What Level is Your Design Business?

Design for Construction 201

Take Your Knowledge of Construction to the Next Level

This course will pay for itself—many times over—in mistakes not made.

Yes, you can become an expert in your field and learn the ropes of a very complex industry. And no, you don’t need to make as many mistakes as I did. Construction, HVAC, lighting, plumbing, tile and millwork…you don’t need to learn everything the hard way.

If you know how to create a spec book and have a good handle on the interior design process for construction, but you’re ready to take your knowledge to the next level and avoid costly, stressful errors…this course is for you.

The structured lessons are pulled directly from my years of experience. Over six weeks, I will be covering the things I wish I had known—and addressing real problems for students in real time. Interested? Sign up for LuAnn’s updates and early bird pricing!

A 6-Step Education in Design for Construction

Week 1
Construction Process Overview

What’s the best way to manage client expectations? And why is it the most important element? We’ll get into specifics. Plus: We’ll review the order of a remodel and a new construction project.

Thursday, October 28th at 11:00am ET


Week 2
Lighting and HVAC

What is an electrical walk and what should be checked? We’ll cover rough-ins, switch placement, ceiling height considerations,  home automation, pre-wiring for window treatments, lighting for art, and more!

Thursday, November 4th at 11:00am ET

Week 3
Plumbing and Shower Glass

What considerations should be taken during a remodel? What is a plumbing walk and what should be checked? We’ll cover shower, tub valve, and thermostat set up, water pressure, hot water heaters, heated floors, and more!

Thursday, November 11th at 11:00am ET

Week 4
Tile, Hardwood, and Millwork

How do you determine quality and longevity of pre-finish wood types? What items should be checked in a cabinet shop drawing? We’ll cover tile detailing, hardwood pre-finish vs. sand in place, cabinet styles, and more!

Thursday, November 18th at 11:00am ET

Week 5
Doors, Hardware, and Q&A

We’ll cover front door hinge styles, front door considerations, hardware types and uses, and more!

Thursday, December 2nd at 11:00am ET

Week 6
Review and Wrap-Up

How to create structure, move forward, and maintain the habits that will guide you for years to come. Kathleen will answer all of your outstanding questions!

Thursday, December 9th at 11:00am ET

LuAnn Nigara
Meet Kathleen Anderson

Kat has been on construction sites since 2006 when she started her first job as an on-staff designer for a spec builder. She has completed hundreds of projects and—despite holding a BA in interior design, earning her Masters of Architecture from the Universitat de Polytechnic de Catalunia, and passing the NCIDQ exam—she has still learned many lessons the hard way. Her mission? To teach you what she knows and help you skip the trial and error.

Design-build projects are complicated, but preparation and knowledge will allow you to bring exceptional service and expertise to your clients.

This course is about the details—diving into the specifics of each trade, the service you provide, and the expectations of everyone involved. We’ll cover many of the common challenges on the jobsite and learn strategies and systems for delivering top-notch service on every project.

  • How to address some of the most commonly-missed functionalities—from water pressure to specification and budget for faucet rough-ins
  • Learn the most common client plumbing complaints after move-in…and how to anticipate and solve them
  • How to truly leverage relationships with subs and other experts
  • How to read an HVAC plan and why this affects a lighting plan
  • Why we request shop drawings…and how to read and redline millwork shop drawings
  • The ins and outs of shower layout requirements (and the key details of placement for every element)
  • And much more…

Ready to feel completely confident in the construction process? Anticipate and prevent real-life problems before they happen.

What's Included?

  • LIVE VIDEO COACHING CALLS WITH 6 SPECIFIC TOPICS: 6 weeks of 1 hour and 15 minute live zoom video coaching with 1 hour of your instructor teaching and 15 minutes of live Q&A.

  • PRIVATE CONVERSATION BOARDS FOR EVERYONE IN THE COURSE: Sometimes we need to try something or think about it further...and then we look for clarification. This group is for collaboration, victories and trouble-shooting. Your instructor, LuAnn, and your peers will deepen your understanding of the content.

  • RECORDED CLASSES: Can't make one of the classes? Recordings of each class will be available the next day! Simply log in to your account at luannnigara.com to access them. We will send you instructions.

Design for Construction 201

Take Your Knowledge of Construction to the Next Level

KICKING OFF October 28th

Visit luannuniversity.com for updates on the upcoming semester!


  • Where do we meet? How long are the meetings?

    We meet each week via livestream. Expect an email with instructions a few days before your class begins.

    Each meeting is one hour and fifteen minutes of live coaching with a combination of dynamic teaching (expect tons of real-world examples!) and live Q&A.

  • I can't make one of those dates! What should I do?

    No problem! Recordings of each class will be available the next day.

    And don’t forget the Conversation Boards! Your instructor will be there each week for additional Q&A and more opportunity to understand the concepts. Even if you are in a different time zone, you can sign up and get full value from this course.

  • This sounds amazing, but what if I'm not satisfied?

    No worries. If you're not delighted, then LuAnn and your instructor would definitely like to hear from you! Reach out within ten days of the last meeting.

  • Tell me more about the Conversation Boards...

    Your instructor will be checking in on your Conversation Board at least a few times a week to answer any questions that you post. You will also be able to interact with your classmates, continue discussions from your sessions, and share wins as you put your new-found skills into practice.

  • What are the dates and times of the course meetings?

    We meet on Thursdays for six weeks at 11:00am ET.

What Level is Your Design Business?