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The benefits of bumping out

Posted 27 September 2019 by Team Hudson

Here’s the scenario:

You’ve got a bathroom that’s about one walk-in shower too small, but you don’t want to take space from the neighboring bedroom to get it there.

Or perhaps your galley kitchen is just begging for a more comfortable working triangle, but with other important parts of the house surrounding it, you’d rather not steal from Peter to pay Paul.

A creative bump-out addition — or a micro-addition, as they’re sometimes called — can be the difference-maker here. Moving a section of exterior wall out a few feet is often the best way to gain additional space indoors, with the only loss being a little yard or garden space.

What could you do with a bump out?

A strategic bump out could add an eating area to your kitchen, a stand-alone shower to your bathroom, a reading nook or home office to the living room, a powder room to a hallway or walk-in closet to a bedroom, among other things. The choices are many. Heck, if you’re one of those people who still uses your garage to park cars, you could add bump-out space in the garage that gives you a workbench and tool storage.

Hudson Remodeling completed a bump-out addition recently that gave our clients a second-floor lounge area, complete with fireplace and small deck. The new room takes advantage of the home’s stellar Lake Whatcom views while integrating seamlessly into the rest of the home, both inside and out.

How big can a bump out be?

How big your new space can be depends largely on how you build it. If you’re supporting the addition with a foundation or footings, you can typically go out as far as your yard size will allow. If the bump out is cantilevered — with no support underneath — then you’ll be limited by the length of the joists inside the home. Cantilevering is done by attaching new joists to existing ones, and in most cases the length of the joist outside the home can’t be more than half of the length inside.

You also want to keep in mind the aesthetics of the home when designing your addition; ideally, as it did with the Lake Whatcom home we worked on, the add-on will fit seamlessly into the look of the rest of the home. Hiring a design/build contractor can really save you here, as you’ll get someone who will take into account not only the aesthetics of the addition but also its feasibility and fit with your budget.

Of course, the size of your little addition also will depend on what it’s being used for. You could go out as little as two feet to add needed kitchen space, six feet to turn your powder room into a master bath, or even 10 or 12 feet to add an entirely new room. The choice is yours!

Whatever your plans, the design/build team here at Hudson Remodeling can handle it. To discuss your upcoming bump-out project and how it might add much-needed space to your home, give the pros at Hudson a call.

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Tile work puts stylish stamp on bathroom remodeling project

Posted 30 August 2019 by Team Hudson

Here at Hudson Remodeling, one of our calling cards has always been our crews’ attention to detail. Nowhere has that focus been more evident than on this two-bath renovation project we did in Whatcom County.

This Bellingham project gave new life to a master and guest bathroom, both of which were completely gutted and remodeled. This photo gallery includes some before-and-after shots of the work to help you get a full picture of the bathroom remodel project. As you can see, it was quite a change!

Master bath upgrades

In the master bathroom, we removed the old fiberglass shower, fiberglass soaking tub, toilet and mirror. We also ripped out the old vinyl flooring and underlayment in preparation for a gorgeous new floor of 12-inch-by-24-inch ceramic tile.

This giant walk-in shower replaced a fiberglass soaker tub and shower surround.

The plan here was to replace the old shower and bathtub with a spacious tiled shower, so we framed in a 4-foot-by-6-foot space with room for a trench drain, tiled bench, tiled footrest and large niche.

On the shower wall, we installed large, warm gray tiles, similar to the tiles we placed on the bathroom floor. Adding interest to the shower walls is a decorate stripe of black mosaic tile, running from one end to the other and also filling in the back of the two-shelf niche. On the floor of the shower and the top of the bench seat, our crews installed sliced black stone to complete the look.

We installed a wall-to-wall (approximately 10-foot-long) vanity cabinet, crafted by Northwest Woodslayer here in Bellingham, and over that placed a black granite countertop with dual rectangular, undermount sinks.

This new faucet in the master bathroom is set off by a gorgeous hexagonal backsplash that runs up to the ceiling.

