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

Current Workshops

We have delivered workshops to hundreds of women. For detailed descriptions and to purchase tickets, please register via Eventbrite or Facebook.

National Tour

With the goal of reaching 500 women in-person, we will be delivering live workshops across the Midwest and Southeast September 6 - October 4. See if we’re coming to a city near you! Learn More →

The New Homemakers, Lee Pera of Kotierra (Left) and Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat (Right). Pictured at the Broad, Richmond, VA. Photo by Dena Sussman Photography.

The New Homemakers, Lee Pera of Kotierra (Left) and Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat (Right). Pictured at the Broad, Richmond, VA. Photo by Dena Sussman Photography.


Our Collaboration

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.

After a year of sharing our knowledge and tools through the workshop series “Creative Approaches to Home and Career,” by demand, we are taking our program on the road. Look for our Home Renovation for Women workshops this September as we visit 16 cities across the Midwest and Southeast United States.

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?  


Erin Helland, HardHat Diplomat


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 Pera, Kotierra

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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.


Our core home renovation workshop is designed by women, for women, and open to all. Attendees are ethnically diverse and span the ages of 28-70, most of whom are working professionals. The majority of participants are women, and two-thirds are already homeowners who are hungry for practical resources and information on how to successfully take on major home improvement projects. Ninety-eight percent of our participants say they feel both more informed and more prepared for their home renovation.

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

Workshop was extremely informative and well organized.

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

I attended the inaugural session of this FANTASTIC workshop and I highly recommend it for womxn who are dipping their toes into the renovation waters. Even if you have a general contractor who will be overseeing the work, this is the best $ you can spend on your home.

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.