We have done quite a few renos while the couple or family was on vacay for 2 weeks to even 1 month and we have also completed renovations with home owner stationed overseas and coming back once every month to meet up for the home reno and to do some material selection.
this would probably be the 1st one where the home owner is not intending to come back at all for the home reno.... phew. a big leap in faith!!!
i suppose their needs have to be inked into our heads for us to represent them.
"functional, practical home that is not overly built in"