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All of the hardwood floors are original to the house, but were sanded and resealed to extend their life. "I love the lighter color which makes the home so much brighter," Nicole says. / Image courtesy of Nicole Nichols // Published: 11.24.19
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The "Norwood Charmer" Is Nicole Nichols' Latest Excellent Cincy Rehab

If you've been reading Refined for a while, you know we like checking out fancy homes. They don't need to be expensive, per se, but they have to be interesting. Rehabs are oftentimes interesting because of the way they reimagine an otherwise tired space, infusing a brand new lease on life without stripping it of its history.

If you've been reading Refined for a while, you'll also know we are fans of Revival Design's brand of rehabs, mainly because when owner Nicole Nichols renovates a home, she RENOVATES in all caps. New layouts, repaired utilities, fresh kitchens, all new paint jobs, modern appliances, thoughtful finishes that complement the original space, replaced or restored floors, etc. Nicole knows what she's doing.

Lately, she's been hard at work sprucing up the Norwood Charmer—a house in Norwood that Nicole fell in love with the first time she toured it. Alongside Evan Polaski, her husband and general contractor, the two envisioned what the home could become and Revival Designs made that dream a reality.

Here's a quick rundown of some of what the duo did:

  • Added a new roof, front door, concrete stoop and patio, and driveway
  • Added a half-bathroom to the first floor
  • Fixed up the AC and all the wiring/plumbing
  • Infilled a mosquito-laden "pond" in the backyard
  • Completely redid the kitchen with marble countertops, a farmhouse sink, and vertical shiplap
  • Tiled the upstairs bathroom
  • Sanded and restained all the original hardwood floors

That's not a comprehensive list by any stretch of the imagination, but the two (along with other contractors) managed to flip the entire house in only 10 weeks. They put it on the market in October and it's currently pending at the time of this writing (which is no surprise considering how nice it is).

In the gallery above, you'll see before and after photos of the Norwood Charmer to get an idea of the lengths to which the house was improved and brightened from its previous state.

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Check out Nicole's design business, Revival Designs, for more info about her work.

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