Allyson invited to the Young Entrepreneur Council!

We are excited to announce that our very own Allyson Case has been invited to the Young Entrepreneur Council!

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

Allyson is now among peers such as Joe Fernandez (Klout), Jennifer Fleiss (Rent the Runway), Ryan Holmes (Hootesuite), Jake Nickell (Threadless), Dan Kim (Red Mango), Shane Snow (Contently), and Slava Rubin (Indiegogo).

To date, the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) has received more than 14,000 applications to join the group. Yet fewer than a thousand people can proudly carry the YEC member label.

We are humbled and honored that Integro is being welcomed into the YEC family.

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Final Reveal: The Oak Brook Project Landscaping!

0 Blog Post Featured ImageWhat can I say? We all thought we’d be done a lot sooner. We started in April, were delayed by the Village until June, finished in August, and were delayed AGAIN by the Village until October…over bushes.

Yes, bushes.

Need to refresh your memory? Here’s a recap of our journey this spring!

So, back to the Village Manager we went for final approval of our…bushes.

Holy schmoly  – we’re not crazy without reason.

The project, itself? Totally awesome – we dug, we built, we planted, we lit. We were forced to do it all during the heat of the summer and we pulled it off. We had to replace some plants along the way; however, it wasn’t as bad as we had feared.

We followed up with some intense weekly watering and ended up with a beautiful fall photoshoot.

So, here we go folks. The Big Reveal:

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A huge thank you to Escapes Landscape Design and their team for our detailed design, your collaborative enthusiasm – literally, in the trenches – and your undeniable eye for beauty.

To our photographer: The 606 Studio. Thank you for bringing our Work into the light at dusk.

To our Clients: The reason for our existence and the passion behind our craft. Your kindness, your responsiveness, your flexibility, your patience – none of it went unnoticed. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend another year with you. It is clients like you who remind us why we do what we do. Thank you.

 

Want to see the original Oak Brook Project? Check out the photos at Integro Rehab!

Introducing the Kenwood Kitchen!

What a blur it has been since September – we are so proud to have been recognized as one of the top 50 Remodeling Firms in the NATION by Remodeling Magazine. Looking back, it feels as though it has been ages and seconds since we began our journey. I am proud of what we have accomplished – I’m proud of our projects, I’m proud of our tenacity, and most of all, I’m proud of our team. I have the best team in the world and I couldn’t do any of this without them.

We have done a lot and we intend to do MORE! Specifically, more transformations and more giving back to our community. The best is yet to come.

So, in light of those objectives, I would now like to introduce you to the Kenwood Kitchen!

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Built in 1903, this 3-story masonry structure features steep roof lines, a wrap-around porch, and showcases over 5,000 square feet of living space. Located in the historic Kenwood neighborhood, this property boasts the rich past – both ancient and recent – that Chicago’s south side has to offer.

I find this property intriguing because, at first glance, it immediately looks like a Queen Anne Victorian home; however, after further observation it becomes apparent that the building is brick. While the steep roof lines and bay windows lend themselves to the Victorian style of American homes, the masonry suggests an Italianate style which is also popular in the Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood among the mansions. Both of these styles reached the height of their popularity shortly before this home was built.

So, what is it? Your guess is as good as mine.

I digress.

Our scope for this project includes the remodeling of the Kitchen including new cabinetry, appliances, lighting, and tile. We are also upgrading an existing Butler’s Pantry. Since this home was built over a century ago, the Kitchen is a small space compared to the scale of the residence because the Kitchen was primarily intended for servants’ use. The interior finishes and woodwork have been immaculately maintained throughout the home so our Designer has chosen to work with the existing Kitchen footprint. This means that we are embarking on yet another historic project which uses limited space to maximize impact. For this effort, we are fortunate to be collaborating with the renown Beverly Hammel.

…don’t blink or you’ll miss this one! The holidays are coming so we need to move quickly.

Here are the Before Photos:

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Final Reveal: The Firehouse!

It has been a busy summer! We planted over 100 species of foliage in Oak Brook, we embarked on a 5,000 square home in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historical District in Oak Park, and now we have put the finishing touches on a National Historic Landmark: the Firehouse.

Built in 1899 as Engine Company 86, this Landmark building is the oldest surviving framed firehouse in Chicago. Typically, firehouses in Chicago were demolished in the 1930s and replaced with brick buildings; therefore, this iconic structure is unique to Chicago. Instead of being demolished, it was decommissioned in 1932 and later converted into a residence.

It is likely that this building was originally designed by Alfred Alschuler, Argyle E. Robinson, William Carbys Zimmerman, or Paul Gerhardt Jr., renown architects of their time. These original designs accommodated period-specific details including a stable for horse-drawn equipment where our 2-car garage now stands.

Our scope for this project consisted of the restoration of the 2nd floor including hardwood flooring, the addition of 2 bedrooms, upgrade of an existing Guest Bathroom, and the addition of a luxury Master Suite. In addition, a custom steel spiral staircase was designed and installed to reinvigorate this space and acknowledge its originality. Career architects and passionate about the built environment, our clients have owned this property for 15 years. The goal of this project was to prepare this building for marketable resale – to bring this space to life while restoring its original character and charm.

