How to Work with Contractors and Sub-Contractors

taught by Brini Maxwell

Course description

This course takes the mystery out of the process of hiring a contractor. In it you'll learn where to find potential contractors to interview, what to expect of them, what questions to ask them and how your job will progress once it's been started.

Brini takes you through the two stages of working with a contractor - the selection and creation of an agreement, and the process of completing the job.


  • What to know when going into the interview process.
  • What questions to ask of your potential contractors.
  • What should be in the contract.
  • What you can do yourself to save money.

Take advantage of Brini's years of experience in renovation and interior design. Sign up today!

Brini Maxwell
Brini Maxwell
Senior Instructor

Described as part Doris Day, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950's nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves, her show was picked up nationally by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform. In addition to her television show, Ms. Maxwell has also shared her wealth of knowledge and love of all things of the late ‘50’s, 60’s, and early ‘70’s in numerous media interviews, which have included CNN, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, E! Entertainment Television, and The Learning Channel. She participated in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s panel on Authenticity in Design, was a presenter at the Lambda Literary and James Beard Awards. In 2005 she released her first book, Brini Maxwell’s Guide to Gracious Living. Since then, she hashad a very successful series of podcasts in conjunction with NPR, and a successful web video series which can be found at

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