Gut Rehabs: Getting to the Finish Line

Isn’t it strange that, metaphorically in life, when it rains – it pours? I have three different projects where my clients need to move in…well, yesterday. Let me give you a word of advice: if you want the lowest reasonable price on your renovation project, stay out. It takes A LOT of time to work around living situations during renovations. Renovation projects have a pretty consistent emotional schedule for clients project to project – for the majority of the project, there seems to be a lot of momentum and lots of things happening all the time. Then, once Finish Carpentry comes around, it seems to slow down. Not that we’re actually slowing down, the reality is that the same amount of work is going on, it’s just quieter (pretty things typically don’t require a sawzall). This is where a project can go on forever. You have to keep your head in the game! Remember, this is your part: The Rules of Finish Carpentry. In my opinion, getting to the finish line is the most difficult part of the project for clients – there are so many little decisions to make every day, you’re coordinating your move-in, you’re picking curtains – it’s a lot. Not to mention, just like any relationship, you’re parting ways with your GC. This is hard on both of us – it’s a goodbye among friends after months of constant communication.

So, what’s happening?

The invasive scope at The Grant is winding down just in time for my clients to sell their home:


Wolcott is just waiting on kitchen counter installations (another bane of Finish Carpentry’s existence):


As for Carmen, we made it! 2nd Floor is move-in ready:

Ally cleans houses!

Before & After:

Not bad for two weeks, eh?

  • Whitney Parchman
    Posted at 05:46h, 15 February Reply

    Great post Ally! Love the wood floors in the last picture. Were they stained after installation or pre-stained? What species? What color? I must know! Well, I’ll be okay if you don’t tell me but I am curious. Thanks! xo Whitney
    P.S. Having to pick out window treatments on the tail end of a major rehab is like telling a runner, “Oh, by the way, I know you thought you were 10 yards away from the finish line but there’s actually a mile and a half to go.”

    • Integro Rehab
      Posted at 17:10h, 24 February Reply

      Thanks! The floors are red oak and were stained after installation. We like our buffing around here…

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