For the first time this year, Britain’s largest homebuilding, renovating and home improvement shows are joining forces to attract both self-builders and remodellers. The inaugural Southern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show will take place in Surrey at Sandown Park from 28-29 June to cater for all projects, tastes and budgets. This year’s event will host over 150 exclusive exhibitors, free seminars and masterclasses, and a wide range of property experts will be on call to provide tips, advice and answers to visitors’ property questions.
As part of a new national educational initiative, The Department of Energy and Climate Change will be hosting seminars at the exhibition to advise visitors on how to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme’s sustainable energy technologies and financial benefits. Visitors can stop by the zone to find out if they qualify for a monetary incentive and access the latest information from RHI experts.
For those seeking interior and colour scheme recommendations, the Dulux Design Service Drop-in Clinic hosts professional designers who will help visitors transform their home into a beautiful property. One-on-one free consultations are available to help consumers choose the most appropriate accessories and furniture for their renovation project.
Planning permission expert, Sally Tagg, will be available at the Planning Clinic for individual 15-minute meetings to guide householders through their planning application, which can be a complicated process. Professional advice and updates on all the relevant rules and regulations will be on hand.
The Kingspan Potton Design Lounge is another hot spot where visitors can gain advice on how to design and create a new home. Potton’s self-build experts will be able to consult on any stage of the housing project, from laying the foundations and erecting the building, to architecture and interior design.
Alternatively, visitors can bring their building and renovation plans to a one-on-one meeting with an experienced and dedicated team of creative specialists at The Oakwrights Design Consultation Service, where they will find all the help they need to choose their plot and make construction decisions. With years of experience building oak framed homes, these certified designers can explain the advantages of opting for the Oakwrights build process, which will allow the flexibility and resistance needed to satisfy the most ambitious demands.
For more in-depth information on the crucial aspects of homebuilding and improvement including design, self-build, extensions, remodelling, landscaping, finance, budgeting and legal issues, visitors can attend the free daily seminars and masterclasses hosted by professional companies and key celebrity experts. The Advice Centre is open to discuss project plans and find solutions to any issues by visiting the live theatre demonstrations. To learn how to hang a shelf or frame a painting, the tricks of the trade presentations are hosted by DIY Doctor Mike Edwards, who will show consumers how to tackle these tasks with confidence and ease.
For specialist help, homeowners can talk directly and individually with 2014’s show panel that includes: Michael Holmes (editor-in-chief, Homebuilding & Renovating magazine), Jason Orme (editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and self-build expert), Sally Tagg (planning projects expert at Homebuilding & Renovating magazine), David Snell (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s self-build and plot finding expert), Tim Pullen (eco expert at Homebuilding & Renovating magazine), Bob Branscome (chartered surveyor and builder) 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 http://surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk