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Planning a kitchen remodel? Here’s what you need to know.

Posted 23 July 2019 by Team Hudson

The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.

-American chef Mario Batali

In most homes, the kitchen truly is — above all the other beloved rooms in the house — the room we share. That fact alone is probably the biggest reason kitchens are such a popular room for remodeling. If we are going to spend so much of our time in the kitchen, after all, why not make it a room we truly love?

If you have been considering a kitchen remodel for your Whatcom County home, there are a few things — based on Hudson’s years of experience in completing kitchen remodels throughout the Pacific Northwest — that you might want to consider while planning your own project:

This CAD rendering helped the homeowner visualize the new kitchen, the finished version of which is shown below.

Work with a designer and get a CAD rendering of the kitchen plans to help you visualize the design and workflow of the new kitchen. There truly is no better way to envision the space than to see a 3D rendering of it. Working with an experienced kitchen designer will help you be sure that you’re getting a kitchen that flows and functions well years down the road.

Don’t buy low-quality cabinets or countertops; as items you see and use every single day, these should be well-made and long-lasting. Cheap cabinets might look good for the first year or so, but for long-term satisfaction, an investment in high-quality cabinets is essential.

Plan for lots of people in the kitchen. Whether you’re expecting it or not, your new kitchen will probably end up being the place family and friends tend to congregate (even more than your current one). Consider adding a working bar or opening up views to the living room. Especially if your current kitchen is on the smallish side, now’s a good time to open it up for more space. Here’s where that CAD rendering can come in handy, as without one it can be difficult to visualize a completely new space.

Include bells and whistles that you’ll be thankful for in the future, like under-cabinet lighting, a pantry cabinet and an appliance garage. Make gourmet coffee every day? Consider a small coffee nook in one corner for your gadgets. Have heirloom serving dishes from your great-grandmother? Consider a glass-fronted corner cabinet with built-in lighting.

If you can help it, avoid moving the sink, dishwasher, stove or refrigerator, as this can add complication and cost. On the other hand, while you’re having the work done, it’s worth doing it right — so if you do need to rearrange the kitchen, do it now.

Want red cabinets? Go for it!

Save your quirky personal style choices for things that are inexpensive — but only if you’re planning to sell within the year.  If you’re not planning to sell, go ahead build the home you want to live in instead of crafting it for an anonymous, potential buyer. After all, you could have the pleasure of enjoying your fun and stylish choices for many years. Want a lime green counter? Go for it!

Expect to pay around $50,000 to $70,000 for a complete remodel (more if you factor in the cost of new appliances). At Hudson, our starting price for a small remodel is around $40,000. The 2019 national average for a midrange major kitchen remodel is over $65,000, with an upscale remodel double that, at $132,000, according to the 2019 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.

To chat with a professional at Hudson Remodeling about your kitchen remodel plans in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden or elsewhere in Whatcom or Skagit counties, give us a call at 360-354-7006 or email us at info@hudsonremodeling.com.

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Bring your 80s- or 90s-era home into the present

Posted 30 May 2019 by Team Hudson

Homes built near the end of the last century had distinctive design features. Remember these?

Fake flooring. Octagonal windows. Hunter green and maroon wallpaper. Plastic drawer pulls and plasticky cabinets. Soaker tubs and carpet in the bathroom. Half-round windows with sunburst shutters set into sponge-painted walls.

Oh, yeah. The 1980s and 1990s were a glorious time for home decor.

Overall home structure suffered a bit in that time period, too, with split-levels dominating the scene and banks of free-hanging kitchen cabinets all the rage.

Whatcom County’s population has more than doubled since the 1980s — from 100,000 in 1980 to 170,000 in 2000 to 220,000 today — and all those people have to live somewhere. Whatcom County is full of ’80s and ’90s homes that, despite decent bones and potential, could use a little leap into the present.

Is yours one of those homes? Read on. Homes from the 1980s and ’90s can totally be fixed. Here’s how:

Improve the flow. While you may not be able to undo the split-level glory of your home, there’s a lot you can do to improve the overall feel of the house. Knocking out strategic walls can improve flow and open sightlines. Widening hallways, adding windows and adding lighter finishes can diminish the cave-like feeling of many older homes. This also can have the side benefit of enabling your home to be more livable in your later years.

Go tub-free. There must have been a point in the past when we felt we had all the time in the world to soak our cares away in our master-bath Jacuzzis. Even if we do have time to spare, most people are finding that it’s better enjoyed in a spacious shower than in a black — or pink, or beige — bathtub. Swapping the old soaker tub for a relaxing shower not only makes it more fun to get clean, but it also does wonders for the visual feel of a bathroom.

