Self Build Academy Taster Sessions

Self Build Academy Taster Sessions

At our 2016 shows, Potton’s Self Build Academy partnered up with Build It to offer a series of courses to help guide self builders through the exciting journey of building their own home. Sessions covered all build systems and offered impartial, practical advice.

Build It Live featured short 20 minute sessions from the Academy to give visitors a ‘taste’ of what to expect from the full day courses, which run at Potton’s show centre throughout the year.

Below is an example programme, taken from our 2016 show schedule:

10.20 Finding a building plot

Potton deliver top tips for finding that all-important building plot. This taster session will investigate ‘is it a plot or not?’ – what to look out for, managing risks and purchasing land.

12.00 Custom build

An explanation of custom build, how it differs from self build and how to work with Potton at Graven Hill in Bicester and other locations.

12.30 Passivhaus explained

Potton deliver a detailed look into building a Passivhaus, using their all-new show home as a case study. This session will explore the rigorous design and construction requirements to deliver performance and ensure certification.

13.00 Making the most of your plot at Bicester

Looking specifically at Graven Hill, we explain how to make the most of your plot and provide you with more detailed information on design , low-energy homes and project costs.

15.00 Designing your home

This taster explains the design process step by step. What do you need to consider, how to ensure the home fits your lifestyle and how to work with your designer to achieve your dream home.

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Beginners guide to self build front cover

Anyone who attended a session was given a free Beginner’s Guide to Self Build book, written by Build It in association with the Academy.