How to get the most from the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 – the complete guide.
Every year, more and more people become interested in self building. The government has ambitious plans to double the number of custom build and self build homes by 2020. The Housing White Paper (2017) aims to fix the broken British housing market by introducing a range of reforms. These reforms aim to improve the housing market and increase the supply of new homes.
It is clear that the self-build industry is growing dynamically and there are no indications that this trend will change. Therefore, it is of no surprise that the Homebuilding and Renovating Shows are returning bigger than ever for 2019.
Whether you are just starting to explore the self-build industry or have already started planning your dream home (or renovation project), these shows will provide you with vital knowledge and ideas. From advice on how to find your plot, to choosing the interiors for your bedroom, the HBR Shows give you a unique opportunity to get personalised advice and one-on-one consultations with industry experts.
The HBR Shows are the biggest self building and renovating show in the UK – this year they will take place in eight cities across the UK. The show will debut in Farnborough (19th-20th of January), followed by the largest, four-day show in Birmingham (28th-31st of March). Glasgow will then host thousands of self-builders in the third show (1st-2nd of June).
Then it will return to to England – Surrey (29th-30th of June) and then London (4th-6th October). Following this, it will be in Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh (19th-20th of October), closely followed by shows in the north of England – Harrogate (1st-3rd of November) and the South West – Somerset (16th-17th of November). There are plenty of events organised in almost every part of the UK, leaving no excuses for missing a show.
There will be hundreds of exhibitors (over 600 in Birmingham) at each show. It will therefore be a great opportunity for you to explore the wide variety of products and services, which can be used in your project. There will be companies who specialise in design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and many more, plus many products related to self building, renovation and conversion.
You will also have the opportunity to speak one to one with a host of architects and designers, and get advice about every area of self building: from choosing a structural system to deciding on the finishings for your garden. Some of the exhibitors will be providing a free 20-minute consultation, giving you personalised advice on your project. However, remember that in order to get the most from this event, it is important to plan ahead.
At the 2019 HBR Shows there will be up to 60 different seminars divided into nine categories. The categories are Self Build, renovation, extensions, eco and heating, kitchens, finance, design and planning. So no matter what your interests are you will find a series of useful seminars and masterclasses suitable for you. The most important seminars to self-builders will be performed in two theatres – the Self Build and Masterclass theatres.
The Self Build theatre will host specialists who will cover the most important areas of Self Build in 30 min talks. At the Masterclass theatre, the exhibitors get the chance to provide advice on their individual area of expertise (20 minutes blocks).
The organisers of the show have listened to feedback from self-builders from the previous years and in response have organised the Land Hub. This area is entirely devoted to a crucial and challenging part of the self-build journey – plot hunting. If you are at the stage of looking for a plot of land, then we would recommend that you should take part in some of the sessions organised here.
ASK THE EXPERT
The HBR show offers a unique opportunity for first hand advice from some of the top self build/renovation, specialists in the UK. So bring your plans, ideas and any issues you have regarding your project to the Advice Centre. The Advice Centre is divided into the following sections: Ask the Expert, Ask the Architect, the Planning Clinic, Ask the Architectural Technologist, and Ask the Builder.
This is an amazing opportunity to get valuable information on every stage of your homebuilding adventure. Here are just a few experts that you will have the chance to speak with this year:
One of the country’s leading property experts, presenter of multiple property TV Shows and the Chair of the NaCSBA – an organisation founded to support self-builders throughout the UK. His book Renovating for Profit, is the definitive guide to home renovations that makes a difference to the value of your property.
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 your project may be challenging in terms of achieving planning approval, or are just looking for some general advice, then a consultation with Sally is recommended!
Jason Orme was the long-time Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is now Editorial Director. He is an expert on all aspects of building and renovating from construction systems and finding land, to energy efficiency and dealing with builders . In recent years he has advised the Government on ways to make self-building easier for everyone.
Tom has worked in the financial services industry for 27 years – 14 of these were spent specialising in self build mortgages and finance at BuildStore, providing expert advice to hundreds of customers embarking on major homebuilding projects whether to live in, let or sell. Tom has completed two major homebuilding projects himself, and is widely regarded as a self build finance expert.
In addition to the above, experts such as Bob Branscombe will also be there to advise you on all aspects of Self Building and will help you to keep to budget. Jo Dyson and Sian Astley will be on hand to answer your questions on renovation and interior design. David Hilton will be able to advise you on how to design an energy efficient house and the right heating system and renewables for you.
These and many more will make an enormous difference to your project and remember the advice is free of charge! Make sure to check out who is attending each show you are planning to visit, as the line-up differs from one to another.
AC ARCHITECTS AT HBR 2019
Allan will deliver four seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows: ‘Beginners’ guide to creating a low-energy home, from Zero Carbon to Passivhaus’, ‘Home design: a step-by-step guide to designing your dream home’, ‘The Most Common Mistakes in Self Build and how to avoid them’ and ‘Design inspiration: How to add wow factor to your home’. The first three of these seminars are based on articles which are available to read on our Self Build Blog.
Allan will also be available for one to one consultations, and can answer any question relating to Architecture and Self Build at the Advice Centre. David, one of our Senior Technicians will be joining our friends on the SIPS Industries stand and will be available to answer any SIPS related questions.
* First and probably the most important piece of advice is to plan your time at the HBR show in advance. Do your research and have a look at the seminar schedule and the experts available for one-on-one consultations. Check opening hours and arrive at the Advice Centre as early as possible to book a slots with the expert of your choice. There is no need to book for seminars, however, if you want a seat, make sure to arrive some time before the talk.
* The owners of iOS and Android smartphones can download a free app and use it to create a personalised map of the exhibitors and receive alerts when shortlisted seminars and masterclasses are about to start. You can also add specific seminars to a personalised calendar and much more. It is a really useful tool to plan your HBR Show experience. You can download it here.
* Moreover, to make planning even easier, the HBR team have created six categories of projects, pick the project which matches yours and it will create a bespoke agenda for you. The six categories are: building your own home, renovating, extensions and conversions, Eco and Heating, Kitchens and Doors and Windows. You can find them on their website here. By using this you can guarantee you wont miss out on what is important for your project.
* If you are thinking of going to the show over a couple of days, you could spend one day taking in the seminars, and another could be used to meet the exhibitors – learning about specific products. Alternatively, if you are only going for one day, bring a partner, and split up to cover more ground in your limited time!
* It is definitely a good idea to bring a bag, as at the show you will probably get a lot of brochures and business cards from the exhibitors. Carrying everything in your hands is not the most comfortable! You may also consider preparing your own contact packs and hand them to architects and companies whose products or services you are interested in.
* Remember you will not only meet specialists at the Homebuilding and Renovating Shows, but this is also an opportunity to meet thousands of other self-builders, to share your personal experience and learn from others.
The larger shows such as Birmingham and London will provide more opportunities, as a greater number of topics will be covered and there will be more experts in attendance. However, regardless of which show you choose to attend, you will boost your self-build knowledge significantly. This will help you to make informed decisions when choosing the best construction method and products for your project – thus avoiding mistakes and saving you money.
If you are planning to attend any of the 2019 shows, ACA is offering free tickets. To claim these, simply click the button below and fill in the form.