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  • Final Reveal: The Firehouse!

    It has been a busy summer! We planted over 100 species of foliage in Oak

  • Integro Rehab Named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2017 Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers

    Chicago, IL (September 12, 2017) – Integro Rehab has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts

  • Final Reveal: The Hyde Park Condo!

    We made it. 9 months of work, communicating across countries, coordinating across oceans, and operating over 20 stories high. Have you seen our progress

  • allyson on mighty house radio celebrating women in construction!

    Listen to Allyson Case chat with other awesome women in construction! You can hear us live on 1590AM Radio from 7:50am-8am CST. Or, check

  • Allyson representing Women of the T-10 Fleet in Chicago!

    Check out Allyson's interview for the 2017  Tartan 10 North American Championship discussing women in sailing!

  • Why you shouldn’t max out Your construction budget… and a Kenilworth Project update!

    Oh, July...you came, you went. It was nice knowing you. The Kenilworth project is underway with demolition complete (Well, we didn't rip up all of the

  • Introducing the Kenilworth Project!

    This week, I am off sailing the Chicago Race to Mackinac Island! A 330 mile trek involving over 300 sailing vessels, this is the largest

  • How to End Your Workday in the 21st Century

    We are quickly approaching Independence Day here in the United States, July 4th. This is a time widely known for grilling out, spending time on

  • The Oak Brook Project: Update!

    Once upon a time, we were ready to execute a project in April. Then, the winds changed and a curse fell upon our property -

  • To Be or Not To Be: Are you ready for a construction project?

    This week I am gallivanting in Napa Valley, surprising my sister for her 40th birthday! While Sebastian is braving the heat in Chicago, managing the

  • Allyson wins Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta 2017 in Chicago!

    As many of you may know, our Founder and CEO is a competitive sailor. She sails on a Tarten Ten named Mutiny with her husband,

  • What Type of Exterior to Use

    There are a lot of rewarding transformations during a rehab and exterior upgrades are some of the most dramatic. The exterior design of your

  • The Waiting Game: True Stories of Renovation

    When we think of renovation, what comes to mind? Lumber? Noise? Large men on ladders? What may not come immediately to mind is: nothing. That's right:

  • The Waiting Game: True Stories of Renovation

    When we think of renovation, what comes to mind? Lumber? Noise? Large men on ladders? What may not come immediately to mind is: nothing. That's right:

  • Introducing the Oak Brook Project…Again!!!

    We're back in the saddle again... ...If you didn't sing along with that opening, then you're obviously not a die hard fan of Sleepless in

  • The Firehouse Project: Update!

    Chicago is steadily blooming into spring and we are steadily bringing our projects to life. After our exciting first day at The Firehouse Project

  • Introducing the Firehouse Project!

    Welcome to spring in Chicago! A world-class city, many tourists and natives alike love Chicago for its international foodie cuisine, its shopping, its museums, its parks, its

  • Allyson on WGN Radio with Frank Fontana!

    On Sunday, April 9th, Allyson will be representing NARIGC on 720AM WGN Radio with Frank Fontana and Hannah Stanley! nterior designer and lifestyle expert Frank Fontana is

  • The Winnetka Project: Final Reveal!

    Another winter, another project completed. It's going to be strange not coasting up Lake Shore Drive with the sunrise. We're also going to miss our steadfast

  • The Art of Tile – and an update on the Winnetka Project!

    We're in our final week at the Winnetka Project and, while I am sure my clients are ecstatic to have their home free of drop

  • Mom and Dad’s House: Update!

    So much has happened at Mom and Dad's house!....sort of! Let's see, around Halloween, we did demo - check! We covered all the furniture - check! We got

  • Allyson on She Did It Her Way Podcast!

    Allyson is so proud to have been interviewed by the renown Amanda Boleyn for the She Did It Her Way podcast, ranked as one of the 12

  • The Hyde Park Condo: Final Completion???

    A lot has happened at the Hyde Park Condo since our last update. Mainly, we finished!....or did we? More on that later.

    The Winnetka Project: Update!

    The seasons are passing and I am not aware of a more beautiful way to watch it happen in Chicago than by a

  • The Oakbrook Project: Final Reveal!

    Happy….March??? I would like to take this moment to state that 2017 so far has been moving like a freight train. March, really?

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio!

    Listen to Allyson Case chat with building experts Ron Cowgill and Rich Cowgill about....nothing! You can hear us live on 1590AM Radio from 7am-10am CST. Or,

  • The Trick About Tile: A Guide for Choosing Your Tile Patterns

  • Introducing the Winnetka Project!

    A new season, a new project. We are so excited to introduce the Winnetka project! This project includes the gut rehabilitation

  • The Winkler Project: Final Reveal

  • Realtor.com : Which Kitchen Layout Is Best for Tons of Guests?

    Yup, it’s that time of year when your kitchen will soon get stuffed like a turducken, with serving plates, giant platters of poultry, side dishes, desserts, amateur

  • Project Update: The Oak Brook Project

    Well, it’s happened. Fall is here and Winter is coming (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs4XR4fbY8U). It always happens so fast. One day

  • Mom and Dad’s House: Demo Day!

