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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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Feature project: Clean, stylish kitchen remodel in Bellingham

Posted 28 March 2017 by Team Hudson

The pros at Hudson Remodeling absolutely love doing detailed work. And when they can do that work in the service of a client who’s tired of making compromises… well, that’s a great day.

Some homeowners came in recently with heads full of ideas for remodeling their kitchen. They wanted to keep the same basic layout, but they had some other fixes in mind that would help them truly enjoy their space.

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Before the remodel

For starters, that involved installing higher-quality cherry cabinets and extending the new cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Because the clients had been displaying glassware in that forever dusty above-cabinet space, new display areas with glass doors were built into some of the new cabinetry.

Under cabinet LED-lighting was installed. The result provides a good amount of light shining down on another of the centerpieces of this kitchen remodel: gorgeous granite countertops and a nearly seamless backsplash, which was sourced from Creative Stoneworks in Bellingham.

Under cabinet power strips and lighting

Because of space limitations, the granite countertops were custom-designed to have no overhang. The result is functional and just as beautiful as it would have been otherwise.

In a special touch, the project skipped the traditional placement of outlets that would be cut into the backsplash. Instead, under-cabinet power strips provide all power needs. This helps highlight the beautiful pattern of the granite backsplash.

Kitchen remodeling can be personal and customized. These home remodeling clients had knobs that were of sentimental value, so those went on all new cabinetry. The original kitchen faucet, which came with a rather neat permanently installed flower vase, also was retained per their request.

Transformation

The island was left in the same place, as shown in the photos, but the wine rack was moved around the corner, and cookbook storage was hidden behind a new cabinet door. The island also was the recipient of some new display space and a convenient electrical outlet. The overall result is a cleaner looking kitchen island, especially when viewed from other rooms in the house.

Finishing touches included a sliding recycling-bin feature for under the countertop and a custom, extra-deep pantry.

To chat about ideas for your own Whatcom or Skagit kitchen remodel, give Hudson Remodeling a call. And feel free to browse photo galleries of Hudson’s other kitchen remodels for inspiration.

 

 

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Kitchen remodeling design trends

Posted 29 September 2016 by Team Hudson

The kitchen. It’s the heart of your home.

It’s where meals are cooked, conversations are held, laughs are shared. It exerts a gravitational force, pulling in friends for a drink, children for help with homework, loved ones for deep conversation.

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It’s no wonder we typically turn to the kitchen when we want to rejuvenate our homes. They’re a great return on investment, whether you plan to sell or live in it forever.

If you’ve been contemplating a kitchen remodel, here are a few recent trends sure to uplift the soul of your home:

Appliances: High-end appliances — Sub-Zero, Miele, Viking, Thermador, to name several — are popular these days. When you’re crafting a delicious meal for your family, you need the right tool for the job. And if you’re going to put the time and energy into a remodel, you want it done right. Homeowners these days are recognizing the utility in investing in the products they use the most. And when it comes to color, it’s worth noting: Polished stainless steel is on the way out, giving way to darker alternatives such as black and bronze.

Surface products: Countertop trends change often, cycling among laminate, granite, marble and tile. The great news is these are all enduring options. Right up there these days are two others you might not have considered lately: classic butcher block and quartz. Wood flooring has been huge in kitchens lately. Why not bring some of that up to the countertops for a fresh new look? Another option that has been trending hot lately is engineered quartz. While looking great, these countertops are also tough when it comes to handling heat and resisting stains and scratches.

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Color palettes: The best kitchen colors tend to represent regions. Here in Whatcom County and throughout the Pacific Northwest, we’re inspired by the ocean, the forests, even the oft-gray skies. Keep things bright and clean by interspersing spots of color — bright ocean blues, muted sage greens, crisp cloud grays — amid swaths of white. In fact, according to HGTV, gray is the new white.

Cabinets: Two-toned and mismatched cabinets are pretty hot these days. This trend takes the classic look of white cabinetry to the next level by adding style, color and texture.

Fixtures: This is the jewelry of your kitchen. From taps to knobs to chandeliers, fixtures add a finishing flourish to your gorgeous remodel. Here’s a tip: Go bold. There are as many options in light fixtures and faucets as there are personal styles, so do some digging and find the options that work for you. Colored sink? Go for it. Oversized island lights? Why not? Make a statement by going just a little further than might be expected for the space.

