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Create your ideal home with our Workshops for Womxn! Next up: Essential Home Maintenance, 7pm EST  Tuesday 9/22.

Renovators 101 Workshop
How to Successfully Navigate Your Home Remodel

Specifically designed to demystify the renovation process!

Better plan and prepare for your kitchen, bathroom, or whole home remodel. Save time, save money, & gain confidence! This class is for anyone looking for a safe and welcoming environment to learn how to approach the financial, logistical, and emotional aspects of undertaking a renovation of any size or complexity. 

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!

Total Seats: 50
  • Find, Vet, Hire, and Work with Contractors
  • Conduct Smart Design & Materials Selections
  • Articulate Your Vision
  • Set Realistic Parameters of Scope, Budget, Time
  • Determine Return On Investment
  • Protect Yourself with Critical Contract Clauses
  • Champion Good Communications, Set Personal Boundaries
  • Troubleshoot Issues & Organize for Your Sanity
  • Manage the Personal & Emotional Impact of Undertaking a Renovation

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Saturday 9am-5pm  

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This workshop is created and presented 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.


We will be joined by guest presenter and workshop sponsor Denny Cruz, a licensed and insured GENERAL CONTRACTOR serving the DC & MD. 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.

Many thanks to our venue sponsor, the National Union Building, who will also give us a brief tour of the 27,000 sq ft brownstone during our day together! The National Union Building is a historic building constructed in 1890 offering elegant, private event and entertainment spaces in downtown Washington, DC, at the center of the lively neighborhood of Chinatown/Penn Quarter.

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Pictured are diverse participants of the Home Renovation Workshop for Womxn in Atlanta, GA.

Overcome your renovation hesitation.

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Invite Your Friends to Join! 

A Workshop to Educate Women About Home Renovation

Single women purchase homes at twice the rate of single men. Yet, many pass on great purchase opportunities because they are intimidated by the renovation process or do not know where to begin. Their anxieties range from worries about being a victim of the “pink tax” to how to live in a construction zone.

Created in response to a clear need for supportive resources that demystify the renovation process, HardHat Diplomat designed “Renovators 101” to help those who feel particularly overwhelmed or vulnerable about engaging in remodeling activities.

While inspired by the challenges faced by women in the renovation space, “Renovators 101” welcomes all genders and is for all individuals who want to gain a better understanding of home improvement and construction project management.

Get prepared to make informed and cost-effective decisions when buying, renovating, and maintaining your home!

Get Ready

We STRONGLY recommend the use of public transit or ride-share. There are limited parking lots in the area. Metered street parking is discouraged. 

There will be a half-hour break for lunch. Due to catering policies, we encourage you to bring a brown bag to stay and hang out. There are also plenty of establishments nearby such.

Bring a pen and paper to take notes. Dress comfortably as this is a long day class. Come ready to share and learn together!


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

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 are optional. Please wear one if you are not feeling 100%.