Exhibitor News

Exhibitor News & Case Studies

Our Exhibitor News page is the ideal place to learn all about the fantastic work our exhibitors have been doing in recent months. Look out for new product announcements, browse through self-build case studies or discover fantastic competitions that will be running at our Build It Live shows!

The exhibitors at Build It Live Bicester and range from windows and doors suppliers to timber frame specialists, renewable energy providers and design & home build package companies. Whatever you need for your self-build or renovation project, you’re sure to find it at Build It Live. New product news from our Build It Live Bicester exhibitors will be coming soon!


Two years after the home-owners saw IDSystems at Build It Live in Kent, the stunning transformation of this 1930s South East London home is complete and the end result is a stunning light filled home with more than fifty percent more floor space and panoramic views over London.

The design, by Selencky///Parsons architects called for a complete modernisation of the home and the addition of a ground floor extension featuring a three-panel theEDGE ultra-slim sliding door system and loft conversion to increase usable space for the family.

The conversion of the loft into a master bedroom complete with en-suite not only increases the number of bedrooms in the house but allows the house, built on the side of a hill in West Norwood, to enjoy a stunning panoramic view over the skyline of Central London.

The sloping site did present a number of challenges however, at ground floor level the open-plan family space is on a split level – but again this challenge has been embraced by the architects and the house features an innovative mezzanine ‘nest’ that is truly unique.

In order to maximise the amount of light getting into the house at ground floor level the incredibly slim 20mm profiles of theEDGE2.0 were utilised, in conjunction with a glass-on-glass corner window. Find out more.


Timber Innovations 

Timber Innovations are a West Midlands-based specialist Timber Frame and SIPs manufacturers providing the design, manufacture and installation of dwellings across the UK. No job is too big or small for Timber Innovations. With several new self-build projects that have been successfully undertaken, see the following case studies to see just a few of their stunning builds.

Ripon, North Yorkshire – case study 

Two Storey House – Market Bosworth – case study

Keep up with current news – Timber Innovation news & blogs 


Need your home adapted for accessibility & sustainability reasons? Gartec has been at the forefront of the platform lift industry for over 20 years, and are the UK’s leading supplier and installer of platform lifts. Read more about the following 3 projects that has transformed and improved the quality of life of these homeowners.

Brighton – Case Study

Surrey – Case Study

Thames – Case study

Hinton Cook

Weldon House

The growth of the family occupying the house meant that extra space was required, but the original fabric didn’t lend itself adequately to additional conversion, so they commissioned Hinton Cook Architects to design an extension. The site resides within a conservation area, surrounded by Listed Buildings.

The project aimed to expand upon key areas such as the kitchen and dining spaces on the ground floor and enlargement of the master bedroom on the first floor.

The extensions comprise an east ‘wing’ which contains a larger kitchen and new breakfast area overlooking the courtyard. On the first floor, the master bedroom was extended accordingly with a front aspect.

A balcony enclosed under the proposed roof overhang on the first floor is accessible from the master bedroom and offers relief to the elevation. This will in turn offer better views out of the master bedroom.

The eastern two storey extension wing was designed to be subservient to the western wing and not project beyond the garage. Find out more about Hinton Cook Architects.

Frame Technologies

Presteigne Timber Frame Manufacturer goes for gold

Specialist timber frame manufacturer, designer and supplier – Frame Technologies, has been awarded the highest possible accolade by the UK’s leading structural timber body. Under a new protocol, Frame Technologies has been the first timber frame specialist contractor to be independently audited for the Structural Timber Association’s (STA’s) Membership and Quality Standards Scheme – STA Assure. The Presteigne based company achieved Gold Status. Continue reading.


Also available, James Dean Estates working in association with Frame Technologies have a rare opportunity for individuals to buy a self-build plot on what will be a select development of four homes a level walk from the centre of Builth Wells. Plot 1 currently SOLD subject to contract. Find out more – Plots 1-4 Builth Wells

(Contact details in pdf*)

Hard Rock Flooring

Hard Rock Flooring introduce the new “Concreto” range from Lea Ceramiche in their showroom and will be highlighting the range at Build It Live at stand C20.

Concreto, the organic structure of cement meets the technology of laminated porcelain stoneware, thus creating original, surprising and appealing surfaces. An innovative and refined collection that can be adapted to any architectural and design context, for unique spaces with a strong narrative value. SEE THE COLLECTION.

Fitzroy Graphite Kitchen – A beautiful family kitchen with dramatic industrial look

The Brief:

Kitchens4Diy.com transformed one of their client’s kitchens into a beautiful open space by knocking down a wall between the original kitchen and dining space. In doing so, they were able to create the family environment they were looking for, enabling their 2 young children to play in the other half of the room while cooking.

They wanted a dramatic industrial look which they achieved with Fitzroy painted doors, fitting perfectly with its simple versatile style & its ability to create clean modern lines. Graphite coloured cabinetry gave the kitchen the desired dramatic look and tied in perfectly with new fitted graphite windows and original oak parquet flooring. In order to differentiate between the dining & cooking area, the client wanted a standalone piece of furniture in a different door style and colour. Kitchens4Diy.com picked a 1909 in-frame with penciled scallop, painted in partridge grey and a solid oak worktop. The colour of the furniture was kept within the same grey tonal range and antique brass knobs kept it consistent with the furniture in the kitchen area.

Designer Tips:

– By placing the Belfast sink central to the window, they placed two dishwashers either side to create symmetry.
– For storage purposes and to keep dangerous appliances away from the little ones, a tall bank of units were incorporated which housed oven, warming drawer, a tandem pull-out and a tall fridge /freezer.
– The tall units created a large expanse of Graphite colour, so advised to expose the brick on the remaining section of wall to create warmth and texture. Their client positioned her raw metal and copper valve radiator on this exposed brick wall to really create a feature.





Border Oak

Border Oak have ready available serviced plots with detailed planning permission for sale! The site is acquired and planning permission is granted on a range of their designs, normally 3-5 bedroom homes. Potential client can then purchase these self-build plots and commission Border Oak to build as much of the house as required, using at least the oak frame structure. They service each plot to the boundary and finish with a master landscaping scheme providing mature trees, gravel. To get a better idea, what their video:  Border Oak Sites in Kingsland

View their full PLOT LIST


lapd Architects 

lapd Architects (stand E12) and our Graven Hill story

“I wish I would have found you a year and a half ago.” Our client at Graven Hill felt like they were finally moving in the right direction again when we revealed their first scheme design to them. We took the time to listen and understand what they wanted for their new home. We designed around their life and realised the vision that they had been struggling to achieve with previous designers.

Our excitement for their project rekindled their aspirations for an affordable self-build dream home.

In just three months we had taken them from initial thoughts through to submitting the Graven Hill plot passport. We made sure their build will work on a practical level, built to Graven Hill specifications and delivered on budget.

As expert Architects in this area, we work to make the design and build process revolve around you. We filter out the noise to help you make the decisions that matter most. We are your guide throughout the Graven Hill journey, remaining flexible to your needs and working towards the successful completion of your dream home.

Find us at stand E12 and talk to us about your project, and how our affordable Architectural solutions can help you realise your dream self-build home.