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.
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 counter tops, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tired of the house being an eyesore in the neighborhood, Nicole must remove all the debris left over from demolishing the burnt out house on the lot next door. Nicole tackles the exterior fire damaged areas by replacing the shakes siding and painting it to match the original color. The whole neighborhood comes out to help Nicole with clearing nearby lots of garbage and overgrown weeds.
A majority of the fire damage to the Detroit house was on the second floor and Nicole takes on rehabbing the upper unit's kitchen and bathroom. Even though she has to retile the bathtub area, Nicole is able to save an original medicine chest in the bathroom. A visit to her grandparent's home reminds Nicole where her passion comes from.
Nicole works to finish up the lower level apartment by ripping up the stinky old carpet in the living and dining rooms, exposing hardwood floors she knows she can easily repair. After a visit to a local preservation group, Nicole meets up with an expert who helps her repair the original lead glass windows.
In the home stretch on her project in Detroit, Nicole must finish up the upper apartment, which is the area the fire damaged the most. She works hard to save the plaster ceiling medallion in the dining room and replaces charred window frames. The community comes together to build an urban garden.
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.
In her 1920s bungalow, the previous owner had begun work on a master suite in the home's attic space. Nicole picks up where they left off, adding insulation and a unique open bathroom. Ever on the lookout for pieces to rehab, Nicole flags down some scrappers and discovers they have the perfect claw foot tub for her bathroom.
The 1920s bungalow Nicole is working on had a roof leak for many years, causing severe water damage to the walls in the kitchen. Luckily, the floors are in decent shape and Nicole is able to keep the original wall sink. Nicole is able to cover the newly added HVAC vents with scrap material for an original look.
To complete her 1920s bungalow rehab, Nicole must finish the remaining rooms. They're in pretty decent shape compared to what she's used to, but collectively the work is adding up. There are floors to patch in the living room, a broken porcelain sink in the bathroom, and a ton of staging furniture to add before the house goes on the market.