    With great anticipation and steady reminders to my parents to ready my blog to prepare themselves, we arrived at demo day on a warm Saturday

  • Introducing Mom and Dad’s House!

    It started with the windows. As many of you are aware, my most beloved and diligent bookkeeper is my mom. My mom and dad are living in

  • Project Update: Hyde Park Condo

    As a neighbor, the Hyde Park condo is the first project that I open up in the morning: There is something so calming about

  • Top Three Essential Smart Home Devices

    The smart house has long been anticipated and we are closer now than ever before. With Wi-Fi technology we are able to sync several different

  • Medium.com : DIY Or Pay A Pro

    Should you roll up your sleeves or pull out a checkbook? A featured contractor on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation weighs in.
    Read the complete article on

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio (Saturday, September 10)

    CEO Allyson Case returned to Mighty House Radio as co-host on Saturday, September 10. Click to listen!

  • Demo Is Expensive! Here’s Why.

  • How to Find the Perfect Investment Property

    Hunting for an investment property is an exciting adventure and there are detailed steps to take along the way. You’ll need to begin

  • Introducing the Hyde Park Condo!

    Wow, it’s already August - can you believe it? No matter how much we plan, the months always seem to sneak up on us. It’s

  • Introducing the Hyde Park Condo!

    Integro - Hyde Park Wow, it’s already August - can you believe it? No matter how much

  • The Forecasting of Framing

    The Winkler project is well underway - we are finished with demo (sorry, no pics! It happened too quickly...I'm only one person! Is anyone really

  • The Forecasting of Framing

    Integro - Forecasting Framing The Winkler project is well underway - we are finished with demo (sorry, no

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio! (Saturday, August 6)

    CEO Allyson Case returned to Mighty House Radio as co-host on Saturday, August 6. Click to listen!

    (Photos courtesy of Allyson Case)

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio! (Saturday, August 6)

    Integro - tw mighty house.jpg CEO Allyson Case returned to Mighty House Radio as co-host on Saturday, August

  • Introducing the Winkler Project!

    The summer is hot and the projects are cookin'! While the Oak Brook project is in the throes of Finish Carpentry, we are beginning another

  • Introducing the Winkler Project!

    Integro - Winkler Project The summer is hot and the projects are cookin'! While the Oak Brook project

  • Why it’s Better to Buy a Fixer-Upper Than a New House

    Fixer-upper or move-in ready? That’s the eternal question for homebuyers today. While timing may dictate your decision (move-in ready means right away!), remember that a

  • Choosing Your Windows: Part 2

    I'm sure you've read Choosing Your Windows: Part 1 and are now stoked about replacing your windows! Hear the reverent music in the background

  • Choosing Your Windows: Part 1

    If you are doing a gut rehab, you are replacing your windows. You may not know this yet, just understand that you will. Why, you

  • 3 Home Renovation Projects to Take on During Summer

    Now that summer is in full bloom, it’s time to get down to business and accomplish your home improvement goals! The days are longer and

  • INFOGRAPHIC: What to Look For in a Hot Area

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    Click here to learn more 

  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Real Estate

    If you watch real estate reality shows, you’re probably going to see a lot of glamorous characters decked out in expensive accessories leading the good

  • The HGTV Project – Final Reveal!

    Okay, folks! I've heard your emails, and I've heard your calls, and I've heard your posts...direct, from me to you, is the FINAL REVEAL of

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio!

    CEO Allyson Case co-hosted Mighty House Radio on Saturday, June 18. Click to listen!

  • Growing Out of Your Bungalow? Add a Second Story!

    The classic Bungalow is an icon in Chicago. Built to last, these structures still offer a quaint nostalgia to our metropolis, boasting tons of natural

  • How to Build Your Property Renovation Team

    Whether you’re renovating an investment property, flipping a property or redoing your own home, it’s important to understand that there are many moving parts in

  • INFOGRAPHIC: 6 Things to Expect from the Bidding Process

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    Click here to learn more

  • Choosing an Iconic Chicago Building for Your Investment Properties

    Chicago is rich with historic architecture, especially within its residential areas. New developments may be popping up throughout the city, however, many homebuyers are looking

  • The Wolcott Project – Reveal!

    The Wolcott Project consisted of an approximately 2,500 square foot, 2-story, masonry building constructed in 1912. The floorplan of this building was a classic, Chicago-style

  • The Many Hats of Framing

    We have graduated from demo at Oak Brook and swiftly moved into Framing! This is the part where we look at the drawings, throw up

  • 6 Design Styles to Personalize Your Home Renovation

    We all have our own unique tastes, and our home is no exception. Choosing a motif for your home renovations that both improves your property

  • The Oak Brook Project – Demo!