Update trim. Homes built toward the end of last century weren’t big on trim. Bull-nosed drywall was a common way to trim out windows, and when trim was used, it was thin and unassuming. On one recent job, we updated some of the trim to a wider craftsman/modern style. The change was such an improvement that we were able to retain the slightly dated slab doors and butternut color window linings, saving the client some money. Instead of fighting the trim color, we embraced it and used an updated profile that made a big impact.

Update the kitchen cabinets. Taking out the awkward hanging bank of cabinets and/or bar counter and opening up passage to the living/dining room is one quick way to make a massive improvement to an older kitchen. We did that on one recent home, and the results are astounding. If you’re not ready to go that far, though, simply updating the style of your cabinets or even painting them can make a difference.

Homes built in the 1980s and 1990s have a ton of potential! Updating them just takes an eye for the needs of you and your family and the look of the home you want to live in.

Need help with any of these projects? Hudson Remodeling has been sprucing up Whatcom County homes for years, and we know the ins and outs of both whole-house remodels and selective improvements to turn 1980s and 1990s homes into timeless treasures.

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Hudson crew Q&A: Susan Silva

Posted 26 December 2018 by Team Hudson

When you welcome Hudson Remodeling into your home for a renovation, you’re making a big commitment. A lot of trust and faith in our Hudson team is involved. Recognizing that, we would like to give you a chance to meet our crew members so that when we do begin working together, it’ll feel comfortable.

With that in mind, we’ve been rolling out crew bios so you can get to know each person who may work in your home.

The next person in the spotlight is designer and project manager Susan Silva.

Susan Silva smiles in the snow with Luna, the Hudson Remodeling office dog.

Susan and Luna, the office dog.

Name: Susan Silva

Role: Designer and project manager

First year at Hudson: 2015, but I’ve been doing designs for Hudson Remodeling since 2003. Charlie Hudson was actually one of the first contractors who hired my company, Silva Design, to do some design work. I still do some of that on the side, too, in addition to managing remodeling projects.

Favorite power tool: The Chief Architect 3D CAD program. I’ve been using it ever since I started in design. I like that it provides an easy-to-understand visual map of the projects — both for our clients and me.

Your favorite thing to redesign: I love to design small kitchens. When every inch counts, you have to be very efficient in your design. It’s much more of a challenge to make it work, and I like that.

Susan on a recent trip to Indonesia.

One thing most people don’t know about you: I love to travel and visit places with different cultures and/or environments. It’s sometimes challenging to be in unfamiliar surroundings, but it makes me feel alive! My last trip was to Indonesia and I got a chance to revisit some places I had been to 30 years ago when I was just out of college. On the domestic side I love to hike, ski, and kayak in our local mountains and waterways. There is so much to explore in our own backyard.

If time and money were no object, what would you remodel at your own home? Gee, I have been making so many changes over the last 10 years. I think the interior is finally done, and I wouldn’t want to change anything else.

One thing you think every homeowner should know before starting a remodel project: Remodeling homes can be a process of discovery. Sometimes unexpected conditions arise that can impact the original design. Having an experienced team to help you sort out the options is important. Also, it’s going to take longer than what you see on TV. You can’t use TV shows as a guide to how long a remodeling project will take or how much it might cost.

A kitchen showing special cabinets designed by Susan Silva.

Designing these cabinets in her home inspired Susan Silva to become a home designer.

First thing you remember designing: My own kitchen cabinets. In some ways, they were the impetus for me to go down this path of home design. I have a degree in industrial technology, and I always thought I would be a manufacturing engineer. And I was, actually, before I stopped to have kids. But then we were going through our own remodel process at home, and I was looking at all the catalogues for kitchen cabinets and didn’t really like anything I saw. I wanted the cabinets to be straight, with no curvy lines or inset panels, but not totally plain, either. So I decided to design my own. I really enjoyed that whole process. When I decided that I wanted to go back to work, my husband remembered that project and suggested I go into some sort of design work.

First car: 1974 VW Super Beetle.

Favorite candy: Baby Ruth. I love the combination of peanuts and chocolate.

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New year, new (old) home

Posted 28 November 2018 by Team Hudson

Are you committed to loving your home more in 2019?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Design ideas for every room in the house

Posted 29 May 2018 by Team Hudson

Do you ever open your front door, glance throughout your house and imagine how things might feel with a pinch here or pull there? If you love your home but are tired of its dated elements, keep reading. Here’s one simple home remodeling idea for every room in your house (plus a few bonus options). Who knows, you might be sitting in your dream home right now!

