The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is opening its door once again to give self builders and renovators — as well as those extending their homes — all the knowledge they need to create their dream homes.
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a must-visit event, held at the NEC, Birmingham, for anyone planning or already embarking on a home building project.
The event features our popular self build seminars and masterclasses as well as hundreds of trade stands showcasing their products — all under one roof. Plus, if you need expert advice about your project or a second opinion on your plans, you can seek one-to-one advice from independent building experts at our Advice Centre.
The Show runs over four days from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th of March 2024. Here, we round up the highlights and explain how to make the most of your day at the Show — plus, we reveal how to get two free tickets if you sign up in before it starts.
What to expect at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show
Every day, at the four-day event, you can look forward to the following:
"The virtual world can’t quite compete with the experience of seeing high-ticket items in person, or meeting the supplier of your timber frame kit or a potential architect, face to face," says Claire Lloyd, Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating.
The Advice Centre
Our popular Advice Centre offers free one-to-one independent guidance from planning, building and design experts. No matter what stage your project is at – from early planning to working on site – our experts will help you unlock the potential of your home. Be sure to book your 15-minute consultation at the Show soon after you arrive. You can find out more about which of our experts are available to book an appointment with by looking at our Advice Centre page.
If you're interested in building your own home you can visit the Seminar Theatre and get an insider's guide on how to get started - and decide whether it's for you. Tom McSherry, a Finance Expert from Buildstore, and Mark Stevenson, a self build expert, will explore the different self build routes and explain the key steps, the main choices and considerations, along with a look at what building a house might cost - and how to finance it.
If you're more interested in house design then you get inspired by this guide on how to make your home truly amazing through thoughtful, tried and tested design techniques. Our expert architectural designer, Allan Corfield, reveals the must-have features to make your home special - both to look at and to live in. Plus a look at the core design principles for an energy-efficient home.
You can also attend our seminar on understanding the planning permission process. If you're not familiar with the system it can be difficult and frustrating to get to grips with. This seminar, led by Sally Tagg, a planning expert, explains how the process works and how to navigate it. This will be presented by a leading self build planning consultant, in which you'll learn how to maximise your chances of success.
We have a number of exciting talks for your next project going on at the Masterclass Theatre, such as 'The benefits of reflective insulation in a changing climate', 'Low-energy homes: How to get the design right' and 'Building regulations and what they mean for windows', as well as more yet to be announced.
See, touch and compare products from over 400 exhibitors, and talk directly with manufacturers and suppliers to help you make informed decisions. Whatever your project, you’ll find everything you need under one roof — from windows and doors to roof coverings, kitchens, smart technology, lighting, eco solutions and more.
Home Energy Hour
In addition to all of this you can also find expert advice on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, without going cold. Our eco-expert, David Hilton, will provide practical and realistic solutions for retrofitting an existing house to reduce running costs without compromising space and architectural character, as well as provide the pros and cons of the latest heating options from heat pumps to infrared heating, and how to choose the right system for your home.
Other seminar highlights include:
- Heat Pumps and what makes them efficient
- Triple Glazing: The best option to meet Future Homes Standard Part L
- How to Find and Manage Builders
To see the full programme, check out our online programme and what's on beforehand so you can plan your day out in advance.
Are tickets still available for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show?
Absolutely. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time, or on the day itself if that's what suits your schedule.
There's even the option to get two free tickets in advance, so make sure you don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!
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Rob Keal is the Content Editor at Homebuilding & Renovating. With a background in content marketing, he began his career back in 2016 as a freelancer, before honing his craft at various digital marketing agencies. Looking to specialise in DIY and homes, he joined the team in February 2022.
Renovation has been part of his life since he was nine years old, when his parents bought a medieval cottage and completely revived it, introducing him to kitchen remodels, loft conversions, landscape gardening, and much more besides along the way. A bedroom extension and patio refurbishment are among his next planned projects. He is also passionate about interior design and landscape gardening.
- Joseph MullaneNews Editor