On the wall over the vanity, we ran a stunning hexagonal tile up to the ceiling, framing three flush-mount medicine cabinets with inline lights. Two of the cabinets contain electrical outlets, and one houses a pull-out magnifying mirror.

We also installed a heated tile floor in the master bathroom, with a touch-screen programmable timer. In the vanity sink cabinet, we installed a hot-water recirculating pump to improve the delivery of hot water to the sinks and the shower.

Guest bath upgrades

The plan in the guest bath was to continue the look, with some slightly different choices. The old fiberglass tub/shower combo came out, to be replaced with a stylish acrylic soaker tub and tiled shower surround.

The shower wall tile in the guest bath is the same as the master, with a similar decorative stripe and niche — but with slightly different tile. In the guest bath, we used a pearl-finish dark tile in a brick pattern, and that same tile continued over to the backsplash above the black granite countertop.

The guest bath upgrades were similar to those in the master bath, with a long maple hardwood vanity and beautiful tile work.

As in the master, Hudson’s crews installed dual under-mount rectangular sinks in the guest bath. For a backsplash, we installed four rows of the 4-inch, rectangular, pearl-finish tile under a large, framed mirror that covers almost the entire wall. The mirror is actually the one that was in the old bathroom, but Hudson’s carpenters built a wood frame for it that matches the new maple hardwood cabinets.

Backsplash detail in the guest bath.

We converted the existing electrical outlets to GFCI, for safety, and installed an additional outlet above the vanity. Additional details in the guest bathroom remodel include a new exhaust fan with timer switch and baseboard made of floor tile.

The abundance of detailed tile work made this quite a fun job for our team, and we’re proud of the end result. Of course, the fact that the homeowner loves the work is the best reward of all.

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Darker colors are among trends in exterior home design

Posted 27 March 2019 by Team Hudson

Dark house paint colors are in. In recent years, more and more homeowners have been choosing darker shades for their painting projects. Dark green, brown or blue homes with bright white trim can make a beautiful statement. You needn’t stop there, though. Many new projects also are featuring both darker trim and siding, resulting in dark-on-dark color schemes. Other homes stick with the classic dark-and-light combination — but reversed, with light siding (think white, light yellow or a classic pale green) with deep black trim.

What else is hot in exterior design and remodeling? Let’s take a look.

Shake siding: This goes well with the trend of dark home exteriors, as natural cedar can create stunning curb appeal, as seen in this job we completed near Lake Whatcom. Don’t be shy about painting your shake, though. With so many gorgeous colors available, the options are practically limitless (maybe take inspiration from these colors of the year). Cedar takes paint well, but be sure to prime it first.

Painted brick: Speaking of paint, painted brick is another trend that can add fresh appeal to a home’s exterior. As a siding material, brick has staying power, and painted brick certainly does too, as it’s been done for years. If you’ve been thinking about painting yours, perhaps now’s the time. By the way, brick is being painted on new construction and remodels, too, so if your home doesn’t have any existing brick to paint, don’t fear!

A return to older styles: Shake and brick not your thing? Another fun trend of late is the re-emergence of such styles as shiplap siding and board and batten. Both styles offer classic looks that continue to stand the test of time (as opposed to, say, grooved plywood siding). Shiplap was a lot more common around here in the first part of the 20th century, before plywood became commonly used. It was often used as a substrate for flooring and roofing materials, but it works well as a siding option, too.

Outdoor living spaces: You don’t have to live in the southern U.S. to make use of outdoor living spaces. In fact, being in the PNW is all the more reason — where on earth is more beautiful than here? Homeowners today are making true use of their outdoor spaces, using such elements as high-quality furniture and built-in cooking appliances in covered spaces truly meant to be extensions of the home. Need some inspiration? Check out this gallery from House Beautiful.

Learn more: Porches, patios and sunrooms
make the most of summer living
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If you’re considering an update to your Pacific Northwest home, contact us here at Hudson, and we’d love to walk you through these options and many more.