    We are full throttle in Oak Brook - that's right! Sledgehammers everywhere, debris hauling, and endless pizza. 1-front-exterior-before So,

  • Four Reasons Twenty-somethings Should Invest in Real Estate

    One of the main concerns of millennials is financial security. With a limited number of job opportunities and some struggling to pay off student loans,

  • Renovation 101: Vocabulary

    Congratulations! You finally nailed down a general contractor and now you’re ready to start renovating – cue in the daily emails, endless 30-second

  • Introducing the Oak Brook Project!

    Ah, Chicago in the spring...it's 35F! it's 70F! It's 50F! Don't like the weather? Just wait a few minutes, it'll change! While trying to breath

  • The Carmen Project – Before & After

    Well, the entire Integro team has been gallivanting in Switzerland for the wedding of none other than yours truly - that's right! I am a

  • What to Look for in a Hot Area

    Chicago is an amazingly diverse city that continues to evolve. Every couple of years, new areas pop up out of nowhere. This is incredibly important

  • The Art of Communicating to Contractors

    Well, I am just returning from the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta in sunny, warm Miami! We sailed against 58 other boats, many of which are

  • What Type of Exterior to Use

    What better way to say it? FINALLY!!!! screen-shot-2016-02-24-at-11-46-46-am The HGTV house is getting siding! One

  • Allyson Case Interview with the Chicago Tribune!

    We're pleased to announce that Allyson was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune! Read the full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-re-gut-rehabs-hgtv-0214-20160211-story.html

  • 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

  • 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,

  • A Tale of Two Properties

    When it comes to gut rehabs, it’s no secret that each property is different. This realization rings true when it comes to comparing condos with

  • How to Spot a Bad Contractor (Infographic)

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  • The Truth About Tile

    So, while Hoyne is awaiting inspection approval, we are full force ahead on Carmen. We've had two weeks to get the 2nd floor unit ready for

  • Introducing the Carmen Project!

    A new year, a new project - I have been looking for the perfect investment property with this client since 2014! Finally, after months of

  • The Hoyne Project – What happened?!

    Alright, folks - the cat is officially out of the bag. I can FINALLY talk about the Hoyne Project! Thank you to all of you who

  • HGTV : The Never-Ending Renovation

    Chicago newlyweds Lindsay and Tyler are searching for a home in the city where they can start a family together. But while she wants a

  • Integro Rehab on HGTV!

    screen-shot-2016-01-12-at-11-21-51-am Mark your calendars - We’re excited to announce that we’ll be featured on

  • Invest in This, Not on That

    When taking on a gut rehab project, the costs can add up quickly. By the end of the project, thousands will have been spent on

  • ‘Tis the New Year to Rehab

    The New Year is almost here, which means it’s time for resolutions, rebirth, and gut rehabs! So, I’d like to set some expectations about the

  • Infographic: 5 Tips for Reviewing Construction Contracts

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  • The Rules of Finish Carpentry

    There is no better indicator that a project should be at a milestone than an old-fashioned season change. We've been spoiled here in Chicago this

  • Tips for Winterizing Your Home

    The holiday season is officially here which means Christmas music, ice skating in Millennium Park, and Michael’s Swiss Fondue!

    How to Spot a Bad Contractor

    There are companies out there who really show themselves as a class act by not bad-mouthing their competitors. Integro is not one of those companies.

  • Chicago’s Real Estate Market – What’s Hot, and What’s Next?

    According to Crain’s Chicago, private-sector jobs in Chicago have hit their highest levels in 14 years. An influx

  • 4 Reasons You Should Invest in Real Estate

    Real estate is one of the oldest, safest, and most traditional ways to invest your money. I know what you’re thinking - the housing market

  • How to Deliver Bad News

    Nobody likes give bad news - hopefully this Infographic helps! Integro - Infographic 11-03

  • Introducing The Grant Project

    Construction season is winding down!!!....right? Anyone?? Nope, just kidding. Fall is the new Summer! We have new projects starting up, old projects winding down, and a spring wedding

  • 6 Things to Expect from the Bidding Process

    If you are new to house rehabilitation or restoration - you’re not alone. The initial question I get all the time is obvious: “What will

  • How to Design a Small Bathroom

    This week we have one project in Finish Carpentry where Sebastian is laying a beautiful herringbone tile pattern. I wasn't sure about the tile's wood-like

  • Renovation vs. Restoration

    Renovation vs. Restoration Renovation and restoration - they both begin with “re” and end with “ation,” so they’re basically the same thing, right? Wrong. When it

  • 5 Tips for Reviewing Construction Contracts

    Well, I'm still all by my lonesome in the Integro world...one project I'm not allowed to talk about is waiting on Zoning, Wolcott finally got

  • Vacation Blues

    I remember the days when I was gallivanting across England having tea with Michael, going to weddings, soaking in clawfoot tubs of countryside B&B's...well, my

  • 7 Random Things You Do During Finish Carpentry

    1. Sample Floor Stain   2. Walk in socks img_107213. Cover the floors img_09911...twice...

  • How to Empower Your Employees

    I just returned from a 3-week trip to England! My best friend got married at Stonehenge and then Michael and I took off to gallivant

  • What Kind of Real Estate Investor Are YOU?

