The Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2022 in Surrey – Preview
June marks another important event for self-builders. After another successful event in Birmingham, the HBR crew is coming to Surrey. This article will provide a preview of the third show of 2022 which is taking place on 25-26 June at Sandown Park in Surrey.
This article presents our top recommendations for you to get the most from the show; from the best seminars and masterclasses, to experts and exhibitors discussing crucial areas of Self Building. So, if you are planning to build your dream home, this event will be the inspiration and motivation you need!
We are aware that being new to Self Building can be somewhat daunting and overwhelming. There is so much information to learn and this can be crucial to the success of your project. We have therefore created a guide, which is designed for self-builders who are at the beginning of their journey. This guide will help you get the most out of the show and will support you in getting your Self Build project off the ground. We are sure that the event will equip a new generation of self-builders to build their dream homes.
The show in Surrey offers over 280 exhibitors, with 8 different seminars and 24 masterclasses. We have selected the top talks from the main theatres, and the top exhibitors you should speak to in order to prepare you for your Self Build venture.
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The talks at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Surrey are divided between two theatres: Seminar and Masterclass. The talks in the Seminar theatre are given by some of the top experts and cover all the main topics needed for a Self Build. Below are our top picks for the Seminar theatre:
Top 6 Seminar Theatre Talks:
A beginner’s guide to building your own home
Michael Holmes – Director of Content at H&R Magazine, Tom McSherry – Finance Expert at BuildStore. Everyday at 10:30-11:05
Interested in building your own home? Get an insider’s guide on how to get started – and decide whether it’s for you. We’ll outline the key steps, the main choices and considerations, along with a look at what it might cost and how to fund it. We’ll give an honest assessment of the pros and cons and run through the key mistakes and how to avoid them.
Planning permission: The ultimate guide
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine. Everyday 11:15-11:50
Understanding the planning permission process is a key element of getting a house built – but it can be difficult for amateurs to get to grips with. This seminar explains the process, what you’ll need to do, and how to navigate it. Presented by a leading self build planning consultant, you’ll learn how to maximise your chances of success.
How to design an amazing home
Allan Corfield – Design Expert. Everyday at 12:00-12:35
Every good home starts with good design. Be inspired by this guide to how to make your home truly amazing. Our expert designer reveals the must-have features to make your home special – both to look at and to live in.
How to estimate build costs and control your budget
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert. Everyday at 12:45-13:20
An expert guide to understanding the costs of a building project. Covering everything from estimating outline costs to latest labour and materials prices, this seminar will also help you work out how to reduce costs and ensure that your project costs the same at the end as you’d planned at the start.
How to heat your home
David Hilton – Eco Expert, Everyday 14:15-14:50
Covering everything from heat pumps to underfloor heating, this seminar reveals the key approaches to creating a low-carbon, low-bills home.
The extension guide: Adding space and value to your home
Michael Holmes – Director of Content at H&R Magazine. Everyday at 15:00-15:35
How to successfully extend your home – so that the build comes in on time and on budget, and you end up with the space of your dreams.
MASTERCLASS THEATRE TALKS
The Masterclass theatre will feature exhibitors who will discuss their products and share information from their area of expertise. If you are unsure of which structural system is best for your project or which renewables will be appropriate for you, there will be 24 different masterclasses which will help you to make up your mind. Below, we present our top 6 talks:
Top 6 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
Eco windows: Is triple versus double the right question?
25 June 12:30-12:50 – Internorm, Stand: E111
The importance of good design and installation when choosing MVHR for your home
25 June 13:00-13:20 – Green Building Store, Stand: S806
Seamless integration of technology into your home: From automating your daily routine to state of the art cinema rooms
25 June 14:30-14:50 – Immersive Cinema Rooms, Stand: S541
Designing the connected home: From automation to integrated entertainment systems
26 June 10:30-10:50 – Lighthouse Ltd, Stand: S727
Why solar PV is perfect for new builds?
26 June 12:00-12:20 – Spirit Energy
Timber frame design & build
26 June 14:00-14:20 – Fleming Homes, Stand: S837 & H143
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Surrey offers the chance to get first-hand advice from some of the top self-build specialists in the UK. So bring your plans, ideas and any issues you have regarding your project to the Advice Centre. This is an amazing opportunity to get valuable information no matter what stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Some of the experts you will be able to speak to in Surrey are:
Allan is a Chartered Architect and founder of ACA, 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.
