Whats On

What's On




DAY 1

10:30 - 11:15
Beginner's Guide to Building Your Own Home

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.

11:30 - 12:15
Design: How to Make Your New Home 'Wow'

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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.

13:00 - 13:45
How much will your project cost?

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.

14:30 - 15:15
Kitchen Design Masterclass

Our existing kitchens often don’t meet the needs of a modern family. If you aspire to create an open-plan, multi-functional kitchen space, the project requires forethought, design skill and good planning.

16:00 - 16:45
Beginner's guide to plots and planning permission

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.



DAY 2

10:30 - 11:15
Beginner's Guide to Extending Your Own Home

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.

11:30 - 12:15
How to find and work with an architect

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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.

13:00 - 13:45
How to create a low-energy home

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.

14:30 - 15:15
Should I manage my own project?

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.

16:00 - 16:45
Bathroom Design Masterclass

Our existing bathrooms often don’t meet the needs of a modern family. If you aspire to create a luxury family bathroom or en suite, the project requires forethought, design skill and good planning.



DAY 1

11:00 - 11:45
Land Hub: How to start your plot search

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.

12:00 - 12:30
Expert Advice Panel: The impact of design on health and wellbeing

Discover the impact great home design can have on your health and wellbeing with this session from our headline sponsor, RIBA

13:00 - 13:15
Expert Advice Panel: Timber-frame building systems, explained

Timber-frame construction has never been more popular, both for self builds and extensions. In this seminar we look at the benefits of timber construction, the costs and energy efficiency.

14:00 - 14:45
Expert Advice Panel: Green homes and sustainable energy options

A beginner's guide to eco-friendly energy options for your self-build or renovation project.

15:00 - 15:30
Expert Advice Panel: The importance of fixtures & fittings

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.

16:00 - 16:30
Expert Advice Stage: Choosing render and cladding

Getting your home's exterior right is key to creating a great first impression. Watch this talk for a guide to the different renders and claddings on the market, plus advice on installation and energy efficiency.



DAY 2

11:00 - 11:45
Expert Advice Stage: Choosing doors & windows

Discover everything you need to know before choosing windows and doors for your renovation or self build, from the latest glazing technology to costs and finding the right supplier for your project.

12:00 - 12:30
Expert Advice Stage: Protecting your project with insurance

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.

13:00 - 13:15
Land Hub: The best ways to find a plot

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.

14:00 - 14:45
Expert Advice Stage: Secrets of great home design

Whether you're renovating or extending, getting the design of your project right is integral to its success. Two top architects share their insider secrets on great home design.

15:00 - 15:30
Expert Advice Stage: How to build a good relationship with your builder

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.



DAY 1

10am - 11am
 

Laura Crombie has been writing about homes and interiors for 13 years. She's the presenter of the Real Homes Show and currently DIY renovating a 1960s house.

11am - 12noon
 

Jason Orme, experienced self builder and renovator, and Managing Director for homes brands at Future Plc

12noon - 1pm
 

Jason Orme, experienced self builder and renovator, and Managing Director for homes brands at Future Plc

1pm - 2pm
 

Allan Corfield runs Allan Corfield Architects and is an expert in designing high-performing, energy-efficient homes. Allan is also one of the leading experts in SIPs and is part of the Structural Timber Association and a member of NaCSBA.

2pm - 3pm
 

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.

3pm - 4pm
 

Sally Tagg is Managing Director of Foxley Tagg Planning Ltd; Executive Committee Member – National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA); and Board Member of the Right to Build Taskforce



DAY 2

10am - 11am
 

Claire Lloyd is Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and has been a member of the team for over a decade. She has just completed her latest renovation project.

11am - 12noon
 

Michael Holmes is Homebuilding’s Head of Content and Product Development. Michael is also Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury)

12noon - 1pm
 

Michael Holmes is Homebuilding’s Head of Content and Product Development. Michael is also Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury)

1pm - 2pm
 

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.

