Behind the Scenes of Rehab Addict Akron

Go behind the scenes of one deserving Akron, Ohio family's home makeover with a special guest renovator: NBA superstar LeBron James.
Related To:

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images ©© 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images ©© 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Photo By: Jason Miller/ AP Images

Rehab Addict Goes to Akron

Nicole Curtis and son Ethan took their renovation skills to Akron, Ohio to help the NBA star LeBron James and the LeBron James Family Foundation Promise Project do a top-to-bottom renovation for a deserving family. Go behind the scenes as Nicole, LeBron and volunteers work! 

The Makeover of a Lifetime

Mariah Riley, pictured here with with NBA player LeBron James and Nicole Curtis, earned a total home makeover for meeting all her goals and working hard in school. Mariah is a participant in the Wheels for Education Program under the Lebron James Family Foundation Promise Project.

Home Visit

Nicole's son Ethan traveled to Akron with his mom to help with the renovation. Here, Nicole, Ethan and LeBron pay a visit to the Riley family.

Lebron on the Lookout

LeBron peeks out the window at the Riley family home.

Camera Ready

Nicole takes a moment to talk through the home's renovation with her camera crew.

Skill Swap

Lebron may be a huge basketball superstar, but Nicole knows renovation. Here, she schools Lebron on how to demo and transform a house.  

Outdated Cabinets, Be Gone

Nicole gets a hand from Lebron as they remove the outdated cabinets from the kitchen.

No Ladder Needed

The benefit of having a 6' 8" basketball star on a construction site? No ladders needed. Nicole Curtis plans to use LeBron James' height to help paint the ceilings in the Riley home.  

Set in Stone

Nicole works with a contractor to help pour cement for the Riley family's new driveway.

A Personal Touch

To personalize their new home, Nicole has each member of the Riley family put a handprint in the wet cement.

And Their Dog, Too!

The entire Riley family, including dog Gizmo, put their handprints in wet cement to commemorate the home renovation.

Your Autograph, Please

Upon the truck driver's request, Nicole autographs the Medina Supply concrete truck.

The Volunteers

A group of volunteers from the Lebron James Family Foundation staff take a break to talk to Nicole Curtis about the renovation plans.

Do-It-Herself

There's no job Nicole Curtis can't tackle. Here, she drives a Bobcat while revitalizing the driveway of the Riley home.

Hard Work's Reward

Mariah poses with LeBron as the renovation gets underway. She earned a total home makeover for meeting all her goals and working hard in school.

The King of Demolition

LeBron James uses a sledgehammer to demolish a wall in the kitchen.

Rehab Addict in the Making

LeBron may have found a new hobby! Here, he takes a time out from demolition to talk to the camera with a sledgehammer in hand.

All Hands on Deck

Mariah's brother Ezekiel works with the construction crew to spread the fresh cement.

Everything Must Go (Almost)

Even the queen of restoration decides that this outdated kitchen isn't worth salvaging. For a historic touch, Nicole plans to refinish the home's original flooring.

Mariah and Gizmo

Renovation winner Mariah poses with her adorable dog, Gizmo, during the home makeover.

Renovation Pals

Nicole and Lebron take a break in the partially-renovated kitchen in the Riley home.

A Deserving Rehab Addict Winner

Winner Marial Riley poses outside the house (marked with the Lebron James Family Foundation flag) during the renovation.

Strong-Armed

Nicole challenges one of the construction crew members to an old-fashioned arm-wrestling match.

Rehab Addict Fans Get Involved

As seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis (right) gives Matt Reibs some tips on restoring double hung windows. Matt, one of Nicole's first Facebook fans, came from Indiana to help renovate the Riley home. Nicole has taken Matt under her wing and helped mentor him as he is also an avid historic preservationist.

Help From A Historic Preservationist

Matt Reibs help repair the original windows at the Riley home. Matt, who was one of Nicole's first Facebook fans, came from Indiana to help renovate this home. Nicole has taken Matt under her wing and helped mentor him as he is also an avid historic preservationist.

Before Renovation

Nicole Curtis, host of DIY's Rehab Addict on location in Akron, Ohio before renovating the Riley family home.

Tearing Down Wall Overlay

Host Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addic removes an overlay from the wall in the living room in the Riley home.

LeBron and Nicole Paint the Dining Room

NBA superstar LeBron James's height comes in handy when they paint the walls of the dining room in the Riley family home.

Off to the Races

As seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis takes a break from working on the Riley home for dolly races with her friend and volunteer Sarah Donovan.

