Dreaming of living in a home built for you and your family’s individual needs? Find out everything you need to plan your dream self build – from advice on finding a plot and securing planning permission to how you can build it on a budget.
Great design is the key to creating a home with real wow factor. Architect Allan Corfield talks you through the design process and key principles that will help create a home you'll be proud of for years to come.
Anyone taking on a self-build project will be wondering how much it will cost and how they’re going to finish the build within their budget. This seminar will explain the costs involved and what factors must be managed to make sure you don’t bust your budget.
Learn how to identify different types of plot, what might be an appropriate plot in planning terms. Understand what to look for when you search for plots to help you avoid pursuing plots that will be likely to be difficult to deliver through the planning process. The pre-application process, technical reports and what you need to do before you decide to apply for planning permission.
Old homes don’t necessarily meet our modern needs, and a successful extension project can transform both our homes and our lifestyles. But hiring builders, sorting out the design, buying materials and understanding how much it will all cost is difficult to find independent, expert information on.
Whether you're planning your dream self build or extension, it's crucial to work with an architect to get the perfect design for you and your family. Here's how to find the right one and tips on getting the most from your working relationship.
Energy efficiency in our homes is all about reducing the need for energy and then optimizing the technology choices but also balancing this with our lifestyle requirements. In this seminar the ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation is explained. Understand the best ways to optimise insulation values, the importance of balancing air tightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain, plus how to choose the right heating system including renewable energy options for heat and power.
Choosing a route to build, that suits both you and your budget is an essential ingredient of any successful building project. This seminar explains the options available and provides the inside track on how to save £1000’s by get the best from your builder or project manager.
This session explains the importance of planning authority self build registers in England and why finding a plot is the hardest part of the self build journey for most people. We’ll explain why understanding local planning policy is so important and help you understand who you’re competing against.
Finishing touches like light fittings and sockets can make or break your project. In this seminar, the founder of Dowsing & Reynolds talks to interiors expert Laura Crombie about when to start planning the details and how to get your lighting scheme right.
Don't start planning a major self-build or renovation project until you've loooked into how to protect yourself from financial risk. In this seminar, we'll look at the importance of project insurance and how to make sure it covers everything you need.
Plot hunting involves much more than trawling websites and search engines. We’ll explain some of the tools used by professional plot hunters and broaden your search skills to increase your chances of finding a suitable plot.
Having the right tradespeople on board can make or break your project. In this seminar, experts from the Federation of Master Builders explain how to assemble a team that will deliver your project to the highest standards.
Mark Stevenson has 30 years’ experience as a construction professional and is managing director at Potton, where he helps self builders create their deam homes.
Director of Heat and Energy Ltd
David Hilton is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency and is also director of Heat and Energy Ltd
Jason Orme, experienced self builder and renovator, and Managing Director for homes brands at Future Plc
Carle Scott Gerber
Life U Design
Carlé is a well-rounded architect with extensive residential sector experience. Since establishing LIFE-U DESIGN she has focused on the residential sector from refurbishment projects, to house extensions, large residential developments, new build houses and mixed use projects. Previously, Carlé designed high-spec interiors, Listed buildings, motor show-rooms and libraries
Tim Adams Architects Ltd
Tim is passionate about good design and through his years of experience in a variety of fields has utilised this to enable his residential work to be both quality in design and execution
Studio Evans Lane
Elizabeth heads up the residential side of the practice. She has developed particular experience working in sensitive locations such as Conservation Areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), whilst adopting a contemporary approach to any new-build elements.
Lisa is an expert in residential design, specialising in small scale projects like single storey and two storey extensions. Bring pictures of your house together with any drawings you may have-estate agents plans or title plan.
Stead & Co
Stefanie is a Chartered Architect and has worked across the UK on a range of urban design, heritage, residential and educational schemes. Stefanie is a judge for the RICS Pro-Yorkshire and Construction Excellence Awards. Stefanie was awarded an MBE for Services to Construction and Architecture in 2019’s New Year’s Honours.
Stephan's portfolio includes private residential homes (extensions, lofts and basement conversions), space efficient flat conversions to high-rise apartment complexes, offices and work spaces, retail shops, restaurants, cafés, community centres, art galleries and theatres.
Julie Richards ARchitectural Design Ltd
Julie worked as an Architectural Assistant at the office of Zaha Hadid. Julie advises the client on the initial conceptual idea to the final details of the spatial proposal, encompassing lighting and furniture design and the specification of material finishes.
Design Storey Architects
Young, enthusiastic & personable Lydia feels able to rise to any challenge and enjoys getting her teeth into tricky architectural issues. Lydia helps clients, both commercial and residential, unlock potential in their projects by carefully listening to their requirements & creating designs that exceed their ambitions.
Lomas and Mitchell Architects
Jillian can provide expert advice on one off, bespoke homes in the countryside and all round architectural advice and guidance.
Brock Charles Architects
Steev provides full architectural service and undertakes all sizes of domestic and commercial work including listed building and conservation projects around the UK.
Gareth can provide advice on new build dwellings, existing building conversions to dwellings and domestic extensions and layout alterations.
Colin is an Associate Director with over ten years’ experience as an architect leading projects including the award-winning Chocolate Works mixed-use development in York. Specalising in feasibility options appraisals, conservation, planning and building regulation applications.
Feona Cheng has a career designing hotels across the world. She brings those skills and experience into the residential projects she works upon to create unique homes perfectly suited to the people who live in them. As an Architect and Interior Designer she offers the seamless vision from major building works to special interiors and set-piece furniture with the delight of a truly individual home.
Kalpesh places people at the heart of design because he believes that good architecture makes you feel good and enhances your quality of life. With considerable experience in residential housing, he understands what your home means to you and shares your passion.