If your home needs renovating but horror stories about contractors have scared you off, the Preservation Resource Center has a program that can help you get going with confidence. It’s called “Renovate Right,” and it consists of a series of three workshops on successive Tuesdays beginning June 7 at 6 p.m.
The first 21/2-hour session on Tuesday, presented by Louis Schneider of Neighborhood Housing Services, provides an overview of the renovation process with tips on how to work successfully with a contractor. Schneider has been involved with the rehab of hundreds of home and knows the answers to almost any renovation question you can throw at him. He’ll also discuss how important it is to create a scope of work before getting started.
Don’t think you need an architect for your project? You may be right. But if you are wrong, you don’t want to find out the hard way. Andrew Spaulding, an architect with Jahnke & Burns, will explain if and when you need an architect and the range of services an architect can perform.
On June 14, learn what you need to know about the permitting process from Zachary R. Smith of the City’s Department of Safety and Permits. Knowing what to expect can make all the difference in sticking with your project’s timetable and avoiding (expensive) delays. The same evening, Frank Hijuelos will be on hand to explain recommended practices for renovating historic buildings as well as what faux pas to avoid. Michelle Pyne of Global Green will explain how to make your home energy efficient and why water management is something to take into consideration.
The series concludes on June 21, when renovator Pat O’Brien shows before and after images of her many projects and architect Chris Johnson reviews how to plan a camelback, kitchen or bath renovation. Andy Polmer, a licensed home inspector, describes the process of closing out your project.
The three-part class costs $65 ($50 for members of the PRC); admission to each night separately is $25. All classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held at the PRC, 923 Tchoupitoulas St. in the Warehouse District. For more information, call (504) 581-7032 or visitprcno.org.