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Before: Past Its Prime

This poor house in Minneapolis looked as if it had seen better days before host Nicole Curtis got her hands on it.  

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After: Major Curb Appeal

A new green roof and a fresh coat of white paint bring this home back to lifeBut it's the small details, like the classic picket fence, that give the home character.

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Before: Blah Bathroom

As the only bathroom in the house, this sad space needed a lot of work.  

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After: Suite Escape

In order to create a full bathroom suite, Nicole removed one wall and connected the bathroom with the master bedroom. She was able to restore the original floors and reuse the beautiful claw foot tub.  

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Before: Boring Foyer

The entryway lacked pizzazz, but Nicole had plans for creating a much grander foyer.  

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After: Grand Entrance

A gorgeous stair runner with a delicate floral print adds elegance to this once-bland entrance. The restored original staircase and banister shine in the updated space.  

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Before: Blank Slate

This empty space was once a second bedroom. This blank space just awaited a fresh coat of paint and the perfect furnishings.

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After: A Perfect Match

Nicole chose pieces to complement the history of the home, such as this lovely antique wood desk, in this newly-created office space. 

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Before: Humble Vanity

The home's vanity looked pretty worn out, but Nicole hoped to bring it back to its original state.  

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After: Functional Additions

A coat of white paint, new hardware and a small sink make the vanity a functional and beautiful spot in this renovated bathroom.

Before: Hidden Beauty

The main feature in this room was the incredible stained glass window, which Nicole planned to highlight in her makeover.  

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After: Window Art

In her outstanding makeover, Nicole put the stained glass window on full display. To open up the space, she removed a boarded-closed door to the hallway, creating a walkway from the entry to the living room. 

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Before: Pitiful Porch

This back porch needed to be updated, but simple cleaning was the first order of the day.  

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After: Peaceful Retreat

Nicole swapped out the old porch walls and created a peaceful balcony, perfect for star gazing.  

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Before: Mystery Door

This bedroom was boarded up before the Rehab Addict team arrived, so it was a pleasant surprise to find such a spacious bedroom behind closed doors.  

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After: Vintage Decor

Nicole blended vintage pieces with thrift-store finds to create a space that reflected the home's historical style.  

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Before: Neglected and In Need

Built in 1923, this abandoned bungalow needed many repairs before it would be up to Nicole's standards.  

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After: Patriotic Porch

After a little spruce on the exterior, Nicole was ready to hang the American flag, as she does with all her completed projects.  

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Before: Unfinished Idea

Before they moved out, the owners of this home had plans to convert the attic into a master suite.  

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After: Dreamy Attic Bedroom

To make this attic the dream bedroom that was once envisioned, the space was first insulated and covered with sheetrock. After completion, the suite boasts a bedroom, bathroom and sitting area.   

After: Upcycled Heating

Near the bed, Nicole repurposed an old cast iron radiator by adding a small shelf to hold plants or odds and ends.

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Before: Catch-All Room

This downstairs living room featured original woodwork that simply needed a thorough cleaning. The damaged original wood floor required a complete overhaul. 

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After: Gorgeous Woodwork

The refinished wood floors add a warm, touch to this bright living room, and the built-in wood features reflect the home's traditional style.  

After: Eye for Detail

Lovely plastered flowers were in each corner of the living room ceiling. Nicole and the team were careful not to change a thing when it came to historical details.  

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Before: Day One

As part of the Wheels for Education Program, sixth grade participant Mariah Riley was awarded a total home makeover for good grades and meeting her goals. The catch? The team only had 9 days to do it!

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After: Outdoor Appeal

Beautiful landscaping and a lovely white and sage exterior are a welcoming sight at this Akron home.  

Before: Run-Down and Ragged

The bathroom was spacious, but with a stained floor, a torn curtain and no real storage, it was one of the worst rooms in the house.

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After: Fit for a Queen

After the makeover, the new bathroom features gorgeous double vanities, smart storage and a new toilet. The hexagonal tile flooring is an extra touch that makes the whole space feel more glamorous.  

Before: Basic and Boring

Before Nicole and her team worked their magic on this home, the front door lacked any hint of personality.  

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After: Visitors Welcome

When all was said and done, the home was a welcoming site with a fresh coat of paint and a new wreath that added a cheery note to the exterior.  

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Rehab Addict: Nicole Takes a Breather During Renovation

As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis takes a break during renovation of the Summit Avenue mansion.

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Black & White Honeycomb Tile

No longer covered in peeling linoleum, the bathroom floor features tasteful black and white tile.

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Rehab Addict: Nicole Shops for Paint at Local Hardware Store

As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole is seen here choosing colors for the powder room in the Summit Avenue mansion. Nicole Curtis spends a lot of time working to find the perfect paint color and prefers to work with the local small hardware shops to get all her supplies.

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BASEMENT: AFTER

Black and white photos also decorate the new shelf.

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Rehab Addict: Nicole Pours Concrete for Porch Stairs

As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis helps pour concrete for the new back porch stairs outside the Summit Avenue mansion.

