Housing Education Series Wraps ’14 Season; Plans ’15 Schedule

Wooden Window Repair and Replacement Workshop with Margaret Lann, Cleveland Restoration Society and a Cleveland Lumber representative.

LakewoodAlive’s Knowing Your Home series is an educational series designed to help homeowners maintain and sustain their homes for another century.

The 2014 season ends on Saturday, November 8th with a workshop that addresses basement moisture including common issues like damp corners and floors, brick spalling, failing mortar etc. Participants will feel more empowered to tackle these issues and able to make their homes healthier and safer living spaces.

The 2014 series has been a successful kick-off season that featured workshops like Historic Building Practices, Energy Audits, Insulation, Household Moisture and Ventilation, How to Contract a Repair, Masonry and Wooden Windows etc. The series had an average of 18 people with a high percentage of return participants.

Knowing Your Home 2014 has been supported by Charter One, The City of Lakewood, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Lumber, Cox Communications, Dominion Foundation, and First Federal Lakewood.

For the 2015 season, LakewoodAlive will expand the workshop menu to provide even more specific workshops that will further assist homeowners with updating their homes. Workshops with topics like Electrical Upgrades, Roofing (both gabled and flat roof) Repairs and Replacements, Plumbing Repairs and Replacement, Tree/Bush Trimming and Pruning, and Aging in Place/Universal Design while bringing back participant favorites like Insulation, Wooden Window Repair and Improvement, and Porch Repair and Replacement.

These workshops are the perfect place for homeowners to learn what the best practices are for making updates and upgrades to historical homes. Because a majority of our housing stock is a minimum of eighty years old, it is important to do the research to make sure that the job is done correctly the first time saving time and resources. Lakewood homeowners have an opportunity to modernize and restore these great homes that will allow them to age gracefully while integrating modern luxuries making them the ideal place to live.

The Knowing Your Home Educational Series is just one of the many programs that are offered by LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program. Through our contractor evaluations, housing educational series, one-on-one consultations, PaintLakewood! program, volunteer outreach, etc., we’ve worked with homeowners to deal with their home repair needs which have generated significant economic improvements across the community.

To register for our November 8th workshop or to get more information, visit Lakewoodalive.com or call the office 215-521-0655 for more information.

Allison Urbanek

Allison Urbanek is the Housing Outreach Director for LakewoodAlive. Allison is a housing advocate and enjoys working with homeowners to help make homeownership easier. She and her husband Dave, live in Lakewood and love being a part of the Lakewood community.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014