‘Windy City Rehab’ Season 3, episode recap 5: Alison Victoria hires clients in Chicago

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

Here’s how the fifth episode of the third season unfolded Thursday night:

Spoiler ahead!

The House

Now that Victoria has finished her real estate investments, she has accepted new clients Amin and Nahal Mashouf, a married couple who bought a brick home at 2521 W. Harrison St. in the tony Tri-Taylor neighborhood. Built in 1890, the 3,400 square foot. the house boasts three floors plus a basement and roof terrace.

It was easy to understand why the Mashoufs chose Victoria: they imagined painting the brick white and finishing it black.

“Having Alison aboard is a great relief,” explained Amin Mashouf, “because they spent nights thinking ‘How am I going to do this?'”

Inside, construction work has already begun with all kitchen and bathroom appliances torn, floors and fixtures. As they walked, the Mashoufs described the cellar they wanted under the stairs and the gym and sauna in the basement. Knowing Victoria’s passion for custom cooker 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 job to carve out for her.

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


With six months to move in, Victoria called the two into her office to review the design plan as the housework continued.

Problems surfaced when the house failed its plumbing and electrical checks. Contractor Jesus showed Alison where obsolete electrical and plumbing wiring had been installed on an exterior wall, clear code violations. Removing and reinstalling everything would cost around $ 15,000.

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’s paying for it?”

“Hmm, you.” they replied.

Amin Mashouf took the bad news and agreed to abandon the roof terrace renovations.

After selecting a few range hood-style options for her clients, Victoria headed to Germantown, Wisconsin, to Craftsman Ari’s Farm to evaluate various projects. The two chose mixed materials for the living room cape, a sexier, more modern vibe for the bedroom cape, and a custom pedestal for the kitchen island. To make the pedestal special, Ari planned to carve a hexagonal shaped log and then use a Japanese wood preservation technique called Shou Sugi Ban.

When the deadline loomed, the construction team finished the drywall and installed the floors. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Victoria found two antique carved doors to frame the kitchen door and a brass border for the master bedroom fireplace.

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

HGTV / Screenshot from video

Final touches

When the house joined, Ari arrived for the day of the installation, which Victoria said would take a day for the pedestal, mantels and other small projects. Faced with long lead times of materials, Ari had not gotten the brass plating to coat the pedestal and had never received full dimensions and materials on the bedroom fireplace, so none of that work was done. The designer, chatting with Ari via video call, could not have been less satisfied.

“I knew he was going to scream at me today,” Ari laughed.

Ari finally received the materials and, four days after the couple moved, managed to install his blueprints just as the construction team finished the work on the master bedroom closet and the installation of the kitchen doors. from Atlanta.

Standing in front of Ari’s finished cloak, Victoria reflected, “If this isn’t a fireplace lens, I don’t know what it is.”


The Mashoufs arrived at their new home and found the brick unpainted, but the window paneling painted a striking black. They were welcomed by a new, high entrance door and two outdoor wall lights.

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

Upstairs, the master bedroom design – which combined the bathroom, closet, and bedroom into an open-concept style space with a custom fireplace mantle – blew them away.

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

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