Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 in Farnborough – Preview
2019 has just started with an amazing opportunity for all people who want to build their home. This year the Homebuilding and Renovating Show will begin on the 19th-20th of January with a debuting show in Farnborough. The Exhibition & Conference Centre will facilitate almost 150 exhibitors from all over the UK ready to answer guests’ questions and help them make informed decisions about solutions and products for their projects.
With 12 lectures in the Seminar Theatre and 24 Masterclass talks, the show should be at the top of every self-builder’s priority list. Attending the show will help you develop a better understanding of the self-build art and answer all your questions and dilemmas regarding your future home. In order to help you organise your visit to the event, we have created this preview which will help you to get the most of the HBR show in Farnborough.
If you have not come across our previous article regarding the HBR shows – make sure you check it out! The article provides very useful tips that will help you to get the most out of the show.
If you are already building your house or just doing some initial research, this article is for you. Our team has picked the most valuable talks and masterclasses for self-builders. We have also prepared a list of experts you should speak to and exhibitors that can help you make up your mind, whether you are looking for an optimal construction system or the renewables for your new home.
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Farnborough are divided between two theatres: Seminar and Masterclass. In the first one, the self-build experts will be delivering talks on all the important parts of the self-build process. Below are our top picks for the Seminar Theatre:
Top 7 Seminars Theatre Talks:
1. A beginner’s guide to building your own home Jason Orme – Editorial Director at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Tom McSherry – Finance Expert at BuildStore Everyday at 10:30-11:00
Learn how you can build your own individually designed home and save up to 30% on completed market value. Find out the best way to find a plot, get a self-build mortgage, work out what you can afford to build and develop a design scheme. Plus how to decide whether to use a builder, manage the project yourself or get involved on DIY basis and reduce costs even further.
2. Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Everyday at 11:00-11:30
An introduction to the planning system. Discover the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your homebuilding or renovating project. Learn how the system works, who makes the decisions, how to influence them, when to compromise, when to appeal and more.
3. How to find a reliable builder and compare quotes on a like-for-like basis Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Everyday 12:00-12:30
Find out how to find the right builder for your project, from small local building firms to main contractors to custom build ‘turn-key’ home providers. Learn how to check their credentials and make sure you are working with reputable firms. Discover the key to comparing quotes from builders to find the best value for money.
4. How to build your own home for under £100.000 Jason Orme – Editorial Director at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Everyday at 12:30-13:00
Discover how to build your home on a tight budget without sacrificing quality or size. Learn how factors such as your choice of materials, fixtures and fittings, design complexity, scale and effective project management all influence construction costs. Whatever your budget, this session will ensure you avoid waste and maximise value.
5. Designing to Maximise Energy Efficiency Tim Pullen – Eco-Expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Everyday at 13:00-13:30
The ‘fabric first’ approach to home design and renovation explained. Understand how to optimise insulation values in the walls, floor and roof of your home, specifying energy efficient windows, and the importance of balancing air tightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain.
6. Construction systems explained: Timber frame, brick and block, SIPS, oak frame or concrete and steel: discover which building system is best for you Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Everyday at 15:00-15:30
Discover how to search for plots using professional land finding techniques and how to assess a site’s development potential, including serviced plots for sale on a larger custom build development. Plus a look at the significance of the ‘Right to Build’ registers – and how to ensure your local authority brings forward opportunities for individual and group Self Build in your area.
7. The most common self build and renovation mistakes and how to avoid them Jason Orme – Editorial Director at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Everyday at 16:00-16:30
Forewarned is forearmed: learn how to keep your self-build or renovation project firmly on the rails by avoiding the most common disputes and disagreements that arise during the project with designers, builders and suppliers, plus a guide on to how best to resolve difficulties if they come up.
