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Project feature: Expanded kitchen pulls light from sunroom through living, dining spaces

Posted 7 August 2020 by Team Hudson

A recent kitchen remodel transformed a cluttered and boxed-in kitchen into a modern, warm and open space that does justice to the abundant character of the home. Hudson’s crew also added remodeling touches to the dining room, an adjacent sunroom, the living room and a half bath.

This home, which is located in the woods near Lake Padden in South Bellingham, hadn’t been updated in a few years. Though it was functional and in good repair, the homeowners wanted a warm, woody makeover to improve the character and usefulness of the space.

The sunroom lives up to its name, as this view from the kitchen attests.

Here’s an overview of what Hudson Remodeling’s carpenters did to complete this Whatcom County kitchen makeover. For more on this project, including some before-and-after photos, check out the photo gallery.

Floor-to-ceiling kitchen improvements

This was a complete kitchen renovation, so naturally we started with demolition and removal. We removed all appliances, fixtures, countertops, cabinets, tile, carpet and baseboard trim, among other things, to prepare the space.

Next, Hudson’s crews widened and reframed the kitchen entrance from the hallway, removed a pony wall between the kitchen and dining room, and removed a half wall between the kitchen and sunroom. We also rebuilt the subfloor where necessary, constructed a new peninsula between the living room and kitchen and relocated the main sink there from the half wall.

Beautiful new hardwood cabinets were installed in the reconfigured kitchen layout, and new appliances went in as well. Granite countertops from Creative Stoneworks were installed, with a full backsplash that covers the gap between upper and lower cabinets.

In the half bathroom, Hudson’s crewmembers installed a new vanity, with a new sink and faucet going in atop more of the kitchen granite.

Throughout all of the spaces — kitchen, sunroom, half bath, dining room, living room — Hudson’s crewmembers installed new vinyl plank flooring with a wood-grain look that complements the warm and inviting feel of the other new finishes.

Throughout the spaces, Hudson’s team paid careful attention to the finishing touches, as is our trademark. We installed new baseboard trim and patched, painted and textured the drywall, as necessary. New recessed lighting brightens up the room and finishes the look.

The end result of this Bellingham kitchen remodel is a warm and open space — just like the homeowner wanted — that spreads natural light throughout the home, provides ample views of the beautiful fir trees outside, and offers a modern and comfortable kitchen that’s pretty and fun to use.

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Six items to consider including in your bedroom remodel

Posted 29 June 2020 by Team Hudson

A luxurious bathroom. A spacious walk-in closet. Plush carpet that massages your toes. There are many reasons to remodel the primary bedroom in your house. Typically, homeowners see the biggest results in three areas:

  • The addition, expansion or improvement of the bathroom.
  • The addition, expansion or improvement of the closet (or closets).
  • The addition of space, either by adding on to the house or making use of adjoining rooms.

If you’re concerned about resale value, the biggest bang for your buck can be seen in the first two points: the bathroom and the closet. However, increased resale value is not always the best reason to conduct a home remodel. There’s great value in the simple pleasures of a custom space perfectly suited to the homeowner’s needs.

To that end, here are a few features – in addition to the general projects listed above – to consider mentioning to your contractor as you plan for your master bedroom remodel:

Fireplace in the master suite
  • A reading area. A calm and quiet reading space, complete with comfortable chair and side table, can assist in making your master bedroom a true place of rest.
  • A fireplace. Speaking of reading areas, a cozy fireplace would add wonderful ambiance to a reading nook. It also could lend much-needed warmth to the bedroom during cold Pacific Northwest winters. Check out the fireplace and cozy reading area in this Hudson Remodeling remodel near Lake Whatcom.
  • Excellent lighting. Don’t skimp on the lighting in your master bedroom. Large, well-placed windows can help maximize natural light, and sufficient electrical lighting can help ensure that your master bedroom is always a welcome retreat. You might consider a multi-zone lighting system that allows you to choose various settings and moods for your bedroom.
  • Features for aging in place. If you’re hoping to grow old in your home, a master suite remodel is the ideal time to make upgrades that will pay off down the road by making it easier to age in place. Consider things like walk-in showers, bathroom grab bars, wider doorways and floors that are free of elevation changes.
  • A strategic bump-out. If you don’t want to make wholesale layout changes in order to add space, you might consider a small bump-out to add a shower, walk-in closet or reading nook.
  • A home office. Do you work from home or sometimes find a benefit in having a home office? If you have extra space in your master bedroom, you might consider adding a space for getting work done. However, keep in mind that some experts recommend against adding a home office to your plans for a master bedroom remodel. “Constantly being able to see your office prevents you from being able to turn off,” says interior designer Christine Baumann in an HGTV article. Instead, she recommends placing a home office in a guest room or kitchen area.