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Taking a look at ‘modern farmhouse’ design

Posted 30 January 2019 by Team Hudson

Home. For so many people, it’s a place of comfort, a place for family, a place to gather around the big dining room table after a hard day’s work and laugh and play with friends. Home is a well-lived-in, well-loved place of coziness and relaxation.

This feeling, this idea, is what people often are aiming for when they decorate in certain styles. Remember “shabby chic” and its focus on things like antique furniture, distressed-wood touches and built-in cabinets? Or the “classic farmhouse” style with its sturdy, practical furniture, apron sinks and natural wood accents?

Lately, we’ve been seeing a number of customers with new takes on these classic decorating styles. They’re going for more of a “modern farmhouse” look, which in many ways is a direct descendent of both shabby chic and classic farmhouse styles. Let’s take a look at a few modern farmhouse elements. Maybe you’ll find yourself incorporating some of these in your home!

Farmstead elements: We’ve done a number of interior door installations lately in the barn style. It’s a classic look that evokes feelings of simple living and brings with it a practical touch. These sliding doors are great space savers, akin to the pocket doors of yore, for spaces where a large swinging door wouldn’t quite fit. This door was made from locally sourced recycled wood, but you can also purchase pre-made doors at places like Home Depot. As a matter of fact, that’s where we got the barn doors for this bathroom remodel.

Rustic meets contemporary: In a nutshell, this is the core of modern farmhouse design. Distressed shelves and exposed wood beams paired with the clean, glossy feel of embedded windows create a look that is both sophisticated and traditional. More common examples of this pairing can be found in kitchens that combine stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and apron-front sinks in the farmhouse style. This kitchen even takes that a step further, with sleek appliances, modern lighting, shiny black granite countertops, bright wooden cabinets and, to add an extra modern touch to a classic kitchen centerpiece, a farmhouse-style sink in black.

Neutral palette, uncluttered space: The farmhouse look, whether classic or modern, is all about natural, neutral colors and fibers — leather chairs, natural wood furnishings, cotton fabrics, white walls. This 1909 logging bunkhouse in Lynden was brought into the modern age while retaining the classic touches that give the home its lived-in character.

What do you think? Are you considering the modern farmhouse look in your home? With its shabby chic and classic farmhouse heritage combined with contemporary touches, the style has become a comforting, inviting and modern take on interior design.

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Feature: Whole-house remodel in Bellingham

Posted 28 March 2018 by Team Hudson

We’ve just finished up the most amazing whole-house remodeling job, and we’ve been dying to share it with you!

Our Whatcom County construction crews went all out on this job, refurbishing this home from top to bottom, inside and out. Wait until you see the before-and-after photos of the kitchen and bathroom.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the homeowner wanted something open to the living spaces. We completely gutted it, working from bare walls to realize the homeowners’ vision for the new kitchen design. We installed gorgeous new hardwood flooring, cherry cabinets, new countertops and backsplash tile, and new appliances. We also added an island to the center of the room for additional counter and gathering space.

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Our carpenters reframed the connection between the kitchen and living room, too, and extended the same amazing flooring (seriously, you’ve got to see this stuff) into that space as well.

We used the same rustic cherry cabinets in the master bath remodel, which also includes large-format, rectangular tile extending from the new shower (which features amazing views out over the landscape) across the wide-open bathroom floor.

Throughout the job, of course, we installed new wiring, plumbing, windows, doors and exterior siding to match the house’s rearranged layout.

This project was one of those situations where the homeowner loved the home’s location but felt that the finishings had become outdated. The result is a home that truly captures the owners’ style and maximizes the house’s amazing points — including the beautiful views and the abundance of sunlight streaming through windows and doors. From top to bottom, this is a home-remodeling job that our crews are extremely proud of, from designers to builders.

If you haven’t checked out our photo galleries lately, we’ve added a bunch of new work in the past few months. Here’s a quote from a recent clients whose home remodeling job is among those galleries: “We have over 25 years experience doing home renovations, but we have never had a more delightful time updating our home than working with Hudson Remodeling. They transformed our vision into our favorite room in the house. The stress that comes from remodeling a home was greatly reduced by the professionalism of their construction team, who always respected our personal space, provided excellent craftsmanship, and gave timely input to make the finished product even better than we imagined it could be. We were lucky enough to get Hudson to work on our project and would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to others.”