Ready to add some life to your kitchen? Contact Hudson Remodeling if:

  • You want the job done with a high level of quality and attention to detail.
  • You don’t have time to micromanage a construction project, but instead want a contractor to handle the difficult work of sourcing supplies and scheduling subcontractors.

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5 features that improve bath safety at home

Posted 27 July 2016 by Team Hudson

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

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

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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5 backsplash ideas that will make your kitchen POP!

Posted 25 February 2016 by Team Hudson

swan-kitchen-3In most homes, the kitchen is the center of all the action. It gets used the most and is where families gather daily-so why not personalize it? One way to make a kitchen unique and personal is by adding or updating the backsplash.

A kitchen backsplash is a functional element that protects walls from stains and splashes when cooking or cleaning. It also adds a decorative feature to kitchen interiors. The most common backsplash material used today is ceramic wall tiles.

Tile is a traditional and practical option that can make any kitchen complete, but there are also many other stunning materials you can use according to Lushome.

Here are 5 ideas for your kitchen backsplash:

  1. Laminate. A variety of colors can be used to create interesting combinations and decorative patterns.
  1. Mirrored tiles. These trendy tiles reflect light and add an attractive contrast with other kitchen surfaces—mirrored tile backsplashes can help make a smaller kitchen look larger.
  2. Mosaic. This option can be super practical and visually stunning. Mosaic tile backsplashes create smooth glossy surfaces that can be colorful or neutral, depending on your design preferences.
  1. Metal. Have a sophisticated style and/or want a high-tech feel? Metal backsplashes, like those made of tin tiles, may be for you!
  2. Tempered glass and original prints. These can bring artistic design trends into modern kitchens by creating a fantastic, colorful and bold backsplash for traditional and contemporary kitchens.

Does your Whatcom or Skagit County kitchen need remodeling or design help? Hudson Remodeling can assist with any kitchen design or remodel project. Simply contact us–we can help with fresh design ideas or incorporate your vision into the remodeling plan.

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Feature Project: Barkley Hill Remodel

Posted 28 January 2016 by Team Hudson

Barkley Remodel - BeforeSometimes when people move into a home that is new-to-them they want to make subtle changes to make it their own. Such was the case with this home remodeling project in Bellingham, WA.

The owners of a 1990’s home on Barkley Hill came to us with a wish list that included:

  • Adding a new window
  • Removing an existing built-in bookcase/relocating a wall
  • Upgrading a fireplace
  • Moving a door

First, our crews framed and installed a new energy efficient window (roughly 4’ x 4’) that greatly improved territorial views of North Whatcom County and the Canadian Rockies. Interior and exterior trim, caulking and paint were added to match the home’s color scheme.

Barkley Remodel - AfterOn the same wall as the new window, an existing built-in bookcase (reported by the homeowner to be a junk collector) was removed and the wall, which originally jogged in an odd direction, was straightened so it could follow the natural lines of a vaulted ceiling. Framing, electrical and sheetrock work were included in this phase of the project.

Next up was the fireplace upgrade. First Hudson Remodeling removed the existing mantle (preserving and revamping it for later use). Then Baron Heating removed the old unit and installed a new gas fireplace unit. Then our crews finished up the job with a custom paint job and installation of a tile hearth and surround…giving the fireplace a sleek, modern look.

Tile sourced at Aqui Esta Tile & Stone in Bellingham, WA.

The last part of this home remodeling project included relocating a powder room door. The home’s original design sent guests from a powder room right into the kitchen—a design feature our customers didn’t appreciate.Relocated bathroom door

We were able to close the doorway opening next to the kitchen and create a new one just around the corner. Framing, sheetrock, texture and electrical work were included. The end result improved the flow in the living spaces around the powder room.

Here’s what our customer said about our work on this project:

“We hired Hudson Remodeling to help with a couple of projects around our home. Andrey and Dave did a great job installing a new window, moving a door and updating our fireplace. The quality of workmanship was top-notch.”

If you find you’re in need of a few upgrades around your Whatcom County home, contact us—our design/build team is here to help.

