Tips & Trends

Updates in the latest trends, products and materials make your home unique and current.

Minimizing Exposure to Lead Paint

The rules for working around lead-based paint changed in 2010 so we’re working hard to educate our employees, clients, friends and neighbors about the current methods for minimizing exposure.  Members of our team have completed Certified Lead Paint Specialist training and we are using safe practices on job sites now.

Hudson Remodeling has developed a free tip sheet for those considering renovating a home built before 1978.  This valuable information outlines some of the precautions that should be taken when working with lead-based paints.

Additional details and resources are available on the State of Washington Department of Commerce website.  Please feel free to contact Charlie Hudson with any questions you may have about working around lead paint.

Kitchen Remodeling Made Easy

(courtesy of Brenan Roser, Charter Kitchens)

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? The following is an outline to help develop your
budget and brainstorm your kitchen plans.

Determining the Budget

Tip #1: Don’t become discouraged or vulnerable to sticker shock. Price ranges for kitchen
projects vary drastically. Realistically determine what you are willing to spend on this
project by doing a little research into the variety of products available on the market.
Plan to visit home centers and kitchen distributors to get feel for your options and the
pricing associated with these options. Product (cabinetry, countertops, and appliances)
and payment options are numerous. Initially, just shoot for a ballpark figure that can help
you determine your approach to the project.

Tip #2: In meeting with kitchen specialists, be cautious of those who are reluctant to
help you understand costs. The sign of a well run company is their commitment to making
you happy, not how much you plan to spend. If your consultant appears more interested
in getting paid or discussing a retainer fee, you are in the wrong place.

Brainstorming the Plan

Once you have some budget in mind, the project becomes fun. Now is the time to start
fantasizing about your dream kitchen in terms of both functionality and aesthetics. This
can be done with or without the kitchen specialist, depending on your comfort level and
knowledge, so let’s get started.

Tip #1: First, draft a list with two columns: one for needs and the other for wants.
Go crazy with this list and be sure to include functional and visual appeal items in
both of these columns. A list like this can be a huge time saver for you and your kitchen
specialist. Taking the time to determine your budget wants and needs before meeting
your specialist will help you better communicate your desires.

Tip #2: Make sure the designer and sales professionals helping with your selections are
focused on your dream kitchen and not their own. While tastes may differ, a good kitchen
consultant may have insight into potential problems areas or have ideas that can better
address your needs.