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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 Project: Bellingham investment property remodel

Posted 21 December 2015 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling recently completed an income property renovation located on South Hill, (Garden Street) in Bellingham, WA. The renovation involved updating one of four units in the building.

Kitchen beforeThe property owner is currently renting out the unit with the intent of moving in herself down the road—she used quality products that will last and be appreciated in future years.

It’s true that kitchens and bathrooms are high-use areas in any home—our client wanted to make improvements that added visual appeal while also maximizing the space for efficiency and comfort.

In the “Before” picture, you will see how the kitchen needed updating—lack of storage was an issue; the space was also narrow and dark.

Kitchen afterOur crew gutted the existing area by removing the three full walls and converting them to half-walls. The “After” photo shows how the space is more open—remodeling the kitchen created a cleaner view into the den and opened up a territorial water view.

In addition to knocking down walls, we installed custom cabinets on both lower and upper units using beautiful quarter sawn white oak that matched existing wood throughout the home. Our remodeling team also removed soffits to allow more cabinet space—cabinets now extend all the way to the ceiling. The kitchen is now brighter, modern and more functional than before.

Upgrades to the electrical system and adding recessed lights helped modernize the home. Other updates included changes to plumbing and finishing countertops with a trendy laminate surface. In case you haven’t heard, laminate is back and our customers are loving it—it’s an affordable and great-looking option.

Bathroom beforeThe other room in need of renovation was the bathroom. The goal was to create a clean and modern look while retaining a few existing elements.

As you can see from the “Before” photo, the existing flooring, sink and light fixture above the sink stayed–they were in perfect condition and look great with the design of the remodeled bathroom.

Hudson Remodeling helped this property owner achieve a modern looking bathroom by installing a new custom vanity using the same quarter sawn white oak used for the kitchen cabinet doors–again to match the existing wood in house. The last touch was adding a laminate counter top and a new faucet.

Bathroom afterSince there was not a window in the bathroom, our crew installed a solar tube for natural lighting. Solar tubes are an easy way to brighten the interior of many rooms in a home.

To complete the investment property rental building remodel, Hudson Remodeling also upgraded an existing tub/shower unit by installing a Best Bath barrier-free bathing unit. This property owner will be able to live comfortably and age-in-place.

If you are interested in updating your Whatcom or Skagit County investment property contact Hudson Remodeling for information and a project estimate.

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Feature Project: Remodel one bath, add another

Posted 23 October 2015 by Team Hudson

Main BathWhat happens when you love the location of your home but its living spaces are no longer a good match for your needs? When moving is not an option, because you love its proximity to work and family, or you love the land your home sits on, remodeling can be a great alternative.

That was the case with a project Hudson Remodeling recently completed. The Whatcom County homeowner wanted to improve living spaces in both their home and a detached shop building—choosing to modernize and update an existing bathroom, add a shop bathroom and pop in a new window to add more natural light.

Bathroom addition in a workshop building.

How great would it be to have a separate bathroom in your detached shop, barn or agriculture building? We made that dream a reality for our customer.

WebbShwrHudson Remodeling’s experienced carpenters framed a brand new bathroom in the shop building and installed an American-made Best Bath zero clearance shower.

We added drywall, new tile flooring and fixtures, plus a new window for natural light. The shop bathroom was then topped off with freshly painted walls.

Now folks can clean up after a hard day’s work in the garden and shop, without tracking dirt into the main house.

Remodeling a home bathroom.

Why not update another bathroom while we were there?!  Back inside the main house, a bathroom was remodeled Yellow Bathroomand updated to add more functionality and storage. It turned out quite unique and the design should aesthetically stand the test of time.

Hudson’s team gutted the existing tub and shower unit and installed the modern, vibrant shower you see below. We also installed a strategically placed Best Bath grab bar for additional safety.

Need inspiration? See 50 Personalized Bathrooms from Homeowners Around the World

Webb BoysAfter we replaced the existing toilet with a more efficient model, we completed the flooring tile work before adding an updated door for more privacy.

Again, the homeowners wanted more natural light so adding a new window really changed the feel of the space. Don’t mind our hard-at-work models (AKA Hudson team members Dave and Andrey) basking in the glow from the new window.

