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Tiny Houses, AirBnB, & Landlording: Alternative Home Ownership Options

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West End Architectural Salvage

22 9th St.

Des Moines, IA 50309

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Curious to know what it’s like to build and live in a tiny home? Want to host guests for short-term stays for extra income? Join us, the New Homemakers, for a 2-part lunchtime learning presentation. Donations appreciated through eventbrite or cash at the event. Enjoy a complimentary house coffee or iced tea from our host West End Architectual Salvage.

Tiny Houses 101: 11:30-12:30. Join us to learn about what tiny houses are, the building and zoning codes that apply to them, and the pros and cons of tiny house living.

Airbnb & Landlording 101: 12:45-1:45. Sharing or leasing space in your home is a great way to make ends meet, but it can be hard to know where to get started. Whether you are going to lease all or part of your place, or use an app for short or long term stays, we'll highlight best practices to better prepare you for being a responsible landlord or host while sharing your sanctuary with strangers.

The New Homemakers is a Collaborative between Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat and Lee Pera of Kotierra. We are in town to lead a Home Renovation Workshop for Women, as part of a nationl tour.

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 our event host, West End Architectural Salvage! Add a little character to your next home renovation project. West End Architectural Salvage invites you to stop by their cafe and coffee bar before you explore 4 stories of salvage from furniture to stained glass.


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