Chicago Tribune : Ravenswood rehab on camera

“Rehab Addict.” “Property Brothers.” “Fixer Upper.” HGTV’s cup runneth over with home renovation shows, but can home improvement really be as glamorous as it appears on the small screen?

Allyson Case, CEO and founder of Chicago-based contracting company Integro Rehab, found out when HGTV chose to feature her team’s renovation project on an episode of “House Hunters: Renovation.”

The task: transform a 3,100-square-foot Victorian three-flat in Ravenswood into a duplex with living space on the top two floors and a rental unit on the first level.

The challenges: water damage, a third floor gradually splitting away from the rest of the house and more than $40,000 in additional expenses.

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