Alison Victoria of ‘Windy City Rehab’ Heads West

Is “Windy City Rehab” relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles? On the newest episode, Alison Victoria announces she could possibly increase her business enterprise westward, with new investment decision companions no less.

“I started getting this thought in my head that I want to relocate, just for the wintertime,” Victoria points out. “Get absent from Chicago for a when, then journey again and forth to do perform.”

Victoria has a actual estate agent pal in Hollywood Hills named Michaela Tupta Cadiz—who, together with her husband, Luis, obtained a common 1923 Spanish Colonial at auction for $1 million. It has two bedrooms and two baths, but it’s in shambles, and they ask Victoria to aid them bring it again to daily life.

“It went from superstar standing to squatter house real immediately following its owner died,” claims Victoria.

Hollywood Hills home before renovation
Hollywood Hills dwelling ahead of renovation


And yet, “From the next I observed this property, I understood I preferred to be involved,” she states. “This is a aspiration undertaking.”

So she hops on a plane and heads west.

Michaela and Luis strategy to commit $550,000 on the renovation to realize a projected sale price tag of $2.6 million—hopefully supplying them a revenue just north of $1 million. Victoria would get a percentage of that.

As she maneuvers extremely various terrain, Victoria shares insider renovation ideas that can be applied by anyone, everywhere. Here are some of the greatest.

Stucco and tile make for a excellent hearth deal with-raise

Original fireplace
Alison Victoria and Michaela Tupta Cadiz with unique fire


There is a massive, blocky wood-burning hearth in the household that seems to be like it’s from one more time and area.

“Somewhere along the way, the fire misplaced its original historical past and I just just can’t hold out to provide it back again,” suggests Victoria.

She opts to help you save the standard brick structure (which is a legal requirement if you want it to remain a wood-burning fire), but she places white stucco more than it to match the relaxation of the home and takes advantage of Moroccan tile for accent. It finishes up currently being better than new.

New fireplace
New hearth


No property? Trick out your terrace

Terraced front yard
Terraced front lawn


The dwelling sits on a hillside, and there is quite minimal flat garden, in entrance or in again. Victoria can make up for this by cleverly furnishing the home’s lots of terraces, introducing a eating desk, fireplace pit, hammock, and even an elevated scorching tub produced of cedar.

“The incredibly hot tub is amazing,” she claims. “It’s cedar and it smells delectable.”

It also has a black bottom, which attracts in heat and is simpler to continue to keep cleanse.

Your entrance door really should make a statement

New/old front door
New/old front door

“The new front doorway results in times of attractiveness and curiosity—that sets the tone,” states Victoria.

She employs Arie, her go-to carpenter back in Wisconsin, to make this doorway further special.

He takes advantage of a metallic window grate from the unique, as well as new wooden, first wooden, and reclaimed wooden, blending them all together and antiquing them so the new doorway matches in beautifully with the Spanish Revival type.

Make certain all get-togethers are on the similar page

Group of contractors/designers discussing plans
The staff of contractors and designers talking about programs


It looks that Michaela, Luis, their contractor Frank, and Victoria all have rather distinct visions for the house. And even though Victoria is again in Chicago, Luis and his workers pay a visit to the website at sporadic intervals and deviate from the designs. This will cause holdups and highly-priced do-overs.

So Victoria flies out and calls a assembly. Luis is unwilling to share his strategies with the other individuals, explaining he likes to hold them in his head and make modifications when he feels like it.

“I comprehend the passion, but I will convey to you, interaction is my critical to results,” Victoria tells the team tactfully. “Imagine how wonderful tasks can be when we’re all on the exact web site.”

Although it isn’t effortless to wrangle personnel and contractors, it’s clear that renovations go much more easily when all events share their visions instead than retaining designs to by themselves. It also can help to look at in on the operate as substantially as achievable, in circumstance system corrections should come about.

Help save room, time, and income with a spiral staircase

Antique spiral staircase
Antique spiral staircase


The living area in the dwelling is 2,250 sq. ft, but since of the way it is laid out, there’s no home to spare for a grand staircase. The upstairs place is not expansive in any case, accommodating only an additional bed room and tub.

They make a decision a distinctive circular staircase is the way to go, so Michaela goes on the web and finds an English antique iron spiral staircase for only $3,600. Because it is so intricate, it also serves as an art piece, giving the space considerably extra character than a traditional staircase would have done.

How does the property switch out?

In the finish, Victoria and her financial investment associates handle to transform this run-down mansion into a sparkling L.A. paradise.

Hollywood Hills home after renovation
Hollywood Hills household following renovation


“Michaela and Luis procured this property for $1 million,” Victoria describes. “Now the residence is valued at about $2 million. Michaela and Luis determined to maintain onto it for the reason that the rental market place in L.A. is nuts.”

Absolutely sure more than enough, the assets soon displays up on the rental market for $11,000 a month.

“Even however they determined to hire it out, I put in about $47,000, and I manufactured 25% on that dollars,” Victoria claims. “That’s why I bought in the business—to be worthwhile.”