According to the Self & Custom Build Market Report 2017 – the largest of its kind in the UK – the self and custom build sector is growing by 6.25% year on year, marking its third consecutive annual spike. To assist consumers with ambitious property plans in mind, The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, sponsored by Everest, will be coming back to the Harrogate Convention Centre from 3-5 November 2017. The event is built to offer inspiration to keen renovators and self-builders from Harrogate and surrounding areas through free masterclasses, seminars and one-on-one sessions with the country’s leading property experts as well as introduce new products and services.
The three-day exhibition, which will bring leading brands all under one roof, is essential for people aiming to start a new self-build, renovation or home improvement project or progress with one which is already on its way. The annual show in Harrogate is designed around popular resources required for eco and heating systems; kitchens; bathrooms; doors, windows and flooring, providing a more efficient alternative to browsing the internet in the search for the best options.
Over 240 local and national specialist companies will provide visitors with access to on-trend technologies, products and services that are currently on the market and will also give them the opportunity to discuss plans with the professionals behind them. For more in-depth knowledge and tailored advice, consumers will be invited to attend specialists talks at the Masterclass Theatre.
New to the show this year is Estimators Online, a company which offers affordable estimating services for domestic building projects such as extensions, conversions, refurbishments and new build dwellings. By using its in-house software and quantification techniques, the team will quickly convert visitors’ drawings into an accurate labour and materials estimate.
The Advice Centre, home to the one-on-one consultations, will be a reference point for impartial advice and tailored inspiration. Visitors will be encouraged to come by the Ask the Architect area, where chartered architectural specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will offer 15-minute consultations on topics such as building regulations and structural engineer calculations for loft or barn conversions, extensions, internal alterations, new builds and more.
The Ask the Builder feature will also be returning to the event this year, where visitors will be able to attend free 15-minute specialist sessions at the Advice Centre. Ask the Builder, hosted by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), will be offering reliable and trusted advice on every type of project around the home.
Anyone who has questions relating to self-building and renovating will have answers from the UK’s key property specialists at the Ask the Experts area. Among those delivering free educational sessions are: Michael Holmes (director of content and product development for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Jason Orme (editorial director of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); David Snell (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s self-build and plot finding expert); Tim Pullen (eco-expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine) and Bob Branscombe (building expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine).
For visitors who are currently applying for planning permission or are gearing up to do so, Sally Tagg and her team will be on hand at the Planning Clinic to shed light on the common pitfalls of this procedure.
The Oakwrights Design Consultation Service’s stand is an essential stop for people who aim to incorporate oak in their plans, as the company’s architectural designers will advise on the best practices to blend together traditional building skills with innovative technology.
Standard tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door (children under 16 go free). For further information, visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/harrogate or call the ticket hotline on 0844 874 0484 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).