I received an urgent phone call from a homeowner whose wife was 8 months pregnant with their second child. The urgency was in their (unfinished 1940's) basement. This started as a DIY project in May - with a deadline of August 22 (the due date for the second baby). The homeowner got a good start on the basement with framing and sheet-rocking, but needed the rest to be finished professionally... and to have some of the DIY work "touched up" as well.
The needed a space to be designated as a "play room" for their kids. Their small home did not have enough finished space to house their growing collection of toys.
The job: taping & sanding the sheetrock, installing laminate flooring, installing baseboard trim, and trim around the windows, building custom shelving & bench seating along the exterior wall, building a custom folding station in the laundry room, and painting.
As with any basement finishing job, there are hidden oddities throughout - such as a working water spigot that came down into the room, random electrical boxes that needed covers, and some HVAC to work around... but other than those few "unique aspects" of the space, the job moved along fairly quickly, with very few setbacks. Due to the urgency of the job, with a looming deadline, we worked longer hours, and got it done piece by piece... while still completing previously booked jobs. The homeowners were understanding, and flexible with this lack of schedule. They simply wanted the job done!
We finished one day before the deadline, and left the homeowners with a fresh space for their children to play.