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Tiny Houses 101 (Lunchtime Learning)

  • Canvas 3108 Semmes Avenue Richmond, VA, 23225 United States (map)

Curious to know what it’s like to build and live in a tiny home? Join us to learn about what tiny houses are, where you can build and place them in the region, the building and zoning codes that apply to them, and the pros and cons of tiny house living.

After the event, we invite you to stick around for a relaxed Open House from 12:30-2pm. Participants are invited 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 before they conduct the Home Renovation for Women workshop from 2pm-5:30pm. (Please purchase your ticket for that workshop separately.)

About the Hosts: The New Homemakers is a Collaborative between Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat and Lee Pera of Kotierra

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.