‘Windy City Rehab’ Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: Alison Victoria takes on clients in Chicago

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After a season (so far) of mostly out-of-town personal projects, “Windy City Rehab” pivoted to a Chicago-centric episode that paired host Alison Victoria with a couple who had big plans and a budget. tight.

Here’s how the fifth episode of Season 3 went down on Thursday night:

Spoilers ahead!

The House

Now that Victoria has completed her investment properties, she has taken on new clients Amin and Nahal Mashouf, a married couple who purchased a brick home at 2521 W. Harrison St. in the Tony Tri-Taylor neighborhood. Built in the 1890s, the 3,400 square foot. the house has three floors plus a basement and a roof terrace.

It was easy to tell why the Mashoufs had chosen Victoria: they planned to paint the brickwork white and the trim black.

“Having Alison on board is a big relief,” Amin Mashouf explained, “because those were nights of thinking ‘How am I going to do this?'”

Inside, construction work has already begun with all kitchen and bathroom fixtures ripped out, along with floors and fixtures. As they walked through, the Mashoufs described the wine cellar they wanted under the stairs, as well as the gym and sauna in the basement. Knowing Victoria’s passion for custom range hoods, they asked her to design one to make their kitchen stand out.

With a budget of just $150,000 for a luxury design, Victoria had her work cut out for her.

“That may seem like a lot of money,” Victoria said, “but with all their luxury design ideas, the budget isn’t that high. That $150,000 might not be enough.

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With six months to move in, Victoria called the two into her office to go over the design plan as work continued on the house.

Problems arose when the house failed plumbing and electrical inspections. Contractor Jesus showed Alison where outdated plumbing and electrical wiring had been installed on an exterior wall, clear code violations. It would cost around $15,000 to remove everything and reinstall everything.

The two then called Amin Mashouf to share the bad news and decide what to do. After hearing the problem and how much it would cost to fix it, the customer asked, “Who pays for this?”

“Hmm, you.” they answered.

Amin Mashouf took the bad news in stride and agreed to scrap the roof terrace renovations.

After deciding on a few kitchen hood style options for her clients, Victoria traveled to Germantown, Wisconsin to craftsman Ari’s farm to price various projects. The two opted for mixed materials for the living room mantel, a sexier, modern vibe for the bedroom mantle, and a custom pedestal for the kitchen island. To make the pedestal special, Ari planned to carve a log into a hexagon shape and then use a Japanese wood preservation technique called Shou Sugi Ban.

As the deadline approached, the construction team completed the drywall and installed the floors. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Victoria found two antique carved doors to frame the kitchen door and a brass trim for the master bedroom fireplace.

Amin and Nahal Mashouf discuss design dreams for their three-story Chicago home with Alison Victoria (right) on “Windy City Rehab.” |

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The final touch

As the house came together, Ari arrived for his set-up day, which Victoria said would require a day for the pedestal, mantels and other small projects. Faced with long delivery times for materials, Ari had not obtained the brass plating to cover the pedestal, and he had never received the complete dimensions and materials for the chamber fireplace, so none of these work was not finished. The designer, chatting with Ari via video call, couldn’t have been less pleased.

“I knew she was going to yell at me today,” laughed Ari.

Ari finally received the materials, and four days before the couple moved in, he managed to install his plans just as the construction crew was finishing work on the master bedroom closet and installing the doors in the master bedroom. Atlanta cuisine.

Standing in front of Ari’s finished coat, Victoria reflected, “If those aren’t fireplace goals, I don’t know what is.”

The end

The Mashoufs arrived at their new home to find its brick unpainted but the window trim painted a striking black. A new and large entrance door as well as two exterior wall lights welcomed them.

Inside, they marveled at their new living space and admired how the new kitchen doors matched the floor. While touring the media room, gym and sauna in the basement, Amin Mashouf said he would “give up my gym membership”. The now-completed custom hood wowed the couple in the kitchen, and they loved the space for the reservation, cooking, and bartender.

Upstairs, the design of the master bedroom—which combined the bathroom, closet, and bedroom into one open-plan space with a custom fireplace mantel—blew them away.

“Thank you so much for really making our dreams come true!” Nahal Mashouf gushed after seeing the house.

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