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5 features that improve bath safety at home

Posted 27 July 2016 by Team Hudson

Bathroom remodeling, walk-in shower

AFTER: Best Bath walk-in shower installed.

Are your parents safe and comfortable in their home? Are you nervous about tripping hazards that may be present? Did you know that more than half of all falls occur in the home, according to the National Institutes of Health?

With their many slippery surfaces, bathrooms present some of the biggest barriers for worry-free living among older adults, but fortunately there are great solutions.

A Whatcom County homeowner came to Hudson Remodeling recently for help in preventing slips and falls while also increasing comfort in the bathroom.

Our residential remodeling team installed a Best Bath shower unit for them. This seemed like a great opportunity to talk about the benefits of installing a walk-in shower system instead of a traditional bath tub:

  1. Barrier-free access: With this kind of a setup, you just walk right into the shower instead of stepping over a high ledge into the tub. You can see from the pictures how easy access now is, especially when all of the surfaces are wet and slippery. Even younger and more agile people can appreciate that difference!
  2. Integrated safety bar: A strong, sturdy safety bar now runs the length of the shower, providing a safe handhold to aid in standing or to ease the transition from standing to sitting and back. Don’t rely on a flimsy towel bar outside the shower; it will not hold up when you actually need it.
  3. Integrated seat: When legs get tired or weak, it’s critical to have nearby access to a seat to help prevent falls. This integrated shower seat enables people of all ages to sit and shower with ease.
  4. Remodeling a bathroom, Bellingham WA

    BEFORE: Dated tub/shower unit that was hard to access.

    Hand-held shower head: Standing or sitting, it’s easy to access the water.

  5. Easy to clean: Old high-sided bathtubs are difficult to keep clean. On hands and knees, it’s hard to reach over the edge to get all the nooks and crannies of the tub. Walk-in showers are much easier to access and clean.

The best gift you can give your parents is to be proactive and help them make changes before they fall or get injured. Our experienced carpenters do a lot of remodeling work for people who want the ability to remain active and safe in their own homes.

Hudson Remodeling can help you incorporate barrier-free and universal design elements into your parent’s home. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Charlie Hudson is a great resource for those wanting to make a change – contact him today to learn more.

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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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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

Charlie NW Retirement Magazine

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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Remodeling a small bathroom for barrier-free bathing

Posted 25 November 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson RemodelingBeing able to remain independent and live at home can be a strong part of one’s identity – independence is an important goal for many senior citizens and their loved ones. Aging-in-place is becoming more and more important, especially as the Baby Boomer generation moves through life and looks for ways to maintain their current lifestyle.

In most cases, living safely at home during the aging process means some remodeling work will need to happen, such as making a bathroom more accessible and safe. A licensed general contractor like Hudson Remodeling can help homeowners reach their goal of aging-in-place.

Retrofitting a bathroom doesn’t have to be a huge and expensive endeavor. Sometimes choosing to remodel a smaller bathroom (as featured in this article) in the home can be a more cost effective plan than paying to remodel an entire master suite.

Best Bath Systems, a company Hudson Remodeling has partnered with in 2014, has a wide array of bathtubs and shower units that are ideal for retrofitting even the smallest of bathrooms. Their professional grade units are all made in American and they offer features like strategically placed grab bars and a built-in shower seat that can make the task of bathing much easier.

Hudson RemodelingBest Bath shower units are designed to have a low threshold – this makes getting in and out of the shower much easier. The addition of overhead shower heads and flexible shower wants, allow for users to adjust the height to their specifics needs. Those features actually work well for all ages and abilities – from grandkids to adults with temporary injuries to senior citizens.

Maybe you’ve heard this quote: “We don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan.” Making small adjustments to a home now, before there is an immediate need, can pave the way to safer living at home in the future.

If you or a loved one are considering how to maintain independence at home during the aging process, and would like to discuss how to make bathing areas safer, contact Hudson Remodeling. We can talk about barrier-free bathing options and design a home improvement plan that is just right for your Whatcom or Skagit County home.

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Hudson Remodeling is now a barrier free bathing distributor

Posted 2 September 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson-Remodeling-Best-BathsSince 1971, Best Bath Systems has designed and built bathroom products that are safe for people of all ages and abilities. They are a leading American manufacturer of walk in showers and bathtubs for residential remodeling projects.

It’s a fact that people want to live in their own homes as long as possible – regardless of their age or ability. As the aging in place trend evolves, the need for barrier-free bathing options at home is also increasing.

Hudson Remodeling recently partnered with Best Bath System to serve as their distributor in the greater Bellingham area – including Lynden, Blaine, Everson and other parts of Whatcom County.

There are several things that led Hudson Remodeling to choose Best Bath as a solution provider. They include:

  • Bathroom remodelingBest Bath has over 400 shower and bathtub models to choose from, and available accent colors are limited only by your imagination. Whether a bathroom remodeling project is large or small, they offer many choices that our construction professionals can install.
  • An incredible variety of barrier free/universal designed products are available through Best Bath. Whether a new walk in tub or shower unit is needed, or if a customer wants designer series grab bars, we are able to provide a solution that works.
  • Many of their barrier-free bathing products are specifically designed to fit within a traditional shower/tub footprint – this helps keep remodeling costs lower.
  • The company offers commercial quality products with excellent warranties – up to a lifetime warranty.
  • Best Bath’s manufacturing facility is located in the Pacific Northwest – all of their products are made in America. We think that’s a good thing.

If you know someone needing to remodel their bathrooms to improve safety and comfort, please share this video with them so they can learn about Best Bath products, then call Hudson Remodeling to schedule a project consultation.

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