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Allan CorfieldJun 5, 2018 12:00:00 AM10 min read

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 in Surrey - Preview

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 in Surrey – Preview

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 in Surrey – Preview

June is a very busy month for self-builders in the UK. Not only is the weather getting hotter (hopefully) but the second self-build show of the month kicks off. Earlier this month we published a preview of the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Glasgow, which will take place on 16 – 17th June. Today, we are presenting a preview of the 3rd HBR Show of the year, which is taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey two weeks later (30th June – 1st July). We have prepared recommendations of the best seminars and masterclasses to see and experts and exhibitors you can discuss your project with at the show.

We know that being new to the world of Self Build can at times be daunting and overwhelming. There is so much information to learn and take in, the more you do, the better chance you have of a successful project. We, therefore, created a guide, which is designed for the self-builders who are at the beginning of their journey. This guide will allow you to get the most out of the show and will support you in getting your self-build project off the ground.

The show in Surrey offers almost 210 exhibitors, with 8 different seminars and 23 masterclasses! We have selected the top 5 talks from the main theatres, and the top 7 exhibitors you should speak to in order to get the most of the show!


The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 in Surrey are divided between two theatres: Seminar and Masterclass. The talks presented in the Seminar theatre will advise on all important elements of the Self Build process. Below are our top 5 picks for the Seminar theatre:

Top 5 Seminars Theatre Talks: 

1. A beginner’s guide to building your own home

Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 10:30-11:15

Learn how to build or commission your own individually designed home and maximise value and choice. Discover the secrets to plot finding, how self-build mortgages work and how to establish what you can afford to build through to getting your home designed. Plus, how to decide whether to use a builder, manage the project yourself or get involved on a DIY basis and reduce costs even further.

2. Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze

Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 11:15-12:00

An introduction to the planning system for self-builders and home improvers. Discover the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your new home or extension project. Learn how the system works, who makes the decisions, how to influence them, when to compromise, when to appeal and more.

3. How to build your own home for under £100,000

Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 12:45-13:30

Discover how to build your home on a tight budget without sacrificing quality or size. Learn how factors such as your choice of materials, fixtures and fittings, design complexity, scale and effective project management all influence construction costs. Whatever your budget, this session will ensure you avoid waste and maximise value.

4. How to add wow factor: design Inspiration for your self build, renovation or conversion project

Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 13:30-14:15

Discover the latest brilliant design ideas and how to incorporate them into your home to add wow factor and create something truly unique. Plus: an introduction to the design process, from choosing an architect or designer to the delivery of the finished project.

5. Beginners’ guide to creating a low energy home, from Zero Carbon to PassivHaus

Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday 15:45-16:30

The ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation explained. Understand the best ways to optimise insulation values, the importance of balancing airtightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain, plus how to choose the right heating system including renewable energy options for heat and power.


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 23 masterclasses which will help you to make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 talks:

Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks: 

1. The importance of specifying the correct glazing in passive and sustainable homes

30 June 12:30-12:50 – Internorm, Stand: S706

2. Passivhaus homes: understanding the construction options for building an ultra-low-energy home

30 June 14:30-14:50 – Flight Homes/Val U Therm, Stand: S733

3. The benefits of building with timber frame

30 June 15:30-15:50 – Fleming Homes, Stand: S841

4. Do I need an Architect? Learn how an architect can help you and what their role involves from concept design to construction detail, to helping obtain quotes and appoint and manage a contractor.

01 July 10:30-10:50 – Green Planning Studio Ltd, Stand: S552

5. Bifold doors versus sliding doors: how to choose what’s right for you

01 July 12:30-12:50 – IDSystems, Stand: S747

6. Planning your interior – turning concept into reality

01 July 11:30-11:50 –  Anthony Mullan Furniture, Stand: S775

7. How to fund your self-build or renovation project – a guide to stage payment mortgages

01 July 14:00-14:20 – Buildstore


Are you considering building your own self-build dream home? If so, download our free ‘introduction to self building’ ebook.


The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Surrey offers the chance to get first-hand advice from some 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:

Allan Corfield

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 builder’s 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.

Michael Holmes

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 McSherry

BuildStore’s finance expert, Tom, has specialised in finance for self-build and renovation for 13 years. Over the years he has put together hundreds of financial loan deals especially for self-build and renovation projects throughout the UK.

Jason Orme

Jason Orme was the long-time Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating and is now Editorial Director. He has been writing about self-build and renovation for 18-years and during that time has given advice to hundreds of people taking on major building projects to their homes. He is an expert on all aspects of building or renovating from construction systems and finding land to energy efficiency and dealing with builders and in recent years has advised the Government on ways to make self-building easier for everyone.

Sally Tagg

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 almost 210 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Surrey. You will, therefore, have the chance to explore their various products and services, 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 many other services and products related to Self Building. It was a really difficult task, but we chose the top 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a self-build venture:

Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit: 

1. Green Planning Studio

Professional Services Stand,  No. S552

Green Planning Studio is a planning-led consultancy specialising in gaining planning permission in areas of development constraint such as the countryside, Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and supported by in-house expertise on planning, architecture, surveying, historic environment, flood risk assessments, contaminated land and landscaped design.

2. Green Retreats

Garden & Garden Building, Stand No. O07

Whether you need a garden office, garden studio, chill out or lifestyle space, Green Retreats have a room for you. Our buildings are designed for use all year round, using a combination of the latest SIP panel technology and highly efficient Kingspan cavity insulation, combined with the finest quality, carefully selected, traditional and sustainable materials.

3. Internorm Windows UK

Windows, Stand No. S706

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.

4. Just Add Popcorn

Home Technology, Stand No. S541

Just Add Popcorn are experts in the design and installation of bespoke Audio, Visual systems; offering stunning finished installations which are both simple and practical to control. Their specialities include: Cinema Rooms, Home Control, Multi-Room Sound & Vision, Structured Cabling, Heating and Lighting Control.

5. The Glass Balustrade Company

Stairs/Stairparts, Stand No. S792

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.

6. Planning Helpline

Professional Services, Stand No. E413

Expert planning advisors from Planning Helpline can help with all types of planning applications and planning appeals. They have an unrivalled record of success in achieving planning permission, both at first instance and on appeal, and are experienced in making and winning costs applications.

7. Laara Copley-Smith Garden & Landscape Design

Garden & Leisure, Stand No. S716

Laara is well versed in classical, traditional and modernist design principles. Working on a wide range of garden design projects from courtyard and city gardens to large rural and country gardens. Encompassing all areas of design such as: Creative consultancy, out-line design, master plans, water features, lighting design, metal and glass design.



The HBR Show holds 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!

For more live tips on the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Surrey follow @acarchitects and @allan_corfield on Twitter. As Allan is part of the show team, ACA has access to some free tickets for the shows just click here and fill the form.


Are you considering building your own self-build dream home? If so, download our free ‘introduction to self building’ ebook.