    While Chicago is still fluctuating between 50F and 85F in any given hour, real estate season is continuing as if it were 75 and sunny

  • 7 Random Realities about Rehab

    Yesterday we were discussing window placement in the bathroom. This bathroom is on a gabled 3rd floor so the walls are relatively low which makes

  • How to Estimate Your Renovation

    Well it's May in Chicago here which means that one day it's late winter and the next it's the middle of the summer as far

  • 10 Tips for First-Time House Flippers

    Even though I'm still walking around with a winter hat, apparently it's spring here in Chicago. My friendly, negotiating sub-contractors from the winter have become

  • How to Give Bad News

    So, I'm working on a project that I can't talk about right now for very good reason. It's killing me because there is a ton

  • The Turmoil of Trim

    Hello, spring! Real estate season is HERE. Holy cow. 5 closings and 2 new projects before May, yaaaaay. Good news! We got heat in the Kenwood house

  • Murphy: The Annoying Comic

    We are so close to being done with Kenwood! SO CLOSE....and yet, so far. Last Wednesday, we had a house full of polish men tiling the

  • The Trouble with Tubs

    I'd be lying if I said there weren't a lot of dreams crushed in the Kenwood house. I watch HGTV and DIY and those guys

  • 10 Tips for Negotiating Real Estate

    While we're submitting for Permit at the Hoyne house, drywall is going up in Kenwood - that is, of course, after we figured out how

  • Welcome to Chiberia!

    Sweet Home Chicago! How we love you so! Just when we were starting to get rolling on finishing Kenwood and beginning Hoyne, you feel the

  • New Year Evolutions (see what I did there?)

    Well, so far it has been an eventful New Year. I was gallivanting through Switzerland and Alsace for 2 weeks enjoying 50 degree weather, immaculate

  • How to Mess Up Your MEP Schedule

    Let me just say, I've heard no silver bells in the Kenwood house this week. Last Monday, the house was a flurry of activity -

  • 10 Steps for Scheduling MEP on a Rehab

    So, I locked myself out of the Kenwood house today. Not my brightest moment. The very front door no longer has a key, we've been

  • Restoration vs. Rehab: The Painful Truth

    Ahh, Thanksgiving week - excess amounts of turkey (no matter how realistic a size we buy), wine, cider, cheesy stuff...and a steaming hot side dish of

  • The Stairway to…Where?

    Another exciting week at the Kenwood house! As you saw last week, the concrete set beautifully. The plumbing inspector gave us final approval (thanks to

  • Kenwood Update: Plumbing Stinks

    If it seems quiet regarding the Kenwood house, that's because it has been. Very quiet. Why, you ask? Two words: Plumbing inspection. What do I mean,

  • 5 Useful Things That No One Tells You About Rehabbing

    Robert, my GC,  is still on vacation this week which creates a stressful dynamic in the renovation process. There were quite a few responses to

  • Workplace Politics: 21st Century Navigation

    The Kenwood house is moving like a freight train right now. We're on our second week jacking up the floors - this is not something

  • Communication and the Fine Line between Success and Failure

    After biking home from the Kenwood house today, I decided to move the car into our brand new spankin' parking space behind my building. As

  • Mediation: 6 Steps to Success (and more demo pics)

    I cannot tell you how many of the million (or 7) GCs that I've met over the past few months have said "Drawings look pretty

  • This. Is. Demo.

    Well, we finally made it. Renovations started on the Kenwood house this week! We have "Polish highlanders" handling demolition (my GC was very impressed by

  • An Appraisal Lesson: What Renovations Add Value to Your House?

    It has been quite busy around here in the rehab world. We are finalizing the bid with our General Contractor, conducting a team walk-through with

  • Annoying, Money Saving Tasks Worth Doing for your Rehab Project

    I met with my landscaper last week to address the garden that has turned into the opposite of Eden over the past couple weeks. I

  • 5 Ways to Recover When It’s Not Your Fault

    So, I was driving to get yet another iPhone 5 fixed today when I received a peculiar phone call from one of my sub-contractors asking about

  • What makes a true heroine?

    Here's to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them.

    Real Estate Deals: Creativity Wins

    So, a few weeks ago one of my favorite brokers in Chicago called me with an off-market listing (by the way, any broker that comes

  • Investors: How to Pitch the Deal

    So, I was attending a non-politically correct themed party for Independence Day weekend and met someone who was taking his broker's exam next week in

  • Rehabs: The waiting game

    We are in week 4 of the Kenwood house! Similar to week 3, the house is still empty. No clanging, hammers, body odor, crude jokes,

  • Rehabs: The truth about design

    Ahhh, Kenwood house - how we love you so...it's been 2 weeks since closing - let me tell you how work has progressed: .... Yep, that's it.

