Our series of free seminars are developed each year by Build It’s editorial team, and our panel of experts, to ensure all common questions are covered – and to give visitors the knowledge to take control of their projects.
All of our sessions are delivered by Build It’s experts and give you the opportunity to discover more about the areas that matter to you, ask questions and find the answers to your burning questions. There’s no need to book, but be sure to arrive in good time in order to reserve a seat.
This is the preliminary schedule for Bicester 2021 and timings and topics are subject to change. Check back on this page for a confirmed programme closer to the time.
10.15 A step by step guide to self build
Discover the pros and cons of building your own home. Learn all about the self build process from one of our experts – from finding land to setting a budget and designing your dream home.
11.00 Designing your dream home
Getting your design right is the essential element in creating your dream property. One of Build It’s architecture experts will discuss how to plan and realise a home that works for you and your family, whether you’re looking to renovate or build from scratch.
11.45 Renovating a Home with Character: Updating an Old House for Modern Eco Living
Build It’s period property and eco specialist gives advice on the potential minefield of renovating or converting existing homes, including older buildings. They will talk through everything you need to know about converting and old house into a modern low-energy home.
12.30 Building a sustainable home
Our eco specialist talks through everything you need to know about creating a low-energy home that’s cost-effective to run – including why it’s important to get the house’s ‘fabric’ right before you invest in renewable technologies, and what you need to consider during the construction stage.
13.15 How to add more space & value
Discover the best value-adding projects for existing homes, from extensions through to loft conversions, and assess which option best suits your family’s needs.
14.00 PANEL SESSION: The perfect way to build your home – plus the great build systems debate!
Uncover the pros and cons of the most popular construction systems in the UK: timber frame, brick & block, SIPs and ICF. Our build systems experts will discuss each structural option, so you can assess which will suit your design, plot, budget and energy efficiency requirements.
15.00 The different routes to managing your project
What are the routes you could take to build or renovate your own home? Our project management expert explains what’s involved in running the project yourself – from purchasing materials and hiring tradesmen to finishing on time and on budget! He’ll also guide you through the other routes available and how costs vary.
15.45 How to find land and getting planning permission
Whether new build, renovation or extension, creating your dream home starts with obtaining planning permission. Our plot and planning specialist guides you through the essential elements, including submitting an application and gaining consent. Plus, get invaluable advice on finding a plot of land.