The Northern Homebuilding and Renovating and Home Improvement Show, an exciting event now for both self-builders and remodelers

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show (Harrogate, 7-9 November 2014, Harrogate International Centre) is updating its offering to customers by appearing for the first time as an expanded combined event with more self-building and home improvement features under one roof than ever before.

Five of the UK’s leading property specialists will be hosting free daily seminars and masterclasses to provide expert guidance on essential topics ranging from building on a budget and remodelling to eco living as well as delivering invaluable and practical insights to visitors. Over 250 local and national companies will be presenting their latest designs, new products, services and innovative technologies to ensure that customers are supplied with a range of options to suit all budgets and tastes.

From period to contemporary design, tailored advice and inspiration will be at hand. Harrogate’s largest home show will assist visitors in adding an extension or loft conversion and will provide vital information on building a home from scratch or redesigning the inside of a house. It will also offer visitors a better understanding of how to utilise resources and labour efficiently and provide an insight into creating their ideal home.

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a government-backed scheme, launched in Spring this year to encourage people to install renewable heating systems. The , Department of Energy & Climate Change will be at The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show to inform visitors about the scheme and benefits of switching to renewable heating technologies. There will be free seminar sessions running throughout the show at the RHI zone to provide consumers with information on the scheme and on how to apply.

For the first time, celebrity chef Nigel Smith, winner of the prestigious Restaurant of the Year accolade will be hosting live cookery demonstrations using Miele kitchen appliances provided by ATI Miele, the only dedicated Miele appliance centre in the North of England. The brand will take over a large section of the Cafe Plaza section at HIC to showcase a wide range of home equipment including washing machines; tumble dryers; vacuum cleaners; coffee machines; and wine coolers. Attendees will benefit from special show offers and free delivery on units purchased during the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to meet with renowned property specialists such as Michael Holmes, editor-in-chief of Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine and self-build and home improvement expert. Each will offer expertise during bespoke 15 minute individual consultations to discuss visitors’ projects. Homeowners will have the chance to get all their questions answered and be provided with invaluable guidance and recommendations based on years of experience.

Throughout the three day show, a wide range of free seminars and masterclasses are available to customers keen to develop their homes, covering topics such as a guide to self-building; applying and obtaining a planning permission; alternatives for extension projects; finance and cost control tactics; efficient eco measures; design ideas for every area of a household and many more. These intensive sessions are popular features at the event so visitors are advised to consult the show timetable prior to the show and arrive early to secure their seats.

Potton, a Kingspan company with design expertise and high standards of craftsmanship, will provide invaluable self-build advice to beginners and the more experienced to assist them with their ambitious projects. With years of expertise in building sustainable timber frame homes, the team of specialists at the Potton Design Lounge will advise customers on the advantages of using this material to construct their house.

The architectural team from Oakwrights, renowned for designing and building oak framed houses, will advise visitors on how to make the most of this natural material’s aesthetic and financial benefits and how to create a unique property that stands out from the crowd.

An essential step before starting a building project is applying for planning permission. New regulations are issued every year and many of the applications are still unsuccessful because of the lack of preparation and knowledge. Expert Sally Tagg and her team from Foxley Tagg will be available at the Planning Clinic to discuss every aspect of the process and provide consumers with insights on development opportunities according to the local authorities.

For those who have a building job underway, a team from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be available at the Ask the Architects stand to provide visitors with guidance on how to put ideas into practice without prior experience, how to design and construct in a sustainable way, and how to tackle challenges and oversee a project from start to finish.

Other experts at this show this year include: Jason Orme (editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); David Snell (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s self-build and plot finding expert); Sally Tagg (planning expert) and Tim Pullen (eco expert at Homebuilding & Renovating magazine).

For more details about the show and tickets visit on or call the ticket hotline on 0844 8740 484. Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door. Children under 16 go free.