 

The big excitement this summer was the anticipation of the custom spiral staircase – there’s nothing quite like having to rely on email and phone conversations to confirm measurements…coordination like this takes hours off the end of my life…

So, we take our measurements, we discuss, we discuss again, we discuss again, we take more measurements, we confuse each other, we discuss again, then we take more photos with measuring tape in them, then we discuss, then we approve.

We wait, we wait, we wait.

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Then, it arrives. Hooray! Yay for us! The final piece!

We bring in the troops.

Here are our carpenters on the first piece. In case you’re wondering, that face means “you’re crazy.”

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“You’re crazy, Ally.”

Before long, it’s all coming together:

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Up, up, up we go!

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Until we get to the top to reap the glory of our construction.

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…party foul!

Suddenly, all of those confusing discussions become clear and I am further validated that measuring across distances is bad for my health.

That’s okay, that’s okay…a cap piece and a 2-3/8″ return piece will solve all of our problems.

The End.

So, without further ado, here is what you have all been waiting for (right?)!

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…and there we have it, a new life for another old building.

Thanks to the 606 studio for bringing our project to life through photography.

Special thanks, of course, is credited to our clients – your beautiful aesthetic for this exceptional building created an inspiring transformation.

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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 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

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“To give a sense of how unique this status is, consider there are roughly 92,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff,” noted Craig Webb, REMODELING’s Editor-in-Chief. “ Since 1986, we have selected only about 1,550 firms. That’s 1.7% of all the remodeling businesses in the country.”

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Allyson Case, CEO of Integro Rehab. “ The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 companies who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, REMODELING editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. “ Uniting the 2017 inductees are high standards and a determination to excel. They are taking the opportunity to build or adopt new efficiencies into their systems and processes— ensuring that they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive,” according to REMODELING. The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Minneapolis. The 2017 Big50 winners will be featured in the September issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 150,000 professional remodeling contractors, with longer profiles of the winners posted on the REMODELING website, remodelingmag.com.

REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. REMODELING has and continues to be the indispensable tool that remodelers cannot do without—delivering the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their success.

Learn more about Integro Rehab here.

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 video? Grab a beverage and check it out before continuing!

Before the final reveal, let’s recap our beloved project:

Hyde Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chicago, boasting a rich history filled with classic architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Hyde Park Condo is no exception. Featuring over 2,500 square feet of space with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, this project is located in one of Hyde Park’s most prestigious high rise buildings. Built in 1928, this unit had undergone limited renovations over the past century. Currently residing abroad, our clients sought to retire from their careers in our world-class city of Chicago. The goal of this project was to create a home that our clients would enjoy for the decades to come – a space which would provide the history and visual interest that the fantastic architecture of Europe has afforded them for the majority of their lives.

Our scope included the gut rehabilitation of the entire unit, upgrade of the utilities, and installation of a high-velocity air conditioning system. Custom, plaster legacy mouldings throughout the unit were preserved and restored. A solid wood, custom arched entry door defining the Living Room and Dining Room was restored to serve its original purpose. Also original to the unit, wooden cornices and columns were revived and repurposed as focal points throughout the space.

The vision of this space was to pay homage to the classic architecture of the building, built in 1928, while incorporating contemporary pieces: Plaster crown moulding and black, Italian cabinetry; A cast iron soaking tub positioned on large format stone tiles; 6-piece wainscoting along the walls highlighting 10” planked hickory hardwood flooring… Hints of the past collaborating with nods to the future.

The primary challenge of this project was long-distance coordination. In addition to maintaining an aggressive schedule for completion, Integro worked remotely with our clients – providing weekly video blogs to showcase the progress of our ambitious undertaking. Understanding the physical limitations of managing a project abroad, Integro coordinated our project schedule to accommodate finish materials from across the globe. The majority of these items required significant lead times of up to 20 weeks and other portions of our Work were sequentially related to the delivery of these finishes – for example, the Italian cabinetry in the Kitchen was designed flush to the ceiling which provided no room for error in the floor height. This meant that we had to level the floors without raising their height and install our ¼” tiles with exactly ¼” of underlayment months after the cabinets were built and weeks prior to their arrival on site from Italy. The level of detail Integro contributed to this project is shown by the seamless transitions from classic to modern design throughout the rooms.

Our final product in the Hyde Park Condo provides a sensory experience throughout the space. Legacy mouldings grace the formal entry and guide your path to a recessed, oval ceiling custom built to invisibily accommodate the new HVAC system. Following dramatic views of Lake Michigan, the Living Room brings you to the fully restored arched entry into the Dining Room. No sooner is one inspired by the stately presence of century-old architecture, than the eye is briskly greeted by contemporary, black cabinetry complimenting professional-grade appliances in the Kitchen and a modern Powder Room showcasing a wall-mounted sink. The bedrooms, featuring built-in bookcases and polished copper radiators revived by the Integro team, lead directly into their private ensuite bathrooms accommodating luxurious soaking tubs, floating sinks, and sleek fixtures. Subtle and confident. Classic and contemporary. The Hyde Park Condo is now a space that has thoughtfully shaped an ambiance of elegant bravado.

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Photo Credit: Tom Rossiter

Special thanks to SMNG-A Architects for their support, coordination, and design of this stunning space. We couldn’t have done it without you.

…and, of course, our deepest gratitude and appreciation to our clients – the homeowners of the Hyde Park Condo. Your collaborative enthusiasm, incredible diligence, and earnest commitment to our cause transformed our challenges into creative opportunity. You made this project great.

Thank you.

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