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Design and Build Forum

 

New to Grand Designs Live London 2018, the Design and Build Forum hosts an array of industry experts ready to advise you on various aspects of your home project. 

 

Each day of the forum is themed, providing dedicated advice for every aspect of your renovation or build – see the full timetable below.

 

Sat 5 May: Self Build

Sun 6 May: Get your house ready to sell

Mon 7 May: Self Build

Tues 8 May: Interiors

Wed 9 May: Kitchens

Thurs 10 May: DIY

Fri 11 May: Upcycle

Sat 12 May: Interiors

Sun 13 May: Get your house ready to sell

 

See the Design and Build Forum timetable for London 2018 below. The dates and times of the seminars are subject to change.

Birmingham - 2018 Timetable

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Top Tips for the Self-Builder

    Join property developer, Sian Astley, as she shares her top tips to make your self-build more cost effective.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    How to deliver the perfect Grand Design

    So you are ready to build your very own Grand Design. You have found the perfect plot, chosen a beautiful design, set your budget and you can’t wait to start. But how do you make sure that you actually deliver a build that is on budget, on time, and to the best quality? How do you choose a builder, procure materials and services? How do you manage a Grand Design?

     

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he shares top tricks and tricks to ensure that you avoid the self build pitfalls and deliver the perfect Grand Design.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Draw my Dream Home

    Baca Architects will be responding to a brief live on stage, developing an architects sketch of your dream home!

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    A guide to gaining planning permission

    A step-by-step guide to preparing and managing a planning application.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    The Benefits of the Correct Cabling Infrastructure for your Home

    From new builds to retrofitting, this talk will provide you with guidance for the installation of the cabling infrastructure to support today’s digital and connected lifestyle.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    How to get your home ready to sell

    It’s time to sell your home but what should you do to get your home ready for sale? A new bathroom, a new kitchen, or should you just decorate? Buyers can make decisions within seconds of entering a property so how do you make sure you present your home in the best possible way, and how much should you spend? 

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he explains the does and don’t when it comes to getting your home ready for sale.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    Step-by-Step Guide to Selling

    How to add £50k to the value of your home in 7 days. Join Paula on stage as she shares her top tips to prepare your house for sale.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    DIY for everyone - learning how to do it yourself in the home

    Ditch the hired help and become a DIY expert! Join the DIY School as they teach you everything you need to know about plastering, tiling, wallpapering, applying silicone and even putting up those pesky shelves.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    How to get your home ready to sell

    It’s time to sell your home but what should you do to get your home ready for sale? A new bathroom, a new kitchen, or should you just decorate? Buyers can make decisions within seconds of entering a property so how do you make sure you present your home in the best possible way, and how much should you spend? 

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he explains the does and don’t when it comes to getting your home ready for sale.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Step-by-Step Guide to Selling

    How to add £50k to the value of your home in 7 days. Join Paula on stage as she shares her top tips to prepare your house for sale.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    A Short Guide to Passivhaus Design

    Passivhaus houses are comfortable, healthy, low energy homes. The approach centres on good levels of insulation, airtightness and ventilation. This is a short guide to designing and building to Passivhaus standard.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    How to deliver the perfect Grand Design

    So you are ready to build your very own Grand Design. You have found the perfect plot, chosen a beautiful design, set your budget and you can’t wait to start. But how do you make sure that you actually deliver a build that is on budget, on time, and to the best quality? How do you choose a builder, procure materials and services? How do you manage a Grand Design?

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he shares top tricks and tricks to ensure that you avoid the self build pitfalls and deliver the perfect Grand Design.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Draw my Dream Home

    Baca Architects will be responding to a brief live on stage, developing an architects sketch of your dream home!

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    A guide to gaining planning permission

    A step-by-step guide to preparing and managing a planning application.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    A Short Guide to Passivhaus Design

    Passivhaus houses are comfortable, healthy, low energy homes. The approach centres on good levels of insulation, airtightness and ventilation. This is a short guide to designing and building to Passivhaus standard.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Styling the Outdoor Room

    Interior design and garden design are often seen as two very separate projects - mostly undertaken at different times. This KLC short course ‘Styling the Outside Space’ will bring together two key principles, so you can understand how colour works in an outdoor space and how to choose the best furniture.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    Interior Design Trends for 2018

    Discover the latest interior design trends for 2018. Expert interior designer, Gwendoline Alderton, will share with you her insights into what’s fashionable for the home this year, showcasing the latest trends and the hottest key pieces for the home.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Interior Design Trends and Colours for 2018

    We will be exploring how this season's trends and how these can be intelliegently incorporated into your home or project.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    What have you done today to save the world?

