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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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Feature project: Clean, stylish kitchen remodel in Bellingham

Posted 28 March 2017 by Team Hudson

The pros at Hudson Remodeling absolutely love doing detailed work. And when they can do that work in the service of a client who’s tired of making compromises… well, that’s a great day.

Some homeowners came in recently with heads full of ideas for remodeling their kitchen. They wanted to keep the same basic layout, but they had some other fixes in mind that would help them truly enjoy their space.

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Before the remodel

For starters, that involved installing higher-quality cherry cabinets and extending the new cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Because the clients had been displaying glassware in that forever dusty above-cabinet space, new display areas with glass doors were built into some of the new cabinetry.

Under cabinet LED-lighting was installed. The result provides a good amount of light shining down on another of the centerpieces of this kitchen remodel: gorgeous granite countertops and a nearly seamless backsplash, which was sourced from Creative Stoneworks in Bellingham.

Under cabinet power strips and lighting

Because of space limitations, the granite countertops were custom-designed to have no overhang. The result is functional and just as beautiful as it would have been otherwise.

In a special touch, the project skipped the traditional placement of outlets that would be cut into the backsplash. Instead, under-cabinet power strips provide all power needs. This helps highlight the beautiful pattern of the granite backsplash.

Kitchen remodeling can be personal and customized. These home remodeling clients had knobs that were of sentimental value, so those went on all new cabinetry. The original kitchen faucet, which came with a rather neat permanently installed flower vase, also was retained per their request.

Transformation

The island was left in the same place, as shown in the photos, but the wine rack was moved around the corner, and cookbook storage was hidden behind a new cabinet door. The island also was the recipient of some new display space and a convenient electrical outlet. The overall result is a cleaner looking kitchen island, especially when viewed from other rooms in the house.

Finishing touches included a sliding recycling-bin feature for under the countertop and a custom, extra-deep pantry.

To chat about ideas for your own Whatcom or Skagit kitchen remodel, give Hudson Remodeling a call. And feel free to browse photo galleries of Hudson’s other kitchen remodels for inspiration.

 

 

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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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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.

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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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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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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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Modernize your home with a whole-house remodel

Posted 14 October 2013 by Team Hudson

Was your Whatcom County home built in the 80’s or 90’s? If so, chances are good that it’s time to do a bit of updating to modernize things a bit.

It’s a fact that homes built 20+ years ago now have a certain look that dates them and can even decrease their resale value. These homes often have original builder-grade finishes like light colored linoleum and carpet, gold lighting fixtures and funky colored bathroom tiles – it’s time to say goodbye to the 80’s!

At Hudson Remodeling we help homeowners add value and visual appeal to their home by modernizing living spaces via whole-house remodeling. These remodeling projects typically include:

· Updating all lighting fixtures and bathroom hardware to modern finishes like oiled bronze or brushed nickel.

· Replacing laminate counters in kitchens and bathrooms with granite, marble or another solid surface product.

· Replacing carpet and linoleum with hardwood or heated tile flooring.

· Replacing pink, blue or beige kitchen and bathroom tiles with muted, soothing shades like green or grey.

· Replacing windows and doors for better insulation/weather protection.

· Replacing cabinet hardware with pulls and levers instead of knobs.

· Upgrading interior trim like baseboards, doors and windows.

· Upgrading appliances in the kitchen.

· Adding a fresh coat of exterior or interior paint.

Whether you are planning to stay in your home for years to come, or thinking of moving in the next year or so, a whole-house remodel can increase your comfort level and raise the home’s value.

Take a look around with a fresh set of eyes, and then give Charlie a call to learn more about whole-house remodeling.

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Feature Remodeling Project: Subtle, Affordable Kitchen Remodel

Posted 11 July 2012 by Team Hudson

We love remodeling kitchens! It is very satisfying to take a space that is tired, worn out and inefficient and turn it into something fresh and user-friendly.

Kitchen remodeling pricing can vary greatly depending on the scope of work. Some customers want a ‘gut job’ where we pull out everything down to the studs and rebuild the space. Others opt for subtle, more affordable tweaks that improve living spaces (photo).

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of updating the kitchen of a local real estate agent, Sharon Allen. We helped improve flow in her living areas by removing a wall and then made subtle, affordable changes in the kitchen that really made a difference.

If you have been considering a large or small kitchen remodel please give me a call. I’d be happy to come take a look and chat with you about layout and design options.

Charlie

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