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The New Homemakers

We help people, especially women, create their ideal homes to fit their lifestyle goals.


Did you know that single women are buying homes at two times the rate of single men even though we have 37% less purchase power?  


As two women who figured out how to live affordably and creatively in one of the nation’s most expensive cities, we are redefining what it means to be a homemaker. We've renovated multiple properties, built a tiny house community, and created rental units and shared living spaces in our homes. We’ve started businesses from our hobbies, worked as career counselors and mentors, and this summer we will be sharing our knowledge and tools with you in our workshop series!  


Summer Series 2019: Creative Approaches to Home and Career

All workshops are on Tuesday evenings at the WeWork Apollo (H St Corridor)


JUNE 4 - Home Renovation 101: Planning and Preparing to Renovate (module 1)


JUNE 18 - Home Renovation 102: Putting your Plan into Action (module 2)


JULY 2 - Landlording and AirBnB Hosting


JULY 16 - Changing Careers: Storymapping your skills for transition


JULY 23 - From Enthusiast To Entrepreneur: Bracing for your Startup


JULY 30 - Tiny Houses 101


National Tour 2019:

We're coming to you in our self-built, converted Ram Promaster City camper van! Delivering workshops across the Midwest and Southeast September 6-October 4, 2019, we aim to teach 500 women in person! Please visit our main website for further details at:
70 hours of roadtime. 3500 miles. 16 cities. 4 weeks.


The New Homemakers at the Broad in Richmond, VA (Photo by Dena Sussman Photography)


Past participants say this about our workshops:


"The best money I've spent on my house"


"Workshop was extremely informative and well organized"


"I now know I can do this. Thanks for helping build my self-confidence"


"This workshop was everything I expected and more. I learned so much about the tiny house process. I am now even more certain of my dreams to live tiny and can't wait to get started"  


 "I feel more confident expressing expectations and feel like I will save a ton of money"



The New Homemakers is a collaboration between

Erin Helland of Hard Hat Diplomat and Lee Pera of Kotierra


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.


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.



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