UK’s Top Self Build Experts
Building your own home requires the right balance of your own ideas, and guidance from professionals who have done it all before. There will be a variety of opinions from a wide range of industries; from architects to builders, and from financing to interior design, your project will require expert instruction at some point along the way.
Sifting through the masses of Self Build resources available can be time consuming – so how do you know which experts really know what they’re talking about?
Having contributed to Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, and the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the UK, the ACA team has had first hand experience of dealing with some of the top Self Build experts around – so here are our Top 9 just for you!
Reading up on what they have to say, or getting along to Self Build exhibitions to listen to them, will reap rewards when it comes to getting your project underway.
The UK’s Self Build Champion, Kevin McCloud, presents Channel 4’s popular TV show, Grand Designs, and is also the editor-at-large for the Grand Designs Magazine.
With a wealth of wisdom in design and lighting, as well as unique first-hand experiences of some of the country’s finest and most innovative Self Builds, Kevin has had a huge influence on the Self Build industry over the past 15 years.
As one of the country’s best known Self Build experts, Kevin McCloud presents Grand Designs Live – one of the biggest Self Build exhibitions in the UK. To benefit from Kevin’s insight, get along to Grand Designs Live – or look out for his inspirational books on design and Self Building.
Presenter of Building the Dream and Homes by the Sea for More4, and DIY SOS for the BBC, Charlie Luxton has over 10 years of experience in sustainable architecture.
A list of Self Build experts wouldn’t be complete without him, with Charlie regularly sharing his specialist knowledge at Self Build shows – such as the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, and Grand Designs Live.
As a passionate and engaging speaker, Charlie’s ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions at the shows are always busy – so plan ahead if you want to get an appointment at one of the shows! One of ACA’s projects featured on Charlie’s Building the Dream in December 2015 – see it here!
Michael Holmes is Editor-in-Chief at Real Homes, Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, and Period Living, and offers his expert guidance on Self Build and Renovation projects at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.
As an extremely experienced presenter of a host of property-based television shows, Michael’s seminars are exceptionally well-attended.
As the Chair of the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA), Michael joins a host of Self Build experts who try to make Self Building available to more people nationally. We are certain Michael’s expert advice will make a real difference to your project – if attending a show, book an appointment with Michael as early as you can to avoid missing out! Follow Michael on Twitter here!
Author of the Housebuilder’s Bible, which is now in its eleventh edition, Mark Brinkley has been involved in the construction industry for over 30 years.
A Contributing Editor to the likes of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Mark is also a regular keynote speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the UK.
Having spent many years as a house builder and developer, he now acts as a consultant and agony uncle for many Self Build projects. Mark is often cited as an inspiration to many other Self Build experts, so for anyone thinking of starting their own project – reading anything by Mark Brinkley is going to help you on your way!
Former long-time Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine – Jason Orme has been writing about Self Build and renovation for 15-years, and during that time has given advice to hundreds of Self Builders starting out on their projects.
He is an expert on all aspects of building and renovating – from construction systems and finding land, to energy efficiency and dealing with builders.
In recent years, Jason has advised the Government on ways to make Self Building easier for everyone. In addition, he is the author of The Self-Build Dream, and a popular broadcast expert on the subject; follow Jason for up-to-date Self Build advice!
Mary Riley is a leading UK Self Build finance expert – and has appeared on television shows such as Channel 4’s ‘Trade Secrets‘, and STV’s ‘Safe as Houses‘.
Mary also features as part of the “Ask the Expert” panel for Grand Designs, having gained recognition for her development of funding concepts that allow prospective Self Builders or renovators to realise their dreams and aspirations.
Her knowledge of Self Build financing is second to none, and we highly recommend Mary if you have any questions about funding your Self Build project.
One of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors, and a key speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country, Bob Branscombe has over 25 years experience in Self Build and construction.
His knowledge of project and cost control is highly regarded throughout the industry, as is his enthusiasm for hands-on building.
Having spent his career with many main contractors and large UK surveying consultancies, Bob’s expert advice on cost estimating, and his understanding of the benefits of budget control, will help any aspiring Self Builders stay on track.
Having worked in the Interiors industry for over 25 years, Julia Kendell is the go-to expert for all things interior design.
Known as television’s ‘Queen of DIY and Design’ for her work on BBC1’s ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build‘, Julia enjoys getting stuck in to renovation and Self Build projects – and believes that in order to be a great designer, you must fully understand the ins and outs of building as a whole.
Her passion lies in renovating period properties, and working on Self Build eco-homes – so keeping an eye on what Julia is up to will definitely inspire your project!
As Homebuilding & Renovating’s expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency, Tim’s seminars offer Self Builders valuable insight into building eco-friendly homes.
He runs the green home consultancy ‘Weather Works’, where he advises clients on renewables and energy efficiency in the home.
With an interest in renewable energy and sustainability that started in 1975, Tim really is the expert when it comes to energy efficient building. Have a good scout ahead to see if Tim is delivering a talk at a Self Build show near you – his experience and guidance could really help your project!
Whether tuning in on TV, taking in the books and magazines, or getting along to a show – we can guarantee that the advice and guidance from these experts can truly inspire your Self Build.
Keep an eye out for what they’re up to, and get your questions to them via Twitter, or write to them!
If you’re looking for some answers to some of the broader questions right now, why not contact our in-house Self Build expert today!
Passionate about promoting the Self Build sector, Allan is a member of the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA), and is keen to grow the industry throughout the UK – particularly in Scotland. He regularly delivers talks at Self Build Seminars throughout the UK, and is an expert in designing energy efficient Self Build homes.
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