Your house is your space, and you deserve a master bedroom that fits your needs and lifestyle. When you’re ready to turn your plans into reality, feel free to call the professionals here at Hudson Remodeling for support. Our design/build team has renovated and remodeled master suites in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale and throughout Whatcom County.

Related: Three tips for a successful home remodeling project.

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What are your goals for remodeling your kitchen?

Posted 27 March 2020 by Team Hudson

Remodeling a kitchen is an opportunity to get the cooking, gathering and eating space of your dreams.

Exactly what your dreams are, though, will help determine how to focus the remodel. When planning for your kitchen renovation, it’s a good idea to sketch out your goals ahead of time to ensure you have a clear line of sight to your finished product.

Related: Before you start, here’s what you need to know about kitchen remodeling.

Here are some kitchen remodeling goals that Hudson Remodeling customers in Bellingham and Whatcom County have had over the years:

Make the kitchen easier to work in. Primarily, this is done by focusing on the kitchen work triangle, which is formed by the locations of the sink, stove and refrigerator. If the points on the triangle are too far from each other, common tasks such as cooking and cleaning can become tiresome, with long (and frequent) trips from point to point. What’s more, if the edges of the triangle span common walking paths, you might find yourself with frequent traffic jams as you wait for others to move through the kitchen.

Beautify the kitchen. No matter what remodeling is done in the kitchen, making the space more attractive will (one would hope!) be an inevitable result. As such, homeowners would benefit from spending time thinking about the style you’d like to see in the kitchen, enabling you to work the style into your budget and enabling your contractor to work it into the plans. This is one area in which working with a design/build contractor can pay dividends, because the designer will have an intimate understanding of what’s possible and practical from the contractor’s point of view.

Open up the kitchen. Especially in the older homes that common to much of Whatcom County, kitchens can be quite small. In these situations, it can make sense to remodel the kitchen for the purpose of giving it more space, both physically and visually. Hudson Remodeling completed a remodel recently on South Hill in Bellingham in which physical space was gained by removing steps to the basement and visual space was gained by removing a wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room. The end result was a spacious, modern kitchen with gorgeous views of Bellingham Bay. You might also consider what adjacent spaces could be sacrificed to open up the kitchen. Perhaps there’s an unused powder room or closet that could be incorporated into the kitchen, or perhaps a bump out could add additional space without impacting nearby rooms.

Improve the kitchen’s functionality. Do you love to cook? One excellent reason to remodel a kitchen is simply to make it a better place to prepare meals, bake pies or experiment with culinary treats. Perhaps you want to upgrade the appliances, create additional counter space, add a prep sink or improve the lighting in order to create a space that’s a more pleasant place to cook.

Increase the home’s resale value. If you’re planning to sell your home soon, that might color the decisions you make not only about the details and style of your new kitchen, but the functionality as well. A professional designer can work with you to share what fixes and upgrades would do well in the current Whatcom County real estate market.

As you consider your potential goals for a kitchen renovation, it makes sense to write down your plans, perhaps using a worksheet like this one from HGTV. Of course, you’re also welcome to give Hudson Remodeling a call. We’d be happy to discuss your kitchen remodeling plans and help you flesh out the details.

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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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From chalet to chic: Door-to-dormer remodel transforms this Bellingham home

Posted 3 December 2019 by Team Hudson

From front door to dormer, porch to peak, this Whatcom County home remodel was truly a whole-house renovation.

