August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

>Rehab Addict, DIY Network

Growing up in Detroit, “my mom never said, ‘You’re a girl, and this is what girls do,'” says Curtis, 36. So when it came to entering the “boy’s club” construction industry, the self-taught home renovator, who restores dilapidated structures on her series, had no qualms. “I’ve never really thought of it as a big deal,” she says. “I’ve run into challenges, but it’s all about hard work. I was raised to be open-minded. I think that’s the trick.”

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