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  • Home Show at Sandown Park Promises to Inspire

    southern showAre you interested in picking up the latest in innovative products and services, inspirational design ideas, renovation tips and cost saving solutions for the home? Then look no further! The Homebuilding & Renovating Show, the UK’s only dedicated self-build and home improvement show, is coming to the South of England.

    On at Sandown Park on 27 and 28 June, The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show features over 150 exhibitors, 36 free seminars and masterclasses as well as the unique opportunity to get advice from the Experts. This really is a must-visit event.

    Whether you are looking for land to build your own home, want to extend your property to create an open plan kitchen or are thinking about converting your loft or basement to create extra space you will find the products, services, advice and information to help create your perfect home.

    Want to find out more about how you can improve your home? Then attend ‘How to extend and improve your home cost-effectively’, a free seminar at 11am on both days. Concerned about your impact on the environment and want to do more? Learn more about reducing your carbon footprint by attending ‘Zero-Energy Homes: can you really heat your home for free?’ a free seminar at 1.30pm on both days. Visit to find out more about the other free seminars and the masterclasses that run on both days of the Show.

    If you’re still at the planning stage of your building project then bring along your drawings, plans or just your ideas and speak to one of the many experts at the Show and get some great advice. Visit the Homebuilding & Renovating magazine stand where Michael Holmes, TV presenter and Editor in Chief of Real Homes and Homebuilding & Renovating magazines, will be heading up a team of experts specialising in renovating, design, planning, self-building, and greener living.

    As an added bonus, your ticket will give you free entry to the co-located Kitchen & Bathroom Show, the UK’s only dedicated kitchen and bathroom event that will help you transform your kitchen from sad to sensational or your bathroom to a spa retreat. Meet over 60 individual kitchen manufacturers and suppliers, often not seen on the High Street, who will inspire with bespoke designs and state of the art technology.

    The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is on at Sandown Park on 27 and 28 June. The Show features over 150 exhibitors, 36 free seminars and masterclasses and the chance to Ask the Experts. For more information and tickets, visit Tickets are £5 in advance by calling 0871 945 4547 or £8 on the door (children under 16 go free).

  • Grand Designs Live 2009

    This award winning event for design and inspiration for your home returns to ExCeL London over ten days between 25 April and 4 May.

    Kevin McCloud says "Now's the best time in 15 years to self-build, renovate, convert, extend or remodel...." So, with that in mind, it would seem that all roads lead to London's ExCeL in late April!

    Book your tickets now.

    kevin mccloudThis year’s show will be packed full of new interactive features. Listen to our Big Debates in the Grand Seminar Theatre, get a free consultation with an architect or designer in our Expert Advice Centre, shop from over 500 exhibitors offering an unrivalled range of products – many you will not find on the high street. Get hands-on advice in the How To… Theatre, see the gadgets we will be using in 20 years time at The House of the Future, and find exclusive designer accessories in the Icon Shop. Plus visit the inspiring Grand Village dedicated to demonstrating eco-homes of the future.

    Whether you’re renovating or simply redecorating, Grand Designs Live will provide you with plenty of amazing tips to turn your dream home into a reality. Click here to view our interactive floorplan.

  • London Show Reflects Trend of Home Improvement Increase

    home building and renovation showFive interest rate rises in almost as many months, recent flood damage and a cooling property market have caused homeowners to take a long hard look at their most important asset. For many, moving house is no longer an option and making the most of their current home is the most sensible strategy. This trend has been confirmed in a recent survey by the Halifax revealing that home improvements have increased in popularity by 12 % on last year's figures as more than half the population (58%) have undertaken some form of home improvement in the past 12 months. These figures are borne out by research carried out at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show in March where 44% of visitors described themselves as home improvers, up 6% from 38% at the London Show in September 2006. This is surely welcome news for anyone working in the property industry.

    staircaseThe organisers of the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, on at ExCeL from 19 to 21 September, had already identified this trend and have focussed heavily on home improvements at the Show. The Move or Improve? Pavilion will feature a number of specialist companies covering all aspects of home improvement and Michael Holmes, presenter of the ITV programme 'Don't Move, Improve', will be presenting a daily seminar on 'Renovation Do's and Don'ts: The Key to Successful Home Repair, Extension and Conversion'. There will also be a full day of twelve free Renovation Masterclasses on Sunday 21 September.

    living room"We could see the direction the market was taking and wanted to make sure the Show reflected this" said Show Director Nick Noble, "We feel it is important to offer both our consumer and trade visitors a wide range of products and services that focus on renovation and home improvement. Our research revealed that 75% of visitors see updating a kitchen or bathroom as the most important project following by 72% interested in extending their property and 62% seeking to convert a loft or basement."

    dining roomThe London Homebuilding & Renovating Show also boasts the Eco Homes Zone, the T3 Smart Home Zone and a wide range of self-build exhibitors. Over 220 national and specialist companies will be on hand to offer the latest products, innovations and services. Free seminars and exhibitor-led masterclasses will help visitors to plan their projects. The seminars take a broad overview on a range of topics whilst The Masterclasses concentrate on a different specialist area each day of the Show - Friday is Eco Day, Saturday is Self-Build Day and Sunday is Renovation Day. In all there is an incredible total of 72 free sessions during the three days of the Show.

    The London Show takes place at ExCeL from 19 - 21 September and will feature over 220 exhibitors, 12 free seminars and 12 free masterclasses every day offering an unrivalled source of information and advice under one roof. Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door (children under 16 go free). For more information and to purchase tickets visit or phone 0870 906 2002.

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