Saturday 24 April

11:00 - 11:45
How do I choose the right windows and doors?

Discover everything you need to know before choosing windows and doors for your renovation or self build, from the latest glazing technology to costs and finding the right supplier for your project.

Jason Orme - Homebuilding & Renovating
Matt Higgs, Kloeber
Brendan Barrett, ODC
Vasilis Giannopoulos, EcoHaus/Internorm

12:00 - 12:30
What are the most common renovation mistakes and how can I avoid them? 

Renovating an older property can be a bit of minefield as you uncover hidden problems once work begins. Our experts share the most common problems, including underestimating costs and time scales, and explain the best ways to overcome any situations that do arise.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating
Gary Finnie: Director of Caledonian Building & Landscaping Ltd
Mandeep S Matharu, Director of RM Developments (London) Ltd
Robin Atherton, Director of Mack Construction

13:00 - 13:45
How can I make sure my project is protected? 

Don't start planning a major self-build or renovation project until you've looked into how to protect yourself from financial risk. In this seminar, we'll look at the importance of project insurance and how to make sure it covers everything you need.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating
Peter Richardson, Self Build Zone

14:00 - 14:45
What are your options for project management?

Choosing a route to build that suits both you and your budget is an essential ingredient of any successful building project. This seminar explains the options available and provides the inside track on how to save £1000’s by get the best from your builder or project manager.

Mark Stevenson - Potton / Kingspan


15:00 - 15:30
How do I find the right architect and work with them successfully? 

Whether you're planning your dream self build or extension, it's crucial to work with an architect to get the perfect design for you and your family. Here's how to find the right one and tips on getting the most from your working relationship.

Kunle Barker, Property Expert, Journalist & TV presenter on ITV's Love Your Home & Garden with Alan Titchmarsh & Renovate Don’t Relocate with Sarah Beeny.

Sunday 25 April

11:00 - 11:45
What are the best green energy options?

Whether you're self building or renovating, it's well worth having an understanding of the green energy options available. With the Government advising against conventional gas boilers, what are the alternative options and which is right for your project?

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating

David Hilton, Director of Heat and Energy Ltd

12:00 - 12:30
How do I choose external finishes for my project?

How you choose to finish your home's exterior can make or break your project, whether you opt for timber cladding, render or composite cladding or a combination of them all. Join this panel for advice on making the most of your home's exterior.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating

13:00 - 13:30
How can I get the most from my builder? 

Having the right tradespeople on board can make or break your project. In this seminar, experts from the Federation of Master Builders explain how to assemble a team that will deliver your project to the highest standards.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating
Gordon Nelson, FMB Scotland Director
Alli Gay, CHI Homes
Nik Nelberg, Earl and Calam Design and Build Ltd

14:00 - 14:45
What do I need to know about timber-frame construction?

Timber-frame construction has never been more popular, both for self builds and extensions. In this seminar we look at the benefits of timber construction, the costs and energy efficiency.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating
Tim Crump, Oakwrights,
Merry Albright, Border Oak

15:00 - 15:30
The impact of design on health and wellbeing. 

Discover the impact great home design can have on your health and wellbeing with this session from our headline sponsor, RIBA

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating
Ben Channon, Assael Architecture
Ellie Ratcliffe, environmental psychologist and lecturer