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South Hill home takes advantage of bay views

Posted 4 March 2020 by Team Hudson

The South Hill neighborhood in Bellingham is filled with gorgeous homes that take advantage of sun exposure from the south and west and beautiful views of Bellingham Bay.

This brick home in the middle of that neighborhood certainly was no exception.

Hudson Remodeling was hired by the homeowners to remodel the kitchen area on the upper floor, renovate the southern portion of the existing basement, and update the garage. In the kitchen, the homeowners’ main desires were to take better advantage of the view and create more floor space. Hudson’s plans in the kitchen area were to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining area and remove a set of stairs into the basement. In remodeling the basement, the objective was to clean up the overall look of the space by enclosing the plumbing, heating and electrical supply lines; enclosing the boiler area; creating storage areas; and adding cabinetry and countertops in the laundry area and snack bar. The goal of the garage remodel was to create a clean and insulated space in which to park a car.

Kitchen:

In the dining room, a large picture window opens to a stunning view of Bellingham Bay. That view was unavailable from the kitchen, however, thanks to a wall separating the two spaces. Hudson Remodeling removed that wall, replacing it with a structural support beam over a newly installed 42-inch-high countertop and bar that extends partway into the new space and allows for comfortable kitchen seating.

A good chunk of the kitchen space also had been taken up by stairs leading down into the basement. Removing those stairs — and the walls that surrounded it — created a large amount of additional usable space in the kitchen. In that new space, Hudson’s crews installed a double oven along the wall and a peninsula counter that houses a 36-inch gas cooktop. A prep sink was added along that wall as well, and the main sink and dishwasher were moved to the previously bare east wall under two windows that look out over the yard and neighborhood.

All windows and doors in the kitchen were replaced, as were the green vinyl flooring and matching countertops. Hudson’s crews installed custom-made shaker-style cabinets from Northwest Woodslayer in Bellingham. The new flooring in the space is pre-finished solid maple over a hydronic floor heating system from Rehau.

Here’s a before-and-after comparison of the view toward the bay from the kitchen. The “before” photo is on the left, and the “after” photo is on the right. Use the slider to compare the two images.

Basement and garage:

The removal of the stairs up to the kitchen naturally freed up space in the daylight basement as well. Hudson’s crews were able to turn this space into a closet and utility room, which now encompasses (and hides) the large boiler.

The walls and ceilings throughout the basement and garage areas were demolished down to the studs. Where there were bare concrete walls, Hudson installed 2×4 walls to accommodate the new electrical and plumbing work and allow for a smooth drywall finish. New laminate cabinets and counters — also from Northwest Woodslayer — were installed throughout the space, along with appliances.

The lower floor had previously been a mess of wiring, ducting, plumbing and exposed framing. With all of that now hidden in the walls and behind other enclosures, the new basement space is clean and inviting.

Of course, the best part of any remodel is seeing and hearing the homeowners’ reactions to their new spaces. This Bellingham remodeling job was a huge hit with the clients. Just consider this recommendation:

“Thank you for all your hard work, patience and professionalism. Your responsiveness was unsurpassed by your peers in the community. I cannot thank you enough for providing quality service; more importantly, trustworthy service. You’ve instilled a belief in me that there still are people who will stand by their word and not take advantage of others during challenging times. I’m a reference if ever you need one!”

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Upstairs and down, Hudson refreshes South Bellingham home

Posted 5 February 2020 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling recently completed a whole-house remodel near Lake Padden in South Bellingham that improved every part of the home — upstairs and downstairs, inside and out.

The result is a modern space with ample room for this client’s young family and even some gorgeous downstairs living space for their parents in the daylight basement.

On the main floor, Hudson’s remodeling crews remodeled the living room, dining room, laundry room, entryway, master bathroom and second bathroom. In the basement, we remodeled the family room and two bathrooms. We also refurbished the deck and added concrete stairs down one side of the house to create additional access to a backyard patio. Hudson’s crew members also added a ceiling system to the underside of the deck to ensure the patio area underneath stays dry in the Bellingham rain.

Let’s walk through the main aspects of this completed remodeling project:

We removed carpeting in the living room, hallway and two bedrooms and replaced it with 770 square feet of hardwood flooring. All flooring was sanded and re-finished with a darker, more modern stain.

We replaced the existing water heater with two on-demand models that supply a consistent flow of hot water throughout the home. We also fixed a problem with noisy heating ducts and added a gas line for an outdoor grill.

