathroom fixtures.

Best Bath produces wheelchair-accessible showers, walk-in bathtubs and grab bars that Hudson then installs in his customer’s homes.

“We chose to partner with Best Bath because they offer the highest quality product that is manufactured right here in the USA. Our customers like this product line – it’s functional and aesthetically pleasing. When we’re done, their space often looks more like a traditional bathroom than an accessible space – and that’s important to today’s seniors.”

In addition to the Certified Aging-in-Place designation, Charlie Hudson is an EPA-certified Lead Paint Specialist and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CRG). These designations come in handy when helping seniors remodel homes they have been in for decades. He has also earned numerous awards including the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s Builder of the Year Award and Remodeler of the Year.

For more information about preparing a home for aging-in-place, contact Charlie Hudson or visit hudsonremodeling.com.

 

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How a bathroom remodel could be your best investment

Posted 28 January 2015 by Team Hudson

Floor-to-ceiling steam showers are a hot (pun intended) trend in 2015.

Floor-to-ceiling steam showers are what’s hot (pun intended) in 2015.

Remodeling a bathroom is the one home improvement project that almost always adds value to a home. While a bathroom might be one of the smallest rooms in the house, it’s also one of the most frequently used and so investing in high-quality flooring, finishes and fixtures shouldn’t be overlooked. A beautiful or luxurious bathroom can be key to selling a home and can provide one of the highest returns on a remodel investment.

Look for natural materials such as wood and stone, as well as bold uses of feature tile in 2015.

Look for neutral tones and natural materials such as wood, stone and plants, as well as bold uses of feature tile in 2015.

A 2014 study conducted by Remodeling Magazine found that in the hottest housing markets, a bathroom remodel can recoup about 92 percent of its cost.

The best part about a bathroom remodel is sometimes it takes only a small investment to make a real difference. Meanwhile, a larger investment such as a walk-in steam shower, a skylight, heated tiled floors, or double sink basin could increase the value of a home as well. Either way, a bathroom is a quick and relatively easy way to upgrade a home and increase its enjoyment factor on a daily basis.

Recent trends

The top recent trends for bathroom remodels include bold use of floor tiles, natural elements such as wood cabinets, stone floors, stone countertops – even plants! Walk-in showers and floor-to-ceiling steam showers are also popular and have replaced the whirlpool tubs of yesteryear. Another way homeowners are solving cramped master bathroom space is to integrate the bathroom with the master bedroom or closet into a master suite retreat with a luxurious, open-floor plan.

But while it may seem intuitive, homeowner’s should make their decisions based on their family’s needs and preferences. For example, if a family doesn’t use a bathtub often, then a jetted tub wouldn’t be a good use of space. Instead, they might opt for more sink space with a larger vanity. The bottom line is if they don’t have plans to sell their home any time soon, they might want to consider spending their money remodeling their bathroom in the way they’ll most enjoy.

Thinking of remodeling or adding onto your Whatcom or Skagit County home in 2015? Now is the time to get planning and Hudson Remodeling is eager to chat with you. We can assist with any shower, tub, tile or whole bathroom remodel project. Simply give us a call or email Charlie about setting up an in-home appointment to discuss your project.

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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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Universal Design for Small Bathrooms

Posted 24 April 2014 by Team Hudson

Every day we hear about something important homeowners are faced with…that is trying to make their existing home work during the aging process.

Rather than downsizing or moving to assisted living facilities, many senior citizens are deciding to renovate their home to make it suitable for aging in place. Renovations that allow aging in place do not mean that the entire house needs to be redesigned to function only for the elderly. Universal design techniques and products make rooms accessible for all ages and abilities, so is an ideal solution for families or people who frequently host guests.

Not all bathroom renovations need to be large scale and costly. Homeowners can start small, like this bathroom project we recently completed in a Whatcom County home.

Hudson RemodelingOne of the first things that needed to be addressed with this bathroom remodel was replacing the tub/shower unit with one that was better for aging in place.

Rather than having a tall sided tub that needs to be stepped over (difficult for older people), we installed a low clearance, universally designed shower unit. Getting in and out of this shower will make life much easier for our client.

The universal design shower unit included a fold-down seat and a sturdy grab bar to aid with stability and safety. A fixed shower head, plus a handheld shower head, were also installed. Not only will those features make showering easier, but the handheld shower head makes cleaner the shower easier for all abilities.

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To also help with easy cleaning and maintenance, we installed a vanity surface that won’t require much special care over the years. The faucet of the sink is a lever, which again is more accessible for all ages and abilities. These simple details can make all the difference when remodeling a home with aging in place in mind.

Lastly, Marmoleum flooring was installed. This is a solid sheet of very durable linoleum. Because this type of flooring doesn’t have seams, it is easier to clean and is longer lasting than traditional linoleum.

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Are you starting to consider your options for retirement and are thinking about aging in place? Please consider contacting Hudson Remodeling to learn how we can help with projects large and small.

Want to learn more about universal design, including tips and ideas? Visit Hudson Remodeling’s blog for more articles and information.

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How to add a simple media room to your home

Posted 20 March 2014 by Team Hudson

Do you have a room in your home that is a catch-all room? Maybe there’s a treadmill that hasn’t been used in a long time, an office desk that is overflowing with electronic equipment, paperwork and books. Maybe there is even a collection of extra furniture that doesn’t fit in other rooms.

