Preview of Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, Glasgow
The time has (almost) come for the first Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating show of 2019. On 1st & 2nd June, the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow will host thousands of aspiring self-builders.
Today, we provide a preview of the show, consisting of our recommendations of the best seminars and masterclasses for self-builders. We have also included our shortlist of experts and exhibitors.
Several months ago we published a more general preview of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows 2019 with top tips on how to get the most from your visit. We also recommend reading the article.
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.
The show in Glasgow is the largest in Scotland, and offers over 140 exhibitors, with 8 different seminars and 24 masterclasses. We have selected the top 5 talks from the main theatres, and the top 7 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 2019 in Glasgow 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 5 Seminars Theatre Talks:
A beginner’s guide to building your own home
Mike Cruickshank – Self Build and Timber Frame Construction Expert at H&R Magazine, 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 including serviced plots for custom build, get a self-build mortgage, work out what you can afford to build for your budget, develop a design scheme and how to decide whether to use a builder, manage the project yourself or get involved on DIY basis.
Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze
Planning Aid Scotland, Everyday at 11:15-11:45
An introduction to the planning system for self-builders and home improvers. Discover the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your new home or extension project. Learn how the system works, who makes the decisions, how to influence them, when to compromise, when to appeal and more.
Beginners’ guide to creating a low energy home, from Zero Carbon to PassivHaus
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 12:45-13:15
The ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation explained. Understand the best ways to optimise insulation values, the importance of balancing airtightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain, plus how to choose the right heating system including renewable energy options for heat and power.
How to cut build costs without compromising on quality – for self-builders and renovators
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 15:00-15:30
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.
Self-build: The most common mistakes and how to avoid them
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 15:45-16:15
Forewarned is forearmed! Learn how to keep your homebuilding project firmly on the rails by avoiding the most common mistakes and disputes when buying property, dealing with neighbours, designers, builders and suppliers, plus a guide on to how best to resolve difficulties if they do arise.
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 7 talks:
Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
Making Renewables Work For You: A real-life account of one householder’s journey to a greener home
1 June 10:30-10:50 – Energy Saving Trust
Getting Windows Right: The importance of specifying the correct glazing in passive and sustainable homes
1 June 12:30-12:50 – Internorm, Stand: E129
How to fund your self-build or renovation project: a guide to stage payment mortgages
1 June 13:30-13:50 – Buildstore, Stand: B125
Smart Home Design For The Homeowner
2 June 11:00-11:20 – Function Control, Stand: A120
SIPs Explained: All you ever wanted to know about building your own home using structural insulated panels (SIPS)
2 June 12:00-12:20 – SIPS Industries, Stand: B139
MVHR for Beginners: Incorporating Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR) into your homebuilding or renovating project
2 June 12:30-12:50 – ADM Systems, Stand: B131
Are Heat Pumps Right for Me? A guide to choosing the right system for you and the economic benefits that installing a heat pump system brings
2 June 14:30-14:50 – Source Energy Heat Pumps Scotland, Stand: C130
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Glasgow 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 Glasgow are:
Allan is a Chartered Architect, and the Magazine’s Self Build expert – he is also ACA’s founder. As you know, ACA are a self-build specialist architectural practice, working on one-off homes throughout the UK.
His goal is to provide the 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.
Mike is an expert in Self Build and timber frame construction, is a member of the Structural Timber Association (STA), regularly contributes articles to Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine.
Mike has been involved with various TV programmes including My Flatpack Home, DIY SOS and appeared on BBC TV’s DIY Donnie programme as well as delivering talks at the various shows across the UK.
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 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.
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.
There will be over 140 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Glasgow. You will therefore have the chance to explore their various products and services, which can be useful in making 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 have chosen the top 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a self-build venture:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
Ventilation, Stand No. B131
If you are considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR), then a visit to stand no. B131 should be high on your ‘exhibitors to see’ shortlist. ADM Systems offer a full range of services such as CAD design and proposals, site surveys, compliance advice, complete installation by BPEC approved engineers and full ventilation system maintenance and aftercare packages. They also offer a ‘buddy’ service for self-builders installing their own heat recovery systems.
Finance/Insurance & Mortgages, Stand No. D125
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. D125 and check out what they have to offer.
Roofs, Stand No. B124
CUPA PIZARRAS is the world leader in natural slate. Our 16 quarries and 22 processing plants in Spain enables us to offer the widest range of natural slate, with our Heavy 3 slate being the best choice for Scottish roofs.
Bathroom, Kitchens & Furniture, Stand No. F125
Good design is everything when it comes to creating the perfect interior and Fife-based interiors company David L Douglas prides itself on being Scotland’s premier design-led manufacturer and installer of luxury kitchens and interiors.
Windows, Stand No. E129
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.
Structural Systems, Stand No. B139
If you want to build a low-energy house and are wondering what construction method to adopt, The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show is an amazing opportunity to speak with the companies offering sustainable home building solutions and to find the best one for your project. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) offer a modern, cost-effective, environmental and energy efficient solution to building construction. Come to stand no. B139 and have a chat with their specialists to find out if SIPs is for you.
Renewables/Microgeneration, Stand No. E124
With over 20 years of experience and over 1,000 Ground and Air Source Heat Pump projects across the UK, award-winning Smart Renewable Heat are Renewable Heat experts. They specialise in designing, supplying, installing, commissioning and maintaining bespoke, energy efficient, heating solution.
The HBR Show holds a plethora of information for a prospective self-builder. The recommendations we have created will provide a solid foundation of knowledge 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 putting in the effort and time to prepare for the show, as what you will learn will definitely influence the final outcome of your project!
For more tips read our preview of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows 2019.