Home Renovation for Women - Richmond, VA

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Canvas (Event Venue)

3108 Semmes Ave

Richmond, VA 23225

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OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF RENOVATION AND BECOME YOUR OWN PROJECT MANAGER! Are you looking for a home and feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of a rehab? Do you own, and want to educate yourself before engaging contractors on a renovation project?

Created in response to a rising demographic of single women homeowners, this workshop is for all individuals who want to gain a better understanding of home improvement and construction management, with a focus on making residential renovation and rehab more approachable for women. Participants will learn about the building process from start to finish, while developing a plan for navigating wants versus needs.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Setting realistic renovation and rehab expectations
  • The importance of research and a clearly articulated design vision
  • Pros and cons of DIY versus hiring a professional
  • Finding and selecting contractors and tradespeople
  • Understanding legal considerations: contracts, permitting, licenses and insurance
  • Procuring supplies and materials
  • Project management, contingency planning and budgeting

Before the event, we invite you to join us for a relaxed Open House from 12:30-2pm. Participants are encouraged to explore the beautiful Canvas event space, get an understanding of the incredible green build materials offered Eco Supply Center, learn about the vast architectural salvage supply at Caravatis, and enjoy a meet-and-greet with Erin and Lee of the New Homemakers prior to the Home Renovation for Women workshop from 2pm-5:30pm.

Additional Lunchtime Learning Workshops: Landlording & Airbnb Hosting 101 and Tiny House 101, offered simultaneously from 11:30-12:30, tickets only $10. See links for details and tickets.

About the Hosts: The New Homemakers is a collaborative between HardHat Diplomat and Kotierra.

Did you know?

Single women are currently the second-largest segment of homebuyers, yet many pass on great purchase opportunities because they are intimidated by the renovation process or do not know where to begin. As two women who independently took on multiple rehab projects and who have worked with dozens of trades specialists, the workshop creators have been asked many times how they did it.

Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat and Lee Pera of Kotierra will share the organizational tools and experience they gained to help others, especially women, become their own project managers and feel confident in making informed and cost-effective decisions when buying and renovating a home.

Lee is a geographer and community builder. A "third culture kid," she lived in 27 houses in six countries before landing in Washington, DC where she built her own tiny house on wheels and started a tiny house community. Founder of Kotierra, Lee shares her expertise as a tiny house consultant, helping communities and cities implement zoning changes for tiny house development and leading workshops for individuals curious about the movement. Previously, Lee worked in higher education as both a career advisor and study abroad advisor.

Erin is an entrepreneur and cultivator of community. For seven years, she built and owned an independent coffeehouse in Richmond, Virginia. She's now founder of HardHat Diplomat, a specialized consulting service created to make the home improvement process more approachable and help homeowners confidently navigate renovations. Erin is experienced in commercial and residential rehabilitation, and is a certified DC home inspector. She is a homeowner, landlady, and Airbnb Superhost. A cultural enthusiast, Erin lived several years abroad, has traveled to 40+ countries, and spent a decade working in international education and diplomacy.

About the Host Sponsor: The New Homemakers extend our thanks to Canvas for serving as a Host Sponsor for our first stop of a 16 city national tour. Canvas is an event and meeting space designed to encourage meaningful conversations, providing a neutral environment for leadership retreats, launch events, celebrations and more. Canvas supports local, women and minority-owned caterers.

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The National Tour: 3500 miles. 16 cities. 4 weeks. Visit our website to read our story and get more information about our national tour. Tickets are purchasable by city. Workshop venues are TBD and subject to change. Please share with your friends who may have interest in these locations!

Workshop Cities and Dates in Alphabetical Order:

  • Atlanta, GA: Sunday, Sept 8

  • Chicago, IL: Wednesday, Sept 25

  • Cincinnati, OH: Monday, Sept 30

  • Columbus, OH: Tuesday, Oct 1

  • Des Moines, IA: Tuesday, Sept 17

  • Durham, NC: Saturday, Sept 7

  • Indianapolis, IN: Friday, Sept 27

  • Kansas City, MO: Sunday, Sept 15

  • Louisville, KY: Saturday, Sept 28

  • Milwaukee, WI: Tuesday, Sept 24

  • Minneapolis, MN: Saturday, Sept 21

  • Nashville, TN: Tuesday, Sept 10

  • Pittsburgh, PA: Wednesday, Oct 2

  • Richmond, VA: Friday, Sept 6

  • St. Louis, MO: Friday, Sept 13

  • Washington, DC: October, 4

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