Nicole Curtis, the Lake Orion native who saves historic homes on HGTV’s hit show “Rehab Addict,” is rehabbing a house on East Grand Boulevard on Detroit’s east side, according to her Facebook page. She opened the house to tours late last month so viewers could get a “before” glimpse of the project in the early stages.
But this house comes with a caveat. Unlike the many houses she’s restored and sold, Curtis may keep this one once it’s done — for her.
“I feel like this is the house I could say I could keep forever in Detroit,” Curtis says in a video of the house posted to her Facebook page on Aug. 30. “All my searching to find a home here, I think I may have finally done it.”
Curtis’ new project comes less than a year after she completely overhauled another house on the city’s west side, which she planned to sell. The project was her first in Detroit’s city limits filmed for her show.
The East Grand Boulevard home is the kind of house Curtis is drawn to: stately and charming, but in rough shape. The three-story English Tudor style house with a sunroom, dining room, butler’s pantry and spacious bedrooms has a lot of water damage, a gaping hole in the dining room floor and no radiators.
Still, Curtis, who is based in Minneapolis but spends a lot of time in Detroit, sees potential. According to her Facebook video, she plans to install a big island in the kitchen and keep the 1950 cabinets (though she’s having some remade). She’s restructuring the third floor, which would’ve once been the servants’ quarters, into a master bedroom suite with a bathroom and dressing room.
Curtis says her favorite room in the house is a downstairs powder room with a door with opaque glass and original tile, she says on Facebook.
“It’s so cute. I can’t handle it,” says Curtis. But “cute, my version of it, and somebody else’s version of cute, is probably 10 different things.”
Curtis says she also loves the grand entry, which conceals the staircase to the second floor.
More than 600 people toured the house Aug. 24 to see it before it’s renovated. Curtis bought the house at auction, according to her Facebook page. She says she’s heard relatives of the original owners stopped by, whom she’s anxious to meet.
Curtis says the house is “just amazing, all the detail in it.”
“I’m falling in love with this house,” she says in the video.
Curtis says her entire sixth season of her show — which airs on both HGTV and the DIY network — will be set in Detroit. New episodes of “Rehab Addict” begin airing Oct. 2 on HGTV, Curtis says.