Class Schedule

The Spring 2011 Renovation Boot Camp series is complete - Here's what you missed!

Class 1 (March 21, 2011) - Renovation Overview

  • Why renovate in a build-it-new world
  • Renovation Timeline: What to expect and plan for in the process

Panel of Experts

  • Devan Kaufman, award winning renovation contractor
  • Carolyn Jenision, homeowner perspective on renovation and River Bend neighborhood leader
  • Steve Wilke-Shapiro, Des Moines Rehabbers Club organizer

Class 2 (March 28, 2011) - Finding the Right House and Basic Home Assessment

  • First Time Home Buyers
  • Working with a Real Estate Agent
  • Des Moines’ Many and Varied Neighborhoods
  • Basic Home Assessment

Panel of Experts

  • David Hade, home assessment expert
  • Doug Burnett, experienced real estate broker and renovator

Class 3 (April 4, 2011) - It’s going to cost HOW much? Paying for your Project

  • Credit and obtaining a Loan
  • Energy Tax Credits and Rebates
  • Historic Tax Credits 101

Panel of Experts

  • David Stecher, renovation loan professional
  • Steve Wilke-Shapiro, Des Moines Rehabbers Club organizer
  • Betsy Pokorny, local home valuation expert

Class 4 (April 11, 2011) - Design Dos and Don’ts and Working with Professionals

  • Working with a Design Professional/Design Process
  • Common Design Problems and Solutions
  • Clashing Colors: Picking your Palate

Panel of Experts

  • LuAnn Johnson, color and paint selection professional
  • Tyson Lyendecker, experienced design professional

Class 5 (April 18, 2011) - What Can I do Myself

  • How to approach “DIY” items most homeowners can do themselves: Demolition, Air sealing, Window repair, Painting

Panel of Experts

  • Todd McBride, experienced contractor
  • Kelli Griffis, DIY homeowner
  • Kevin Currie, contracting professional and experienced DIY homeowner

Class 6 (April 25, 2011) - Contractors and Permits

  • Working with a General Contractor
  • Get Legal: 5W’s of the City Permitting Process

Panel of Experts

  • Troy Ohnemus, Experienced contractor
  • Steve Wilke-Shapiro, Des Moines Rehabbers Club
  • Cody Christensen, City of Des Moines

Class 7 (May 2, 2011) - Get the Lead Out

  • Keeping you and your family safe during a renovation
  • Know your rights: Renovation Repair and Painting Rule
  • Lead Safe Work Practices for DIY Renovation

Panel of Experts

  • Steve Wilke-Shapiro, Des Moines Rehabbers Club
  • Jamie Papian, Lead safety trainer
  • Paul Guizar, Polk County Health Department

Class 8 (May 9, 2011) - Green Rehabbing

  • Energy Efficiency Myths and Realities
  • The Low-Hanging Fruit: Simple renovation strategies to save money on utilities
  • Living Sustainably
  • Shoot for the Stars: Getting the Most from Your Home

Panel of Experts

  • Adam Hammes, Urban Ambassadors
  • Chaden Halfhill, sustainable renovation expert