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Catch-all rooms, like the “before” sample above, are often a great choice when it comes to selecting a place in your home for a new media room. When remodeled effectively, you can bring function to a under used room while creating a space that is ideal for entertainment.

Hudson Remodeling recently completed a project that transformed a room from one that was simply an extra space in the house to one that is now a fresh and modern place where the homeowners can enjoy time together, watch movies and relax by the fireplace (“after” photo below).

Hudson Remodeling Home Entertainment RenovationA variety of elements were used in this room to create a warm, calming feel. They included a glass mosaic tile fireplace surround, custom cabinetry, upgraded wiring, granite counter tops (by Creative Stoneworks), new paint and carpeting.

Custom cabinetry was installed that allows for media and DVD storage, plus shelving for artwork and knick knacks to be displayed. Hudson Remodeling craftsmen designed and built the custom fireplace mantle and installed the mosaic tile around it. We think it looks great!

When planning the remodel of this media room, we carefully considered how natural light could create glare on screens in the room. Reducing the size of the south-facing windows was an easy way to minimize glare and also make room for new cabinetry.

Our clients worked with Aqui Este Tile in Bellingham, WA – they helped with color and material selection. Audio Visual Excellence, a Bellingham company that specializes in installing and maintaining home theater and entertainment systems, installed wiring and AV equipment. Hudson Remodeling removed sheetrock to make their job easier and then replaced it when they were done.

The end result is a classy media room that is inviting and cozy – our clients are thrilled with their upgraded living space.

If you’ve considered remodeling your home to create a home theater or media room, contact Hudson Remodeling. We enjoy working on projects that help homeowners modernize their home and maximize living spaces to their fullest potential.

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Ideas and inspiration for remodeling a master bedroom

Posted 21 December 2013 by Team Hudson

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Have you been dreaming of ways to remodel your master bedroom but don’t quite know where to begin? A master bedroom remodel is a great way to freshen things up – it can even make an old home feel like new.

Tackling remodeling projects in your home may seem overwhelming, but they don’t need to be.  Working with an experienced contractor, who will walk you through the entire process, can make the project seamless and enjoyable.

There are a few things to consider before moving forward with remodeling a master bedroom. Do you want to change lighting or make windows larger? How about adding a skylight?  Should closets be larger with more shelving? Do you want to remodel the adjoining bathroom at the same time so features and finishes are consistent?

These are the sorts of questions that Hudson Remodeling can help you answer. As a client, we believe that you should be part of the planning process, but shouldn’t be overwhelmed with all the details. We listen to what you envision and discuss options that fit with your ideas and budget.

Hudson RemodelingSomething else to consider with a master bedroom remodel is the possibility of adding an addition with a ground floor master suite to your home. When thinking to the future, having a bedroom with private bath can be a wise investment for those wishing to age in place.  Ground floor bedroom/bathroom suites can also be perfect for guests; they can make a difference for all ages and physical abilities.

You may or may not know exactly what you want with your master bedroom remodel, but Hudson Remodeling has years of experience and countless ideas to tap into – we can help create the perfect room for you.

Take a look at this gallery of master bedrooms or view additional samples on Houzz.com – there are thousands of images and ideas for master bedroom retreats.

When you are ready to learn more about master suite remodeling in your Whatcom or Skagit County home, contact Charlie at Hudson Remodeling to set up a consultation – we can help create the bedroom you’ve been dreaming of.

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Planning Ahead for 2014 Remodeling Projects

Posted 22 November 2013 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling What are your goals for 2014? Do they include an addition or remodel to modernize your Whatcom County home? Maybe you’re expecting an addition to your family that will require another room or are starting a new business and will need a home office. If you’re planning a larger home remodel such as these, now is the time to start planning for it.

The process will begin with talking to a general contractor to start working on a construction plan. You will want to discuss your budget and what you envision for the finished product at this time.

Hudson-Remodeling-WhatcomBecause there are seemingly endless options when it comes to home construction design, it helps to look at magazines, websites or Houzz.com to begin forming your own ideas.

Not quite sure of what you want visually? Take a look at Hudson Remodeling’s Photo Gallery for inspiration.

Two things that often aren’t factored in when developing the plan for a residential remodeling project is the time required to order supplies and obtain building permits. These tasks are important reasons to start thinking ahead for home construction projects.

At Hudson Remodeling, we take a Design-Build approach to remodeling projects.  We walk clients through the entire process so they don’t have to research and hire multiple companies for each area of the job.

Remodels should be an exciting time for homeowners. Planning accordingly and leaving adequate time for the project will help ensure the process meets your expectations. Contact Charlie Hudson to talk about your home remodeling goals for 2014!

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Charlie Hudson Named Builder of the Year

Posted 6 March 2012 by Team Hudson

Charlie HudsonOur very own Charlie Hudson was recently named Builder of the Year by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County!  The group recognized his top-notch residential construction experience over the past 30 years and ongoing association support.

Since 1997 Charlie has actively participated in the BIAWC, serving on the board of directors and executive committee, as well as Government Affairs Committee and Remodeling chairman.

In addition to receiving Builder of the Year recognition, Hudson has been Remodeler of the Year multiple times and was Most Valuable Political Player in 2009. Charlie has been association president the past two years and in 2011 also was acting executive officer.

Congratulations Charlie!

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