Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2021 in London – Preview
After a long year and a half, the biggest homebuilding show in the UK is returning with its first in-person event. The Homebuilding & Renovating Show will be returning to the ExCeL Centre in London and will take place over 3 days (24-26 September). This is a great opportunity to develop your self build knowledge and learn about the wide variety of contemporary products available.
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 very excited to finally attend the HBR show in person, it has been long awaited! We are sure that the new generation of Self Builders will benefit from the show at the ExCeL, London.
We know that being new to the world of Self Build can at times be daunting and overwhelming as there is so much information to learn. However, the more you learn, the better chance you have of a successful project. We, have therefore created this guide, which is designed for the new self-builder who is 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 three-day event will host almost 200 exhibitors providing the opportunity to discuss your project face-to-face with some of the industry’s top specialists. There will also be over 60 seminars and masterclasses in three different theatres. We have selected the top talks from the main theatres, and the top exhibitors you should speak to in order to get the most out of the show!
SELF BUILD THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2021 in London are divided between three stages: Self Build, Masterclass, Home Improvement theatre. For a prospective self builder, the most valuable seminars will be presented in the Self Build theatre. There 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 Self Build theatre:
Top 5 Self Build Theatre Talks:
How much will it cost to build a house?
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 15:30-16:15
An expert guide to understanding self build costs. 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.
A beginner’s guide to building your own home
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine, Tom McSherry – Finance Expert at BuildStore. Everyday at 10:30-11:15
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 finance 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: How to apply, and how to get approved
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine. Everyday 11:30-12:15
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 a green home
Allan Corfield – Design Expert. Everyday at 12:30-13:15
Creating a low-energy, eco-friendly home starts with good design. We reveal the secrets to minimising heat loss and overheating by working with your design team from the start of the project. Our expert – an acclaimed designer of low-energy homes – gives an insider’s guide to the key principles and how to ensure your home performs well.
How to find a building plot
Mark Stevenson – Managing Director at Potton & Kingspan Timber Solutions Ltd, Everyday 13:30-14:15
An expert, in-depth guide to finding building land. So many people give up on their self build dream because they can’t find land. This seminar reveals the secret ways developers fnd land and shows you how to apply them to your project.
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 over 30 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 talks:
Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
The five levels of Home Automation
24 September 11:00-11:20 – AB Audio
Harvest the power of nature to create the perfect indoor climate – understanding the benefits of renewable heating systems
24 September 12:30-12:50 – NIBE Energy Systems Ltd, Stand: C131
The benefits of installing MVHR Ventilation in any property
26 September 15:00-15:20 – Total Air Quality, Stand: B152
The benefits of building with Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF)
25 September 13:30-13:50 – ICF Supplies ltd – Nudura, Stand: J122
Windows for eco homes: the importance of specifying the correct glazing in passive and sustainable homes
25 September 12:00-12:20 – Internorm, Stand: EC122
Timber Frame Design & Build; An overview of the benefits of timber frame as a build system and working with an offsite timber frame package provider to realise your project
24 September 13:00-13:20 – Fleming Homes, Stand: F139
The secrets of great Kitchen design revealed
26 September 12:30-12:50 – Kitchens 4DIY, Stand: E144
HOME IMPROVEMENT THEATRE TALKS
The Home Improvement theatre will feature talks that will help you upgrade and make finishes to your home that you will be proud of. We have listed below our top 5 talks:
Top 5 Home Improvement Theatre Talks:
Wow Factor Design – and How to Get it!
Allan Corfield – Design Expert. Everyday at 11:00-11:45
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 Make Old Homes Warm
David Hilton – Eco Expert. Everyday at 12:00-12:45
Is your home cold and draughty? This seminar reveals the key approaches to tackling heat loss, installing new heating, improving insulation in older homes and tackling the other joys of aging housing, such as condensation and damp.
The Kitchen Design Guide
Julia Kendell – Interior Design Expert. Everyday at 13:00-13:45
We all know how important kitchens are for living and eating as well as cooking. This inspirational seminar shows you how to plan the space in order to avoid the common mistakes – and achieve the kitchen of your dreams.
How to Manage a Building Project
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert. Everyday at 14:00-14:45
There are many different ways to build or renovate your own home. From using a design and build package company through to managing your own team of contractors, this insider’s guide explains the pros and cons, and how to make the right choice for you. Includes a guide to finding and managing builders.
Planning Permission for Home Extenders and Converters
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert. Everyday at 15:00-15:45
The rules around whether you need planning approval for your home extension are pretty complex. Luckily, our expert reveals the rules and how to navigate them – and if you do need a form of planning approval, how to apply. We’ll look at the rules for conversion projects, from lofts to barns, and how to approach prior approval.
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating show in London 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 London are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Bob Branscombe is one of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors and with over 30-years’ experience in both self-build and construction, he still harnesses a long-time obsession with hands on self-building.
There will be almost 200 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in London. 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 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a Self Build venture:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
Structural Systems – Stand F139
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. 425 and speak to their specialists..
Windows – Stand C122
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.
Home Technology & Security – Stand H132
Specialists in design, supply and installation of AV and Home Automation giving you the full Smart Home Experience. They will be showing a fully operational Control4 system including voice control for lighting, climate, entry control and blinds. They also offer a service contract giving you access to technical support 24/7 365 days a year for your piece of mind.
Doors & Windows – Stand E112
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.
Renewables/Microgeneration – Stand C131
Nibe value their Nordic heritage by reaping the renewable energy of nature, and by combining it with new smart technology, they can offer effective solutions that protect people and nature. Their wide range of products provides your home with cooling, heating, ventilation and hot water with minimal impact on the environment.
Professional Services – Stand G152
Self-Build Zone are the market leading provider Site Insurance, Structural Warranties and Legal Contract packs for Self-Builders, Community Groups, Renovators and Enabling Developers. Your builders Public Liability cover will not adequately cover the whole project and home insurance excludes renovation and alteration works, so to find out how to correctly insure your project, have a chat with one of the team. Self-Build Zone is the sole provider for Site Insurance and Structural Warranty products for the NHBC for self builders.
Insulation & Damp Proofing – Stand J122
Building codes today demand buildings and structures to be built with greater energy efficiency by utilising continuous insulation. Nudura insulated concrete forms allow you to complete the building envelope with one building product for a stronger, more efficient structure. ICF’s give you the opportunity to build residential, commercial and a variety of other build projects while achieving the demands of todays, and future, building codes. For product and Technical advice or training, contact the Team at ICF Supplies Ltd, the UK’s leading authorised distributor of Nudura concrete forms.
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!
The organisers are working closely with the ExCeL and their exhibitors to ensure that their visitors feel safe and have a great day (or days!) out at the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show. Here are the key measures that they’re putting in place. The measures sit within one of three categories: Controlled, Clean, Safe. Read more info here.
Are you going to the HBR Show in London? 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!