Next, we extended the laminate counter top (shown below) and installed all new lighting—the finishing touches give this remodeled bathroom a modern, colorful and bright look.

Lastly, the Hudson team installed charming “Farmette” signage on the outside of shop building. We think it looks pretty great behind our truck, don’t you?

Farmette

When moving is not an option, but your home is in need of a remodel or update—it’s time to start planning, and Hudson Remodeling is ready for your call. We can assist with any shower, tub, tile or whole bathroom remodel project, along with whole house updates.

Simply give us a call or email Charlie about scheduling an in-home appointment to discuss your project.

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Master suite remodeling trends and fresh ideas

Posted 21 August 2015 by Team Hudson

Master suites—they are where we begin and end each day, so why not have one that reflects your lifestyle and makes you smile each day?

Freshening up a master suite can help create a perfect retreat, improve the use of space/flow and also add value to a home. On the priority list for most master bedroom remodels are larger closets, more storage and a bathroom layout that is more functional.

Master Bedroom RemodelHave some fun; incorporate textures and new colors.

When it comes to selecting paint colors for a master suite remodel, it’s okay to incorporate some fun colors—master suite colors and design elements don’t necessarily have to coordinate with the rest of the house.

Wallpaper and other surface textures are currently hot! Houzz.com has compiled some trendy examples that show how textures can be used when remodeling a bathroom as part of the master suite remodel—these 2015 remodeling trends make a statement!

Consider future needs when remodeling a master suite.

While remodeling a master suite, why not take universal design and/or aging-in-place into consideration? Simple design tweaks now can create living spaces that look great while also being functional for all ages and abilities.

Universal design, functional remodeling and aging-in-place are not just for the elderly. Think about it—where would you bathe if you broke a leg? Is there an accessible bathroom in your home for disabled relatives? Remodeling a master suite, especially if it’s a ground floor master, can make a huge difference in how your home works in the future.

Best Bath Examples of functional remodeling include installing lower lighting switches, adding a walk-in shower (with space to add bench seating later), raising the height of vanities and the toilet, and making sure the master suite entry doors are wider than normal to allow mobility devices to pass through. These simple changes create an accessible master suite that will work during every stage of life.

Looking for more inspiring ideas for your master suite remodel? Here are 14 designs that are popular for 2015.

Hudson Remodeling helps homeowners near Bellingham, WA renovate their master suites for today’s lifestyle and for the future. We specialize in additions that expand living spaces, creating custom tile showers and installing American made Best Bath’s Designer Series products. Contact us today to talk about a home remodel that fits your budget and design preferences.

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How to improve bath safety at home

Posted 18 June 2015 by Team Hudson

According to Consumer Reports, each year about half of those in the U.S. who are 65 or older suffer a fall–about 10 percent of those falls result in serious injuries.

Barrier free shower to be displayed at Home & Garden Show 2015 (r)In the home, the bathroom is considered more dangerous than any other room due to the higher risk of falling in or around the tub or toilet. Let’s face it, bathroom surfaces can be slippery and dangerous for all ages and abilities!

The good news is that falls at home can easily be prevented by upgrading fixtures and installing strategically placed safety rails and grab bars, especially near bathing areas.

TIP: Towel bars should not be considered grab bars because they are not designed to be weight-bearing. Install grab bars in showers, tubs and next to toilets so senior citizens are not tempted to reach for towel bars, sliding glass doors, or other unstable fixtures.

When it comes to bathroom safety, proper product choice and installation is key—grab bars are actually rated to support certain weights. A professional remodeler can help ensure the right product is placed in the right spot…and that it is safely secured to any surface.

With the proper hardware, Hudson Remodeling can affordably install safety rails in existing shower units (including those made of tile or fiberglass).

Here are two additional bath safety tips for senior citizens:

  • Consider replacing an existing tub/shower unit with a barrier free shower unit. These units can include a built-in shower seat and a handheld showerhead set on a sliding bar with a 6-foot hose that can be used while standing or sitting.
  • Install a comfort height toilet, which is about 2 inches taller than a standard model and is easier to get off of—install safety bars alongside toilets.

Hudson Remodeling helps Whatcom County homeowners make their homes safer so senior citizens can age-in-place. We install American made Best Bath’s Designer Series products that come in a variety of sizes and stylish design options.

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Hudson to be featured at upcoming educational events

Posted 17 February 2015 by Team Hudson

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Hudson Remodeling owner to speak about helping Baby Boomers plan for the future

By 2020, the number of people 65 and older living in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million. And by 2050, that number could be as high as 88.5 million, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Meanwhile, a recent survey by the American Association of Retired Persons confirms that most of those adults want to stay in their current home and community as they age. They want to “age-in-place.”

Whatcom County senior citizens can learn more about aging-in-place and various housing options during two upcoming events featuring a local building contractor.

Charlie Hudson of Hudson Remodeling will be a featured speaker at the“What’s Next – Housing Options as We Age” forum in Bellingham on February 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The annual event is organized by Whatcom County Council on Aging – attendees can also learn about the concept of village housing, assisted and independent living, and in-home care from more than 20 housing resource representatives.

Hudson Remodeling will also host an informational booth with a unique barrier-free shower unit his company installs at the Whatcom County Home & Garden Show on March 6-8 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.

As a long-time Certified Aging-in-Place contractor, Charlie Hudson understands the needs of today’s Baby Boomers and he has evolved his general contracting business in recent years to help Boomers modify their home so they can age comfortably and safely in place.

“For most, the dream of living life at home with the people and things they love can be a reality – but it does take careful planning and preparation before needs arise. We’ve been helping seniors take steps today to ensure their home is ready when they are,” said Hudson.

In 2014 Hudson Remodeling became a distributor for Best Bath products, a designer line of ADA-accessible bathroom fixtures.

Best Bath produces wheelchair-accessible showers, walk-in bathtubs and grab bars that Hudson then installs in his customer’s homes.

“We chose to partner with Best Bath because they offer the highest quality product that is manufactured right here in the USA. Our customers like this product line – it’s functional and aesthetically pleasing. When we’re done, their space often looks more like a traditional bathroom than an accessible space – and that’s important to today’s seniors.”

In addition to the Certified Aging-in-Place designation, Charlie Hudson is an EPA-certified Lead Paint Specialist and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CRG). These designations come in handy when helping seniors remodel homes they have been in for decades. He has also earned numerous awards including the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s Builder of the Year Award and Remodeler of the Year.

For more information about preparing a home for aging-in-place, contact Charlie Hudson or visit hudsonremodeling.com.

 

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Charlie Hudson featured speaker at aging-in-place event

Posted 27 January 2015 by Team Hudson

Whatcom County senior citizens can learn all about aging-in-place and housing options during a speaking event February, 25, 2015 at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

The event features Charlie Hudson, owner of Hudson Remodeling and certified aging-in-place specialist. Ed Meideros, board member of the Seattle Phinney Neighborhood Association will also be speaking. A variety of breakout sessions with housing and in-home care specialists will also be included in the all-day event.

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Not your grandparent’s bathroom

Posted 22 December 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson Remodeling - Barrier Free Bathing II

A lot has happened in recent years when it comes to the design of ADA-accessible
bathroom facilities and universal design. Options for those with disabilities or who are choosing to age in place have expanded far beyond the institutionally functional plastic shower benches and chrome stability bars of yesterday.

Hudson Remodeling is proud to offer Best Bath Systems, a luxurious line of walk-in tubs, showers, and fixtures that feature beautiful contemporary designs without compromising the accessibility and safety of traditional barrier-free bathroom systems.

Best Bath Systems has an entire designer series that meets ADA safety requirements and can minimize strain for caregivers. The series includes stylish grab bars in an array of jewel colors, composite shower inlays for the look of a tile shower without all the maintenance or potential leaks. Ceramic or glass tiles can be incorporated into the design of the shower to match with the décor of your entire bathroom.