2pm - 3pm
 

David Hilton is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency and is also director of Heat and Energy Ltd

3pm - 4pm
 

Jason Orme, experienced self builder and renovator, and Managing Director for homes brands at Future Plc



DAY 1

10:00 - 11:00

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

11:00 - 12:00

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

12:00 - 13:00

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.

13:00 - 14:00

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.

14:00 - 15:00

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.

15:00 - 16:00

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.

16:00 - 17:00

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.



DAY 2



10:00 - 11:00

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.

11:00 - 12:00

Jillian can provide expert advice on one off, bespoke homes in the countryside and all round architectural advice and guidance.

12:00 - 13:00

Steev provides full architectural service and undertakes all sizes of domestic and commercial work including listed building and conservation projects around the UK.

13:00 - 14:00

Gareth can provide advice on new build dwellings, existing building conversions to dwellings and domestic extensions and layout alterations.

14:00 - 15:00

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.

15:00 - 16:00

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.

16:00 - 17:00

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.



DAY 1

10:30 - 10:45
How to design and build a sustainable home, presented by Justin Bere
10:45 - 11:00
How to choose the right building contractor for your homebuilding and renovating project.
11:00 - 11:15
Smart homes done right: Infrastructure for the modern home
11:15 - 11:30
Protecting your project from start to finish - Essential information about Site Insurance, Structural Warranties and Risk Management
11:30 - 11:45
Bifold vs sliding doors – which is right for your project?
11:45 - 12:00
Design tips to create your dream kitchen
12:00 - 12:15
How to choose the right windows for your self-build project
12:15 - 12:30
Bifold vs sliding doors, which one is right for your project?
12:30 - 12:45
Reducing energy consumption and heating costs with Heat Recovery Ventilation
12:45 - 13:00
Soft water demonstration
13:00 - 13:15
How much does an oak-framed house cost?
13:15 - 13:30
Briefing Your Architect: top tips to help you create your dream home
13:30 - 13:45
Protecting Your Project: Insurance & Warranties
13:45 - 14:00
Introduction to MVHR systems
14:00 - 14:15
Timber frame construction
14:15 - 14:30
The benefits of biomass
14:30 - 14:45
Planners' pet hates
14:45 - 15:00
Understanding smart home technology & why you need to budget for it
15:00 - 15:15
Specialist support for renewables
15:15 - 15:30
NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) – the future of building
15:30 - 15:45
Why structural timber delivers the self-build dream
15:45 - 16:00
The Secrets of Great Bedroom Design


DAY 2

10:30 - 10:45
Specialist Support for Renewables
10:45 - 11:00
NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) – the future of building
11:00 - 11:15
How to design and build a sustainable home, presented by Justin Bere
11:15 - 11:30
How to choose the right building contractor for your homebuilding and renovating project.
11:30 - 11:45
Smart homes done right: Infrastructure for the modern home
11:45 - 12:00
Protecting your project from start to finish - Essential information about Site Insurance, Structural Warranties and Risk Management
12:00 - 12:15
Bifold vs sliding doors – which is right for your project?
12:15 - 12:30
Design tips to create your dream kitchen
12:30 - 12:45
How to choose the right windows for your self-build project
12:45 - 13:00
Bifold vs sliding doors, which one is right for your project?
13:00 - 13:15
Reducing energy consumption and heating costs with Heat Recovery Ventilation
13:15 - 13:30
Soft water demonstration
13:30 - 13:45
How much does an oak-framed house cost?
13:45 - 14:00
Briefing Your Architect: top tips to help you create your dream home
14:00 - 14:15
Protecting Your Project: Insurance & Warranties
14:15 - 14:30
Introduction to MVHR systems
14:30 - 14:45
Timber frame construction
14:45 - 15:00
The benefits of biomass
15:00 - 15:15
Planners' pet hates
15:15 - 15:30
Understanding Smart Home Technology & why you need to budget for it.
15:30 - 15:45
Why structural timber delivers the self-build dream
15:45 - 16:00
The Secrets of Great Bedroom Design