MASTERCLASS THEATRE TALKS
The Masterclass Theatre will feature exhibitors who will discuss their products and share information from their area of expertise. The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Farnborough will offer 24 masterclasses, below we present our top 7 picks for the show:
Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
1. Why use an STA Assure Member when Building with Structural Timber 19 January 13:30-13:50 Structural Timber Association
2. How to find and assess a building plot for your project 19 January 14:00-14:20 Self Build Coach Stand: J104
3. How to fund your self-build or renovation project: a guide to stage payment mortgages 19 January 14:30-14:50 BuildStore Mortgage Services Stand: J116
4. Building control and structural warranties – ensuring compliance and cover 19 January 16:30-16:50 AEDIS Stand: C114
5. Building to Passivhaus standards and the choices of foundation systems 20 January 10:30-10:50 MBC Timber Frame UK Ltd Stand: J111
6. Project Insurance and Warranties: A guide to de-risking your homebuilding or renovating project plus essential health & safety 20 January 11:30-11:50 Self-Build Zone Stand: D103
7. Timber build systems – are SIPs right for building to Passivhaus standards 20 January 12:30-12:50 Kingspan Timber Solutions Stand: K107
ASK THE EXPERTS
The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Farnborough offers the chance to get first-hand advice from some of the top self-build experts 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 which stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Some of the experts you will be able to speak to in Farnborough are:
Top Experts For Consultations:
One of the country’s leading property experts, presenter of multiple property TV Shows and the Chair of the NaCSBA – 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. Michael cannot be missed by any conscious self-builder.
Jason Orme was the long-time Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating and is now Editorial Director. He has been writing about self-build and renovation for 18-years and during that time has given advice to hundreds of people taking on major building projects to their homes. He is an expert on all aspects of building or renovating from construction systems and finding land to energy efficiency and dealing with builders and in recent years 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, 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. He presents Finance Masterclasses at The Homebuilding and Renovating Shows throughout the year, and provides one-to-one consultations on finance in our Ask the Expert Advice Centre.
A planning expert with a successful track record of achieving planning permission for a wide variety of clients including individual self-builders and landowners 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!
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!
There will be almost 150 exhibitors at the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Farnborough. You will have the chance to explore their various products and services, 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 many other services and products related to self building. It was a really difficult task, but we picked the top 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a self-build venture:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
AEDIS Professional Services No. C114
Aedis provide building control and structural warranties for homeowners, self-builders, architects, contractors and developers in the UK. Their complementary building and insurance solutions link key aspects together to add value, reduce risk and minimise costs. With a personal, professional, practical approach and commitment to exceptional service, they can help make ambitions a reality; whether you’re building a dream home, planning a housing development or working on a multi-million-pound commercial project.
BuildStore Finance, Insurance & Mortgages Stand No. J116
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. J116 and check out what they have to offer.
Custom Build Homes Professional Services Stand No. J118
Custom Build Homes is the UK’s leading provider of Estate Agency, Marketing & Development Solutions for Developers, Landowners and Local Authorities operating in the custom and self build development sectors.
Fleming Homes Structural Systems Stand No. D111
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 stand no. D111 and speak to their specialists.
Internorm Doors & Windows Stand No. B104
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 us a pioneer in the brand.
Val U Therm Doors & Windows Stand No. K108
Val-U-Therm is the closed-panel timber building system that uses the best aspects of SIPS (structural insulated panel) and timber frame technology combined with advanced materials science. Jointly developed by two of the UK’s largest timber frame manufacturers, it delivers exceptional thermal performance and class-leading environmental credentials in a cost-effective package.
Velfac Doors & Windows Stand No. K104
VELFAC is the UK’s leading supplier of composite aluminium/timber doors and windows specified for the system’s slim, uniform frames, distinctive, contemporary style, exceptional thermal performance, and cost-effective pricing. VELFAC glazing is installed in projects of every size and in every sector, including education, healthcare, commercial, and residential. VELFAC Direct also supplies windows and doors directly to private clients, who are often planning their own ‘grand design’ home.
The Homebuilding & Renovating show holds 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 home.
However, this does not 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 definitely influence the final outcome of your project!
Are you going to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Farnborough? 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!