In the laundry room, we installed a new laundry sink, faucet, countertop and cabinet to match the kitchen cabinets. We tucked the washer and dryer inside a new appliance cabinet created to provide space for shoes and other storage.

In the dining room, Hudson replaced the sliding door leading out to the large upper deck and installed two new vinyl picture windows. Our carpentry crews also installed new window seat cabinets with built-in storage — designed to closely match the kitchen cabinetry — and routed the floor heating vent into the toe kick.

Master bathroom with new tub and dual-sink vanity

For the living room fireplace, Hudson’s crews framed a new firebox into which we installed a new gas fireplace framed by cultured stone veneer and topped with a wood mantel. We widened the entry closet and installed a new bench seat, shelf and hooks for the family’s outdoor gear. We placed a railing alongside the basement stairs and installed a new handrail to complement the new wood flooring.

Stylistically, the master bathroom probably saw the biggest change of all. Out went the old square brown tiles, honey-colored wood cabinets and built-in corner bathtub. They were replaced by walls of white subway tiles, charcoal floor tiles in a hexagonal pattern, and a gorgeous free-standing white bathtub for the corner. Hudson’s crews also removed a closet from the adjoining bathroom and used that space for a new 3-foot-by-5-foot walk-in shower. The master bathroom also received a new dual-sink vanity cabinet with slab drawers and shaker doors. The quartz countertop here, as in the other bathrooms Hudson’s contracting crews remodeled for this project, came from Creative Stoneworks in Bellingham.

Bathroom remodel with dual-sink vanity and luxury vinyl plank flooring

The second bathroom on the main floor, which shares a wall with the master bath, also was completely remodeled, with a new vanity, sink and quartz countertop and new luxury vinyl plank flooring.

In the basement, Hudson removed all of the carpeting and installed luxury vinyl plank throughout. In the basement bathrooms — including a guest bath and a master bath — we installed new showers, vanities (with quartz countertops and tile backsplashes) and a new comfort-height toilet ideal for aging in place.

As one would expect with a whole-house remodel of this size, Hudson’s crews also replaced sheetrock throughout the house and completed all of the necessary detail work, including replacing  trim with a painted, wider profile to update the entire style of the house. 

For more photos of this project, please visit the related photo gallery.

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How to improve a home’s natural light

Posted 2 January 2020 by Team Hudson

There’s nothing like natural light. It’s environmentally friendly, kind to electrical bills, pleasant in character and — even during the darkest days of Pacific Northwest winters  — in abundant supply (at least for part of the day).

Whatcom County homeowners looking for a boost to the character and feel of their homes have plenty of options for increasing the amount of warm, natural light they can enjoy indoors.

Windows: Windows should always be a homeowner’s first choice for introducing natural light. Not only do they brighten up a room, but they also visually open up the space and extend the home into the outdoors. Plus, they’re fairly easy to install. Hudson Remodeling’s Bellingham construction crews recently installed a full two-story wall of windows in one Bellingham home, opening up grand vistas of the Puget Sound and flooding the home with gorgeous light, dawn to dusk.

Solar tubes: Solar tubes are incredible. They look and feel like recessed lighting, and they can be so bright they’ll leave you fumbling for the switch as you leave the room. Solar tubes work by taking the sunlight from outside and channeling in through a reflective tube and then diffusing that light throughout the room. Solar tubes are brilliant and cost-effective ways to introduce additional light into a space, often costing as little as one-half or even one-fourth as much as skylights. Consider them for windowless bathrooms, that dark corner of the kitchen or in other spaces without adequate window lighting. Solar tubes produce the equivalent of three to ten (or more) 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, depending on size — all without requiring any electricity whatsoever.

Skylights: In essence, skylights are windows placed into the roof. They are especially nice when there’s not a lot of attic space to contend with during insulation, but they can be installed through any height of attic. However, they’ll lose some light to absorption within the skylight well, and they don’t take advantage of diffusion systems (like solar tubes do) to spread the light around the room. Skylights can serve to raise room temperature, so you might consider whether that would be welcomed (or appreciated!).

Window wells: In basement living spaces, windows should be close to the floor and large enough to provide egress in the event of an emergency. These larger windows also provide the benefit of additional daylight into underground spaces. If your home in Bellingham, Ferndale or Lynden was built with a basement, consider the benefits of enlarging underground windows.

