Home For Her

Real Estate and Renovation advice for women

About our Founder

What a journey!

If anyone had told me when I was younger that I would create a site like this I would have thought they were crazy.

So how did it happen?

Well, I think it was created using 1 part rebellion, 3 parts understanding and a dash of anger.

When I was in high school I decided I wanted to become an Architect. I remember telling my parents I wanted to take the drafting class as a prerequisite for getting into an Architecture program at University. Unfortunately my rural high school had drafting combined with welding and auto. My father told me “no daughter of mine will be taking shop with a bunch of boys.” It was my first real taste of the ‘boys do certain things and girls don’t’ way of thinking.

I went on to get a BA at Wilfrid Laurier University and then onto the Interior Design program at Humber College. I have spent my whole career in the renovation industry and I have been on both sides of the renovation process. I have also personally experienced the ‘you’re a girl what do you know about it?’ syndrome from subtrades in both my role as Designer for clients and in my role as Homeowner for my own renovations.

However it was the ‘bad renovation’ experiences I heard about from both women clients and friends over the years that really bothered me. I have met many strong, independent women who were intimidated and suspicious of the whole renovation process. Before I could even begin the design process I had to break down those barriers. And then there were the stories, like the plumber who asked for $500 just to show up and look at a problem toilet.

So Home For Her was born!

I want Home For Her to be a community; a mixture of home owners and experts all looking to learn from one another and empower each other. 

If you are an expert who is interested in writing for us, a media person who wants to interview me or a reader who wants to give me feedback, drop me a note directly at  kathryn@homeforher.com

And remember Empowering One, Empowers Many!