What Level is Your Design Business?

Design for Construction 201


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 five weeks, you will learn how to craft your own pricing strategy, plan workflow, and develop profitability centers for new construction projects. Interested? Sign up for LuAnn’s updates and early bird pricing!

A 5-Step Education in Design for Construction

Week 1
Construction Schedule, Relationships & Pricing Strategy

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.

Week 2
Rock the Electrical Pre-Construction

What is the rough-in? What are the responsibilities of the interior designer at this stage? Plus: Real examples of interior designer checklists.

Week 3
Electrical Walk & HVAC Walk

What is an electrical walk and what should be checked? What is an HVAC walk and what should be checked? What are the responsibilities of the interior designer?

Week 4
Plumbing Pre-Construction & Walk

What is a plumbing walk and what should be checked? What are the responsibilities of the interior designer?

Week 5
Millwork Process

How do you determine the 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!

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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—knowing exactly what to check and how to communicate with other members of the team to deliver consistent results for every client. You will walk away with your very own list of design for construction deliverables and be able to turn that into:

  • A pricing strategy
  • A lighting pre-construction checklist
  • An electrical walk checklist
  • A plumbing pre-construction checklist
  • A plumbing walk checklist.
  • And much more…

From pre-construction to the final punch, learn how to confidently manage design for construction projects.

What's Included?

  • LIVE VIDEO COACHING CALLS WITH 5 SPECIFIC TOPICS: 5 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


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  • 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 five weeks at 11:00am ET.

Is this course for you?

We’re a fit if…

  • You love checklists, process, and structure and want to learn how to incoporate those into your design for construction projects.

We’re not a fit if…

  • You need to learn the how-tos of how to put together a spec book or elevations. (For that, check out Design for Construction 101 next semester. And yes, you can take this class first. These two classes ARE complementary and don’t necessarily have to be taken in order!)
What Level is Your Design Business?