Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2020, Farnborough – Preview
2020 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 18th-19th of January in Farnborough. Farnborough International will facilitate 220 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 22 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 are planning to make your Self Build dream come true in 2020, visiting the HBR show in Farnborough is a great idea. Our team has picked the most valuable talks and masterclasses for self-builders that will prepare you for the journey.
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 2020 in Farnborough are divided between two theatres: Seminar and Masterclass. The Seminar Theatre will host a variety of experts, who will deliver talks on all the important aspects of the Self Build process. Below we have detailed our top picks for the Seminar theatre:
Top 6 Seminar Theatre Talks:
A beginner’s guide to building your own home
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine and Tom McSherry – Finance Expert at BuildStore, Everyday at 10:30-11:00
Discover how you can build your own individually designed home and save up to 30% compared to buying a new house. Learn how to find a plot, get a Self Build mortgage, work out what you can afford to build for your budget, develop a design scheme and decide whether to use a builder, manage the project yourself or get involved on a DIY basis.
Finding your way through the planning maze
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 11:00-11:30
Understanding planning permission is a key element of finding land and building your own home. We reveal how to use the planning system to help you identify potential building plots; how to submit planning applications in the best way, and what you can do to ensure your designs pass smoothly – and what to do if you encounter opposition.
Build Costs: how to estimate, save and manage your budget
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 11:30-12:00
How to bring your building project in on time, on budget – for less than you might think. Avoid the biggest pitfall for self-builders and renovators with our ultimate guide to reducing and managing your build budget. Can you really save £10,000s on your building project without compromising on quality? We think you can – and here’s how.
How to Build a Low Energy Home
David Hilton – Eco Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 12:00-12:30
The ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation 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.
House Design: How to Make Your New Home Amazing
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine and AC Architects, Everyday 12:30-13:00
The ultimate in house design inspiration: we reveal the very best design ideas and features that you should consider including in your new self build or renovated home. If you want to make your new home truly special, don’t just rely on your designer – listen to our experts.
House Construction Explained
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine and AC Architects, Everyday 15:30-16:00
This concise overview of how a house is built, step-by-step, from site clearance through to snagging will help anyone thinking of building their own home understand exactly what’s happening – or should be happening – on site at each stage. If you want to understand your first fix from your second, the difference between the construction systems (from blockwork to timber frame) to what the traditional topping out ceremony is all about, don’t miss this vital session.
MASTERCLASS THEATRE TALKS
The Masterclass theatre will feature exhibitors who will demonstrate 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 different 22 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 talks:
Top 6 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
Mechanical Ventilation and how a Heat Recovery System works
18 January 10:30-10:50 – Airflow
Bifold vs sliding door: which is right for you?
18 January 12:00-12:20 – ID Systems
How to fund your self-build or renovation project: a guide to stage payment mortgages
18 January 14:00-14:20 – Buildstore
Oak Frame Homes: understanding the potential of oak framing and encapsulation for energy efficiency
18 January 15:30-15:50 – Oakwrights
Five key design tips the professionals use to create dream kitchens
19 January 13:00-13:20 – Anthony Mullan Furniture
How to choose the right windows for your project
19 January 13:30-13:50 – Velfac
Interior design; the best way to design your dream home
19 January 14:00-14:20 – Deborah Law Interiors
ASK THE EXPERT
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:
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.
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!
One of the country’s leading property experts, presenter of multiple property TV Shows and the Chair of NaCSBA – the organisation founded to support self builders throughout the UK. His book, ‘Renovating for Profit’, is the definitive guide to home renovations that make a difference to the value of your property. Michael cannot be missed by any conscious self builder.
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.
Jason Orme is Editorial Director of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine and has worked in the Self Build sector for 20 years. He has built and renovated several homes, self-building for the first time at the age of 28, and has recently completed a major renovation and extension project. He has advised 100s of self-builders and renovators on how to make their projects a success and helped to advise Government on Self Build policy. He is a well-known broadcast expert on building and renovating homes and is the author of The Self Build Dream.
There will be over 120 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Somerset. 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 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a Self Build venture:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
Finance, Insurance & Mortgages – Stand No. K116
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. K116 and check out what they have to offer.
Professional Services – Stand No. K118
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.
Internal Decor, Paints & Finishes – Stand No. A106
Deborah Law Interiors is an award-winning interior design practice based in Ascot, Berkshire. Receiving awards for her design skills, customer service and business growth means her ability to deliver amazing interiors for clients is super successful!
Doors & Windows – Stand No. C104
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.
Doors & Windows – Stand No. E108
Kloeber has offered homeowners and self-builders a range of bespoke glazing solutions, helping clients select the perfect doors and windows for their unique projects. Kloeber specialises in providing its clients with the full package, from the initial meeting and showroom visit to liaising with architects and builders involved in the project. The company can also offer a detailed site survey to guarantee a smooth installation carried out by its own in-house fitting teams.
Heating, Renewables/Microgeneration – Stand No. G107
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. G107, and discover how our award-winning underfloor heating systems, unbeatable expertise in integrating renewables and bespoke system design can benefit your project.
Home Technology & Security – Stand No. K112
Total AV Control are 100% focused on designing and installing a solution to enable all of your home technologies to seamlessly communicate together in an intelligent way to simplify your life. Multi-Room Audio Visual. Cinema/Media Room. Lighting Design and Control. Heating and Climate Control. With over 30 years of combined experience in this sector and many happy customers, you can be confident that we will provide you with a unique personal and professional service.
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 home.
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 definitely influence the final outcome of your project!
Are you going to the HBR 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!