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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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Before the Renovation

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Take a tour of the once-grand property before the Rehab Addict team worked its magic. 

Exterior, Before

Before shot of exterior at Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Turret Roof, Before

Before shot of exterior of turret roof at Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Tile Detail, Before

Before shot of exterior detail of turret at Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Turret Detail, Before

Before shot of exterior detail of turret at Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Turret Detail, Before

Before shot of exterior detail of turret at Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Front Room, Before

Before shot of front house family room, office and mudroom in Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Back House Bath, Before

Before shot of back house bath in Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Upstairs Hallway, Before

Before shot of front house upstairs hallway in Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Basement Door, Before

Before shot of detail view of front house basement door in Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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Window Molding, Before

Before shot of detail of window modeling in Alfred Street home as seen on Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit.

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About the Show

Nicole Curtis is saving historic houses, one brick wall at a time. Working in her hometown of Detroit, she is helping preserve the historic Ransom Gillis house to return it to its original glory. It's an enormous project with a tremendous amount of history, but Nicole is up to the challenge to get it all completed on a tight deadline.
Season 1, Episode 1

An Opportunity in Detroit

Nicole Curtis begins renovations on the Ransom Gillis House, a historic home in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood. Built in 1876 and abandoned since the 1960s, this mansion is in need of some serious rehab. Construction is underway, and all of the trades work together to reinforce the strength of the home, one brick at a time. Nicole attempts to salvage as many original elements as possible and restore this home to its former glory.

Friday
Nov 6
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 2

Kitchen Reconstruction

Now that walls are up and plumbing is roughed in, Detroit's Ransom Gillis House is ready for the next phase of its renovation. Nicole Curtis tackles the kitchen and dining room in this iconic 1800s mansion. With new hardwood floors, grand cabinets and stained glass, the modern kitchen and dining room designs remain reminiscent of the home's historic feel. However, the renovation has its fair share of challenges.

Friday
Nov 6
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Master Suite Makeover

Nicole Curtis is halfway through the renovation of Detroit's iconic Ransom Gillis House. With the entire first floor completed, she moves upstairs to tackle the master bedroom suite. Nicole plans to bring the master bedroom back to its original splendor with beautiful stained glass and antique trim that was salvaged from the house.

Thursday
Nov 12
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Grand Staircase & Glorious Living Room

Now that the kitchen and dining room have been renovated, it's time for Nicole Curtis to revamp the living room and foyer of the Ransom Gillis House. The renovation takes an unexpected turn when Nicole finds out what the original staircase would have looked like. She is going to spare no expense in order to salvage as many of the original elements as she possibly can.

Friday
Nov 13
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 6

Mantel Bedroom Mayhem

Nicole Curtis restores the upstairs mantel bedroom and the connected Jack and Jill bathroom in the Ransom Gillis House. She does her best to preserve the original details left in the space, such as the original slate fireplace.

Thursday
Nov 19
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Mantel Bedroom Mayhem

Nicole Curtis restores the upstairs mantel bedroom and the connected Jack and Jill bathroom in the Ransom Gillis House. She does her best to preserve the original details left in the space, such as the original slate fireplace.

Friday
Nov 20
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Kitchen Reconstruction

Now that walls are up and plumbing is roughed in, Detroit's Ransom Gillis House is ready for the next phase of its renovation. Nicole Curtis tackles the kitchen and dining room in this iconic 1800s mansion. With new hardwood floors, grand cabinets and stained glass, the modern kitchen and dining room designs remain reminiscent of the home's historic feel. However, the renovation has its fair share of challenges.

Thursday
Nov 26
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Grand Staircase & Glorious Living Room

Now that the kitchen and dining room have been renovated, it's time for Nicole Curtis to revamp the living room and foyer of the Ransom Gillis House. The renovation takes an unexpected turn when Nicole finds out what the original staircase would have looked like. She is going to spare no expense in order to salvage as many of the original elements as she possibly can.

Thursday
Nov 26
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 7

Rebuilding A Back House

Now that the front house has come together beautifully, it's time for Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis to turn her attention to the back unit of the Ransom Gillis house. All of the trades work together to ensure that the back unit renovation goes just as seamlessly as the front. Subtle details throughout the house recall the original grandeur of this 1800s Victorian mansion.

Thursday
Nov 26
9pm | 8c
Season 1, Episode 7

Rebuilding A Back House

Now that the front house has come together beautifully, it's time for Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis to turn her attention to the back unit of the Ransom Gillis house. All of the trades work together to ensure that the back unit renovation goes just as seamlessly as the front. Subtle details throughout the house recall the original grandeur of this 1800s Victorian mansion.

Friday
Nov 27
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 6

Mantel Bedroom Mayhem

Nicole Curtis restores the upstairs mantel bedroom and the connected Jack and Jill bathroom in the Ransom Gillis House. She does her best to preserve the original details left in the space, such as the original slate fireplace.

Friday
Nov 27
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Rebuilding A Back House

Now that the front house has come together beautifully, it's time for Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis to turn her attention to the back unit of the Ransom Gillis house. All of the trades work together to ensure that the back unit renovation goes just as seamlessly as the front. Subtle details throughout the house recall the original grandeur of this 1800s Victorian mansion.

Thursday
Dec 10
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 8

It All Comes Together

Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis has completed the interior renovations on the Ransom Gillis house, and now all that's left to focus on is the exterior. The finished brickwork, new slate roof, iron cresting, and ornate stained glass windows make this house truly unique. With the help of local volunteers, the exterior landscaping comes together swiftly in preparation for the open house. Then Detroiters line up around the block to see the restored majesty of one of Detroit's most iconic mansions.

Thursday
Dec 10
11:30am | 10:30c