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Allan Corfield14.6.2024

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2024 in Surrey - Preview


The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2024 in Sandown Park will be split between the Seminar and Masterclass Theatres. For a prospective self-builder, the most valuable seminars will be presented in the Seminar 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 Seminar Theatre:




A Beginner’s Guide to Building Your Own Home

Mark Stevenson – Self-Build Expert, Tom McSherry – Finance Expert at BuildStore. Everyday at 10:30-11:05

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.

How To Get Planning Permission: The Key to Unlocking Development Potential

Sally Tagg - Planning Expert. Every day at 11:15-11:50

Understanding the planning system is key to a successful self build or renovation project - but it can be difficult for amateurs to get to grips with. This seminar explains the process, what you'll need to do to prepare and submit a valid application, and how to get it approved. Presented by a leading self build planning consultant, you'll learn how to maximise your chances of success. 

How To Design A Life Enhancing Home With Real Wow Factor!

Allan Corfield – Design Expert & MD at Allan Corfield Architects Ltd. Every day at 12:00-12:35

Be inspired by this guide to how to make your home truly amazing through thoughtful, tried and tested design techniques. Our expert architectural designer reveals the must-have features to make your home special – both to look at and to live in.

The Kitchen Design Guide

Julia Kendell - Interior Design Expert, Kendell + Co. Every day at 14:15-14:50

A comprehensive guide to the key considerations when planning your new kitchen to ensure a beautifully designed and high-functioning space. Julia explores the very latest design ideas and how to prioritise to craft your perfect kitchen.

 The Expert Guide To Renewables and Energy Efficient Heating Solutions

David Hilton – Eco Expert at H&R Magazine. Every day at 15:00 - 15:35

Whether a new build or a renovation, our independent expert explains the pros and cons of the latest heating options from heat pumps to infrared, and how to choose the right system for your home. Plus a look at micro generation and battery storage to make use of off peak electricity and how to integrate solar PV with your heating system.

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The Masterclass theatre will feature exhibitors who will demonstrate their products and share information from their areas 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 20 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top 3 talks:


A Guide To VAT Reclaim

29 Jun 10:30-10:50 – Andrew Jones

Triple Glazing: the best option to meet Future Homes Standard Part L

29 Jun 11:00-11:20 – Internorm Windows UK Ltd

Selecting sliding doors for your project: 8 things you need to consider

30 Jun 11:00-11:20 - Minima Sliding 



Designed to help you improve the efficiency of your home. With all-new theatre sessions and eco-energy focused experts at our Advice Centre, there’s no better place to figure out your home energy goals.

Home Energy Hour

The Home Energy Hour is a brand-new feature at the show. It comes to the theatres with talks designed to inform you of the latest trends and advancements in home energy and help you make your home leaner and greener.

Home Energy Academy

The Home Energy Academy is another new addition to the show. The academy offers free advice at its Advice Centre to help you understand how to make the most of the energy in your home, save money on your bills, and reduce your carbon footprint.



The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Surrey 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 Surrey 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.


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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!



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.



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.


There will be over 150 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Surrey. 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. There will be companies that specialise in design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and much more. You can view the full exhibitor list here

It wasn’t easy, but we have chosen the top 4 exhibitors you should visit when planning a Self Build venture:


VAT Reclaim with Andrew Jones 

Stand S756

Andrew Jones (The Vatman) Ltd specialises in processing VAT reclaims under a government scheme called VAT431. This scheme is designed to enable members of the general public to reclaim VAT they have paid on materials purchased to construct a new build property.


Stand S706

Internorm windows and doors allow you to create your individual living space by offering bespoke solutions tailored to your unique requirements. To find the ideal glazing for your project, you can choose from a wide range of colours, materials and accessories.


Stand E406

Made to Measure Bifold, Sliding, French & Entrance Doors & Bespoke Windows For UK Self-Builders, Home Improvers, Architects & Developers. 

MBC Timber frame

Stand S771

MBC Timber frame specialise in designing and building energy-efficient timber frame buildings and passive houses across the UK. Our super-insulated, precision-engineered MBC Timber Frame buildings are at the forefront of innovation and design – all at an affordable cost. Perfect for you keen self-builders looking to benefit from huge energy savings.

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Allan is a permanent member of the HBR Show team and regularly delivers his talks at the shows. At the Surrey show, Allan will deliver a talk titled: “How To Design A Life Enhancing Home With Real Wow Factor!" (everyday at 12:00-12:35 in the Seminar Theatre).  Allan will also be available as a Design Expert in the Advice Centre.


The ‘How to self-build successfully’ seminar will take place on 5th July 2024 at our office in Dunfermline and will be hosted by industry expert Allan Corfield. 

This one-day course gives you practical advice and guidance from a panel of established experts in their fields of expertise, ready to impart their knowledge and experience to you. The course registration is completely free and includes lunch, refreshments, a full day of expert advice and opportunities for individual consultations.


  • Project feasibility
  • Your project team and the design process
  • Project delivery options
  • Future home standards and construction systems
  • Renewable systems integration
  • Virtual reality demonstration

Are you going to the HBR Show in Surrey? 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!

For more live tips on the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Surrey follow @acarchitects and @allan_corfield on Twitter. 

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