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National Custom & Self Build Week

National Custom & Self Build Week

National Custom & Self Build Week is an annual event that takes place in May and heralds an exciting series of events to help promote custom and self build and encourage more people to turn their dreams of building their own home into a reality.

National Custom & Self Build Week 2015

The 2015 event - organised by Grand Designs Live and NaCSBA - takes place from the 2nd to the 10th May and this year is centred around a multitude of events taking place at London's ExCeL centre.

The Week will include daily talks in the Grand Theatre on Planning, Self Build and Sustainability. Top celebrity experts including Kevin McCloud and George Clarke plus politicians will be bringing you up to speed with the latest announcements happening live at the show. There are also some great products on show taking part in the Eco Trail.

Make sure you come along to get help and advice on how to get started with your own custom or self build project!

NATIONAL CUSTOM & SELF BUILD WEEK 2015 EVENT LISTING (all events are subject to change and take place HERE):

SATURDAY 2 MAY - 11:00-11:45

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Kevin McCloud meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

SATURDAY 2 MAY - 12:00-12:45

THE POWER OF COLOUR

Top interior designer Jo Hamilton reveals tips and tricks to get the right colour scheme in the right place.

SATURDAY 2 MAY - 14:30-15:15

SELF BUILD ON A SHOESTRING IDEAS COMPETITION

It’s National Custom & Self Build Week and the ideal time to kick of this year's competition. This time, the challenge is to design co-housing in a rural situation.

 

SUNDAY 3 MAY - 11:00-11:45

GRAND DESIGNS ON WATER

George Clarke meets an architect partnership which specialises in flood-proofing buildings.

SUNDAY 3 MAY - 13:00-13:45

SHOW ME THE MONEY – NEW WAYS TO FINANCE YOUR BUILD

As self build gains ever more traction in the recovering housing market, we take a tour around various finance options – including the Government’s Custom Build Investment Fund.

SUNDAY 3 MAY - 16:00-16:45

GEORGE CLARKE’S LIVE TROUBLESHOOTING WORKSHOP - BATHROOMS

Upload your bathroom issues to the Grand Designs Live website, and George will select some projects to work with, drawing his solutions live on stage.

 

MONDAY 4 MAY - 11:00-11:45

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

George Clarke meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

MONDAY 4 MAY - 12:00-12:45

SAVE 50% OF YOUR BUILD COSTS

Self build expert Barry Sutcliffe takes you through the best ways to build your dream home for half of what you thought it would cost.

MONDAY 4 MAY - 16:00-16:45

GEORGE CLARKE’S AMAZING SPACES

George introduces Natalie Edwards, one of his favourite 'Amazing Spaces' characters, who has created an optician’s practice in a shed.

 

TUESDAY 5 MAY - 11:00-11:45

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Kevin McCloud meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

TUESDAY 5 MAY - 12:00-12:45

FUTURE TECHSTRAVAGANZA

As the world goes green, it also goes tech. Just how useful, relevant - and eco-friendly - are the latest techy ideas for green living, asks self-confessed geek Lucy Hedges.

 

WEDNESDAY 6 MAY - 11:00-11:45

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Richard Hawkes' Crossway has become an exemplar for sustainable and energy-efficient building, supported and enhanced with the smartest of technologies. He discusses where this relationship will go next with Charlie Luxton.

WEDNESDAY 6 MAY - 13:00-14:00

CHARLIE'S INTERACTIVE: WILL YOUR DESIGN WORK?

Charlie Luxton picks a selection from your pre-submitted project designs, drawing out and drawing up the ideas, finding strong points and the weak. Apply online prior to the show.

 

THURSDAY 7 MAY - 11:00-11:45

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Kevin McCloud meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

THURSDAY 7 MAY - 12:00-12:45

SELF BUILD BEST PRACTICE AROUND THE UK

NaCSBA's Research & Development team - comprising former Chair Ted Stevens and senior DCLG policy adviser Mario Wolf - has been researching the best self build projects around the country. Come and see the state of the art.

THURSDAY 7 MAY - 13:00-14:00

THE BIG DEBATE – WHICH PARTY DOES SELF BUILD BEST?

On General Election Day, we assemble a panel of influential spokespeople to explain the political landscape for self build to Kevin McCloud.

THURSDAY 7 MAY - 14:30-15:15

CASE STUDY: OLD HOME, ECO-HOME

Restoration and sustainability expert Marianne Suhr tells the story of one of her recent projects. Even if you don't live in a Grade I listed sheepshearer's cottage, there are lessons here for everyone.

 

FRIDAY 8 MAY - 11:00-11:45

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Charlie Luxton meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

FRIDAY 8 MAY - 13:00-14:00

CHARLIE'S INTERACTIVE: WILL YOUR DESIGN WORK?

Charlie Luxton picks a selection from your pre-submitted project designs, drawing out and drawing up the ideas, finding strong points and the weak. Apply online prior to the show.

FRIDAY 8 MAY - 16:00

DRAW YOUR DREAM

Architect Richard Coutts takes you through writing a professional design brief that encapsulates your vision in a clear and precise way - and which will appeal to the planners too. Watch it take shape as a drawing before your eyes!

 

SATURDAY 9 MAY - 11:00

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Kevin McCloud meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

 

SUNDAY 10 MAY - 11:00

MEET TV’S GRAND DESIGNERS

Charlie Luxton meets the people who have learnt what it's like to make a life by making a home - with the TV cameras watching.

SUNDAY 10 MAY - 13:00

CHARLIE'S INTERACTIVE: WILL YOUR DESIGN WORK?

Charlie Luxton picks a selection from your pre-submitted project designs, drawing out and drawing up the ideas, finding strong points and the weak. Apply online prior to the show.

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