Making self build make sense

You may be about to embark on your self build journey but as the experts and self builders at The National Self Build & Renovation Show know, this is just the beginning!

Perfectly timed to coincide with the majority of self builders who commence their projects in the first few months of a new year, The National Self Build & Renovation Show gives both new and experienced self builders alike a unique opportunity to fully experience all the various elements of a build project, with free advice, support, ideas and inspiration just when and where you need it.

Held over three days, from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 February, The National Self Build & Renovation Show is returning to Swindon’s NSBRC – the ‘hub’ for self builders and renovators and the UK’s only permanent visitor centre offering free year-round advice and support.

Heralded as one of the most informative and inspiring events for self builders and renovators, where you have the time and space to clearly address your questions and requirements, the National Self Build & Renovation Show provides a platform where knowledge, confidence and contacts can be obtained under one roof for successful project completion.

With a packed programme of daily live demonstrations, self build walking educational tours, seminars and presentations plus a wealth of experts on-hand to give free, impartial advice on any aspect of your project – from planning to project management – the show also boasts over 250 exhibitors showcasing everything from home automation systems and eco technologies to landscaping techniques.

One of the most popular and talked about features of the show is the Case Study Theatre where you can get up close and personal with like-minded individuals who have taken on their own self build or renovation project.

Taking centre stage will be the new Live Demonstration Arena where you can witness the pros and cons of various products and applications under the heading Battle of the Building Systems, designed to help you make an informed decision when it comes to specifying products and services for your build.

Supporting the saying of ‘you can never have too much information’, the show also features four dedicated seminar theatres addressing topics such as plot-finding to finance, sourcing trades and materials to the latest in eco technologies, plus lively and informative panel debates interspersed throughout each day.

The show also caters for those who are taking on a renovation project such as a barn conversion or derelict property. To meet the demand for this interest, renovation experts Chris Dewhirst and Sam Kirby will be conducting regular tours around a dilapidated Victorian house brought back to 21st century standards using some of the latest techniques and advising on all aspects from site safety to dry rot issues, plumbing and replacement timber frame systems.

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