  • It’s not all glamour: 10 Essentials to Start-up your Rehab

    Well, here we are! 2 days until closing on our next rehab! 027 We are so excited to be

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  • Final Reveal: The Firehouse!

    It has been a busy summer! We planted over 100 species of foliage in Oak

  • Integro Rehab Named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2017 Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers

    Chicago, IL (September 12, 2017) – Integro Rehab has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts

  • Final Reveal: The Hyde Park Condo!

    We made it. 9 months of work, communicating across countries, coordinating across oceans, and operating over 20 stories high. Have you seen our progress

  • allyson on mighty house radio celebrating women in construction!

    Listen to Allyson Case chat with other awesome women in construction! You can hear us live on 1590AM Radio from 7:50am-8am CST. Or, check

  • Allyson representing Women of the T-10 Fleet in Chicago!

    Check out Allyson's interview for the 2017  Tartan 10 North American Championship discussing women in sailing!

  • Why you shouldn’t max out Your construction budget… and a Kenilworth Project update!

    Oh, July...you came, you went. It was nice knowing you. The Kenilworth project is underway with demolition complete (Well, we didn't rip up all of the

  • Introducing the Kenilworth Project!

    This week, I am off sailing the Chicago Race to Mackinac Island! A 330 mile trek involving over 300 sailing vessels, this is the largest

  • How to End Your Workday in the 21st Century

    We are quickly approaching Independence Day here in the United States, July 4th. This is a time widely known for grilling out, spending time on

  • The Oak Brook Project: Update!

    Once upon a time, we were ready to execute a project in April. Then, the winds changed and a curse fell upon our property -

  • To Be or Not To Be: Are you ready for a construction project?

    This week I am gallivanting in Napa Valley, surprising my sister for her 40th birthday! While Sebastian is braving the heat in Chicago, managing the

  • Allyson wins Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta 2017 in Chicago!

    As many of you may know, our Founder and CEO is a competitive sailor. She sails on a Tarten Ten named Mutiny with her husband,

  • What Type of Exterior to Use

    There are a lot of rewarding transformations during a rehab and exterior upgrades are some of the most dramatic. The exterior design of your

  • The Waiting Game: True Stories of Renovation

    When we think of renovation, what comes to mind? Lumber? Noise? Large men on ladders? What may not come immediately to mind is: nothing. That's right:

  • The Waiting Game: True Stories of Renovation

    When we think of renovation, what comes to mind? Lumber? Noise? Large men on ladders? What may not come immediately to mind is: nothing. That's right:

  • Introducing the Oak Brook Project…Again!!!

    We're back in the saddle again... ...If you didn't sing along with that opening, then you're obviously not a die hard fan of Sleepless in

  • The Firehouse Project: Update!

    Chicago is steadily blooming into spring and we are steadily bringing our projects to life. After our exciting first day at The Firehouse Project

  • Introducing the Firehouse Project!

    Welcome to spring in Chicago! A world-class city, many tourists and natives alike love Chicago for its international foodie cuisine, its shopping, its museums, its parks, its

  • Allyson on WGN Radio with Frank Fontana!

    On Sunday, April 9th, Allyson will be representing NARIGC on 720AM WGN Radio with Frank Fontana and Hannah Stanley! nterior designer and lifestyle expert Frank Fontana is

  • The Winnetka Project: Final Reveal!

    Another winter, another project completed. It's going to be strange not coasting up Lake Shore Drive with the sunrise. We're also going to miss our steadfast

  • The Art of Tile – and an update on the Winnetka Project!

    We're in our final week at the Winnetka Project and, while I am sure my clients are ecstatic to have their home free of drop

  • Mom and Dad’s House: Update!

    So much has happened at Mom and Dad's house!....sort of! Let's see, around Halloween, we did demo - check! We covered all the furniture - check! We got

  • Allyson on She Did It Her Way Podcast!

    Allyson is so proud to have been interviewed by the renown Amanda Boleyn for the She Did It Her Way podcast, ranked as one of the 12

  • The Hyde Park Condo: Final Completion???

    A lot has happened at the Hyde Park Condo since our last update. Mainly, we finished!....or did we? More on that later.

    The Winnetka Project: Update!

    The seasons are passing and I am not aware of a more beautiful way to watch it happen in Chicago than by a

  • The Oakbrook Project: Final Reveal!

    Happy….March??? I would like to take this moment to state that 2017 so far has been moving like a freight train. March, really?

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio!

    Listen to Allyson Case chat with building experts Ron Cowgill and Rich Cowgill about....nothing! You can hear us live on 1590AM Radio from 7am-10am CST. Or,

  • The Trick About Tile: A Guide for Choosing Your Tile Patterns

  • Introducing the Winnetka Project!

    A new season, a new project. We are so excited to introduce the Winnetka project! This project includes the gut rehabilitation

  • The Winkler Project: Final Reveal

  • Realtor.com : Which Kitchen Layout Is Best for Tons of Guests?

