Our programme of free Seminars from self build and industry experts gives plenty of Q&A opportunities.


Below are the topics for the 2017 Seminars. A daily timetable will be published closer to the date of the Show

Getting Started

SelfBuild & Design magazine Editor Ross Stokes delivers an introduction to self build, providing an overview of all of the stages of the process including plot finding, planning permission, design and procurement.

Plot Finding

Peter Johns, Publisher of SelfBuild & Design magazine, will look at your options for finding a plot of land or identifying alternative building opportunities.


Come and hear the experiences of people who have already built their own home.

Ray Vince and his wife have achieved their mortgage-free dream home after a two-phase plan which began with the purchase of a rural property containing several buildings.

Funding Your Self Build

One of Buildstore’s specialist mortgage advisers will discuss how to secure funding for your project and how best to manage your money during the build.

Alternative Construction Methods

Gerald Cole, Consultant Editor to SelfBuild & Design magazine, will discuss alternatives to tradition brick and block construction – including timber frame, SIPS and ICF.

The Planning Process

Sally Tagg of national planning consultancy Foxley Tagg Planning Ltd and also the Technical Representative on planning matters for NaCSBA explains what you need to know about the planning process and how to get planning permission.


Come and hear the experiences of people who have already built their own home.

Meet home-owner Mike Ellis as he talks about his self build experience that led to an award winning Carpenter Oak framed home with energy efficiency and eco values at its core. Mike will be joined by the key people behind the project.