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.
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.
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.
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See why the Rehab Addict team thought this 1876 Detroit home was worthy of a massive renovation.
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.
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.
Working to restore a 1920's bungalow, Nicole must tackle a ton of brickwork, including the need to rebuild the front steps after years of water damage have pulled them away from the front of the house. The decorative planter boxes have fallen apart over the years and pretty much need to be rebuilt from scratch. The roof is also in desperate need of repair, as a giant hole has allowed water to damage the integrity of the interior walls.
A dark basement that could have easily been overlooked as an unsalvageable and unusable space is transformed into a gorgeous family room. Exposed brick and an amazing fireplace are too beautiful for Nicole to ignore, so she sets out to elevate the room from subterranean cellar to functional family room. Nicole sources local salvaged pine for the flooring and restores it to its former shine, while using cost-effective new trim, stained to match. Finally, a vintage art Deco bar is hauled down below to serve as a focal point for the new space. Using as much as she can from the original home and time period, Nicole rebuilds a basement beyond even its original potential.
Nicole cleans up the swimming pool and converts some garage space into a much needed changing room area. Tapping into the sewer line causes more mess than she bargained for while Nicole also finds some time to take some swimming lessons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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