    Yup, it’s that time of year when your kitchen will soon get stuffed like a turducken, with serving plates, giant platters of poultry, side dishes, desserts, amateur

  • Project Update: The Oak Brook Project

    Well, it’s happened. Fall is here and Winter is coming (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs4XR4fbY8U). It always happens so fast. One day

  • Mom and Dad’s House: Demo Day!

    With great anticipation and steady reminders to my parents to ready my blog to prepare themselves, we arrived at demo day on a warm Saturday

  • Introducing Mom and Dad’s House!

    It started with the windows. As many of you are aware, my most beloved and diligent bookkeeper is my mom. My mom and dad are living in

  • Project Update: Hyde Park Condo

    As a neighbor, the Hyde Park condo is the first project that I open up in the morning: There is something so calming about

  • Top Three Essential Smart Home Devices

    The smart house has long been anticipated and we are closer now than ever before. With Wi-Fi technology we are able to sync several different

  • Medium.com : DIY Or Pay A Pro

    Should you roll up your sleeves or pull out a checkbook? A featured contractor on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation weighs in.
    Read the complete article on

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio (Saturday, September 10)

    CEO Allyson Case returned to Mighty House Radio as co-host on Saturday, September 10. Click to listen!

  • Demo Is Expensive! Here’s Why.

  • How to Find the Perfect Investment Property

    Hunting for an investment property is an exciting adventure and there are detailed steps to take along the way. You’ll need to begin

  • Introducing the Hyde Park Condo!

    Wow, it’s already August - can you believe it? No matter how much we plan, the months always seem to sneak up on us. It’s

  • Introducing the Hyde Park Condo!

    Integro - Hyde Park Wow, it’s already August - can you believe it? No matter how much

  • The Forecasting of Framing

    The Winkler project is well underway - we are finished with demo (sorry, no pics! It happened too quickly...I'm only one person! Is anyone really

  • The Forecasting of Framing

    Integro - Forecasting Framing The Winkler project is well underway - we are finished with demo (sorry, no

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio! (Saturday, August 6)

    CEO Allyson Case returned to Mighty House Radio as co-host on Saturday, August 6. Click to listen!

    (Photos courtesy of Allyson Case)

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio! (Saturday, August 6)

    Integro - tw mighty house.jpg CEO Allyson Case returned to Mighty House Radio as co-host on Saturday, August

  • Introducing the Winkler Project!

    The summer is hot and the projects are cookin'! While the Oak Brook project is in the throes of Finish Carpentry, we are beginning another

  • Introducing the Winkler Project!

    Integro - Winkler Project The summer is hot and the projects are cookin'! While the Oak Brook project

  • Why it’s Better to Buy a Fixer-Upper Than a New House

    Fixer-upper or move-in ready? That’s the eternal question for homebuyers today. While timing may dictate your decision (move-in ready means right away!), remember that a

  • Choosing Your Windows: Part 2

    I'm sure you've read Choosing Your Windows: Part 1 and are now stoked about replacing your windows! Hear the reverent music in the background

  • Choosing Your Windows: Part 1

    If you are doing a gut rehab, you are replacing your windows. You may not know this yet, just understand that you will. Why, you

  • 3 Home Renovation Projects to Take on During Summer

    Now that summer is in full bloom, it’s time to get down to business and accomplish your home improvement goals! The days are longer and

  • INFOGRAPHIC: What to Look For in a Hot Area

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  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Real Estate

    If you watch real estate reality shows, you’re probably going to see a lot of glamorous characters decked out in expensive accessories leading the good

  • The HGTV Project – Final Reveal!

    Okay, folks! I've heard your emails, and I've heard your calls, and I've heard your posts...direct, from me to you, is the FINAL REVEAL of

  • Integro Rehab on Mighty House Radio!

    CEO Allyson Case co-hosted Mighty House Radio on Saturday, June 18. Click to listen!

  • Growing Out of Your Bungalow? Add a Second Story!

    The classic Bungalow is an icon in Chicago. Built to last, these structures still offer a quaint nostalgia to our metropolis, boasting tons of natural

  • How to Build Your Property Renovation Team

    Whether you’re renovating an investment property, flipping a property or redoing your own home, it’s important to understand that there are many moving parts in

  • INFOGRAPHIC: 6 Things to Expect from the Bidding Process

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  • Choosing an Iconic Chicago Building for Your Investment Properties

    Chicago is rich with historic architecture, especially within its residential areas. New developments may be popping up throughout the city, however, many homebuyers are looking

  • The Wolcott Project – Reveal!

    The Wolcott Project consisted of an approximately 2,500 square foot, 2-story, masonry building constructed in 1912. The floorplan of this building was a classic, Chicago-style

  • The Many Hats of Framing

    We have graduated from demo at Oak Brook and swiftly moved into Framing! This is the part where we look at the drawings, throw up

  • 6 Design Styles to Personalize Your Home Renovation

    We all have our own unique tastes, and our home is no exception. Choosing a motif for your home renovations that both improves your property

  • The Oak Brook Project – Demo!

