Taking a run-down home and bringing it back to life is what Rehab Addict is all about. See how Nicole and crew brought these historic homes back to their former glory.
Nicole buys a historic 1913 Tudor sight unseen, but you can see the amazing before-after pics here.
Nicole Curtis up with NBA star LeBron James and his charitable foundation to make over a deserving Akron family's run-down house.
Go behind the scenes of one deserving Akron, Ohio family's home makeover with a very special guest renovator.
In north Minneapolis, Nicole has six months to turn a rundown duplex back into a single-family home or the city is bringing in the wrecking ball.
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Nicole Curtis is giving a crumbling turn-of-the-century bungalow a second chance to be the cute and cozy home it once was.
See more photos from Nicole and LeBron's winning collaboration in Akron, Ohio.
Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of Nicole on the set of Rehab Addict.
A self-taught home rehabber and designer with a passion for saving old houses, Nicole is also a mom and a master of salvage picking.
Nicole, LeBron and the LeBron James Family Foundation continue with their project to renovate a needy family's home into a renovated beauty. 11 year old Mariah deserves a room fit for a princess, just not a pink one! And her brothers will no longer share a room and get to pick their own colors for their own rooms. To finish on time LeBron's army of volunteers steps up, the family lends a hand and Nicole puts her personal touch on each room for these special kids. What will they say when they see their rooms?
Ever closer to finishing up the interior of the Dollar House, Nicole works in the bedrooms to put up all new walls and ceilings as well as remove the black and white linoleum flooring and patch up a burn mark in the hardwood. The staircase needs attention as well, so Nicole repairs some broken treads and comes up with a cool idea for how to turn an odd space into a storage closet.
Nicole begins work on the interior of the Case Ave house and is faced with a living and dining room full of gorgeous woodwork and original pocket doors that have been painted over the years. It'll take hours and hours of sanding and stripping, but Nicole just can't leave them the way she found them. Once she sets her mind to something, there's no stopping her.
Nicole rushes to her Minnesota home from a family vacation to find burst pipes and a flooded house due to the extreme cold. She and her crew tear through the house and create 20 massive holes before they discover all of the leaks. They get to work replacing all of the water lines, radiators and boiler. Nicole takes a break from the stress of the house by skydiving from 13,000 feet to the start line of a 10K run in Florida before returning to replace all of the water lines and patch the holes in her home.
Downstairs is done at the Akron, Ohio house Nicole is rehabbing with LeBron and his foundation and now attention turns to the bathroom. This bathroom is a gut-job but the saving grace for Nicole is a beautiful, old built in cabinet which she and her army of volunteers restore. Leaving her tilers for an hour or two Nicole gets dressed up and heads to a huge stadium event to welcome the basketball superstar back to Akron.
Preparing to put her house up for sale, Rehab Addict's Nicole Curtis turns her attention to the cluttered basement and devises a plan to update the space while also keeping the unfinished, industrial feel it would have had when the house was built. Never one to let anything go to waste, this interior designer finds a way to repurpose her old garage carriage doors and turn an old soapstone sink into the centerpiece of the room.
With work on the 4th Street house nearly complete, Nicole continues to fix up the neglected exterior. The decorative fish scales and siding need repair and the whole house deserves a fresh coat of paint. In order to give this house a second chance in the neighborhood, Nicole must also add some curb appeal by building a fence and taming the wild lawn.
A majority of the fire damage to the Detroit house was on the second floor and Nicole takes on rehabbing the upper unit's kitchen and bathroom. Even though she has to retile the bathtub area, Nicole is able to save an original medicine chest in the bathroom. A visit to her grandparent's home reminds Nicole where her passion comes from.
Nicole takes on the living room and study, restoring the rooms to their former 1904 glory by polishing up the original woodworking details in the rooms. She stains the damaged floors in the living room to cover up years of neglect and discovers a shocking surprise in the study. In the midst of renovation, Nicole finds the time to swap out her boots for high heels for a women's health charity event.
Having sold her Minnehaha house, Nicole is ready for her next big property. After discovering a house she can purchase for $1 in an historic neighborhood in desperate need of help, she sets out on her most ambitious project yet. While waiting to cut through the red tape on the Dollar House Project, Nicole tackles her friend's horribly small bathroom.
With the Minnehaha house still sitting on the market, Rehab Addict's Nicole Curtis decides to put her own house up for sale hoping that it will sell faster. However, before she can do this, she must first give her garage a much needed makeover and remove asbestos from her basement. Not wanting to spend too much, this interior designer must find low cost solutions to get the job done.
Nicole teams with basketball superstar LeBron James to renovate a special family's house in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. They tackle the dingy dilapidated kitchen first. The team guts the kitchen by ripping out the cabinets, a first for Nicole who typically likes to keep the original structure, and install solid wood cabinets, granite countertops and brand new appliances. They also create an outdoor patio and new driveway for the family to relax in and play, what else, basketball. Nicole's family, LeBron's family and the foundation all pitch in to overhaul this home in a week. Can they finish?
Helping out a sick friend, Nicole takes on a basement restoration project and does her best to use as much scrap wood and materials as she possibly can. The foundation has structural issues that she must first repair and she also has plans to create a full bathroom using the extra space in the basement.
Nicole makes a spur-of-the-moment bid and wins a house sight-unseen at auction. Will this Grand Boulevard tudor be a case of buyer's remorse? Nicole visits the 6-bedroom, 3-bath manor and falls in love with its historic details and rustic charm. With some new paint, a landscaping overhaul and custom woodwork, the former eyesore begins to look revitalized. By working with the home's original style, Nicole is able to enhance its curb appeal without losing any of its early Twentieth Century grand beauty.
