Britain's love affair with homebuilding continues with the Homebuilding & Renovating Show returning

Britain’s biggest self-build and renovation event, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to the NEC, Birmingham (24-27 March 2011) with new ways to educate and inspire visitors wanting to build their future. This year’s show is even bigger and more interactive with a whole host of new and innovative design ideas, practical workshops and hands on demonstrations and over a 100 new exhibitors, all bringing the latest in homebuilding and renovating products and services.

It is also a chance for visitors to meet over 500 of the UK’s leading self-build and renovation companies, see 1000’s of new products and services and attend one of the 64 free seminars or 48 specialist masterclasses, offering a fantastic opportunity to enjoy advice from the country’s leading experts.

The first thing visitors will see when they arrive at the NEC will be the The Cutting Edge Home by Border Oak– a life sized home which can be built in just five days! This fully built contemporary oak frame cottage, constructed on site, is a new twist on a traditional method. It blends innovation, prefabrication, sustainability and craftsmanship for a price which is accessible to all homebuilders.  Visitors will also be able to explore The Low Energy House by Oakwrights for the first time. The 130 square metre, full sized oak frame house will showcase the latest energy efficient building materials while still capturing the feeling of a traditional oak framed structure.

Homebuilding & Renovating Show returning
Self-builders and renovators looking for ways to get their hands dirty will be impressed by the new practical demonstrations. The Try it Yourself Area, organised by Coventry Building Workshop, provides free interactive training sessions on skills such as tiling, bricklaying, plumbing and plastering.  The Tricks of the Trade Demonstrations provided by DIY Doctor and Tools for the Trade, will have qualified tradesmen who will take you through a series of top tips which will save you money.  Landscaping Ideas, created by Buildbase, will demonstrate how sustainable, renewable and energy generating products can be incorporated within a garden setting.

Traditional and listed homeowners will also be pleased to see they are now specially catered for with the new Period Property Pavilion.  Run in association with Period Living Magazine, it will provide the inspiration and guidance needed to bring a period property into the future or sympathetically restore period features.

The experts from Homebuilding & Renovating magazine will help guide your project from start to finish. Share their real life experience and hear how to avoid the common pitfalls of self-build and renovation projects. Take this as an opportunity to get the latest tips on design, planning and building regulations, budgeting and energy efficiency. Share the passions of our experts including Michael Holmes (editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine and presenter of ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’), Charlie Luxton (green home expert and presenter of Build a New Life in the Country and Best House on the Street), David Snell (consultant at the BBC and the Daily Telegraph’s bricks and mortar expert), Mark Brinkley (author of the House Builder’s Bible), Tim Pullen (eco expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine) and Sally Tagg (planning expert at Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine).

The free seminars offer the latest in-depth advice whether you are building your home from scratch, renovating or looking to add more space. Our experts along with specialists from leading independent bodies will be on hand for a drop-in style clinic to answer your questions in our Advice Centre where visitors will find experts in every field including design, finance, renewable, sustainability, planning restoration and legal issues.  This year we also have more architects offering advice on your self-build projects than ever before at Ask The Architects. Bring along plans and talk to experts from RIBA, CIAT and ASBA saving you saving you hundreds of pounds on consultancy fees. The Advice Centre will offer free 15 minute one-to-one consultations which must be booked at the show.

For visitors requiring more specialist advice, there are 48 free masterclass programmes to address your specific problems and issues. Presented by leading exhibitors, these classes offer a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with the leading companies in the industry.

For a greener approach, The Eco Home Show has hundreds of the very latest in eco-friendly products and developments. Where you are looking to generate your home heat from solar panels, use rainwater around your home or simply need insulation solutions, you will find everything you need to create your sustainable home.

For more information and tickets, visit or call the ticket hotline on 0844 581 1377. Tickets are £10 in advance or £14 on the door (children under 16 go free).