After purchasing this log cabin near the water in South Bellingham, the new owners wanted to make a few updates in style and functionality. Out went the floor-to ceiling wood (most of it, anyway), and in came a few improvements to the overall flow and feel of the home.

The full list of what was done to transform this home from chalet to chic is extensive, but some highlights should suffice to share the extent of the project:

  • A dormer was added to the second-level master bedroom, creating additional space for a master bathroom. The kitchen was completely remodeled, and the laundry facilities and water heater were relocated to make room for a larger kitchen and mudroom entrance.
  • In the living room, windows were added to the gable wall, creating what essentially is a full wall of windows, letting in an enormous amount of natural light and creating astounding views of the home’s natural setting.
  • The guest bathroom also was remodeled from floor to ceiling. Finally, to help tone down the log cabin vibe, sheetrock was added to several walls and some of the ceilings throughout the house. This created an additional benefit by adding rigid foam insulation to the log walls to improve the interior climate.

Now, for a few details:

The kitchen and laundry were completely redone from scratch. That meant removing the cabinets, appliances, door, windows, flooring and everything else. Hudson’s crews removed an interior wall to create a welcoming mudroom, reframed the wall between the kitchen and living room, moved the bar counter from one side to the other, and added a sink in the new bar counter. Hudson’s carpentry experts also reconfigured the placement of the doors and windows, added operable skylights, and moved the oven and refrigerator.

The exterior walls received a treatment of sheetrock with a backsplash made of textured white subway tiles. To replace the vinyl laminate flooring, we extended the existing fir from the living room throughout the kitchen. The new mudroom received tile flooring. Some of the original log wall remained exposed in the mudroom area to show the roots of the structure. Gorgeous new pendant lights grace the new bar counter, and low-profile LED lights were added to the vaulted ceiling. The overall effect of the kitchen remodel is a much brighter, lighter and inviting space.

The primary new feature of the living room is the huge gable wall full of windows. Large picture windows fill the vaulted room with light and bring the pastoral views inside.

Hudson’s craftsman also re-finished the existing wood treads and added a gorgeous steel cable railing to the staircase that leads to the second level. We removed and replaced the corner fireplace area with a modern wood stove and added a custom mantel made from a log from one of the removed walls.

The master bedroom got a huge boost as well, as a new dormer was installed to create additional space to add a master bathroom. With the dormer in place, Hudson crew members installed new dark-walnut cabinetry and a sink, shower and toilet, among other bathroom accoutrements.

The new walk-in shower was tiled floor to ceiling with a fun mix of white subway times and blue-gray hexagonal tiles, and the bathroom floor received small white hexagonal tiles to complete the look. In the bathroom, several small windows look out over the yard, and one triangular portal offers a view down into the grand living room and the windowed gable wall beyond.

Hudson crews gutted the guest bathroom, removing all plumbing and light fixtures, cabinets, sheetrock, and the tub and shower. A new tub and tile shower surround went in, along with new cabinets, sink and faucet.

In the shower, Hudson’s tile experts installed three bands of tiles: blue squares at the top, light blue glass tile squares in the middle, and white tiles at the top to mimic the idea of water falling from above and creating a mist.

The two guest bedrooms also received upgrades. New windows went in, insulation was added and sheetrock was placed on the walls to tone down the wood finishes that had been rampant throughout the house. Hudson Remodeling’s design/build expertise was invaluable for this Bellingham home remodeling project, as the scope of the work resulted in numerous changes to the renovation plan.

The homeowners were able to see 3D CAD renderings of any changes, as needed, to help them make decisions on the look and feel of the home they wanted.

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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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Bellingham home remodeled to create master bath, office space

Posted 24 April 2019 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling recently completed a multi-room remodel at a cute home in Bellingham that resulted in a new powder room, a conjoined master bedroom and office, an expanded master bathroom and improvements to the living room.

