Hudson Remodeling News

Construction during COVID: How Hudson is helping ensure safety

Posted 31 August 2020 by Team Hudson

During Phase 2 of the Washington “Safe Start” reopening plan, construction companies like Hudson Remodeling are allowed to continue the important work of ensuring that residential and commercial properties are in the best possible shape.

We’re grateful that we’ve been able to work, and we’re thankful to the homeowners who’ve entrusted their houses to us during this time.

Of course, construction work during a pandemic doesn’t necessarily look like it used to. Hudson’s job sites have taken on extra precautions to ensure that we’re doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to our standard plans for keeping people safe on the job, here’s some of what we’re doing during the pandemic to abide by applicable guidelines and regulations and help people stay healthy:

First of all, we’ve developed a plan to limit exposure to (and the spread of) COVID-19. It is our responsibility to ensure that our Whatcom County job sites are as safe as possible, not only for our workers but also for homeowners who might be living on or visiting the premises while work is underway.

We’re being careful to ensure that any member of the Hudson Remodeling team who is feeling ill or showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 does not come to work. Workers who start feeling sick during the day are asked to go home immediately. An abundance of caution is one way we can do our part to limit the spread.

We’re requiring the use of face masks for all employees who are not alone on the site. It’s not always easy — or even possible — to ensure physical distance from each other on the job site, because working safely on a construction site often means helping each other in close proximity. However, we are masking up when necessary, as required. We’re also limiting contact with homeowners and others as much as possible, and when we do need to talk, we wear masks and try to keep our distance.

We’re ensuring that any other personal protective equipment that might be necessary on the job, including eyewear and gloves, are available when necessary. Ensuring our workers have access to important safety equipment always has been our goal, and that hasn’t changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proper hand-washing is encouraged at all of our job sites. When running water isn’t available, we ensure that Hudson team members have hand sanitizer at their disposal.

Of course, these are just a few of the many ways that we at Hudson Remodeling are taking care to ensure team member and customer safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud of the home remodeling and renovation work we do throughout Whatcom County, and we aim to continue doing it safely and carefully while taking all necessary precautions.

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.

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.

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.

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!”

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.

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.

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.

Local tile, hardwood and carpet options that will floor you

Posted 30 October 2019 by Team Hudson

Upgrading your flooring is an amazing way to change the look and feel of your home. From the classic look of hardwood to the cushy comfort of carpet, flooring can be chosen to match your intended style or set an ideal mood.

But how do Whatcom County homeowners know which options are better quality? How do you know which products will last into the next generation?

One way to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth in flooring is to buy local. Doing so gives you access to a team of experts who know their craft inside and out. When homeowners work with a design/build contractor like Hudson Remodeling, they essentially are tapping into our team of vendors, each of which is an expert in its own area. These Whatcom flooring professionals know what brands will wear well and what options are a no-go for our Pacific Northwest climate.

If you’re looking to refresh your home through upgraded flooring, let’s dive into some of the options:

Hardwood flooring: High-quality hardwood flooring is typically the most expensive option for flooring, but there truly is nothing like it. While there are excellent products out there that come close to mimicking the look and feel of hardwood, many customers still choose actual wood flooring for its durability and timeless look. As you can see from this recent project, hardwood floors can contribute to a stunning overall look for your home. For hardwood flooring, Hudson Remodeling often chooses Bellingham’s Robinson Hardwood & Homes on Grant Street.

Carpet: When underfoot softness is what you want, there really is no substitute. There’s simply nothing like wall-to-wall carpet for increasing the overall comfort and coziness of a room. As with any flooring option, though, it’s important to install good-quality carpet that will resist stains and wear so that it still looks good 10 or 20 years down the road. For great carpet, Hudson Remodeling chooses The Color Pot on North State Street in Bellingham.

Tile: With its large variety of styles, materials and uses, floor tile continues to be a popular option for homeowners. One bathroom Hudson Remodeling renovated recently received gorgeous black and white tiles with a pattern reminiscent of styles common in Spain and Portugal. Another was outfitted with 12-inch-by-24-inch ceramic tiles. For floor tile, Hudson Remodeling works with Aqui Esta Tile on Grant Street in Bellingham. Some customers’ tile is also sourced from The Color Pot.

Vinyl and linoleum: Luxury vinyl plank flooring (not that cheap stuff you might remember from your childhood) is a beautiful option that is seeing a big resurgence these days. Linoleum, which is one of the most eco-friendly flooring options you can buy, also is seeing a comeback. The materials used to make linoleum are cost-effective, natural, biodegradable and renewable. And the reason for the growth of vinyl flooring? Advances in technology have made it cost-effective to produce plank-style vinyl flooring with surface designs and embossing that help it emulate real wood or even stone tile. For great linoleum and vinyl options, Hudson Remodeling prefers Mobile Floor Coverings on Hammer Drive in Bellingham.

Are you considering some exciting flooring upgrades in your home? Give Hudson Remodeling a call today.

The benefits of bumping out

Posted 27 September 2019 by Team Hudson

Here’s the scenario:

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

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

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

What could you do with a bump out?

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

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

How big can a bump out be?

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

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

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

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

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