Saturday 24 April

10:30 - 11:15

A beginner's guide to self build

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

The ultimate 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

10 things you need to know about working with tradespeople

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.

David Guiterrez - FMB / Managing Director of AMIC Ltd


14:30 - 15:15

Kitchen & bathroom design masterclass

We invest most of the budget for interiors in our kitchens and bathrooms, so getting the design details right is crucial. In this session you'll find out everything from how to plan the best layout, to what features you need to include for beautiful, practical spaces.

Michael Holmes - Homebuilding & Renovating

16:00 - 16:45

Planning permission for self builds and extensions

All great self builds start with the right plot, and finding one can be difficult. Learn how to identify different types of plot and find out what might be an appropriate plot in planning terms. This seminar will save you wasting time and money on plots that simply aren't viable for development.

Sally Tagg - Foxley Tagg

Sunday 25 April

10:30 - 11:15

How to create 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 

11:30 - 12:15

The best 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

Heating options for self builds and renovations

Energy efficiency in our homes is all about reducing the need for energy and then optimising the technology choices but also balancing this with our lifestyle requirements. 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

A beginner's guide to home extensions

Old homes don’t necessarily meet our modern needs, and a successful extension project can transform both our homes and our lifestyles. Get expert advice on everything from hiring builders to sorting out the design, buying materials and understanding how much it will all cost..

Jason Orme - Homebuilding & Renovating

16:00 - 16:45

10 things you need to know before self building
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