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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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Walk-in bath tubs

Posted 25 September 2014 by Team Hudson

Hudson-Remodeling-Best-BathFor people of all ages with impaired mobility, getting in and out of a bathtub can not only be challenging, it can also be dangerous. The good news is that there is a solution that allows people to continue enjoying a bath experience without the danger of stepping over the edge of a tub onto slippery surfaces.

Hudson Remodeling is a proud distributor of Best Bath Systems products – they can incorporate walk-in tubs and barrier-free shower units into bathroom remodeling projects in the greater Bellingham, WA area.

Thanks to companies like Best Bath Systems, the overall design and function of walk-in bathtubs has improved in recent years – the bathing solutions they offer provide a more luxurious and comfortable bathing experience.

Hudson-Remodeling-Best-bath-BellinghamWhy choose a walk-in tub? How about the fact that they are twice the depth of traditional tubs. They also come in a variety of designs, include features like a contoured heated seat, grab-bars and non-skid flooring. Hudson Remodeling helps their customers find a bathing unit that matches both the desired function as well as the style of their bathroom.

Cleaning walk-in units is easier than cleaning traditional tubs because homeowners do not need to extend over the side of the tub to reach the side walls and corners – they can easily step inside the tub to handle cleaning tasks.

If you or a loved one has impaired mobility or wants to age-in-place while continuing to live at home, walk-in bathtubs are a safe solution that allows for independent bathing in the privacy of your own home.

Contact Hudson Remodeling to learn about a barrier-free bathing option that’s perfect for your needs and home.

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Updating tile in your bathroom or kitchen

Posted 21 June 2013 by Team Hudson

Have you recently purchased a house or are you looking to freshen up your existing home?  If so, consider adding tile in the kitchen or bathroom – tile can be a great home renovation project that has a dramatic and lasting effect.

Decorative tile installations allow homeowners to be creative, whether they prefer a subtle, classic look or something more colorful and abstract.  Tile comes in a wide array of materials including porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, marble, mosaic, and more.  The color choices are limitless so there are plenty of options to choose from.

If you would like to improve a property by adding tile, first spend some time looking at photos of kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects (in magazines or online) so you can get a feel for the style and look you prefer.  Looking at spaces that are similar to yours will allow you to see how material selection impacts the end result.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan for a tile project:

  • Overall color scheme – consider neutral tile colors, use accessories to add splashes of color
  • Size and layout of the space you will be tiling – decide whether to use large or small tiles
  • Durability – this is especially important if the area has heavy foot traffic
  • Cost of the material and labor to install – ask an experienced tile installer for a detailed estimate

Not sure where to go for inspiration? We recommend checking out Hudson Remodeling’s website ( or Pinterest, where there are endless ideas for things tile backsplashes ( and tile floors. (

If you would like to learn more about adding tile to your kitchen or bath, we’d love to talk with you. Hudson Remodeling is known for our expert tile work, especially when dealing with tight areas, uneven surfaces and corners that aren’t perfectly square. We’ve completed countless tile installations around Whatcom County and Skagit Counties and are proud of our work.

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Top 6 bathroom remodeling tips

Posted 3 May 2013 by Team Hudson

Have you been thinking of modernizing or renovating a bathroom in your home?

While bathroom remodeling projects are a piece of cake for Hudson Remodeling, we know they can make homeowners nervous, anxious and frustrated.  With that in mind, we have assembled a list of top bathroom remodeling tips to keep in mind as you work through the DIY (do it yourself) process.

