Upcoming Events: Self Build, Extension & Home Renovation Events & Courses

Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
9th February 2022

Keen to research your next self build, home extension or renovation project? Need specific advice or want to learn some hands-on skills?

There’s a wealth of events out there to help you make a success of your scheme – including our advice and inspiration-packed Build It Live shows.

Here’s our pick of key events on now for self builders and renovators:

Permitted development: projects you can do without planning

When: 29th June 2023
Price: £40
Where: Virtual

This in-depth training session takes a deep dive into the rules and restrictions around no-planning projects – from extensions and loft conversions through to energy-saving upgrades, replacement doors and windows, outbuildings, internal works and more.



Ask an Architect

When: 1st July 2023
Price: Free
Where: NSBRC, Swindon

In partnership with RIBA, this is your chance to book a 25-minute consultation with a RIBA architect and discuss design ideas for your project, including energy-saving and storage solutions, renovations and how to add value to your home.



DIY in a day: plumbing

When: 8th July 2023
Price: £195
Where: The Goodlife Centre, London

Learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home with this workshop, covering everything from replacing taps and unclogging sinks to replacing sealant around a bath.



Is a heat pump right for you?

When: 13th July 2023
Price: £40
Where: Virtual

In this session delivered by renewables and ventilation installer David Hilton, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the right decision for your new build or existing house – from costs and performance through to in-depth advice on how to get your home heat pump-ready, and the key practical factors that might tip the balance.



Guide to self build projects

When: 22nd-24th July 2023
Price: £395
Where: NSBRC, Swindon

From planning to eco design, this three-day course covers the ins and outs of running a self build project. 11 topics are covered, including finding land, budgeting, project management and building regulations.



Choosing the right structural system

When: 27th July 2023
Price: £40
Where: Virtual

The materials and systems you put at the heart of your project will have a major impact on every stage of the home building process. Build It Editor Chris Bates takes you through the main structural options, key considerations that will influence your choice and how to go from basic plans to a realistic quote for the structural shell of your new home.



Graven Hill Virtual Tour

When: Available on demand
Price: Free
Where: Graven Hill website

Interested in finding out more about Graven Hill, the UK’s biggest self and custom build opportunity? Then take this interactive, 360-degree virtual tour!

Take The Tour


Do you have an event you think we might be interested in sharing with our readers? Email us the details!


  1. Gemma Sayers says:

    Hallo, i’ve just joined, and i wonder how you can submit relevant events for inclusion in this list please? Thankyou

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Gemma. Thanks for your question – I’ve now added our email address to this page so you can get in touch with the team if you have an event you think may be relevant to our readers.

    Chris (editor, Build It magazine)

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