Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, Harrogate – Preview
After a very popular event in the Scottish capital, the Homebuilding and Renovating Show is coming back to England. On 1-3rd November, thousands of self-builders will come to Harrogate in North Yorkshire, in order to get inspiration for their future homes. This year, the Harrogate Convention Centre will facilitate over 250 exhibitors ready to educate guests about their products and solutions from various areas of Self Build.
10 lectures in the Seminar Theatre and 35 Masterclasses talks should 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 created this preview which will help you to get the most of the HBR show in Harrogate.
If you have not come across our previous article regarding the HBR shows in 2019 – make sure you check it out!
This article presents our top recommendations to get the most from a day at the show; from the best seminars and masterclasses to the 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!
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 in Harrogate 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 5 Seminar Theatre Talks:
Beginner’s guide to building your own home
Jason Orme – Content 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 DIY basis.
Finding your way through the planning maze
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 11:15-11:45
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.
House Design: How to Make Your New Home Amazing
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine and AC Architects, Everyday at 12:45-13:15
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.
How to Manage Your Project
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 14:15-14:30
How best should you approach your Self Build or renovation project? Can you really manage it yourself and save £1,000s in the process? This seminar gives you the inside track on how to become a project manager, learn how to manage tradesmen and understand the critical flow of materials through construction planning.
How to Create a Low Energy Home
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine and AC Architects, Everyday 15:45-16:15
How to build or renovate to ensure your energy bills are as low as possible. A comprehensive guide to the principles of low energy house design, including PassivHaus, and how to apply them to your project. Explore how your home’s construction will affect its performance, and how to specify good-value energy-efficient features. If you’re living in an old home, learn the basics of how to improve its performance and find out about the latest heating systems for those looking to reduce heating costs.
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 35 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top 6 talks:
Top 6 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
How to manage your own building project efficiently and successfully
1 November 10:30-10:50 – JS Building Consultancy
How to Choose a Ground Source Heat Pump: Make your heating system work for you with RHI updates
1 November 11:30-11:50 – Kensa Heat Pumps
Heat Recovery Ventilation: Incorporating mechanical heat recovery ventilation (MVHR) into your homebuilding or renovating project to improve air quality
1 November 14:30-14:50 – ADM Systems
Underfloor heating: The truth behind the myths
2 November 12:30-12:50 – Nu–Heat
A guide to choosing the right building contractor for your homebuilding or renovating project
3 November 13:00-13:20 – Federation of Master Builders
Everything you need to know about Building Regulations – common issues for housebuilders
3 November 15:00-15:20 – jhai Limited
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Harrogate offers the chance to get first-hand advice from many 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 available to meet in Harrogate 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 250 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Harrogate. 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:
Ventilation – Stand No. M140
If you are considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR), then a visit to stand no. M140 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.
Structural Systems – Stand No. M198
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. M198 and speak to their specialists.
Windows – Stand No. B448
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.
Professional Services – Stand No. B359
Jhai Ltd is an Approved Inspector, licensed every five years by the government – via the Construction Industry Council (CIC) – to carry out Building Regulations approvals (Building Control) as an alternative to local authorities. They have processed over 65,000 Building Control applications in the last five years. The team behind jhai’s success: Technical Experts, Department Heads and Directors all work together to ensure that they deliver the very best services to construction professionals and to individual property owners.
Heating – Stand No. C285
Kensa Heat Pumps manufactures MCS accredited ground source heat pumps eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Their engineers offer industry-leading expertise evidenced by thousands of installations carrying the Kensa hallmark. Kensa’s systems are compact, durable, easy-to-install and supplied with an exceptional warranty.
Doors & Windows – Stand No. 266
The elegant and sleek design of the Korniche Roof Lantern adds that special something to your home. Not only does the lantern bring the contemporary and classic together but it also fills your home with light, bringing the outside in, literally lighting up your life.
Finance – Stand No. B417
A small team of 6 specialising in processing VAT claims under HMRC reclaim system called VAT431, previously called VAT DIY Reclaim. They make the process very simple, hassle and stress-free for every self-builder. A team member will visit you to collect your invoices and ask a few basic questions. Do not worry about where you are in relation to us, we service your area with regular visits. We will accept your paperwork in whatever format you have used throughout your build.
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 Harrogate? 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!