If you’ve been thinking about making upgrades to your Bellingham or Whatcom County home, please consider giving Hudson Remodeling a call. We’d love to hear from you. Not only do we pay close attention to the smallest details, we also have the vision and design skills to envision and implement a cohesive design for your home.

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How Hudson works with home designers

Posted 28 February 2018 by Team Hudson

At Hudson Remodeling, we don’t do things halfway. We pay attention to the smallest detail while always keeping the big picture — what our clients want their homes to look and feel like — in view.

When we’re done with a project, we want the homeowner to be awestruck by the beauty of their homes and to continue to be impressed the more they live in the space.

When homeowners have remodeling ideas, our in-house design team is adept at facilitating a smooth transition from dream to reality. We also work with a number of outside designers in Bellingham and elsewhere who draw up brilliant plans and then hand them off to our crews for completion.

We love working with outside designers. Here’s why:

Designers are experts in home design. They know how to make the most of the space in the home, whether designing for flow, efficiency, comfort, style or all of the above. Because designers stay up-to-date on design trends — including those that haven’t even started yet — they’re able to design just the right look and feel to ensure a home meets its owners desires, both now and in the future.

That’s where Hudson comes in. One of the biggest reasons that Bellingham and Whatcom home designers choose Hudson is our ability to produce exactly what the designer intended. Our expertise in carpentry, tile-setting and project management ensure that we can handle any project given to us, on time and on budget.

In creating their plans, designers must take into account any number of a homeowner’s priorities. Some homeowners want less clutter and a clean, open look. 

Others want the comfy feel of built-in bookshelves, fireplaces and kitchen islands. And then there are the homeowners who want modern updates that will allow them to age in place and enjoy their home for decades without worry.

Whatever the priorities and whatever the plans, Hudson is adept at making them happen.

Consider the details in this waterfront room, which we transformed from an outdoor patio to comfy indoor space — for humans and dogs alike. Or how about the tile work in this gorgeous Bellingham bath. Whatever designers come up with, Hudson Remodeling’s team of experts can handle.

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Porches, patios and sunrooms make the most of summer living

Posted 23 January 2018 by Team Hudson

It’s January, and it’s cold.

We love that about the Pacific Northwest, right? We enjoy that there are four distinct seasons, and we love that juuuust about when we’re getting tired of one season, the next one dawns.

So as we sit here enjoying the last vestiges of winter, there’s no shame in dreaming for a minute about how much fun we’ll have in summer, basking in the warm sun of the great outdoors. As you snuggle into that extra pair of socks, just imagine what life could be like with a new covered porch, patio, open sunroom or sun-facing deck when summer rolls around.

Not only could a patio or sunroom help you enjoy the sun of summer, but they can even extend the seasons, allowing you to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors long into fall.

 Consider this covered patio we’re finishing up right now in Ferndale. The gently sloped roof gives the homeowners almost 500 square feet of covered exterior space for barbecuing with friends, enjoying the sounds of nature and soaking up the summer warmth outdoors. It connects the house with the gorgeous landscaping surrounding it, essentially creating an outdoor living room — perfect for those endless summer days when you just can’t get enough of being outside. Need more patio inspiration? Check out these gorgeous options at This Old House.

Speaking of extending your home: Uncovered decks are a great option, too. This custom Trex deck we built in Bellingham gives the homeowner lovely outdoor space by extending the home out over the yard, right up against the trees. What a lovely spot to sit out with a cup of coffee on those warm summer mornings or to enjoy dinner with friends among the sounds of chirping birds and rustling branches. Scroll over to Houzz for some more amazing decks.

Or how about this beautiful sunroom, which extended one part of the home to create a completely enclosed space chock full of windows and skylights to flood the room with beautiful, warm sunlight.

