Saturday 16 January

10:30 - 11:15

The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Own Home
Dreaming of living in a home built for you and your family’s individual needs? Find out everything you need to plan your dream self build – from advice on finding a plot and securing planning permission to how you can build it on a budget.

Jason Orme - Homebuilding & Renovating

11:30 - 12:15

Your Guide to Project Costs
Anyone taking on a self-build project will be wondering how much it will cost and how they’re going to finish the build within their budget. This seminar will explain the costs involved and what factors must be managed to make sure you don’t bust your budget.

Mark Stevenson - Potton / Kingspan

13:00 - 13:45

How to Find the Right Builder, and Work With Them Successfully
Whether you're planning your dream self build or extension, it's crucial to work with a builder successfully. Here's how to find the right one and tips on getting the most from your working relationship.

Andy Stevens 

14:30 - 15:15

Kitchen & Bathroom Design Secrets
Our existing kitchens often don’t meet the needs of a modern family. If you aspire to create an open-plan, multi-functional kitchen space, the project requires forethought, design skill and good planning.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating

16:00 - 16:45

The Most Common Self-build Mistakes... and How to Avoid Them
Self building for the first time can be a daunting experience. This session will help you predict potential problems before they happen and leave you equipped to deal with them in the best way.

Bob Branscombe

Sunday 17 January

10:30 - 11:15

Plots & Planning: Everything You Need to Know
Learn how to identify different types of plot, what might be an appropriate plot in planning terms. Understand what to look for when you search for plots to help you avoid pursuing plots that will be likely to be difficult to deliver through the planning process. The pre-application process, technical reports and what you need to do before you decide to apply for planning permission.

Sally Tagg - Foxley Tagg

11:30 - 12:15

Ways To Add Wow Factor To Your Home Design
Great design is the key to creating a home with real wow factor. Architect Allan Corfield talks you through the design process and key principles that will help create a home you'll be proud of for years to come.

Allan Corfield - AC Architects

13:00 - 13:45

How To Create a Sustainable Home
 In this seminar the ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation is explained. Understand the best ways to optimise insulation values, the importance of balancing air tightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain, plus how to choose the right heating system including renewable energy options for heat and power.

David Hilton 

14:30 - 15:15

The Ultimate Guide to Extending Your Own Home
Old homes don’t necessarily meet our modern needs, and a successful extension project can transform both our homes and our lifestyles. But hiring builders, sorting out the design, buying materials and understanding how much it will all cost is difficult to find independent, expert information on.

Jason Orme - Homebuilding & Renovating

16:00 - 16:45

How To Remodel Your Home: Adding Space Without Extending
Are you crying out for more space? Before you you start to plan an extension, take some time to look at how you could rework the space you already have

Laura Jane Clark