Additional possibilities: While you’re mulling over the above home remodeling options to increase your Whatcom County home’s natural light, you also might consider a few additional options for a sunlight boost:

  • Add more mirrors or other shiny objects, especially in places where they can reflect window light.
  • Replace an exterior door with one that contains a window — a full-panel window would work great, but even a small half-circle at eye height would add important natural light.
  • Replace opaque window treatments with sheer curtains that maintain privacy while also allowing natural light to filter into the home, even when closed.
  • Use lighter paint colors on walls and ceilings. You might even consider a high-gloss paint on your ceiling to boost the reflection potential. Consider swapping out your flooring, too, for a lighter, more reflective option. Changing from carpet to a light-colored wood, for example, can make a big difference.
  • In lieu of windows, consider using glass blocks in exterior walls. Remember that they are not load bearing, though, so contact a good home remodeling contractor to install them.
  • Consider opening up your indoor space, removing walls and doors or using translucent instead of opaque dividers.
  • Cut back and/or move any exterior plants that might be keeping sunlight from entering the home.
  • Clean your windows! Have you ever noticed how much better you can see in your car after getting it washed? Your home windows are no different. A good cleaning can make a noticeable difference.

When you’re ready for your beautiful new windows, doors, skylights or solar tubes, please reach out to Hudson Remodeling. Our Bellingham construction crew works throughout Whatcom County to improve the character and livability of our clients’ homes, taking advantage of all of the beautiful natural light that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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What can you do with that basement space?

Posted 28 June 2019 by Team Hudson

There are two ways to look at an unfinished basement:

  1. It’s a dank, scary place full of spiders and probably other gross things.
  2. It’s a gold mine just waiting to be tapped!

Since you’re reading this, we know you’re the type of person to look at a basement as a huge remodeling opportunity. Kudos to you! We like you already.

Here are a few ideas for using a basement remodel to turn that dark underground space into a useful, functional and fun room you’ll love to visit.

Art studio or craft area: Let your ideas run wild in a space crafted just to your tastes. Maybe you want a large, open painting studio, or perhaps you’d like to build a photography darkroom into one corner. Maybe you’d like a comfortable nook for your sewing machine with a wall cabinet dedicated to your favorite yards of cloth? Or how about a huge drafting table, large-format printer or sculpting table? Whatever your artistic passion, odds are your basement can become the art studio of your dreams.

Fitness room: That basement space might be perfect for a few pieces of exercise equipment. A stationary bike here, a Nordic Track there, a set of free weights in the corner next to the rowing machine… your basement could make the perfect home gym!

Media center: This one’s becoming a classic basement idea — nice leather couches, large flat-screen television, nearby bathroom, maybe even a fireplace or wet bar. Hudson Remodeling’s carpenters recently added a bar to one home here in Whatcom County, and it’s a real treat!

Hudson Remodeling recently added this small bar to a Bellingham home during a basement remodel.

Library or study: Some man caves are all about sports and video games, while others are decked with book-lined walls framing a large fireplace opposite a desk for studying and a wing-backed chair for reading. If a basement book library sounds like your idea of fun, we’d love to chat with you about ideas!

Laundry room: Perhaps you’re already using your basement as a laundry room. But couldn’t it be so much nicer? Maybe you could use space for a large washbasin or a wall-mounted drying rack? You spend a lot of time doing laundry, and you should be able do it in a renovated laundry room.

In a basement remodel, the addition of large window wells like this one create easy ways to exit the home in an emergency while also providing ample natural light.

Guest apartment: There are so many possibilities here. You could craft a cute space for your mother-in-law to live in close proximity to the family. You could build an apartment that can be rented out on Airbnb or Vrbo. You could create a suite for that day when one of your kids inevitably needs to crash at your house for a month. All of these are wonderful ideas; just be sure to check your local building regulations regarding the addition of any cooking facilities or additional dwelling units (often referred to as ADUs) to your basement.

Home office: Technology is making remote work an increasing possibility these days. Consider carving out some space in your basement for a secluded home office that offers the tranquility of an office with the comforts of proximity to the finer points of home life — like your spouse, kids and the coffee maker. Capitalize on the natural light coming from large window wells to improve the quality of the workspace.

Playroom: One of the high points of remodeling your basement to serve as the kids’ play area is that you – and your guests – will rarely have to see whatever mess your children have going on down there. Plus, a basement playroom would give the kids space to be a little louder than they might get to be elsewhere in the house. A win for both kids and parents! Whatever your idea for your unfinished basement, please give us a call if you’d like to talk about plans. Hudson Remodeling has years of experience with many types of home remodels throughout Whatcom County.

