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BASEMENT: AFTER

Warm, Natural Touches in Living Room

Rehab Addict: Girl's Bedroom with Pink Fireplace

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Rehab Addict: Contemporary Furnishings in Sitting Room

Built-In Appliances in Renovated White Kitchen

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KITCHEN: AFTER

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After: Bathroom Fit For a Family of Five

Silver Picture Frames on Living Room Console Table

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After: Sage Green Home With New Driveway & Landscaped Yard

All-American Front Porch With Flag

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.

Episodes

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Season 5, Episode 5

Brick by Brick Restoration

The Summit mansion hasn't been painted since 1972 and needs a major face lift. After years of damage, all of the outdoor wood railing and detail are rotting and need to be replaced. Nicole rips out the rotting wood and repaints them to match the original color of the brick. To complete the look of the historic home, Nicole builds new brick columns with brick on the deck. Nicole's son Ethan learns some of her renovation tricks when he pitches in and replaces some of the original beams and runs errands around town.

Friday
May 8

12:30am | 11:30c

Season 5, Episode 14

Mom's Oasis

Hard working mom, Nicole Curtis is on a mission to create a master bedroom for mom Melanie in the final episode of the Lebron James Family Foundation house. The attic room turns from an overheated dumping ground to an air-conditioned oasis in just a few short days. Nicole comes up with a genius and inexpensive storage solution in the awkward space and in just one week, the whole house is finished. Time to bring the family in, this is a reveal you don't want to miss!

Saturday
May 16

12:30am | 11:30c

Season 5, Episode 10

Hardwood Floors to the Rescue

Nicole continues work on the Akron, Ohio, project with Lebron James. It's time to tackle the rest of the first floor, the living room and dining room. Once the nasty old carpet is removed to reveal beautiful old pine floors, Nicole can start to see her vision for a comfortable, functional and very stylish living space. It's all about making this dilapidated space feel grand once again. Even while busy in Akron, Nicole never stops salvaging & designs these spaces around new photos of the family using old windows saved from a dumpster.

Saturday
May 16

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 5, Episode 12

Looks Are Everything

The interior is coming along beautifully and now it's time to give the exterior of the family house in Akron a facelift. LeBron and his kids spar off with Nicole in a duel of diggers to tear out the front steps and regrade the yard. A tricky design challenge makes laying the new path stretch late into the night, but it's all worth it come morning. Lebron helps put up the flag and now the family has a home they can be proud of.

Saturday
May 16

11:30am | 10:30c

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
May 28

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 4, Episode 2

Kitchen Cabinets Remade

Turning her attention to the kitchen, Nicole must get creative and figure out how to update and reuse stock cabinets that were in the house, turn old doors into new countertops, and repair the pine sub-floor that she's obsessed with keeping. She must also part with a previous project after it's sold to a new owner.

Thursday
May 28

8am | 7c

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
May 28

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 4, Episode 4

Master Suite Remade

Working to create a master suite upstairs, Nicole tries to figure out a way to incorporate the old kitchen pantry into a new master bathroom. Changing the floor plan can wreck havoc on original hardwood floors, but Nicole hasn't found a floor yet that she can't save. With a majority of the home's windows left broken from when it was abandoned, Nicole must track down the manufacturer to order replacement parts.

Thursday
May 28

9am | 8c

Season 4, Episode 5

Back Yard on a Budget

Nicole doesn't have much to work with in the back yard, but she's making the best with what she's got. Lifting up the garage to pour a new foundation beats the cost of building a new one from scratch. This house also needs a new roof, which is a first for Nicole on a project. Nicole picks a unique color to help make the house stand out in the neighborhood.

Thursday
May 28

9:30am | 8:30c

Season 4, Episode 6

Revived Exterior

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.

Thursday
May 28

10am | 9c

Season 4, Episode 7

Scrap Wood Basement

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.

Thursday
May 28

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 4, Episode 8

Fire Damage Fixes

Nicole heads to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan to save a 1920's home that has been vacant since a fire in the house next door left it severely damaged. Nicole works with the city to clear the fire damaged house from the lot next to hers as well as cut through the jungle that is the back yard. There's a lot to fix on the interior, but first Nicole must come up with a plan of attack.

Thursday
May 28

11am | 10c

Season 4, Episode 9

Cracked Pipe Kitchen

Work continues on Nicole's project in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. The 1920s duplex lower unit's kitchen and bathroom need a lot of work, and fire damage isn't the only thing causing problems. The main plumbing stack that runs between both rooms has a huge crack in it, causing years of water damage that has the wall crumbling at the touch. A room off the back of the kitchen seems to have no purpose until Nicole comes up with the idea to turn it into a home office.

Thursday
May 28

11:30am | 10:30c

Season 5, Episode 6

Brightening the Bedrooms

Thursday
Jun 25

7:30am | 6:30c

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
Jun 25

8am | 7c

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
Jun 25

8:30am | 7:30c

Season 5, Episode 9

Kitchen Overhaul

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?

Thursday
Jun 25

9am | 8c

Season 5, Episode 10

Hardwood Floors to the Rescue

Nicole continues work on the Akron, Ohio, project with Lebron James. It's time to tackle the rest of the first floor, the living room and dining room. Once the nasty old carpet is removed to reveal beautiful old pine floors, Nicole can start to see her vision for a comfortable, functional and very stylish living space. It's all about making this dilapidated space feel grand once again. Even while busy in Akron, Nicole never stops salvaging & designs these spaces around new photos of the family using old windows saved from a dumpster.

Thursday
Jun 25

9:30am | 8:30c

Season 5, Episode 11

A Bathroom Fit for King James

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.

Thursday
Jun 25

10am | 9c

Season 5, Episode 12

Looks Are Everything

The interior is coming along beautifully and now it's time to give the exterior of the family house in Akron a facelift. LeBron and his kids spar off with Nicole in a duel of diggers to tear out the front steps and regrade the yard. A tricky design challenge makes laying the new path stretch late into the night, but it's all worth it come morning. Lebron helps put up the flag and now the family has a home they can be proud of.

Thursday
Jun 25

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 5, Episode 13

A Room of Their Own

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?

Thursday
Jun 25

11am | 10c

Season 5, Episode 14

Mom's Oasis

Hard working mom, Nicole Curtis is on a mission to create a master bedroom for mom Melanie in the final episode of the Lebron James Family Foundation house. The attic room turns from an overheated dumping ground to an air-conditioned oasis in just a few short days. Nicole comes up with a genius and inexpensive storage solution in the awkward space and in just one week, the whole house is finished. Time to bring the family in, this is a reveal you don't want to miss!

Thursday
Jun 25

11:30am | 10:30c

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