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A trip to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

November 6, 2015

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Thanks to the incomparable (in my eyes anyway!) Kevin McCloud many of us dream of building our own “Grand Design” or taking on a renovation project.

The truth is most of us are ill-equipped, which is why visits to events like the Homebuilding & Renovating Show are a must. They are a real eye opener as I found out when I visited the HB&R Show at Harrogate’s International Centre today. It’s there until Sunday, November 8.

In-Toto kitchens are at the show

In-Toto kitchens are at the show

There are exhibitors from far and wide with a big and very impressive contingent from Yorkshire. There are architects, kitchen makers, bathroom suppliers, builders, glass makers, renewable energy specialists and some very interesting homes that are manufactured largely off-site then craned in and erected within a week. These started at about £150,000 for a three bedroom house.

Oakworth Homes are based in Sheffield

Oakworth Homes are based in Sheffield

The biggest queues were for the Plotfinder stand though as one homebuilder told me “It’s sometimes best to go knocking on doors or  to look for a property that can be knocked down and replaced”. Land with planning permission in a prime location costs a fortune.

I left with a bag bulging with leaflets and brochures and a renewed determination to self-build or at least radically improve what I’ve got.

Here are some of my snaps.

LED lightbulb specialists

LED lightbulb specialists Well Lit show the difference between good and bad LED lightbulbs

Harrogate-based garden designer Marco Schrang

Harrogate-based garden designer Marco Schrang

OakbyDesign specialise in everything from oak beams and trusses to floors and doors

OakbyDesign specialise in everything from oak beams and trusses to floors and doors…and one-offs like this bicycle

Treske make fabulous kitchens and cabinetry and are based in Thirsk

Treske make fabulous kitchens and cabinetry and are based in Thirsk

 

 

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