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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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Green remodeling: Five ways to do it

Posted 25 February 2019 by Team Hudson

Ready to step beyond Energy Star appliance upgrades to reduce energy consumption in your home? There are a number of ways to incorporate green construction into your home remodeling plans, reducing the carbon footprint of the work, increasing the sustainability of your home long into the future, and saving money in energy costs.

Go tankless. Traditional hot water tanks can be energy drains, because they spend a lot of time heating water that’s just sitting around unused. Whether your water tank is heated by electricity or gas, it wastes a lot of energy keeping the water temperature at the desired level. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, heats water only on demand, using much less energy to deliver hot water throughout your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters are up to 34 percent more efficient than the storage tank variety.

Get aggressive on passive solar. Passive solar techniques can make a major difference in the amount of energy you use to warm up or cool down your home. In the winter, large, south-facing windows can be used to let in as much warm sunlight as possible into the rooms on that side of the house. Materials that soak up warmth from direct sunlight and slowly release it throughout the day and night — including concrete, bricks and stone — also can provide free winter heat sources for your home. In the summer, when you want your home to remain cooler, overhanging eaves block most overhead rays, providing shade and keeping heat out of the home.

Let there be light. Large picture windows and skylights can increase the amount of natural light that filters into the home, reducing the need to have electric lights burning energy throughout the day. And when extra light is needed, such as on summer nights or winter evenings, LED bulbs can provide major savings. LEDs generally use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times as long as incandescent lighting. That energy savings is mostly because LEDs run cool; 90 percent of the energy from incandescent bulbs goes and 80 percent of the energy from CFLs go to heat, according to energy.gov. That’s a terrible use of energy from a device that you only need to produce light.

Say no to toxins. These days, it’s not too hard to find paint and other household finishings that don’t make your breathing air hazardous to your health. And not only do non-toxic, water-based paints improve your air quality, they’re also better for the environment. Consider this: According to the California Air Resources Board, more than two-thirds of the volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the air there come from paints and coatings.

Use recycled materials. Making good use of previously used products (wood, cabinets, sinks, appliances and more) can be a great way to limit the environmental impact of a remodel. When you can reuse something instead of throwing it in a landfill and buying a new one, you’ve aided the Earth on several levels. For a good start in Whatcom County, consider looking at the RE Store or Habitat for Humanity store, both in Bellingham.

As you’ve probably noticed, this is far from an exhaustive list! Contact Hudson Remodeling for ideas and to chat about how we can reduce the carbon footprint of your remodel. Or catch us at the Whatcom County Home and Garden Show March 1 to 3 in Lynden!

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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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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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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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