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New year, new (old) home

Posted 28 November 2018 by Team Hudson

Are you committed to loving your home more in 2019?

If so, you’ve probably already realized that your dream home might be the one you already live in. A tweak here, an upgrade there and you might find that the best place for you and your family in the new year is the place you already call home.

Here are five home remodeling projects that can provide great value — both in resale down the road and in enjoyment today.

Create new outdoor spaces: Perhaps what your home needs is a better connection to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest — spring breezes, summer heat, fall colors. Consider the benefits that a deck or porch could make and capitalize on that lovely view and/or extend your living space from the living room or master suite to the gorgeous outdoors.

Add more livable space: Speaking of more space, how about adding some on the inside of your home by converting the basement into space your whole family can treasure? Take that musty and dank basement or garage and convert it to a game room, rec room, sewing room, mother-in-law suite, wet bar or something else. If you’re lucky enough to have a basement in your home, you might as well make the most of it!

Fixing wear and tear: Over time, our homes begin to show their age. In some cases, it’s just a cosmetic issue, while in others, that age could be introducing serious problems. Take a tour of your home, inside and out, and consider whether it’s time for a new roof, remodeled garage or new siding. Peeling paint, loose siding and missing shingles can lead to big problems from water damage down the road. Are there leaky pipes in your crawl space? Poorly installed downspouts that let rainwater pool near your foundation? Don’t let small issues fester until they’ve become full-blown problems.

Modernize an older home: Depending on the era in which your home was built, it might contain one (or more!) of these outdated features: knob-and-tube wiring; electric baseboard heating; uninsulated walls, floors and/or ceilings; single-pane windows; an oil-burning heating unit; an open, wood-burning fireplace; and more. Updating these dated elements can make a big difference in safety, living comfort, energy efficiency and sellability:

  • Bringing the wiring into the 21st century can be a big safety improvement.
  • Installing gas piping for central air heating and gas appliances can be a huge boost in comfort.
  • Replacing the wood fireplace with a gas insert, thoroughly insulating the home, and installing double-pane windows can dramatically improve energy efficiency.

Remodel living spaces: When we think of home upgrades, room remodeling is one of the obvious choices. Remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, living room or master suite can make enormous changes to a home — changes that you’ll love living in and, should you ever decide to sell, will make your home a lot more attractive to potential buyers.

Committing to loving the home you already own is a great choice! Take a look at these five projects and let us know if we can help you get started. We’d love to be part of helping your family fall in love with your home all over again.

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You might be wondering… Three tips for a successful home remodeling project

Posted 27 September 2018 by Team Hudson

A home remodel is probably something you’ll do only once in your life. Nobody expects you to be an expert at it.

After all, that’s why you’re considering hiring a professional to do the work, right?

If this is your first time through the home remodeling process, there probably are a thousand questions swirling around in your mind about how the construction and renovation process will go.

Based on Hudson Remodeling’s prodigious experience in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County, here some tried-and-true answers to a few important home remodeling questions.

When is the best time to conduct a Bellingham home remodeling project?

The best time of year to remodel your home depends a lot on the type of work being done. Any time of year works well for indoor remodeling and upgrade projects, but there are certain tasks that can’t be completed during the rainy season. Roof replacements and exterior painting jobs, for example, are best done under the sun. Most other projects — bathroom remodels, kitchen upgrades, deck installations and more — are great to complete all year long.

Hudson Remodeling is booking projects now for the spring, so if you have an exterior project, now’s the time to get on the list for the spring/summer dry period.

Can I live at home during the remodeling project?

Whether your family should continue to live in your home while it’s being renovated honestly depends on the extent of the work. If the area to be remodeled can be isolated from the rest of the home, such as a basement renovation with exterior access, then it’s OK for homeowners to remain in the house.

However, for safety reasons, contractors would prefer that people don’t walk through an active job site. If we’re talking about a whole-house remodel, it’s much better for the homeowners to move out, if at all possible, as it’s much more efficient for the contractor to have access to all rooms at once. With unfettered access to the home, the plumbers, electricians, sheetrockers, painters and carpenters can limit the number of times they need to access the home. That will help the project get done much faster, which of course means that the homeowner can enjoy the work that much sooner.

How much should I communicate with the remodeler or contractor?