Let’s start with the bathrooms. To create the new powder room, we removed built-in cabinetry from the master bathroom and hallway. We removed the existing hardwood floor to install gorgeous black and white tiles with a pattern reminiscent of styles common in Spain and Portugal. The powder room got a new toilet and the original bathroom’s pedestal sink, installed against a background wall of crisp, gray subway tiles.

In the original bathroom, we created additional space by removing the brick chimney and expanding into the bedroom closet. We removed the existing white tile and laid down some radiant heating cable, above which we installed the same patterned tile from the new powder room. We connected the bathroom and bedroom with a new doorway, framing the wall just wide enough to accommodate the furnace venting that we moved out of the chimney. We slid the toilet back against the new wall and, on the other side, installed a length of cherry hardwood cabinets with Shaker-style doors and slab drawers. A new tall cherry linen cabinet was installed at one end to frame the Cambria quartz countertop with undermount sink. For a backsplash, we installed a coordinated length of tile in a gray-marbled basket-weave pattern. The chrome and stainless steel accents throughout the room — faucet, door handles, light fixtures and more — add elegance and tie together the honey-brown wood and patterned tile floor.

In the master bedroom, we moved a wall that had been dividing the space in two, using hardwood from the powder room to seamlessly patch the floor. We removed some built-in cabinetry from the bedroom and framed in a new closet (the old one was removed to make space for the bathroom). We also installed a new window in the bedroom, refinished the hardwood flooring there and in the hallway, and gave the walls and ceilings several fresh coats of paint. The result is a spacious new bedroom with adjoining master bathroom and office that makes much more functional sense.

Out in the living room, we installed a new wood fireplace mantel and retiled the hearth with a larger, darker tile that better matches the home’s existing style.

In the end, the homeowner was pleased with Hudson Remodeling’s ability to update the home with modern conveniences while retaining the house’s original character and style. Another successful Bellingham home renovation is in the books!

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Featured project: Stunning cabinetry in a newly opened kitchen

Posted 26 July 2018 by Team Hudson

It’s recap time! We recently completed a gorgeous kitchen remodel in Bellingham that we’ve been eager to tell you about. It was a fun, vibrant project that the homeowners are thrilled with — but here’s one of the coolest parts: It was a relatively uncomplicated job, and thus it’s proof that even straightforward remodeling work can have a profound impact on your home!

Here’s what we did on this home remodeling project:

The client wanted a new kitchen that better opened up to the rest of the interior living space and to the outdoors. We pulled out the original cabinetry and appliances to create a blank slate, and then we removed a closet and a couple of interior walls to maximize the flow through the kitchen into the dining room.

As customers tend to do, these homeowners had dreams for the new space, and we customized their new laminate cabinets to fulfil their vision. They wanted a massive island with oodles of storage and cabinets that could be used to sneak counter appliances out of sight. They also wanted pull-out shelving, plenty of task and ambient lighting throughout the kitchen and power outlets that could be hidden from view but easily accessible.

Oh, and did we mention the cabinets themselves? They’re stunning, and they set quite a tone for the look and feel of the new kitchen.

We drew up the plans and created a 3D rendering of the space to help the homeowners see their vision in more concrete detail. And then, we set about making that dream a reality.

After replacing windows and doors in the kitchen and living room, we installed the new laminate cabinets all the way up to the 8-foot ceilings, maximizing their utility (and capitalizing on their stunning looks). We connected with Creative Stoneworks here in Bellingham for the beautiful granite countertops (which are called Fantasy Brown, if you’re looking for something like them).

Of course, the job called for a number of detail improvements throughout the space: recessed lighting, LED strip lighting, under-cabinet electrical outlets, laminate flooring and new lighting pendants and appliances.

Naturally, we also touched up the exterior siding where we installed the larger windows, putting the finishing stamp on another successful Whatcom County remodeling project.

If you’re interested in learning more about this kitchen (and living room and dining room) remodel, check out the photo gallery we made of this work. Trust us, you’re going to want to see the before-and-after differences!

And if you’d like your own kitchen dreams fulfilled, just give us a call or stop by our office in Lynden.

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