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Rehab Addict: Nicole Lays New Concrete Floor

One of the major challenges with the Summit Avenue mansion renovation is that it needed a new concrete basement, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict. Nicole is working first hand with the concrete crew to ensure that the job is completed correctly. They had her lay some of the cement through this tube connected to the giant cement truck outside.

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DINING ROOM: AFTER

A round, vintage-style iron chandelier with candle bulbs provides a focal point over the table.

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Behind the Scenes With Nicole Curtis, Host of DIY Network's Rehab Addict

Unfortunately, sometimes restoring a home means knocking down the one next to it. Nicole was forced to sacrifice one house with major fire damage in order to save its next door neighbor, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict.

Nicole Curtis, Host of DIY Network's Rehab Addict

Nicole Curtis, host of DIY Network's Rehab Addict, hard at work on another home renovation.

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About the Host

Nicole Curtis

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.
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About the Show

Nicole Curtis is saving historic houses, one broken-down fireplace at a time. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Nicole takes ramshackle homes from the wrecking ball to their original stunning glory. Whether it’s managing her rugged crew or wrangling city officials, this single mom wields her hammer with skill and returns condemned properties to their place as the pride of the neighborhood.
Season 4, Episode 15

Master Suite Madness

In her 1920s bungalow, the previous owner had begun work on a master suite in the home's attic space. Nicole picks up where they left off, adding insulation and a unique open bathroom. Ever on the lookout for pieces to rehab, Nicole flags down some scrappers and discovers they have the perfect claw foot tub for her bathroom.

Friday
Oct 17
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Kitchen Countdown

In this episode of Rehab Addict, interior designer Nicole Curtis is under the gun to finish Adam and Rachael's kitchen renovation while the two are away on their honeymoon. After tearing down the walls, Nicole discovers some cool hidden details but also some plumbing problems that throw a wrench in things. Nicole scrambles to finish everything on time, while hoping that Adam and Rachael will be happy with their new home.

Thursday
Oct 30
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

Bugs, Birds, & Bad Plumbing

Moving to the interior of the Dollar House, Nicole demo's her heart out and focuses on the disgusting kitchen space and adding a half bathroom to the first floor (evicting a few pigeons along the way). Once the new space is framed out, everything seems to be falling into place... until the water is turned on and Nicole finds out she has some leaky pipes.

Friday
Oct 31
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 5

Bathroom Rebuild

Heading up to the second floor, Nicole takes on the bathroom, one of the house's dirtiest and grimiest rooms. She brings it down to the studs, adding clean lines with white subway tile and re-purposes an old dresser into one of her signature vanities. Since the house was lifted, the front porch has been floating in space, so Nicole tears it down to begin rebuilding a new one, giving the house an inviting and classic look.

Thursday
Nov 6
8pm | 7c
Season 4, Episode 10

Exterior Miracles

Tired of the house being an eyesore in the neighborhood, Nicole must remove all the debris left over from demolishing the burnt out house on the lot next door. Nicole tackles the exterior fire damaged areas by replacing the shakes siding and painting it to match the original color. The whole neighborhood comes out to help Nicole with clearing nearby lots of garbage and overgrown weeds.

Thursday
Nov 13
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 3, Episode 4

A Mantle To Remember

Restoring the first floor of the Dollar House continues as Nicole uncovers hardwood floors throughout the living room and dining room areas. The dining room hutch is still intact, but there's a whole new fireplace mantle to build ? and Nicole proves that a pile of scrap wood can become a thing of beauty.

Thursday
Dec 4
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 1

Powder Room Predicament

Nicole's next project is restoring an historic mansion in the Summit district of St. Paul. Unfortunately some key rooms have been completely ripped apart and her first task is to rebuild the gutted powder room from scratch. With the original materials no longer available Nicole gets creative with custom paneling and salvaged tile and creates a brand new room with a 1904 feel.

Thursday
Dec 18
5pm | 4c
Season 4, Episode 1

Boarded Up Beauty

Nicole is on a mission to save vacant homes from the wrecking ball and her latest project is taking on a boarded up and previously condemned home from the late 1880s. The basement is full of structural issues, from rotten support beams and a crumbling concrete floor to the need for a new staircase that meets building code. Also on Nicole's list is turning the tiny first floor bathroom into a spacious powder room.

Thursday
Jan 15
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 1

A Grand Exterior

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.

Friday
Mar 6
12am | 11c
Season 6, Episode 2

Powder Room With a Flair

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.

Saturday
Mar 14
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Too Close For Comfort

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.

Thursday
Jul 23
11am | 10c
Season 4, Episode 3

A Bright, Open Living Room

Turning a duplex back into a single-family home isn't always easy, but that's just what Nicole wants to do. Working to return the living and dining rooms to their original layout, she must first figure out where doorways have been closed off and ceilings dropped. Plus, there's a gorgeous stained glass window at the front of the house that will completely change people's perception of the property once it's fixed.

Thursday
Aug 20
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 7

Up and Away

Nicole puts a modern twist on the 1904 Summit Mansion in St. Paul when she installs an elevator in the middle of the home. A first for Nicole, she has to get the measurements exactly right throughout all three floors, or else she's just created a massive non-functioning hole in the middle of the historic home.

Thursday
Oct 1
10:30am | 9:30c

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