The exhibition aims to provide a stress-free route to creating a truly individual home, with the opportunity to meet industry experts who can provide invaluable advice and top tips for your project.
Whether you are looking to self-build on Graven Hill, on a standalone plot; or if you are considering renovating, converting or extending an existing property, Build It Live is sure to provide the ideas, inspiration and information you need to drive your project forward.
Receive free one-to-one advice from independent experts on how to turn your project into reality, including how to find land, choosing the right design and what is possible with and without planning permission.
At the second Build It Live Bicester you can discover thousands of cutting-edge and traditional products and meet over 150 of the UK’s most innovative suppliers. There are over 30 free, information-packed seminars, workshops and live demos, developed to address specific problems and inspire confidence when taking on a building or renovation project.
Among the companies exhibiting at Bicester are Potton which offers stylish self-build homes, English Brothers with its bespoke oak-framed houses and Bovingdon Bricks which offers genuine handmade and machine-made Berry Multi Facing bricks, special bricks and arches. John Nicholls will be tempting visitors with its contemporary and traditional kitchens and bathrooms, Kloeber will be displaying its latest glazing solutions including bi-fold doors and Byng Joinery will present its quality timber sash and casement windows, and custom-made bespoke staircases in pine and oak.
Here are some of the interesting features this year:
The Naked House: see a section of a new-build as it comes together after first fix – a fascinating insight into how things are installed, from ICF blockwork and underfloor heating, to the roof trusses and floor joists.
Find a Builder: talk to the Federation of Master Builders which can guide you through the process of finding the right contractor for your project. Access its database of trusted builders in your area. Self Builders’ Own Stories Live: gain inspiration and confidence from Build It readers who have realised their self-build dreams. Hear their stories in the live theatre, on the show floor.
Eco Friendly Building: listen to the daily free seminar on ‘Building a Sustainable Home’ and talk to resident expert Nigel Griffiths, who is the Author of the Haynes Eco House Manual and the Director at the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance.
Graven Hill Zone: find out about opportunities to build your own home on Graven Hill and join the live Q&A to discover how to reserve a plot and what a ‘Plot Passport’ contains.
Self Build Academy: attend free taster sessions from Potton’s ‘Self Build Academy’ – providing essential knowledge for all self-builders. Amongst these talks will be a session specifically focused on Graven Hill.
3D Home Design Demos: visualise your home project in 3D. See how to use this intuitive, accessible programme, which will allow you to quickly and easily create accurate floor plans, elevations and cross sections of your dream project. Attend free demos throughout the show.
Infinity Smart Home Zone: immerse yourself in a fully working smart home environment with the new Infinity Smart Home Zone. Visit this special automation lounge and experience an interactive smart home installation. Plus go to the neighbouring Smart Home Advice Clinic, powered by CEDIA, to get impartial answers to all of your smart home questions.
To find out more about the show, and to purchase a half price ticket for two visitors saving you £12, enter promotional code BUILD17 via Built It Live’s website.