Good communication is a major key to a successful home remodeling partnership. Great relationships are ones where the homeowners are willing to provide the contractor with insight into their goals and priorities for the construction project. For example, on many projects, some compromises might need to be made. In these cases, it’s important that the remodeler know what’s important to the homeowner so they provide sound remodeling advice and help the homeowner make the best choices.

Communication doesn’t always have to be with words, either. After all, a picture is worth a thousand! If you find a photo that captures your vision for the space, please feel free to share. Your home remodeling contractor will appreciate the clarity and the insight into your vision for your beautiful new home. Feel free to browse photos from past Hudson Remodeling Bellingham home renovations for inspiration.

How can I tell which home remodeling bid is the best one?

Hudson Remodeling’s lead carpenter, Dave James, weighed in on that during a recent Q&A. Check out his answer here.

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Make your home cozy for winter

Posted 27 September 2017 by Team Hudson

Windy weather, swirling leaves and the pattering of rain on exterior windows — when fall arrives in Whatcom County, it brings with it a constant urge to curl up in front of the fire or soak in a warm bath.

If cooler weather and the approach of the holidays have you brainstorming ways to make your home cozier, peruse this list of home-remodeling projects; you may find on it the perfect little warm winter hideaway.

Create a home theater room: Do you have an unused room in your house? Unfinished basement? Consider remodeling that space to add a comfy space for watching movies and sports. 

Upgrade the bathroom: One way to combat the colder weather of winter is with the warmth of a spa-like bathroom. Consider a non-jetted soaking tub so that there’s no noise to wreck the mood or maintenance to wreck your wallet.

Install a new fireplace: It can be hard to curl up in front of the fireplace when you don’t have one. Modern technology offers numerous options for fireplaces, from gas inserts to pellet stoves to electrical fireplaces that don’t even require external venting. 

You pick the fireplace and Hudson Remodeling will design and install a fabulous mantle that will match your home’s character.

Create a reading nook: Whatcom County’s older homes are well-known for their myriad quirky spaces perfect for the creation of cozy reading nooks. With a little imagination, newer homes, too, offer many such spaces: an unused corner of the living room, next to the front-entrance pony wall, under the window of the master bedroom.

Build a window seat: Speaking of reading nooks — window seats can be fun, functional ways to transform the look and feel of a room. Simply take a plain window and flank it with built-in bookshelves or closets to create a cozy space you’ll never want to leave. Lounge there with a good book, hot cup of coffee and the view of your side yard or surrounding neighborhood, and you’ll never want to leave.

Upgrade your windows: While you’re at it, you might want to consider installing better windows. 

Those old wooden or aluminum windows aren’t keeping the cold out as well as they should. New, energy efficient and beautiful windows can help ensure your home stays comfy and cozy all winter long.

If you’re looking for a Bellingham or Whatcom County remodeler to help improve your home’s coziness potential this winter, give Hudson Remodeling a call. We have the experience and expertise to ensure your job is done to the highest standards.

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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.

Hudson Remodeling Home Entertainment Room Hudson Remodeling

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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Remodeling Trends for 2013

Posted 8 October 2012 by Team Hudson

Remodeling Trends for 2013

National construction experts are starting to compile lists of the top home remodeling trends for 2013 that will add value and provide a great return on investment.  Here are  a few of our favorite remodeling trends, along with links to online galleries, to consider incorporating into your home.

  • Kitchen makeovers.  Refinish or reface cabinets, update appliances; add a breakfast bar or island.   http://tinyurl.com/9tm4ap2
  • Turn you master bathroom into a mini-spa.  Add a Jacuzzi soaker tub, quartz or granite counters, vessel sinks, and bronze fixtures.  http://tinyurl.com/9hwmfcq
  • Remove walls to create open floor plans.  Some older homes were built with walls that separate living spaces, like between living, dining and kitchen areas.  Many homeowners today prefer open, less formal spaces.  http://tinyurl.com/8en4c35
  • Say good-bye to carpet.  Hardwood, tile, bamboo and slate floors are a much better option for people with allergies.  They are easy to clean and maintain and instantly make a room look fresh and modern.  http://tinyurl.com/976kgbw
  • Add more living space.  Families are merging, parents are aging and moving in with their children…for many it may be time to convert unfinished basements into additional living space.  http://tinyurl.com/3qdlohh

I hope the ideas above (and photos in our online galleries) will provide a bit of remodeling inspiration for projects that will modernize your home and make it more comfortable for years to come.  Our crews have experience in all these areas and would be happy to talk with you about remodeling projects you may be considering.  Call or email Charlie Hudson today!

 

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