There are more people looking for a home in the West Midlands than there are homes to choose from. As monthly demand has risen by over 20 per cent since October, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is upscaling its upcoming event with more than 500 exhibitors, 16 free daily seminars and 35 masterclasses over four intense days, from 23-26 March 2017, at NEC, Birmingham.
The exhibition, sponsored in Birmingham for the first time by Everest Home Improvements, a British company with over 50 years’ experience in double glazed windows, conservatories, doors and more, will host over 15 resident property experts, some of whom are regular TV presenters. These specialists will be on hand to discuss all renovating and building queries alongside companies which will introduce their latest services and products from industries including design; architecture; financial services; kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; ventilation; heating; planning permission and much more. The event will be packed with advice and guidance, and real case studies will be present to talk about their experiences with consumers who are facing similar challenges throughout all stages of their projects.
On Saturday, visitors will have the opportunity to hold 15-minute consultations with celebrity experts who star in their favourite TV property programmes. Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer currently presenting ‘Building the Dream’ on More 4, will talk about eco living, new architectural ideas and homes of the future. Julia Kendell, interior design expert for BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’, ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’ and ‘Rebuild Our Home’, will return to meet with visitors seeking inspiration on how they can revamp their properties through clever interior adaptations.
The show’s resident DIY Doctor, Mike Edwards, will be returning to host live demonstrations to inspire visitors to take matters into their own hands and address some of the key aspects of their projects without the help of a contractor. He will prepare tutorials on topics ranging from installing insulation to coating walls, which will help transform a home into a better place to live and encourage both men and women to roll up their sleeves, which will ultimately save time and money.
For self-builders interested in running ideas past property specialists with years of experience in the field, the Advice Centre is a hub for one-on-one impartial guidance.
Taking on board a building project of any scale can be an unsettling prospect, but this can all be turned into a pleasant experience with the correct advice. Visitors will be able to benefit from the Ask an Architect area, where chartered specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will offer free one-on-one appointments covering topics including building regulations and structural engineer calculations for loft conversions, extensions, internal alterations, new builds and more.
For practical recommendations, the Advice Centre will be introducing an Ask a Builder zone, where members of the Federation of Master Builders will be offering visitors tips on effectively finding vetted and approved construction workers to commission for a project.
If visitors have specific questions, they can attend a 15-minute consultation via interactive sessions with some of the UK’s pre-eminent property specialists at the Ask the Expert zone. Attendees will be able to discuss their plans with: Michael Holmes (director of content of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine); Jason Orme (editorial director of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine); Mariana Pedroso (interior designer and architect); Hugo Tugman (chairman and founder of Architect your Home); David Snell (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s self-build and plot finding expert); Tim Pullen (eco-expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Bob Branscombe (building expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Chris Reeves (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s legal expert and a chartered builder and lawyer); Allan Corfield (chartered architect and self-build expert) and Sally Tagg (an expert on planning permission).
During the event, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show will also support and raise awareness of a new legal duty within the Housing and Planning Act 2016, dubbed the ‘Right to Build’, which commenced on 31 October this year. Through this, the local planning authorities in England have to ensure the delivery of sufficient serviced building plots to meet local demand for self-build and custom build homes. The applications can be filed via a self-build demand register on the councils’ website, so visitors who are at the start of their property ventures will be advised by experts on their legal rights and guided on how to find and apply for a plot of land, a step which will influence significantly the pace of their projects.
Standard tickets are £12 in advance or £18 on the door (children under 16 go free). For further information visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/national or call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 0503 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).