  • Consider updating your bathroom’s floor plan.  Simply rearranging the toilet, vanity and tub can improve the flow of your bathroom.  Adjusting the floor plan through careful design can maximize the space available to its fullest.  Hire a bathroom designer or work with or an experienced remodeler to develop a detailed plan.
  • Choose energy efficient products.  Use low flow or dual flush toilets, Energy Star lighting fixtures and water saving shower heads.  Incorporating these environmentally friendly remodeling products into your design will save you money over time.
  • Think about lighting.  Bathroom lighting is more than just 4 bulbs around a vanity mirror.  Look for places to incorporate additional lighting in the ceiling, bathing areas, closets, and more.
  • Add natural light when possible.  Skylights and solar tubes are a great way to add natural light to your bathroom.
  • Go neutral.  Stick to a somewhat neutral color palette when choosing pricy items (tile and granite).  Add splashes of color with less expensive things like paint, shower curtains, throw rugs, and accessories.
  • Splurge a bit.  Even if your bathroom remodel project is small in size it’s still nice to treat yourself to something fun.  Upgrade cabinet hardware or sink fixtures; add a heated towel bar, color changing shower head or waterproof speakers and an iPod dock so you can listen to music while bathing.

Lastly, as you are planning for a bathroom remodel, keep universal design in mind.  Consider making doorways a bit wider, replacing your traditional tub with a walk-in shower or installing the behind-the-scenes framework so grab bars can be added later.  A bit of consideration and planning now will make a difference down the road.

As an experienced general contractor in Whatcom County, Hudson Remodeling has worked on many bathrooms.  We have helped homeowners through the bathroom design phase, demolition and product selection.  Our crews are master tile installers (floors, tub enclosures and free-standing showers) and we are detailed when it comes to cabinetry and trim work.  Give us a call with any bathroom remodeling questions you may have.

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Remodeling with universal design in mind

Posted 9 April 2013 by Team Hudson

Think universal design is just for elderly and disabled people?  Think again.

Sure universal design is great for senior citizens and it’s necessary for people that use mobility aids, but it can also be beneficial for children and folks that are recovering from injury or illness.

The benefits of remodeling with universal design in mind are many.  Whether homeowners are updating a master bathroom, renovating a kitchen or just upgrading fixtures, there are choices that can be made now that will make life easier down the road.

When it comes to making a home work for any age or stage, it’s a good idea to take a proactive approach.  Consider adding a ground floor master suite, incorporating walk-in shower units, installing grab bars, widening doorways, having a variety of counter heights in the kitchen, and even making sure there is at least one step-free entrance to the home.

Hudson Remodeling would love to help people of all ages incorporate universal design elements into their Whatcom or Skagit County homes.  As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Charlie Hudson is a great resource for those wanting to make a change.

Looking for a bit of inspiration?  We have found Pinterest to be a great resource for universal design ideas.  Take a look at these images and consider incorporating some into your next home remodel project.

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Remodeling with universal design in mind

Posted 5 December 2012 by Team Hudson

Photo courtesy of Delta Faucets

Have you heard the terms ” aging in place” or “universal design”?  These words are often used to describe building and remodeling projects that are visually appealing and usable by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. This means homes are designed or renovated in a manner that allows able-bodied, disabled, youth and the elderly to comfortable use living spaces.  The spaces work for long-term living needs as well as short-term situations like recovering from an injury or surgery.

Planning ahead can allow people of all ages to stay in their own home as long as possible. Here are a few tips to consider if you or a loved one are considering modifying a home to incorporate universal design features:

Aging in Place/Universal Design Tips:

  • Install bath and shower grab bars.  When properly installed, grab bars are effective in helping prevent slips and falls. Typically, they are the first item people turn to when looking to improve bathroom safety.
  • Replace a traditional tub with a walk-in shower unit.  Wonderful step-free shower units can be created in the same space currently used for a bathtub.  Walk-in showers can be installed as prefabricated units or as a custom project using materials like tile and glass.
  • Consider remodeling to add a ground floor master suite.  This type of remodel not only allows seniors to stay in their own home as long as possible, it can also help those recovering from injury or illness.
  • In the kitchen, relocate (or raise) the level of your dishwasher to make loading/unloading easier; install pull-out shelves in lower cabinets for easier access.
  • Change hardware throughout the house; using levers or “D” pulls can make it easier for all abilities to open and close doors and cabinets.
  • Install handrails along interior and exterior staircases; make sure those areas are well lit as well.

As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Charlie Hudson of Hudson Remodeling can help Whatcom County residents modify their homes to improve safety and long-term comfort.  Feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

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