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Kitchen and bathroom remodeling trends for 2016

Posted 30 November 2015 by Team Hudson

It’s a fact; homeowners are often on the lookout for trendy, inexpensive, easy ways –sometimes DIY ways – to improve their living spaces. Kitchen Remodel - November 2015

Some home remodeling design projects can lead to into improved function and appearance, and even a higher profit when it comes time to sell a home.

Below are some trends that Hudson Remodeling and our team have started seeing in Whatcom County, and hope to continue seeing in 2016.

Good to know! Off-white has been chosen as the “Color of the Year” for 2016.

Kitchen updates: Most can agree that a kitchen is often the heart of the home—especially when the kitchen has a great flow and design. Kitchens designed and built with custom cabinets, matching appliances, updated hardware and durable counter tops all help modernize a home.

Speaking of counter tops–laminate (yes, laminate!) is affordable and more stylish than ever before. Laminate hasn’t received a lot of respect over the years, but here’s the thing about laminate–whatever color or pattern you are envisioning, this long-lasting counter top material probably has that as an option. And did we mention it’s affordable?

Laminate countertopHomeowners are choosing laminate counter tops for their kitchen remodeling projects because the cost is usually less than half of natural stone or granite–choosing laminate can potentially save thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel project.

Trending now are interesting matte finishes with subtle textures and patterns—to the left is an example of a laminate counter top Hudson Remodeling installed in a Bellingham, Washington area home in November 2015.  Looks great, right?

Bathroom remodels: Bathrooms are the most used room in many households. Larger showers are in, giant jettedCustom shower enclosure with built in bench tubs are out. Not only do whirlpool tubs use a lot of water (like they will drain your hot water tank), they simply don’t get used as often as a shower.

Building a larger walk-in shower with seating, easy to maintain tile surfaces, spa like shower heads and even stylish safety bars, is definitely on trend for 2016.

If you are looking to use current remodeling trends to freshen up the look of your Whatcom County home in 2016, contact Hudson Remodeling’s design/build team to get the process started.

We can help create a home you love to be in–whether it is cooking a meal, relaxing in your living room or enjoying the company of friends and family-we can help make that happen.

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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.

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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?

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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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How to modernize a 1980’s house

Posted 25 September 2015 by Team Hudson

So, you own or just bought a home that was built in the 1980’s, and you want to make some changes to modernize the look and feel of it—you’re not alone in Whatcom County.

Hudson RemodelingSome of the most popular communities in our area are filled with homes built in the 1980’s, including the Geneva area, Barkley Hill, Ferndale and Lynden.

Renovating and modernizing homes that are 30+ years old can improve functionality, add one’s own unique style, and increase the value of a home.

It’s all about upgrading and improving flow.

Knocking down walls to improve flow, upgrading the layout of master bathrooms, updating kitchen cabinets, replacing siding, and switching out doors and windows are all remodeling tasks that are worth the effort in a 1980’s home.

While those are examples of more costly ways to modernize a home, there are also simpler updates that can make a big difference.

Updating or replacing old trim around windows and doors, and installing new baseboards can be quite effective. Painting existing wood trim is another quick and easy way to modernize a 1980’s home.Hudson Remodeling-kitchen

Check out these inspiring ideas for adding painted trim to your home!

Another affordable way to modernize a 1980’s home is to switch-out kitchen and bathroom fixtures for more contemporary designs—removing brass fixtures is top on some homeowner’s list of home upgrades.

Keep in mind that a uniform approach to hardware makes a home appear more finished. For example, if you replace brass fixtures with nickel in one bathroom you’ll want to consider also replacing brass fixtures found in your kitchen or other bathrooms.

Upgrade those old lighting fixtures!

Upgrading old light fixtures in 1980’s homes is a must-do if you want a more modern look and feel—and if you want to save money on your power bill.

Hudson Remodeling-lightingRemove brass fixtures and dated wall sconces. Ditch unattractive fluorescent fixtures, add pendant lighting in the kitchen and consider installing recessed lighting. Home renovations that include lighting upgrades can greatly change the feel and mood of a home.

DIY or hire a pro?

If your honey-do list is already too long, or if you feel overwhelmed by the thought of spending nights and weekends modernizing your home, contact Hudson Remodeling. Our remodeling crews are pros when it comes to whole-house remodeling services in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

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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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