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A major remodel, new roof, new floors, and a very short timeline—it’s no wonder Charmean Neithart, owner of Charmean Neithart Interiors in South Pasadena, California, was a little worried when this project started. But the family, who bought this beach cottage as a vacation home, had faith in Neithart because of the work she had already done on their main home.

The family’s second home, located in the private community of Saint Malo in Oceanside, California, had not been updated in years and there was much deferred maintenance to tackle. To complicate the project, Saint Malo restricts when construction work can be done. During high season, from the end of May to early September, no construction projects, trucks, or crews are allowed in the neighborhood. When the owners approached Neithart, she had only two months available to complete the work.