    We are full throttle in Oak Brook - that's right! Sledgehammers everywhere, debris hauling, and endless pizza. 1-front-exterior-before So,

  • Four Reasons Twenty-somethings Should Invest in Real Estate

    One of the main concerns of millennials is financial security. With a limited number of job opportunities and some struggling to pay off student loans,

  • Renovation 101: Vocabulary

    Congratulations! You finally nailed down a general contractor and now you’re ready to start renovating – cue in the daily emails, endless 30-second

  • Introducing the Oak Brook Project!

    Ah, Chicago in the spring...it's 35F! it's 70F! It's 50F! Don't like the weather? Just wait a few minutes, it'll change! While trying to breath

  • The Carmen Project – Before & After

    Well, the entire Integro team has been gallivanting in Switzerland for the wedding of none other than yours truly - that's right! I am a

  • What to Look for in a Hot Area

    Chicago is an amazingly diverse city that continues to evolve. Every couple of years, new areas pop up out of nowhere. This is incredibly important

  • The Art of Communicating to Contractors

    Well, I am just returning from the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta in sunny, warm Miami! We sailed against 58 other boats, many of which are

  • What Type of Exterior to Use

    What better way to say it? FINALLY!!!! screen-shot-2016-02-24-at-11-46-46-am The HGTV house is getting siding! One

  • Allyson Case Interview with the Chicago Tribune!

    We're pleased to announce that Allyson was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune! Read the full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-re-gut-rehabs-hgtv-0214-20160211-story.html

  • 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

  • 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,

  • A Tale of Two Properties

    When it comes to gut rehabs, it’s no secret that each property is different. This realization rings true when it comes to comparing condos with

  • How to Spot a Bad Contractor (Infographic)

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  • The Truth About Tile

    So, while Hoyne is awaiting inspection approval, we are full force ahead on Carmen. We've had two weeks to get the 2nd floor unit ready for

  • Introducing the Carmen Project!

    A new year, a new project - I have been looking for the perfect investment property with this client since 2014! Finally, after months of

  • The Hoyne Project – What happened?!

    Alright, folks - the cat is officially out of the bag. I can FINALLY talk about the Hoyne Project! Thank you to all of you who

  • HGTV : The Never-Ending Renovation

    Chicago newlyweds Lindsay and Tyler are searching for a home in the city where they can start a family together. But while she wants a

  • Integro Rehab on HGTV!

    screen-shot-2016-01-12-at-11-21-51-am Mark your calendars - We’re excited to announce that we’ll be featured on

  • Invest in This, Not on That

    When taking on a gut rehab project, the costs can add up quickly. By the end of the project, thousands will have been spent on

  • ‘Tis the New Year to Rehab

    The New Year is almost here, which means it’s time for resolutions, rebirth, and gut rehabs! So, I’d like to set some expectations about the

  • Infographic: 5 Tips for Reviewing Construction Contracts

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  • The Rules of Finish Carpentry

    There is no better indicator that a project should be at a milestone than an old-fashioned season change. We've been spoiled here in Chicago this

  • Tips for Winterizing Your Home

    The holiday season is officially here which means Christmas music, ice skating in Millennium Park, and Michael’s Swiss Fondue!

    How to Spot a Bad Contractor

    There are companies out there who really show themselves as a class act by not bad-mouthing their competitors. Integro is not one of those companies.

  • Chicago’s Real Estate Market – What’s Hot, and What’s Next?

    According to Crain’s Chicago, private-sector jobs in Chicago have hit their highest levels in 14 years. An influx

  • 4 Reasons You Should Invest in Real Estate

    Real estate is one of the oldest, safest, and most traditional ways to invest your money. I know what you’re thinking - the housing market

  • How to Deliver Bad News

    Nobody likes give bad news - hopefully this Infographic helps! Integro - Infographic 11-03

  • Introducing The Grant Project

    Construction season is winding down!!!....right? Anyone?? Nope, just kidding. Fall is the new Summer! We have new projects starting up, old projects winding down, and a spring wedding

  • 6 Things to Expect from the Bidding Process

    If you are new to house rehabilitation or restoration - you’re not alone. The initial question I get all the time is obvious: “What will

  • How to Design a Small Bathroom

    This week we have one project in Finish Carpentry where Sebastian is laying a beautiful herringbone tile pattern. I wasn't sure about the tile's wood-like

  • Renovation vs. Restoration

    Renovation vs. Restoration Renovation and restoration - they both begin with “re” and end with “ation,” so they’re basically the same thing, right? Wrong. When it

  • 5 Tips for Reviewing Construction Contracts

    Well, I'm still all by my lonesome in the Integro world...one project I'm not allowed to talk about is waiting on Zoning, Wolcott finally got

  • Vacation Blues

    I remember the days when I was gallivanting across England having tea with Michael, going to weddings, soaking in clawfoot tubs of countryside B&B's...well, my

  • 7 Random Things You Do During Finish Carpentry

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  • How to Empower Your Employees

    I just returned from a 3-week trip to England! My best friend got married at Stonehenge and then Michael and I took off to gallivant

  • What Kind of Real Estate Investor Are YOU?

