The National Homebuilding & Renovation Show

The National Homebuilding & Renovation Show

Anyone wanting to embark on a self-build project, or renovate or refurbish their existing property should head to the show at Birmingham's NEC. Experts including Charlie Luxton and Julia Kendall will be on hand - and Deco has free tickets worth £36 a pair to give away

The Nook in the Wye Valley

The National Homebuilding and Renovation Show runs from 22-25 March at the NEC. It's the place to get free advice from RIBA architects, hear talks from experts on a wide range of topics and see products from hundreds of companies. So whether you want an eco-friendly new build in the countryside - such as The Nook in the Wye Valley by Chepstow architect Hall + Bednarczyk (pictured above), or you want find out about the latest in glazing, heating or kitchens, the show is well worth a visit.

Deco has 30 pairs of tickets, worth £36, to give away, so please email us for yours, with your name and address: Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Property is an overarching concern and those of us fortunate enough to own our own homes spend a lot of time thinking about how we can improve them and extract more living space from them. And those who haven't got onto the property ladder are increasingly being urged to think about self-build as an option - albeit that given the price of land, that's nigh on an impossibility in the capital.

So if you've got extensions and refurbishments on your mind, or you're wondering if you can get a small eco house onto a little plot of land you might just be able to buy, head to the National Homebuilding and Renovation Show (22-25 March 2018). You can talk to an architect free of charge for 15 minutes, hear seminars on crucial subjects such as planning permission, and see the latest products from windows and insulation, to kitchens and interior design accessories. 

More than 500 exhibitors will be showing their products - they include Potton, Kensa Heat Pumps, Aga Rangemaster, BergHOFF and Anglia Fireplaces.

Celebs with real expertise

Talk interiors with Julia Kendell
Get advice on your project from Charlie Luxton
You have the opportunity to hold 15-minute consultations with celebrity experts who put eco-friendliness at the heart of their work Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of ‘Building the Dream’ on More 4, will talk about eco living, new architectural ideas and homes of the future. 
Julia Kendell, interior design expert for BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’, ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’ and 'Rebuild Our Home', returns to meet visitors wanting inspiration on how to revamp their houses through clever interior design. 
Oak frame houses are becoming a popular way to do a self build
Find out everything you need to know about sustainable energy

Head to the Self Build Theatre for daily morning seminars on planning permission, the fundamentals of self-build and design inspiration. And the popular Advice Centre has an Ask a Builder zone, where members of the Federation of Master Builders will give you tips on finding vetted and approved construction workers for your project.

Talk to an architect
At Ask The Architects you can talk to one of more than 13 architects from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), who can answer your questions about the process of commissioning an architect and working with them. 
Other advice centre sessions: Ask The Expert; The Planning Clinic; Ask The Builder.
All in all, you should come away knowing a great deal more than when you went in!