nSBRC - Self Build and Renovation

During May’s National Self Build & Renovation Show we surveyed 308 visitors to find out their views on self-building.

76% of people were considering self-building to ensure they have a tailor-made home, and 71% of people were very likely (40%) or likely (31%) to build their own homes. Read on to find out what our survey revealed and discover how a visit to October’s show will help move your own ideas forward.

If you would like to know how to achieve a bespoke home our free Self Build Course Taster Sessions are not to be missed!

 FREE Self Build Course Taster Sessions - Build It Theatre

Join our host Mike Hardwick, as he delves into the details of a self build project with these comprehensive sessions based on our popular 3 day Self Build Course.
Part 1: Budgeting & Land at 10:00am each day.
Part 2: Planning & Building Regulations at 12:00pm each day.
Part 3: Trades, Materials & Project Management at 3:00pm each day.

If you are improving an existing property, make sure you join us for the following sessions:

 FREE Guided Renovation House Tours
Join our experts as they walk you through our full-size renovation property to understand a wide range of common problems and projects; from damp proofing and poor insulation levels to structural issues and tackling loft conversions.
Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis and can be booked at the Visitor Information Desk.

Brand new! Tricks of the Trade Theatre
This interactive theatre, produced with the team from DIY Doctor, is offering practical demonstrations and tips on a range of topics including plastering, domestic electrics, hanging wallpaper and dealing with trades.

Various times each day in the Tricks of the Trade Theatre.


Questions around financing a project? Want help getting on the housing Ladder?

Funding a Self Build, Renovation or Conversion Project

Join BuildStore as we explore your options for Funding a Self Build, Renovation or Conversion Project.

11:00am each day in the Build It Theatre.

If your motivation is saving the planet or saving on bills we will be showcasing many products and ideas during the show to help you build a greener home.

Green Question Time
Our panel of selected experts will be answering and debating your questions on all things eco.  

1:00pm each day in the Build It Theatre.

Do you like the idea of having a real say in the design and construction of your new home? Then make sure you visit our experts for a chat.

Ask The Expert Zone
Book free 1:2:1’s with a huge range of specialists including architects, designers, building control, planning advisors, energy consultants and many more.

With finding land the biggest barrier people face when considering a self build, be sure to visit the BuildStore Hub and talk to their team about PlotSearch – their live database of building plots.

 Almost a quarter of respondents felt they needed to build their knowledge. We will be offering free help from our own independent Help Desk and will also be offering all show visitors exclusive discounts off our range of Self Build Courses.

We hope you found these survey responses interesting and we look forward to welcoming you to October’s Show!


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Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 10am – 4:30pm

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