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

Posted 26 July 2017 by Team Hudson

 It’s time.

You’ve decided that the almond-colored range and faux-wood paneling in your kitchen have got to go.

But before you start swinging a hammer, here are a few considerations to make your kitchen planning smoother and easier.

Will I add a pantry? And if so, where? Especially if you don’t have one currently, a pantry can make a big difference in the functionality of a kitchen. But you can’t add it just anywhere. Consider what you’ll be using it for. Daily staples like pasta, cereal and flour? Or deep storage like home-canned fruit and vegetables? Ideally, a daily-use pantry would lie along the edge of the fridge-stove-sink triangle.

Counter-depth fridge, or fridge-depth counters? Counter-depth fridges are all the rage, and for good reason. They can fit seamlessly into the flow of your cabinets, adding functionality without bulging out into your living space. But they can also be quite expensive. To replicate the look and feel at a fraction of the cost, consider making your counters an extra foot deep along the fridge wall. Not only will you gain the look of a counter-depth fridge, but you’ll also gain some bonus counter space, too.

How high should my countertops be? Standard kitchen counter height is 36 inches. For ideal comfort, the countertop should typically be 2 to 3 inches below elbow height. If you’re particularly short or tall, 36 inches might be all wrong. However, there are two additional points to consider: Most kitchen appliances, such as dishwashers and ranges, are designed for standard-height counters. Also, if you plan to sell your home someday, custom heights might dissuade prospective buyers. A compromise would be to raise or lower just sections of the countertop or to have a kitchen island at non-standard height.

Do I want a new kitchen island? Do I want to get rid of one? Large kitchens benefit from the extra workspace an island provides, but small kitchens can seem crowded. If you’re changing the size of your kitchen during the remodel, consider whether you want to add or remove an island. And if you want a workspace at non-standard height, as mentioned above, an island might be the perfect choice.

Do I want a new kitchen layout? Planning a new kitchen while the old one is still in place can be one of the hardest parts of the kitchen-remodeling process. But you don’t want to start gutting the room until you’re sure what appliances will go where, and which walls, if any, will be removed. Here’s where an experienced kitchen designer with computer design skills, like Susan Silva at Hudson Remodeling, can be invaluable. A three-dimensional CAD rendering of your kitchen can help you make difficult decisions without having to fully commit.


If you’re considering remodeling the kitchen in your Whatcom or Skagit County home, give the experts at Hudson Remodeling a call. They have years of design/build experience and have seen (and done) just about everything when it comes to kitchen remodels.

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CAD renderings add an extra touch to design/build work

Posted 26 April 2017 by Team Hudson

Are you sure you put the microwave in the right place? Is there enough space around the island? Might those pendant lights get in the way of the cabinet doors?

Looking at a flat blueprint, the answers to these questions are sometimes hard for clients to imagine.

That’s why Hudson Remodeling uses the latest computer technology to help clients visualize the changes to their homes.

Susan SilvaSusan Silva, who designs and manages design/build projects at Hudson Remodeling, creates computer-aided design (CAD) drawings for many kitchen jobs — and a lot of the bathrooms, too — that Hudson works on.

It’s a worthwhile service, Silva says, because it helps clients imagine the changes that will be made to their spaces. In addition to blueprints of plans, the Whatcom County remodeler’s clients can get a virtual walkthrough of their new room and thus are better able to contribute to the remodeling process and make design decisions on the fly when needed.

When clients hire Hudson Remodeling, they get much more than a simple project manager. They get an entire team dedicated to making sure their remodel project goes as smoothly as possible — and that they are equipped to make design choices as the project proceeds.

Because Silva works alongside Hudson’s lead carpenters to provide estimates, create remodeling plans, research supplies and order materials, she knows what each project will look like and how it will proceed. And because she’s able to put that information into a CAD rendering and walk through it with clients, they know, too, just how their home will look.

For example, look at these renderings from a recent kitchen remodel in Bellingham. The work required reconfiguring some cabinets in a kitchen the clients had enjoyed for many years. Because they had the CAD renderings, it was easy for them to look beyond the kitchen they were familiar with and imagine the kitchen of their dreams.

If you’ve been considering a remodeling project for your Whatcom County home, give the team at Hudson Remodeling a call. In addition to kitchens and baths, Hudson Remodeling handles master suites, exterior projects and even whole-house remodeling.



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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:

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Remodeling Trends for 2013

Posted 8 October 2012 by Team Hudson

Remodeling Trends for 2013

National construction experts are starting to compile lists of the top home remodeling trends for 2013 that will add value and provide a great return on investment.  Here are  a few of our favorite remodeling trends, along with links to online galleries, to consider incorporating into your home.

  • Kitchen makeovers.  Refinish or reface cabinets, update appliances; add a breakfast bar or island.
  • Turn you master bathroom into a mini-spa.  Add a Jacuzzi soaker tub, quartz or granite counters, vessel sinks, and bronze fixtures.
  • Remove walls to create open floor plans.  Some older homes were built with walls that separate living spaces, like between living, dining and kitchen areas.  Many homeowners today prefer open, less formal spaces.
  • Say good-bye to carpet.  Hardwood, tile, bamboo and slate floors are a much better option for people with allergies.  They are easy to clean and maintain and instantly make a room look fresh and modern.
  • Add more living space.  Families are merging, parents are aging and moving in with their children…for many it may be time to convert unfinished basements into additional living space.

I hope the ideas above (and photos in our online galleries) will provide a bit of remodeling inspiration for projects that will modernize your home and make it more comfortable for years to come.  Our crews have experience in all these areas and would be happy to talk with you about remodeling projects you may be considering.  Call or email Charlie Hudson today!


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