On Friday 11 March, we held our first ever self-build event – ‘The Secrets to Self-Build Success’ – at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon. The event was hosted by our wonderful MD, Simon Orrells, who brought together some of the biggest names in the self-build industry.

Designed to guide self-builders through the home building journey, event attendees listened to a series of seminars, live demos and were able to take some time 1-2-1 to receive bespoke advice on self-build plans, no matter what stage they were at.

We ran a variety of sessions that covered: self-build architectural advice and planning; energy- efficiency solutions; finance, funding and self-build mortgages; and structural warranties and self-build insurance. We also hosted our ‘live demo’ which allowed attendees to see our TechVantage and insulation options being built up.

Event attendees were especially interested to hear from two of our former clients – the Maces and the Shepperds – who discussed their real life experiences of building their own stunning homes. As well as offering advice, they also answered questions from the audience about the realities of the self-build journey and why they chose timber frame.

It was fantastic to hear about our attendees’ self-build and renovation projects, with people joining us at various stages of the self-build process – from initial information gathering right up to current clients who were fine-tuning details and timings.
We’ve had some glowing feedback from people who joined us on the day, including this lovely testimonial:

“Just had to write to say how very much I enjoyed your inaugural event; I have come home with my brain popping and a massive smile on my face. The speakers you pulled together formed an impressive and rounded crew…

“I’m really clear in my mind now that as soon as I have a half decent sketch of the home we want to build, I will be contacting Simon to get him involved from the very first step.”

We once again wanted to thank everyone who attended on the day, as well as our brilliant expert speakers, the teams who worked behind the scenes, and our wonderful hosts at the NSBRC. The successful event would not have been possible without the ongoing support of our partners.

Ruth Reed, Green Planning
David Hilton, Heat & Energy Ltd
Tom McSherry, BuildStore
Simon Middleton, Protek
• Andrew Last
Pagoda PR
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