Have you ever thought about giving your home a makeover, but find yourself not knowing where to start? Starting next week the Des Moines Rehabbers Club is hosting an eight-session seminar series entitled, “Renovation Boot Camp,” which will give local homeowners practical advice, support and the resources that are needed to successfully complete a renovation project.
“It [Renovation Boot Camp] will connect residents with experts in the community that will help them make a change in the personal life that makes a big difference for the community and the planet,” said Catherine Tone, a Certified Sustainable Professional and an Urban Ambassadors Board Member.
The Renovation Boot Camp classes will take place on Mondays, starting March 21 and ending May 9, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Smokey Row (1910 Cottage Grove Avenue in Des Moines). Participants can choose to attend individual classes for $8 each or the entire series for $45 by registering online or by paying onsite. (Did I mention that you can pay for the series using Dwolla when you register online?)
“Green building is one of the seven areas of sustainability that we focus on for residents in Greater Des Moines, and the work Rehabbers Club does in the community is a perfect fit,” said Tone. “Renovating existing homes is exponentially more sustainable than building new, and Rehabbers puts the information directly in the hands of the people who want to make a change.”
Topics for the series include: project financing, design issues, energy efficiency, how to approach “DIY” (do it yourself) projects and living sustainably. To see the full list of classes and class topics, visit the Renovation Boot Camp website.
“Renovation is inherently ‘green,’” said Steve Wilke-Shapiro, the organizer of the Des Moines Rehabbers Club. “Proper maintenance and upgrading of our existing homes helps keep waste material out of landfills, takes advantage of existing infrastructure, and preserves a sense of history in older neighborhoods. The purpose of the series is to ‘demystify’ the renovation process and help people feel more comfortable about managing a home improvement project.”