Luxurious walk-in shower

Bathroom: Swap out that aging soaker tub and replace it with a spacious walk-in shower. Hudson remodeling noted this as a hot trend coming into the year, and it hasn’t slowed down. We’ve been doing a number of tub-to-shower replacement projects throughout Whatcom County in recent years, and the simple reason is that showers are so much more useful — and enjoyable — than tubs these days.

Hallway: Add vinyl plank flooring and clear-coated fir or hemlock doors. Say goodbye to that grungy hallway carpet and hello to the clean and classy look of vinyl. Seriously, if you haven’t been paying attention to vinyl flooring lately, get on it! You can get vinyl flooring in just about any style you want, and paired with gorgeous wood-grain doors, it’s a look you’ll be thrilled with for years to come.

Kitchen: Install laminate kitchen cabinets for a smooth and beautiful surface that’s easy to clean. Hudson Remodeling recently completed a job that used stunning laminate cabinets as the centerpiece for a kitchen remodel, and the results speak for themselves.

Living Room: Updating your old aluminum windows to energy-efficient vinyl or wood windows can make a massive difference, both in looks and energy efficiency. But if you’re not quite ready for that, consider swapping out your dated baseboard and window trim for an updated overall look.

Fireplace in the master suiteBedroom: Want to make the bedroom a cozy place of retreat? A fireplace might be just the thing. Imagine curling up with a good book this winter next to the fireplace in your new master suite. Another trend we’ve been seeing lately in bedrooms is accent walls — one wall clad in wooden planking, perhaps, or with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves flanking a window.

Hudson Remodeling’s designers and craftsmen can work with you to find the perfect upgrades for your Whatcom County home. If you’re stumped for ideas, just give us a call or browse through our photo galleries of other recent home remodels in Bellingham, Lynden and throughout the county. Hudson can offer both inspiration and expertise in getting your home just the way you want it.

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Household fixes that can make it easier to age in place

Posted 25 April 2018 by Team Hudson

Look around your home. Is it easy to tell what things might cause difficulty as you get older?

If you’re considering aging in place in the comfort of your own home — or if you’re helping your mom or dad do the same — there are some changes we’ve noted over the years that should help make things easier and more pleasant down the road.

Lever door handles and faucets: These are easy to overlook when you’re young, but the older you get the more you realize just how daunting a hard-to-grip door or faucet knob can be. Replacing all knobs around the home with levers can be a hugely important part of an aging-in-place home remodel.

Better lighting and switches: Like round door knobs, small and/or complicated light switches can cause problems for the elderly. Instead, opt for large, paddle-style switches that are easier to manipulate. While we’re on the subject, it would be a good idea to consider overall lighting. As our eyes grow dim with age, a more well-lit house can help us avoid tricky obstacles. A remodel that includes larger windows and wide-open spaces can do wonders for eyesight.

Wider doorways: Speaking of spaces, are your doorways wide enough to easily fit a walker or wheelchair? Doorways need to be at least 32 inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs, but often they’re only 28 inches or less. One key to successful aging in place is to remove potential barriers now so you don’t have to worry about them later.

No-step showers: Bathrooms are common places for falls. They’re often full of hard, slippery surfaces and slight changes in elevation that can catch people off guard. We’ve installed a number of step-free showers (such as Best Bath products) over the years, and our customers rave about them as a massive improvement, especially over bathtub showers that require complicated maneuvering to climb into and out of.

Bathroom grab bars: Strategically placed grab bars also can make a world of difference in a bathroom. Next to the toilet and near the entrance to the shower, specifically designed handholds can help ensure the elderly always stay balanced.

Step reduction: Is there a step up or down from the living room to the kitchen? How about from the driveway to the back door? Steps are among the largest trip hazards, and reducing them where possible is always a step up in safety.

Ground-floor bathroom and bedroom: Does your home (or your loved one’s home) have a ground-floor bathroom and bedroom? Single-level living is a major key to aging in place; you don’t want to be making multiple trips up and down long flights of stairs every day. If you have a multiple-story home, consider remodeling to put a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor, along with the kitchen.

At Hudson Remodeling, we have years of experience converting Whatcom County houses to havens for those who want to grow old in their own homes, along with the awards and certifications to prove it. We would love to help you make your home a comfortable place to live for decades to come.

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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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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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