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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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Brick and Stucco Bungalow

This bungalow combines brick and stucco into a charming package. Lots of windows bring in abundant sunlight, and the front steps lead to a welcoming entry door.

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BASEMENT: AFTER

The antique bar from Nicole Curtis' mother's garage is better suited in this updated basement.

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As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, bold yellow chair cushions and graphic red and white pillows complete the contemporary poolside decor in the Summit Avenue mansion.

LIVING ROOM: AFTER

This room has what would today be thousands of dollars worth of custom woodwork. Nicole spent some of her budget repairing cracked and broken panes in the built-in glass to get it looking good as new.

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Rehab Addict: Elegant Pool House Changing Room

Part of the nine car garage was used for a bathroom and changing area at the Summit Avenue mansion, as seen on Rehab Addict. Nicole turned the back part of the garage into a full pool house so that people can rinse off after swiming and use a restroom without needing to go into the house.

Black & White Honeycomb Tile

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

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Nicole Curtis, host of DIY Network's Rehab Addict, poses on the finished patio at the Summit Avenue mansion.

Jack-and-Jill Bathroom: After

Nicole renovated the Jack-and-Jill bathroom to reflect the home's 1913 style, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

DINING ROOM: AFTER

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

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Urban Basement Game Room With Pool Table

This urban basement has been transformed into a multipurpose recreation room featuring a TV lounge and bright red pool table. Oversized black and white family photographs add a personal touch.

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 3, Episode 6

Floors, Floors, Floors

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.

Thursday
Nov 6
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Nov 13
4pm | 3c
Season 3, Episode 1

Shoebox Bathroom

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.

Wednesday
Nov 26
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Faulty Foundation

With the Dollar House project an official 'Go', Nicole's first project is a major one: lifting the house to fix the crumbling foundation. Even though this means the brick chimney has to go, Nicole finds a way to reuse the old brick and begins to add a little character back into the living room.

Thursday
Dec 4
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Living Room Cover Up

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.

Friday
Dec 5
3:30am | 2:30c
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
Jan 8
7pm | 6c
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.

Friday
Jan 30
3am | 2c
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.

Thursday
Feb 5
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 3, Episode 10

Breaking the Woodwork Rules

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.

Wednesday
Feb 18
10am | 9c
Season 3, Episode 13

Kitchen Breakthrough

The Case Ave house is almost complete, and Nicole has saved the most difficult task for last, figuring out a functional layout for the cramped kitchen. To save the original cabinets, she must get creative in order to find a way to make them fit with modern appliances. With a few left over pieces from around the house, Nicole finds new ways to re-purpose them in the basement.

Thursday
Feb 26
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Distressed Dining Room

Nicole turns her attention to taking the pink and gold kitsch out of the formal dining room. Restoring the floors, swapping out sconces and repairing the stained glass windows take the room out of the 1970s and back to 1904. Meanwhile at another of her houses a buyer pulls out at the 11th hour causing Nicole to make some quick decisions.

Thursday
Mar 26
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 9

Jack and Jill Suite

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.

Friday
Apr 10
12am | 11c
Season 7, Episode 6

The Hearts of the Home

In this episode, Nicole Curtis tackles the heart of her Grandparents' home, the living room and dining room. The most "photographed" rooms in the house, these projects present Nicole with a very clear visual template to work from. Fixing the original fireplace and it's plaster moulding presents a relatively easy, if messy, challenge. Sourcing and replacing the iconic chandelier in the dining room with an exact match may prove an impossible task.

Sunday
Aug 7
11:30am | 10:30c

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