No matter how you like to enjoy the outdoors during summer, Hudson Remodeling has the ideas and expertise to get you there. We can even come up with 3D renderings of the project, as we did with the covered patio above, to help you imagine the finished product before we even get started. 

Summer will be here before you know it! If you’ve been thinking of ways that a patio, porch or sunroom might help you enjoy it even more, just give the experts at Hudson a call, and we’ll brainstorm some ideas together.

 

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Design/build: Seamlessly breathes new life into your home

Posted 27 December 2017 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling is a design/build contractor intent on giving our Whatcom County clients the best possible home remodeling experience.

How can we do that? One word: teamwork.

One of the reasons we use the design/build model at Hudson is because of the opportunity it affords us to work together on nearly every aspect of a home remodeling project. From the initial meeting and project estimating to the final walkthrough, teamwork and continuity are tools that create a successful project and a happy homeowner.

Simply, the home remodeling process at Hudson includes two main stages:

  • In the design stage, the homeowner’s ideas for the project are translated by an experienced building designer into construction plans that show exactly what will be done on the job. On larger construction projects, 3D renderings are employed to give homeowners a clear picture of what they can look forward to.
  • In the building stage, Hudson Remodeling’s team of remodeling carpenters and finishers translate those plans into the new kitchen, bath or porch that the homeowner envisioned.

The most important thing to remember about the design/build process is that with this system, both the designer and the builder are on the same team. They understand each other, they work well together and they have a vested interest in ensuring that the project proceeds as smoothly as possible. Each side works with the other to obviate any potential hiccups before they happen. The designer won’t make plans for things the contractor can’t build, and the contractor has direct communication with the designer in case they bump into unanticipated challenges during construction.

Here are a few reasons why Whatcom County remodeling clients love the design/build process:

  • The homeowner signs just one contract and works with one team throughout the process.
  • Everyone involved knows the project scope and budget. The team works hard to work within those guidelines.
  • Communication is strong throughout the process, from design to demo to “done!”
  • Design/build jobs tend to be more streamlined, meaning projects sometimes start sooner.

At Hudson Remodeling, we like to sum up our design/build process this way: It’s all about working seamlessly as a team – homeowners, designer, carpenters – to breathe new life into a home.

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Why Hudson Remodeling focuses so strongly on jobsite safety

Posted 25 October 2017 by Team Hudson

The crew at Hudson Remodeling aren’t only satisfied with quality home remodeling work that closely matches the homeowner’s vision. We also like the construction process itself to be as stress-free as possible.

It’s why we create accurate schedules, pay close attention to budget and communicate carefully with customers. It’s also why we do what we can to ensure that jobsites are workspaces are orderly and organized.

Fewer tripping hazards means that most accidents can be avoided, and secured construction materials means that falls are far less likely.

Simply put, a cleaner, more orderly jobsite is a safer one, and that’s what Hudson strives for on every job.

Safety is the reason that work crews engage in regular safety meetings, both on the jobsites and off. At these meetings, team leaders ensure that crews are up to date on company (and OSHA) policy regarding scaffolding, head protection, ladders, fall protection, eye safety, proper communication and more.

According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers are at a higher risk for fatal injury than are workers in other industries. It’s not surprising, given the nature of construction work. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, and Hudson Remodeling takes every possible step to ensure its workers are safe.

It’s not just worker safety that’s at stake. Naturally, homeowners often want to visit the sites to see how work on their homes is progressing. The safest place is always away from the site, of course, but when homeowners do visit, Hudson Remodeling crews want to ensure they are as safe as possible while they check out the exciting work being done to the homes they love. A clean jobsite and adherence to jobsite safety rules go a long way toward making that happen. Hudson also works with homeowners to ensure that they respect the jobsite boundaries to keep both themselves and crew members safe.

For construction and remodeling work that’s held to the highest of standards — both in the quality of work and in the safety of the jobsite — contact Hudson Remodeling in Bellingham. We are 100-percent committed to every home improvement and remodeling project we take on, and we always assure customers of our best work. It’s one reason we get reviews like this: “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.” See what other Whatcom and Skagit County customers have had to say about our performance.

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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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