Ask The Expert Live – PReview
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March last year, all homebuilding shows in the UK were postponed. However, the organisers of the Homebuilding & Renovating show’s pioneered a new and creative way to support self-builders – through virtual shows which took place last summer, autumn and winter. The events were very well received and reviewed highly by visitors.
The ‘Ask the Expert’ formula has been one of the most popular features and is regularly fully booked. It is for this reason that the team are introducing a brand new virtual event focusing on one-on-one advice. The Ask the Experts LIVE virtual event, will take place from the 9th – 12th of March and gathers the UK’s leading experts on homes into one place. Giving you the opportunity to get specific answers to your problems directly from the experts themselves – all for free.
This article will describe what this brand new event has to offer and how to get involved!
The Ask the Expert Live will take place between the 9th-12th of March and will offer 4 full day sessions in which you will have opportunity to meet one-on-one with the top UK experts.
All you have to do is to register for free at the Ask The Expert Live Show website. Then all that’s left is to stock up with snacks and coffee and log into the lobby of the virtual advice centre.
The sessions will be structured around a variety of Self Build topics including design, planning and green homes. A live Q&A session will then follow.
Ask the Expert Live will present 24 sessions from various areas of the homebuiling and renovating sectors. To help you ask the right questions to the right people, the sessions are divided into 6 different categories:
- Build Better – Get advice and top tips on how to improve your self build
- Green Homes – Showcase of the latest green products that can help you build an energy-efficient home
- Planning – Have you got a planning concern or was your planning approval rejected? Then this session is for you
- Ask Me Anything – If you have a burning question about your project, whether it is about design, planning, or build, this session is for you
- Design – Helping you to perfect your home design
- Smart Home – All about making your home smart
Below, we are presenting some of the most interesting ‘Ask the Experts Live’ sessions:
Top Ask the Experts Live Sessions:
Timber Frame Construction
Jason Orme – H&R Magazine, Paul Newman – Potton. Tuesday at 10:45-11:45
Timber-frame homes have never been more popular, allowing you to blend both traditional and contemporary styles. This sustainable building method has many benefits and our experts are here to answer your questions.
Insulating Concrete Framework
Jason Orme – H&R Magazine, Andy Peers – ICF Supplies Ltd. Wednesday at 09:30-10:30
If you’re looking for an energy efficient build technique, then Insulating Concrete Formwork, or ICF, is well worth considering. Ask your burning questions on this innovative build method.
Jason Orme – H&R Magazine, Frances Forward – haus architects ltd, David Hilton – Heat and Energy. Thursday at 14:30-15:30
If you’re serious about energy efficiency, then you’ve probably heard of PassivHaus. Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling. This is your chance to find out more.
Laura Crombie – H&R Magazine, Mark Stevenson – Kingspan, Sally Tagg – Foxley Tagg. Tuesday at 13:15-14:15
Finding the right plot is the key to any successful self-build journey. Ask our experts the secrets to how they’ve found plots in the past, how to overcome issues with difficult sites and discover ways to think outside the box.
Costs and Finance Options
Jason Orme – H&R Magazine, Bob Branscombe – Chartered Surveyor. Tuesday at 12:00-13:00
Before you start any work on your project, you need to know what it will cost. If you’re not sure where to start; don’t know whether you need a quantity surveyor; or need to know how much contingency to have in the bank, this is the session for you.
Ask Me Anything
Michael Holmes – H&R Magazine, Mark Stevenson – Kingspan. Tuesday at 14:30-15:30
The way you choose to manage your extension or renovation project will make or break it. You could call in a professional project manager or you might decide to go it alone. Either way, our experts have been there, done that and can advise you.
Self Build for Beginners
Ask Me Anything
Laura Crombie – H&R Magazine, Allan Corfield – AC Architects, Tuesday at 09:30-10:30
If you’re new to self build and feeling confused about where to start then you’ve come to the right place. Ask anything from how to find a plot to the best construction methods.
Laure Crombie – H&R Magazine. Wednesday at 13:15-14:15
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home – and the one you’ll spend most money on – so it’s crucial to get the design right. Ask our expert anything from the best kind of extractor fan to flooring choices and rooflights.
Laure Crombie – H&R Magazine, Ally Dowsing-Reynolds – Dowsing & Reynolds. Friday at 14:30-15:30
Although interior design is often seen as the last phase of a building project, it’s important to have an idea of what you want to achieve from the outset. From planning lighting points and sockets in the right locations, to making sure your home flows, good interior design is key to creating your dream home.
Michael Holmes – H&R Magazine, Adam Kent – Install Automation. Friday at 10:45-11:45
Our homes are getting smarter. From smart lighting and security systems to entertainment systems and even smart kitchen appliances, there’s a wealth of technology out there that can be incorporated into your home. Here’s your chance to put your questions to our smart home expert.
ASK THE EXPERT
The Ask the Experts Live offers the chance to get first-hand advice from the top Self Build specialists in the UK. So prepare your plans, ideas and any issues you have regarding your project and ask all your questions by submitting them here or asking during the Live Q&A sessions.
This is an amazing opportunity to get valuable information, no matter what stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Below you will find further information about each expert, to help you choose who is the best person to ask.
Ask the Expert slot – Wednesday – 13:15-14:15
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.
Ask the Expert slot – Wednesday – 09:30-10:30
Andy Peers, from ICF Supplies, qualified as a craftsman at 21 and has been in the construction industry for just over 44 years. He came across PIF (ICF) back in 1992 and has been installing since 1998, using 14 different systems to date. His core business in the last 25 years has been in the self-build sector and he lives in a property he built himself.
Ask the Expert slot – Tuesday – 09:30-10:30
Allan is a Chartered Architect and ACA’s founder, the Self Build Architectural practice, working on one-off homes throughout the UK. His goal is to provide prospective self builders with the inspiration, support, and education they require to build their own cost effective, energy efficient, dream home. You can read more about Allan here.
Ask the Expert slot – Tuesday – 13:15-14:15
A planning expert with a successful track record of achieving planning permission for a wide variety of clients including individual self-builders and land owners seeking to unlock the development potential of their land. If you think that your project may be challenging in terms of achieving planning approval, or just want to give yourself peace of mind, consultation with Sally is recommended!
Ask the Expert slot – Tuesday – 12:00-13:00, Wednesday – 14:30-15:30
Bob Branscombe is one of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors and with over 30-years’ experience in both self-build and construction, he still harnesses a long time obsession with hands on self-building.
Ask the Expert slot – Wednesday – 14:30-15:30, Thursday – 14:30-15:30
David Hilton is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency and is also director of Heat and Energy Ltd. David has grown up with energy efficient design, heating systems and renewables.
Ask the Expert slot – Friday – 10:45-15:45
Adam Kent runs Install Automation Ltd one of the leading providers of home automation systems in the UK. Supplying developers and self builders since 1999. Adam has over 20 years expertise in lighting control and design, audio and visual distribution, cinema/media rooms. Affordable, simple and reliable is their mantra.
The Ask the Experts Live is an event especially designed to provide one-on-one advice to every self-builder during this difficult time. Don’t forget to select the sessions you would like to attend during the registration. It will help to synchronise them with your calendar and ensure you won’t miss any of the amazing sessions.