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Renovators 101

remodeling workshops and webinars

Event Date:

September 9, 2023

Event Time:

9:00 am

Event Location:


How to Successfully Navigate Your Home Renovation


Join HardHat Diplomat’s Renovators 101 workshop specifically designed to demystify the remodeling process. Save time, save money, and gain confidence to better plan and prepare for your project. Learn how to approach the financial, logistical, and emotional aspects of undertaking a major renovation. 


Together we will cover how to: 

  • Articulate Your Vision 
  • Set Realistic Parameters of Scope, Budget, Time
  • Determine Return On Investment
  • Conduct Smart Design & Materials Selections
  • Find, Vet, Hire, and Work with Contractors
  • Build in Critical Contract Clauses
  • Champion Good Communications, Set Personal Boundaries
  • Troubleshoot Issues & Organize for Your Sanity
  • Manage the Personal & Emotional Impact of Undertaking a Renovation 

Whether you are shopping for a fixer-upper, modifying your space for changing needs, creating a rental unit, or readying to sell – this course is great for house hunters and current homeowners alike!! All genders are welcome to attend this day-long seminar!


About the Hosts:


This workshop is hosted and taught by Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat. Erin is a board certified national home inspector and commercial and residential RENOVATION COACH. Erin has rehabbed multiple properties, created long-term and vacation rentals, and coached property owners across the United States through remodeling projects from simple room makeovers to multi-million dollar endeavors. She loves to share her organizational tools and experience 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. 

Guest presenter and workshop sponsor Alison Scimeca is a homeowner, REALTOR, and founder of “the Rare DC” (Radically Authentic Real Estate), a multifaceted full service real estate lifestyle brand that helps people learn about real estate topics of all kinds, find home inspiration, get to know their city, and buy or sell their own awesome home. A true lover of design and style, Alison offers virtual and in-person interior design services so her clients can create spaces that truly reflect who they are. She is host of the podcast “Rent, Move, Buy” where she brings on industry experts to answer the area’s most burning real estate questions and shares her content on Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and The RARE YouTube Channel. The RARE DC also hosts community events aimed at connecting our community and introducing people to neighbors, DMV doers & makers, movers & shakers, creatives, and people who make the DC area the dynamic place that it is. The RARE DC is dedicated to making the market less intimidating by introducing authentic, real-world information to prospective buyers and sellers in a fun and creative way.

Guest presenter and workshop sponsor Denny Cruz is a homeowner and licensed and insured General Contractor serving the DC Metropolitan area. His boutique construction company, AGC Custom Builders, specializes in major additions, whole house renovations, and challenging design-build projects. Denny cares about the homeowners and remodeling projects he takes on and is committed to project quality and homeowner satisfaction.

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Of Note:


  • Dress comfortably
  • Bring pen and paper
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • 30 minute lunch break. Bring your brown bag lunch (refrigerator available) or visit one of the many nearby establishments
  • Please see FAQs for information on parking and arrival. Use of public transit or ride share services is strongly encouraged


Participation Policies:

Class Size: We require a minimum of 6 participants to hold this workshop as scheduled. 

Refunds: Due to the nature of this workshop, refunds are:  100% if canceled 14 calendar days prior. // 50% if canceled up to 8 days prior. //No refunds for no shows or week-of cancellations.

Masks: As it will be cold/flu season, workshop guests may be requested to wear a mask for the duration of their workshop regardless of their vaccination status. Presenters may be unmasked.


Follow Us:


HardHat Diplomat
Website: hardhatdiplomat.com
Instagram: @HardHat Diplomat
Facebook: @HardHat Diplomat

the Rare DC
Website: theraredc.com
Instagram: @theRAREdc

AGC Custom Builders
Website: buildwithagc.com
Instagram: @AGCcustombuilders


Course Origin:


​​​​​​​​​​​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. Created in response to this rising demographic of single women homeowners, this workshop is for all individuals who want to gain a better understanding of home improvement and construction project 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.


Register Now:

Ticket Type:

EARLY BIRD thru 3/10/23 - Renovators 101 - DC Ticket Qty: No Seat Availables Per Ticket Price: $169.00
Renovators 101 - DC Ticket Qty: Per Ticket Price: $199.00
Quantity: Total

Event F.A.Q


There is limited hourly or residential permit (DC Zone 2) street parking within a multi-block radius. Parking lots in the area are few and cost-prohibitive. We STRONGLY recommend use of public transit or ride share apps.

Getting Into the Space

The office is nearby to Logan Circle, located on 14th street proper with a glass storefront. Thank you for arriving on time - we will have a representative waiting in the lobby to FOB participants up to the class location on the forth floor.


There will be a 1 hour break for lunch.

Please bring a brown bag to stay and hang out, or get outside and stretch your legs. There are plenty of establishments nearby, including a Whole Foods Market within a 5 minute walk.

Event Location:

Total Seats: 20
  • Compass
  • 1313 14th St NW (4th floor)
  • Washington
  • DC
  • USA

Event Schedule Details

  • September 9, 2023 9:00 am   -   5:00 pm
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