We started a major remodel on our house last March. After numerous set backs from the engineer not checking with the city about what was needed to bring the house up to current earthquake codes, including snafus that required the contractor to tear out and rebuild the framing completely on a couple of walls. Then we discovered that it is easier to find rocket scientists and brain surgeons than plumbers or electricians. We are finally getting drywall and stucco in the next 2 weeks. I would like the house to be done by Christmas, but I expect it will more likely be next March or April.