What was the reason Allison gave that she couldn't use the hutch part of the built-in "as planned?" Somehow I doubt she planned to ever use it at all because she said there were pot lights installed and something about the storage would be too high? What does that even mean? She was mumbling quickly during that part and I didn't understand.
Don't they have professional architectural plans to work from? Do the electricians just begin putting up pot lights wherever they please? Don't the carpenters measure height clearances before they create and install projects? How the heck does a 36" hood (which looked basic to me, even though it was specially crafted) get installed instead of a 42" one? How is it a complete surprise that the old concrete steps needed to be demolished before the new entrance could be built, and that such work costs time and money? Does she just randomly change the plans when she has a whim, after all of the work has already been signed off on and done? And why did it take two sets of inspectors--and three weeks of inactivity--before they finally passed inspection? What is the payoff in adding $100,00 to the budget to expand an already large and pricey home. And finally, where's Mike Holmes when you need him?! He'd straighten everybody out in no time! LOL
I absolutely cringed when she tore that historical built-in out out of the wall, and broke it up into 2 pieces. Then painted it. And discarded the top (for another project--sure). To make the room more "open" (which it actually didn't). Yeah, because nothing says Old Chicago like a half-assed, painted wood, built-in. (/sarcasm). I'm Chicago-adjacent, and every time I'm in the city I'm just in awe of the beauty of some of that architecture.
I also hated that she used that antique mirror frame (I forget the actual name of it) to frame a piece of art. Art is so subjective; unless that quickie painting is exactly what the buyers wanted nailed into the wall.
At least she didn't paint the outside brick, white, this time. Personally, I'm beyond sick of white and gray, gray and gray, white on white, and white and black on my TV. In a city as diverse as Chicago, there surely must be some other colors available to inspire viewers.
I'm also way past the trend of open concept. I'm gonna need to see some walls, dammit!
I'm hate watching at this point. And wondering if she will run out of money or if Donovan will run off from a job site, mid-project, with his hair on fire.