America the Beautiful

Host Nicole Curtis and LeBron James work on installing the new flag post on the exterior of the Riley home on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 as seen on Rehab Addict in Akron, Ohio.

Nicole and Lucy Prepare to Renovate

During taping of Rehab Addict in Akron, Ohio, host Nicole Curtis brought her puppy Lucy along for the renovation.

Local News Interviews Nicole

As seen on Rehab Addict, a local Akron TV news crew interviews host Nicole Curtis about the Riley home renovation.

Tub Trouble

Nicole Curtis, host of DIY Network's Rehab Addict and the plumbers working to come up with a plan for a tub that did not fit into the spot they picked.

The Kids Are Alright

Nicole Curtis's son Ethan, Mariah Riley (center) and her brother Xavier (left) in the Bobcat after working in the yard.

All the Help They Can Get

Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV's Rehab Addict takes a break from renovating the Riley family home with NBA player LeBron James and his two children LeBron James, Jr., (yellow shirt), and Bryce Maximus James, (blue shirt).

The James Family Gets Involved

Nicole Curtis, host of DIY Network's Rehab Addict, got a helping hand from NBA player Lebron James and his sons LeBron James, Jr., right, and Bryce Maximus James, left.

On the Fence

Host Nicole Curtis helps install fencing in the backyard of the Riley home on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 as seen on Rehab Addict in Akron, Ohio.

Down and Dirty

Host Nicole Curtis installs sod in the front yard of the Riley home on the morning of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict in Akron, Ohio.

Police Get In on Rehab Addict Fun

On the set of HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis and Akron Police Department Detective Joseph Wayne stop film crew member Jose. The house being renovated had 24 hour police protection. 

Be the Change

As seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis wears a bracelet that reads BE THE CHANGE. This bracelet was made by her friend Elizabeth Lyons to fit her motto of making a difference in restoring old homes and giving back.

Height Comes In Handy

As seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis takes advantage of NBA superstar LeBron James' height by having him paint the bathroom ceiling in the Riley home.

Volunteers Get To Work

Volunteers with the LeBron James Family foundation work on installing plants in the backyard as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

Rehab Addict Host Picks Some Plants

Host Nicole Curtis selects plants for the landscaping at Rice's Nursery and Landscaping as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

Families Helping Families

Gloria James, Rod Curtis, Ethan Curtis, LeBron James and host Nicole Curtis (L-R) install a new tree in front of the Riley home, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict

LeBron James Meets the Curtis Family

The Curtis family poses with the James family after the installation of a new tree in front of the Riley home, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

School Superstar and NBA Superstar

As seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict, NBA superstar LeBron James poses with Mariah Riley on the front porch of the Riley home.

Nicole Curtis Teaches LeBron James Jr. How to Use Bobcat

Nicole teaches LeBron James Jr. how to use a Bobcat to demo the Riley family's front yard, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

LeBron Prepares to Demo

LeBron is seen here getting into the excavator to start demoing an old retaining well and stairs in the front yard of the Riley Home, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

Mama James and Papa Curtis Get in on the Fun

Gloria James, left, and Rod Curtis, right, share a laugh on the driveway of the new Riley house, as seen on Rehab Addict in Akron, Ohio.

NBA Superstar LeBron James

NBA superstar LeBron James poses for a portrait while sitting on the front porch of the new Riley home, as seen on Rehab Addict in Akron, Ohio.

Nicole Curtis & Crew Build Brand New Walkway

Nicole Curtis and landscaping crew determine a plan for making the new front walkway to the house. The path is an odd shape and Nicole came up with a plan for it to look cohesive.

LeBron Addresses Fans

As seen on Rehab Addict, NBA star LeBron James addresses the fans during his "Welcome Home" celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

Nicole Curtis Welcomes LeBron James Home

As seen on Rehab Addict, host Nicole Curtis (standing left) prepares to enter the stage during the "LeBron James Welcome Home" celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

Rehab Addict Takes the Stage

As seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis (right), next to Cleveland Cavaliers in-house announcer Ahmad Crump (left), talks about renovating the Riley home during the "LeBron James Welcome Home" celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

Family Support

Host Nicole Curtis with son, Ethan, during the "LeBron James Welcome Home" celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

All Smiles at Welcome Home Event

Host Nicole Curtis jokes with Bryce Maximus James, son of LeBron James, during the "LeBron James Welcome Home" celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

Welcome Home Event is Family Affair

Ethan Curtis (left), son of Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis, with Bryce Maximus James (right), son of LeBron James, during the "LeBron James Welcome Home" celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.