What’s on at Build It Live?

The last two years have been a challenging time for many people looking to create an individual home. Self builders and renovators have had to make big purchasing decisions without the benefits of face-to-face advice, or the ability visit showrooms and physically test out products like sliding doors, eco products and smart home systems in person.

Well, that’s about to change: the UK’s most practical self build and renovation event is back! Build It Live gives you the chance to experience first-hand how products look, what they feel like to use and – crucially – speak to experts in their fields as you make your specification decisions.

So come join our expert team, plus hundreds of reputable suppliers, in Kent on 5th & 6th February 2022 and start moving your project forward! As well as the opportunity to try out products and materials in person, Build It Live brings you free expert- led seminars, workshops and demonstrations designed to help you achieve project success.

Ask Our Experts

Our Build It magazine experts will be on hand all weekend giving FREE, impartial guidance on any part of your self build, renovation or home extension – without the sales pitch! Don’t miss your chance to tap into the knowledge and experience of our professional planners, architects, project managers, sustainability experts and more. Their independent advice could save you £1,000s on consultancy fees! So, bring your plans, ideas and questions along and make sure you get to the show early to book your one-on-one appointment.

Free Seminars & Workshops

Build It Live offers a range of free workshops and seminars, each presented by leading suppliers, specialists and experts from the self build sector. Each session focuses on specific problems and choices that self builders and renovators face every day, from how to finance your build, to extending your home on a budget.

The Naked House

Our first-fix cutaway home is inspired by the choices we made for Build It’s Self Build Education House. From ICF blockwork to roofing, floor joists, windows and more, the Naked House gives you an unrivalled insight into what it takes to build your own home.

Build Cost Clinic

Want to get to grips with budgeting for your project? Then head to the Build Cost Clinic to book an initial consultation with a qualified, experienced estimator who can help you better understand how much it will cost to turn your plans into the home of your dreams. Their advice will help you focus your design and specification choices, better understand builders’ quotes and could even save you money!

Heating Advice Clinic

Our Heating Advice Clinic returns at Build It Live South East, to help you decide on the best heating system for your home. Do gas boilers still make sense? Are heat pumps low-carbon? Can woodburning stoves be eco friendly? Get the answers to all these questions and more.

Basement Advice Clinic

Building a basement is a cost-effective way to create high-quality space without eating up prized garden space – not to mention beat the planners. Yet it’s all-too-often overlooked in the UK. Head to our Basement Advice Clinic for impartial advice on what you need to know to successfully build, extend or convert a basement.

Extensions Clinic

Find the answers you need to make the most of your budget and add space, value and wow factor to your home at our dedicated Extensions Clinic. From planning permission through to design ideas, specification decisions and getting real value for money, our expert team of architectural specialists will be on hand to guide you through the process and help you identify the best ways to achieve your goals.

Self Build Training Taster Sessions

At Build It Live you can pop along to various taster sessions of our Self Build Virtual Training courses. Run in partnership with Potton’s Self Build Academy, this interactive series will give you the detailed know-how to successfully realise your dream home. Covering topics including where to start your self build journey to choosing the right structural system, these short, 20-minute taster sessions are presented by Build It’s expert contributors and Potton’s highly experienced self build team.

Self Builder’s Own Stories

Self Builders’ Own Stories is an opportunity to hear from people who have already completed a self build or renovation project. Hear real self builders and renovators talking about how they went about creating the home of their dreams. Learn from their mistakes, hear their top tips and ask them questions about their experiences.

Taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2022, Build It Live South East will provide you with the tools, information and inspiration you need to make your project a success.