According to the Self & Custom Build Market Report 2017, the largest of its kind in the UK, the South-West region accounts for 14 per cent of all self-build projects, which is the third highest figure after Scotland and the South-East of England. In light of this significant demand, Somerset is readying itself for the return of The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show at The Bath & West Showground from 18-19 November 2017. Sponsored by Idealcombi, the Danish contemporary window company, the event will gather under one roof all the expertise, products and resources required to complete a successful project.
Throughout the show, a wide range of topics from extensions; conversions; home DIY; planning permission; interiors; lighting; doors; windows; renewable technologies; heating systems; project insurance; energy efficiency; home insurance; building regulations and more will be covered at the 20+, masterclasses and 8 daily seminars, which will cater or all needs.
A key opportunity for visitors is a stop at The Advice Centre, where they will receive one-on-one recommendations for their projects. This guidance will prove to be very useful to those who want to become more involved with their plans and learn how to avoid mishaps during the implementation stage thanks to clear guidance.
In this section, the experts from the popular Ask the Builder feature will be present again this year to provide free 15-minute consultations. Ask the Builder, hosted by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), will offer reliable and trustworthy advice on various projects around the home.
In addition, at the Ask an Architect area, chartered architectural specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will be present for free advice and support over one-on-one consultations. They will be covering tips on how to tackle structural engineer calculations, internal alterations and innovative project designs.
Sally Tagg and her team will also be on hand at The Planning Clinic this year for an abundance of information about new planning regulations and laws, providing different methods visitors can use to enable a smooth process, tailored to their requirements.
In addition, Potton, a company renowned for building sustainable timber homes, will be based at its Design Lounge to provide directions to people who want to make most use of this material when building or renovating their property.
Regular columnists from Homebuilding & Renovating magazine will run individual 15-minute consultations at the Ask the Experts zone: Michael Holmes (director of content and product development for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Jason Orme (editorial director of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Tim Pullen (eco-expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Bob Branscombe (building expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine) and Chris Reeves (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s legal expert and chartered builder and lawyer).
Standard tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door (children under 16 go free). For further information, visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/somerset or call the ticket hotline on 0844 874 0485 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).