Nicole knows that a ground floor powder room will see a ton of guests, so what will she do with a broken window, paint-covered floor tile, and an out-of-commission toilet? Avoiding the impulse to demolish and replace everything, Nicole restores the tile and sink fixture with elbow grease and an all-nighter. She adds dramatic wall color for flair, as well as a toilet and original glass that matches the classic style of the home. Nicole proves that when it comes to restoration, it's better to leave it, clean it, and make it functional again.
What do you do when thieves have stolen priceless windows and hardwood flooring from your twentieth-century estate? If you're Nicole Curtis, you adapt and recreate! As Nicole tackles the spacious dining room of her tudor home, she must use custom leaded glass and modern oak flooring to mask the missing details. In order to restore her formal dining room to its former grandness, Nicole makes sure that the new elements blend seamlessly with the original style of the home. A combination of antique and reproduction furniture, glass, and flooring leave the space stately and polished.
A dark basement that could have easily been overlooked as an unsalvageable and unusable space is transformed into a gorgeous family room. Exposed brick and an amazing fireplace are too beautiful for Nicole to ignore, so she sets out to elevate the room from subterranean cellar to functional family room. Nicole sources local salvaged pine for the flooring and restores it to its former shine, while using cost-effective new trim, stained to match. Finally, a vintage art Deco bar is hauled down below to serve as a focal point for the new space. Using as much as she can from the original home and time period, Nicole rebuilds a basement beyond even its original potential.
Nicole's newest home is 100 years old, and unsurprisingly the living room needs work from top to bottom. Despite major setbacks, Nicole is up for the challenge. The outdated textured ceiling is ripped down for electrical and water line repair while the ugly green walls are given a fresh update. Nicole sees the beauty in the original hardwood flooring by polishing and staining the existing oak. By utilizing as many of the original details as possible, the living room begins to finally take shape as a classic example of restoration done right.
When it comes to restoring kitchens, Nicole Curtis' rule is that it should look old and work like new! In her Grand Blvd. home, she has to work with a large kitchen that offers little wall space. After a couple of re-designs and some custom woodwork, she finally settles on a layout that allows for new, modern appliances while maintaining important design elements, such as the original upper cabinets. Despite some setbacks, including a literal hole in the wall, Nicole combines the old with the new to create a gorgeous kitchen that maintains its original charm while offering the comforts of the 21st century.
Nicole is ready to tackle the 2nd floor of the house, but one rainy day proves just how damaged the 100 year old roof is. Severe leaks are threatening to destroy multiple rooms, so Nicole gets on top of the house to inspect the damage. Most people would tear up the original clay tile and do a complete replacement, but not Nicole Curtis! Despite the extra cost, new tile is blended with old to keep the original, unique look of the house. Once the roof is water tight, two upstairs bedrooms are ready to be restored. A fresh window seat, antique glass knobs, and a stairwell re-do get Nicole closer to finishing her grand 2nd floor.
Once a boarded-up eyesore, Nicole's first-floor solarium has the potential to be the best room in the house. With the help of her dad and a yard-sale crockpot, Nicole starts with an often overlooked detail, window hardware. Boiling the hardware removes years of paint and leaves them shiny and new, a great first step in making the solarium a bright and welcoming entryway to her Grand Blvd. estate. Some antique mirrors and light fixtures go a long way to make the room feel cozy and fresh, while maintaining the antique feel of the 100-year old home. Nicole takes a much needed break with her son to celebrate a Thanksgiving parade in her home city, Detroit.
What's Nicole Curtis' favorite kind of bathroom to renovate? One with almost entirely original fixtures! With the help of a 1920's mint condition porcelain sink, Nicole is able to transform the Jack and Jill bathroom in her Grand Blvd. home without sacrificing its antique integrity. Two bedrooms, one girl's, one boy's, lay on either side. After stripping the wallpaper, restoring the original oak floors and adding some new paint, the rooms are almost move-in ready. All that's left is for her son to stage the room with personal touches, and clean the unique Inglenook that provides a centerpiece for the boy's room.
If Nicole is going to turn the entire third floor of her Grand Blvd. estate into a master suite, a custom new bathroom will have to be the first step. She starts with an overcrowded, neglected bath that doesn't fit her grandiose plans. By knocking down a wall and changing some angles, the floorplan is expanded to include a double vanity, claw-foot tub and walk-in shower. Despite a small plumbing mishap, Nicole's new bathroom is shaping up to be one of the most original and inviting spaces in her 1913 auction home.
Nicole's 1913 mansion in the heart of Detroit is topped with an old, dusty attic that was once servant's quarters. Though some homeowners might have just seen room for storage, Nicole sees the opposite: a master suite! A sitting room, dressing room and gorgeous master bedroom take form, thanks to a little salvaging and a lot of hard work. Nicole never wastes original fixtures, even if it's an ancient broken mirror or a period chandelier from a local commercial building. From gross to gorgeous, Nicole makes her master suite a million dollar space on a "Detroit budget."
The century-old Tudor house is one thing, but Nicole Curtis also wants to make sure the garage is up to par. Over the years, the structure has been neglected so there's a long road ahead: roof repair takes a lot of time, but Nicole is able to salvage some important tile and wood. By re-using original ceramic roof tile and finding new replicas, the look and feel is restored rather than forgotten. A restored porch is added off the solarium, as Nicole gets started on making the laundry room a warm and inviting space.
It's a family affair as Nicole tackles an old shack that desperately needs some loving restoration. With the help of her brother, her nephew and her son, Ethan, carpets come up, there's new paint and a new fence. Since this is basically a crash pad, Nicole tries to keep her costs to an absolute minimum. But at the end of the day, Nicole transforms this unlivable space into a cozy new home.
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