Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2021 in Somerset – Preview
After a very successful show in Harrogate earlier this month, Homebuilding & Renovating is coming to Somerset. The Bath & West Showground will be open to self-builders on 20-21 November and will offer a variety of seminars and masterclasses that will allow you 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; ranging from the best seminars and masterclasses, to the top experts and exhibitors. So, if you are planning to build your dream home, this event will be the inspiration and motivation you need!
We are very happy to be back at the HBR shows in person this Autumn. The last shows highlighted the increasing demand for self build in the UK and the benefit of in-person events that allow direct communication with industry experts and other self-builders.
We know that being new to the world of Self Build can at times be daunting 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 novice 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 two-day event will host over 200 exhibitors providing the opportunity to discuss your project face-to-face with some of the industry’s top specialists. There will also be almost 30 seminars and masterclasses in two 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!
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2021 in Somerset are divided between the Seminar and Masterclass theatres. For a prospective self builder, the most valuable seminars will be presented in the Seminar Theatre, where 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 Seminar Theatre Talks:
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 10:30-11:00
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. They’ll give an honest assessment of the pros and cons and run through the key mistakes and how to avoid them.
Planning permission: the ultimate guide
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine. Everyday 11:15-12:00
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 an amazing home
Allan Corfield – Design Expert. Everyday at 12:15-12:45
Every good home starts with good design. 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 much will it cost?
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 13:00-13:30
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.
The green home guide
Allan Corfield – Design Expert, David Hilton – Eco Expert. Everyday at 13:45-14:15
Design and build quality go together when it comes to achieving a low carbon, low bills home – whether through renovation or self build. This seminar reveals the key approaches including everything from PassivHaus to renewables.
How to manage a building project
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 15:15-15:45
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.
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 which structural system is best for your project or which renewables will be appropriate for you; there will be 20 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top picks:
Top Masterclass Theatre Talks:
The benefits of installing MVHR Ventilation in any property
20 November 12:00-12:20 – Total Air Quality
Heat pumps and underfloor heating; renewable, efficient heating for your home. The benefits, considerations and options available
20 November 12:30-12:50 – Nu-Heat
Eco Windows – Double glazing vs Triple glazing
20 November 13:00-13:20 – Internorm
How to fund your self-build or renovation project: a guide to stage payment mortgages
20 November 15:30-15:50, 21 November 12:30-12:50 – BuildStore Mortgage Services
Zero Carbon Heating
21 November 11:30-11:50 – Windhanger UK
Building an Oak Frame House
21 November 13:30-13:50 – Westwind Oak
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Somerset 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 home building project you are at. Some of the experts available to meet in Somerset are:
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.
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.
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.
Michael is Director of Content at Homebuilding & Renovating (Print, Digital and Live), Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). Michael is one of the country’s leading property experts. He was presenter of Channel 5’s ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’ and previously presented ITV’s ‘Don’t Move Improve’ and ‘Good Bid Good Buy’, as well as ‘Build, Buy or Restore?’ and ‘How to Build A House’ for Discovery RealTime.
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.
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!
There will be over 200 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Somerset. 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 that specialise in the 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:
Home Technology & Security – Stand 117
The Amica team believes in true home automation, a house that looks after you. Lights that turn on when you enter, and turn off after you leave. Water that shuts off when a leak is detected. Heating that learns each rooms heating & cooling curves, blinds that slowly open to gently wake you for the day ahead. All of these without ever touching a button or raising your voice. True automation is effortless. As a proud technology award winning company they strive to continue pushing the boundaries of modern technology in any home or business.
Structural Systems – Stand 102
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. 102 and speak to their specialists.
Lighting & Electrical – Stand 103
With over 20 years of experience Lumination offers all services relating to domestic lighting. We provide Lighting design Services for new builds, renavations and extensions. You can rest assured we will bring the very best of lighting to match with your vision whether that be a Georgian mansion or a state or the art new build.
Heating – Stand 311
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. 311, and discover how our award-winning underfloor heating systems, unbeatable expertise in integrating renewables and bespoke system design can benefit your project.
Stair, Stairparts & Lifts – Stand 106
Specialists in the supply and installation of feature staircases, glass and stainless balustrades, frameless glass balustrades and Juliette balconies. Bespoke products both modern & traditional in style. They offer full site surveys & CAD design service. With over 40 years trade experience the GBC can help you find the best solution to fit your home & garden.
Finance, Insurance & Mortgages – Stand B403
Protek Insurance provides Site Insurance and Structural Warranties for new self build, renovation, extension and conversion projects irrespective of whether the work is being carried out by builders, trades or as part of a self-build, Custom Build or DIY renovation project. We are very familiar with the self-build sector and understand the risks you face when building, converting or renovating your own home.
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 homes.
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 influence the outcome of your project!
The organisers are working closely with the Royal Bath & West Showground and their exhibitors to ensure that their visitors feel safe and have a great day (or days!) out at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Somerst. 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.