Free Home Educational Series Kicks Off March 7 with Creating a Sound Investment

Your home is your most important investment.  There’s no better time than now to take proper care of it, and LakewoodAlive is here to help you every step of the way.

LakewoodAlive announces the schedule for the 2019 edition of “Knowing Your Home,” a free educational series focused on sustainability and home maintenance best practices empowering homeowners to tackle necessary repairs and improvements.  Orchestrated by LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program, this series is designed to benefit a wide range of residents:

  • Those considering a home DIY project
  • Those planning to hire a contractor
  • Those simply interested in better understanding how their home works

The sixth year of this popular home maintenance program features a collection of 15 workshops taking place from March through November led by experts within the industry.  These workshops will cover a wide range of topics designed to educate homeowners regarding improvements and best practices for their homes.  The best part?  Each workshop is open to the public and free to attend.

The 2019 season commences with Knowing Your Home: Creating a Sound Investment on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood.  This kickoff workshop consists of a panel discussion addressing the process for tackling major home improvement projects.  Panelists will share wisdom and insights to make the construction process more streamlined and effective, saving you time and money.

Moderated by Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive, the panel of experts for “Creating a Sound Investment” consists of:

  • Bill Gaydos, William J. Gaydos & Associates, LLC
  • Chuck McGettrick, Architects C.A. McGettrick, Inc. 
  • Chris Parmelee, City of Lakewood
  • Dana Paul, Prairie Stone 
  • Mike Quinn, Cleveland Lumber Company

To reserve your free spot for “Creating a Sound Investment,” click here or call 216-521-0655. 

“We are thrilled to announce our 2019 season of Knowing Your Home workshops,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach & Internal Operations Director.  “This workshop series is near and dear to us at LakewoodAlive, having grown considerably over the course of more than 65 workshops hosted during the last five years.  We truly hope this free series is able to provide something useful for every Lakewood resident.”

2019 Knowing Your Home Series Schedule

Date Workshop Time Location
March 7 Creating a Sound Investment 7 – 9 pm The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood
March 21 All About Fireplaces 7 – 9 pm The Hearth Shop
April 25 How to Contract a Repair 7 – 8:30 pm Lakewood Public Library
April 27 Step Repair & Replacement 10 – 12 noon Cleveland Lumber Company
May 16 Meet & Greet with a Building Inspector 6 – 8 pm Western Reserve Distillers
May 30 Solar 101 7 – 9 pm Buckeye Beer Engine
June 6 Bringing Universal Design to Your Home 7 – 8:30 pm Lakewood Public Library
June 22 Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling 10 – 12 noon Cleveland Lumber Company
July 18 Deck Refinishing 7 – 9 pm Sherwin-Williams Lakewood
July 20 Garage Repair & Replacement 10 – 12 noon Cleveland Lumber Company
Sept. 14 Weatherization Basics 10 – 12 noon Cleveland Lumber Company
Sept. 19 Cabinet Refinishing 7 – 9 pm Sherwin-Williams Lakewood
Oct. 10 How to Stock Your Tool Box 7 – 9 pm Lakewood Hardware
Oct. 17 Moisture & Ventilation 7 – 9 pm Clock Electric
Nov. 7 Home Maintenance 7 – 9 pm Clock Electric

Now entering its sixth year, LakewoodAlive’s “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Visit to learn more.

Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company and First Federal Lakewood. In lieu of charging for these events, we are asking participants to consider either making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center.  We appreciate your support.