David is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heating systems, heat recovery ventilation, emerging technologies and renewables, including heat pump technologies, Solar systems, biomass and also conventional heating systems. David often works with architects and house builders and designs and project manages appropriate performance tech and heating systems to achieve the healthiest outcome for every home.
Tom has worked in the financial services industry for 27 years – 14 of these, 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.
With over 30 years’ experience as an interior design professional, property renovator and kitchen specialist, Julia specialises in interior transformations that uplift and energise to have a positive impact on wellbeing. Julia is best known as the interior designer on BBC1’s hugely popular DIY SOS, and has taken part in eight series, including a Children in Need special. Julia is also a regular on ITV1’s 60 Minute Makeover series, having been on the interior design team for nine series and ITV’s “Rebuild Our Home”, with Nicky Campbell.
A chartered surveyor with over 25 years in construction and consultancy, Bob has combined the industry realm with the self-build world via a long-time obsession with hands on self building.
If you need some help with the evaluation of your property or to discuss structural issues of your Self Build, Bob is the man you should see!
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!
There will be over 280 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Surrey. Therefore, you will have the chance to explore the various products and services they have to offer, which can be useful in supporting your Self Build dream come true. There will be companies who specialise in design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and much more. It wasn’t easy, but we chose the top 6 exhibitors you should visit when planning a Self Build venture:
Top 6 Exhibitors To Visit:
Architect/Designer – Stand F160
Since 2009, ACA have worked on over 450 projects across the UK, including small extensions, one-off homes and large housing developments. ACA’s designs are all low energy, built around the Fabric first approach. We use modern methods of construction such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF). We are also Certified Passive House Designers. We will be on hand at stand F160 to answer any questions and demo their state of the art Virtual Reality system.
Finance, Insurance & Mortgages – Stand F165
For the vast majority of self-builders, getting a mortgage for building their dream home is a necessary mission. BuildStore offers mortgages for clients who are either building their own house, renovating or looking for a better rate on their current house while planning a project. Come over to stand no. F165 and check out what they have to offer.
Structural Systems – Stand S856
Econekt is a company specialising in building Insulated Concrete Formwork homes. You may be a true self-builder looking for the Izodom elements to build at your own pace and in your own time, or you may be a self-builder with a design looking for Econekt to undertake a wind and watertight structural shell for you, or you may even be an architect looking to specify the Izodom elements or a developer looking to maximise your sites.
Structural Systems – Stand S837 & H143
Fleming Homes has a long-standing presence within the UK timber frame construction industry. If you want to build a timber framed house, or still considering different alternatives, come to stands no. S837 & H143 and speak to their specialists.
Windows – Stand E111
Internorm is a strong family business. From the birth of the UPVC window to the production of timber/aluminium windows and to the high-tech and high-design innovations nowadays, Internorm is setting standards Europe-wide. Continuous technological further development and continual new innovations make Internorm a pioneer in the brand.
Heating – Stand S842
As a 2018 UK Customer Satisfaction Award winner and the only heating supplier awarded a Distinction from the Institute of Customer Service, Nu-Heat is the chosen supplier for thousands of discerning homeowners. Meet their experts on stand no. F105, and discover how our award-winning underfloor heating systems, unbeatable expertise in integrating renewables and bespoke system design can benefit your project.
ACA AT THE HBR SHOW SURREY
Allan is a permanent member of the HBR Show team and regularly delivers his talks at the shows. At the Surrey show, Allan will deliver a talk titled: “How to design an amazing home” (everyday at 12:00 in the Seminar Theatre). Allan will also be available as a Design Expert in the Advice Centre.
ACA and ACS will have our own stand (F160), where we will advise the visitors on their project and demonstrate our state-of-the-art virtual reality system. We will also be available for free architectural and structural engineering consultations.
The HBR Show boasts a plethora of information for a prospective self-builder. The recommendations we have created are, in our opinion, the best solutions for people planning to build their dream homes.
However, this doesn’t mean that the other seminars, experts or exhibitors are not worth seeing. Depending on the priorities of your project, it may be more appropriate to attend other talks. It is worth the effort and time to prepare well for the show, as what you will learn will influence the outcome of your project!
Are you going to the National HBR Show in Surrey? What seminars, experts and exhibitors are on your shortlist? Have you already been to one? What are your opinions? Was it helpful? Do you have any advice for others? Share your opinions in the comment section below!