    Tackling plastic pollution one bottle at a time! Join Lynne on stage as she shares her tips on using alternative materials to plastic.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Live upholstery demo: make a footstool

    Join Reloved Upholstery in this interactive session where they will be showing you a step-by-step guide to creating two types of footstool - the cube and the ottoman.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Things to consider when designing a kitchen

    Join us in this session exploring design considerations including storage, worktops, appliances, materials, layout and use of kitchen and space.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    How to Create a Luxury, Future Proofed Home for Life without Compromising on Style

    Leaders in beautiful accessible design, Motionspot's Ed Warner gives tips on designing accessible homes and how future proofed bathrooms, kitchens and living areas can be a wise investment.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Creating kitchens with light, space and laughter

    So what is kitchen design really all about? In this lecture Keith talks about the true essence of design and how to approach a project with a transformational mindset.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    Tricks, tips and hacks to get a new kitchen for half the price

    It’s time for a new kitchen. The one you have looks tired and old fashioned, but kitchens are expensive so do you really need a new kitchen or could you update the one you have getting a new kitchen look  for half the price?

    Kunle Barker, property expert and TV presenter thinks you can, join him as he explains how you could upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Things to consider when designing a kitchen

    Join us in this session exploring design considerations including storage, worktops, appliances, materials, layout and use of kitchen and space.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Home Staging

    Everything you need to know to prepare your home for rent or sale.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    Interior Design Trends for 2018

    Expert interior designer, Gwendoline Alderton, will share with you her insights into what’s fashionable for the home this year, showcasing the latest trends and the hottest key pieces for the home.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Light your home

    How to create functional and beautiful lighting schemes for your property.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    How to Design, Manage and Fit Out a Large International Private Residence

    LUXE Interiors will discuss the process of how to design, project manage and fit out an entire large luxury residential project, liaising with international architects, build teams and suppliers, complying with European standards and regulations, the logistics of manufacture and transport from the UK to Europe and the process once fitting out to competition.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Live upholstery demo: make a footstool

    Join Reloved Upholstery in this interactive session where they will be showing you a step-by-step guide to creating two types of footstool - the cube and the ottoman.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    DIY for everyone - learning how to do it yourself in the home

    Ditch the hired help and become a DIY expert! Join the DIY School as they teach you everthing you need to know about plastering, tiling, wallpapering, applying silicone and even putting up those pesky shelves.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    Aviation meets design

    Come and see DappR Aviation creating stylish furniture and homewares using aircraft parts live on stage!

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Creating kitchens with light, space and laughter

    So what is kitchen design really all about? In this lecture Keith talks about the true essence of design and how to approach a project with a transformational mindset.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    Wild by design: permaculture, architecture and common sense

    Exploring principles and patterns of thriving ecosystems, known since antiquity, which offer a rich model for creating resilience and efficiency in building design.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    The Upcycle Hour

    Join the founder of Upcycled Hour for this exciting live demonstration.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    Interior hacks that improve your home

    With an uncertain housing market but prices still at record levels many people are choosing to improve rather than move. But if you have already built up, out or even down what improvements can you make to the interior of your property?

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he shares ideas on how you can improve your home by changing its layout and using clever tricks with colour, furniture and light make the most of your home.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    Home Automation Solutions

    Technology can be a standout feature in a space, or blend transparently into the environment so that it doesn’t detract from the flow of the design. This talk will inspire what is possible, describe some alternatives and explain how to incorporate various systems into your project.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    6 Steps to Planning Your Dream Home

    Learn the steps that help you plan your interiors, renovation or building project, with the questions you should be asking yourself before commencing any works and showing you how the choices you make can affect the success  of your project.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    Interior hacks that improve your home

    With an uncertain housing market but prices still at record levels many people are choosing to improve rather than move. But if you have already built up, out or even down what improvements can you make to the interior of your property?

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he shares ideas on how you can improve your home by changing its layout and using clever tricks with colour, furniture and light make the most of your home.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Style your home to attract the perfect buyer

    Discover quick but effective styling techniques will help you achieve a successful sale. Learn how to prepare your home so that it attracts the right type of buyer who will fall in love with your property and pay your offer price. Also, discover the 3 common reason why homes struggle to sell.

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    How to get your home ready to sell

    It’s time to sell your home but what should you do to get your home ready for sale? A new bathroom, a new kitchen, or should you just decorate? Buyers can make decisions within seconds of entering a property so how do you make sure you present your home in the best possible way, and how much should you spend? 

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he explains the does and don’t when it comes to getting your home ready for sale.

  • 12:30 - 13:15
    Styled to Sell

    If you are planning on selling your home, now or in the future, this fast paced presentation will walk you through the steps that you need to take to ensure that you make the most of your property’s best features and present it in such a way to appeal to the maximum number of potential target buyers and help you sell in the quickest possible time.

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Creating kitchens with light, space and laughter

    So what is kitchen design really all about? In this lecture Keith talks about the true essence of design and how to approach a project with a transformational mindset.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    How to get your home ready to sell

    It’s time to sell your home but what should you do to get your home ready for sale? A new bathroom, a new kitchen, or should you just decorate? Buyers can make decisions within seconds of entering a property so how do you make sure you present your home in the best possible way, and how much should you spend? 

    Join property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker as he explains the does and don’t when it comes to getting your home ready for sale.

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Styled to Sell

    If you are planning on selling your home, now or in the future, this fast paced presentation will walk you through the steps that you need to take to ensure that you make the most of your property’s best features and present it in such a way to appeal to the maximum number of potential target buyers and help you sell in the quickest possible time.

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