Hudson Remodeling - Barrier Free Bathing III

As a long-time Certified Aging in Place contractor, Hudson Remodeling has watched the evolution of barrier-free bath products. They take pride in installing beautiful and useful walk-in bathtubs and showers so people can continue to live independently in their homes as they age and without having to give up pleasing aesthetics.

Best Bath Systems’ line of innovative walk-in tubs are designed for safe, soothing, and accessible bathing. Featuring twice the depth of normal tubs, they have a comfortable contoured seat, grab bars, and a non-skid floor. Therapeutic jetted tubs are also available, along with optional tub-surround design to fit seamlessly into your current bathroom area.

For more information about Hudson Remodeling’s bathroom remodeling services near Bellingham, WA, or to set up an in-home appointment to discuss your project, simply give them a call at 360.354.7006 or email Charlie here.

 

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Ideas and inspiration for remodeling a master bedroom

Posted 21 December 2013 by Team Hudson

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Have you been dreaming of ways to remodel your master bedroom but don’t quite know where to begin? A master bedroom remodel is a great way to freshen things up – it can even make an old home feel like new.

Tackling remodeling projects in your home may seem overwhelming, but they don’t need to be.  Working with an experienced contractor, who will walk you through the entire process, can make the project seamless and enjoyable.

There are a few things to consider before moving forward with remodeling a master bedroom. Do you want to change lighting or make windows larger? How about adding a skylight?  Should closets be larger with more shelving? Do you want to remodel the adjoining bathroom at the same time so features and finishes are consistent?

These are the sorts of questions that Hudson Remodeling can help you answer. As a client, we believe that you should be part of the planning process, but shouldn’t be overwhelmed with all the details. We listen to what you envision and discuss options that fit with your ideas and budget.

Hudson RemodelingSomething else to consider with a master bedroom remodel is the possibility of adding an addition with a ground floor master suite to your home. When thinking to the future, having a bedroom with private bath can be a wise investment for those wishing to age in place.  Ground floor bedroom/bathroom suites can also be perfect for guests; they can make a difference for all ages and physical abilities.

You may or may not know exactly what you want with your master bedroom remodel, but Hudson Remodeling has years of experience and countless ideas to tap into – we can help create the perfect room for you.

Take a look at this gallery of master bedrooms or view additional samples on Houzz.com – there are thousands of images and ideas for master bedroom retreats.

When you are ready to learn more about master suite remodeling in your Whatcom or Skagit County home, contact Charlie at Hudson Remodeling to set up a consultation – we can help create the bedroom you’ve been dreaming of.

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Project: Whatcom County bathroom remodeled with aging in place

Posted 19 July 2013 by Team Hudson

Not every homeowner wants or needs to tackle an extensive bathroom remodel.  Sometimes great results come from simply updating and modernizing an existing space, without moving doors, walls and windows.

This Everson bathroom remodel project is a perfect example of how Hudson Remodeling worked with homeowners to greatly improve an existing bathroom by providing them with a fresh, new living space that will be functional for years to come.

Before and after

Take a look at this “before” photo. Note the tired shower enclosure with narrow opening, vanity storage issues, linoleum flooring, dated lighting, and wood-framed mirror.

In this “after” image you’ll see that a new vanity with granite counter top was added along with a frame-less, recessed medicine cabinet and updated lighting. The bones of the room (walls) stayed in exactly the same place but all elements within the room were remodeled.

Providing solutions

While the new vanity was the same size as the old one, it was custom built with extra drawers to handle storage issues.   Extra towel bars, robe hooks and an additional custom cabinet unit were also installed around the bathroom for storage purposes.

The old shower unit was completely gutted and replaced with custom tile and a frame-less glass door.  The homeowners love how the glass doors make the entire room look much larger – we are particularly proud of the precision tile work Hudson crews did on this job!

Planning for the future

A few aging in place features were included in this bathroom remodel project.  Grab bars and a built-in seat were strategically placed in the shower; a low threshold entry was designed into the unit.

Toggle light switches and lever-style faucet handles are subtle changes that will make life easier in years to come.

Want to learn more about remodeling with aging in place in mind? Contact Charlie Hudson today or check out these articles:  http://www.hudsonremodeling.com/category/aging-in-place/

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