    While Chicago is still fluctuating between 50F and 85F in any given hour, real estate season is continuing as if it were 75 and sunny

  • 7 Random Realities about Rehab

    Yesterday we were discussing window placement in the bathroom. This bathroom is on a gabled 3rd floor so the walls are relatively low which makes

  • How to Estimate Your Renovation

    Well it's May in Chicago here which means that one day it's late winter and the next it's the middle of the summer as far

  • 10 Tips for First-Time House Flippers

    Even though I'm still walking around with a winter hat, apparently it's spring here in Chicago. My friendly, negotiating sub-contractors from the winter have become

  • How to Give Bad News

    So, I'm working on a project that I can't talk about right now for very good reason. It's killing me because there is a ton

  • The Turmoil of Trim

    Hello, spring! Real estate season is HERE. Holy cow. 5 closings and 2 new projects before May, yaaaaay. Good news! We got heat in the Kenwood house

  • Murphy: The Annoying Comic

    We are so close to being done with Kenwood! SO CLOSE....and yet, so far. Last Wednesday, we had a house full of polish men tiling the

  • The Trouble with Tubs

    I'd be lying if I said there weren't a lot of dreams crushed in the Kenwood house. I watch HGTV and DIY and those guys

  • 10 Tips for Negotiating Real Estate

    While we're submitting for Permit at the Hoyne house, drywall is going up in Kenwood - that is, of course, after we figured out how

  • Welcome to Chiberia!

    Sweet Home Chicago! How we love you so! Just when we were starting to get rolling on finishing Kenwood and beginning Hoyne, you feel the

  • New Year Evolutions (see what I did there?)

    Well, so far it has been an eventful New Year. I was gallivanting through Switzerland and Alsace for 2 weeks enjoying 50 degree weather, immaculate

  • How to Mess Up Your MEP Schedule

    Let me just say, I've heard no silver bells in the Kenwood house this week. Last Monday, the house was a flurry of activity -

  • 10 Steps for Scheduling MEP on a Rehab

    So, I locked myself out of the Kenwood house today. Not my brightest moment. The very front door no longer has a key, we've been

  • Restoration vs. Rehab: The Painful Truth

    Ahh, Thanksgiving week - excess amounts of turkey (no matter how realistic a size we buy), wine, cider, cheesy stuff...and a steaming hot side dish of

  • The Stairway to…Where?

    Another exciting week at the Kenwood house! As you saw last week, the concrete set beautifully. The plumbing inspector gave us final approval (thanks to

  • Kenwood Update: Plumbing Stinks

    If it seems quiet regarding the Kenwood house, that's because it has been. Very quiet. Why, you ask? Two words: Plumbing inspection. What do I mean,

  • 5 Useful Things That No One Tells You About Rehabbing

    Robert, my GC,  is still on vacation this week which creates a stressful dynamic in the renovation process. There were quite a few responses to

  • Workplace Politics: 21st Century Navigation

    The Kenwood house is moving like a freight train right now. We're on our second week jacking up the floors - this is not something

  • Communication and the Fine Line between Success and Failure

    After biking home from the Kenwood house today, I decided to move the car into our brand new spankin' parking space behind my building. As

  • Mediation: 6 Steps to Success (and more demo pics)

    I cannot tell you how many of the million (or 7) GCs that I've met over the past few months have said "Drawings look pretty

  • This. Is. Demo.

    Well, we finally made it. Renovations started on the Kenwood house this week! We have "Polish highlanders" handling demolition (my GC was very impressed by

  • An Appraisal Lesson: What Renovations Add Value to Your House?

    It has been quite busy around here in the rehab world. We are finalizing the bid with our General Contractor, conducting a team walk-through with

  • Annoying, Money Saving Tasks Worth Doing for your Rehab Project

    I met with my landscaper last week to address the garden that has turned into the opposite of Eden over the past couple weeks. I

  • 5 Ways to Recover When It’s Not Your Fault

    So, I was driving to get yet another iPhone 5 fixed today when I received a peculiar phone call from one of my sub-contractors asking about

  • What makes a true heroine?

    Here's to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them.

    Real Estate Deals: Creativity Wins

    So, a few weeks ago one of my favorite brokers in Chicago called me with an off-market listing (by the way, any broker that comes

  • Investors: How to Pitch the Deal

    So, I was attending a non-politically correct themed party for Independence Day weekend and met someone who was taking his broker's exam next week in

  • Rehabs: The waiting game

    We are in week 4 of the Kenwood house! Similar to week 3, the house is still empty. No clanging, hammers, body odor, crude jokes,

  • Rehabs: The truth about design

    Ahhh, Kenwood house - how we love you so...it's been 2 weeks since closing - let me tell you how work has progressed: .... Yep, that's it.

  • It’s not all glamour: 10 Essentials to Start-up your Rehab

    Well, here we are! 2 days until closing on our next rehab! 027 We are so excited to be