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The 2020 Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is now taking place online 26-27 September 2020

Homebuilding & Renovating show 2020

Register for free access to the Virtual Homebuilding & Renovating Autumn Show

Sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Autumn Show will take place online over two days and has been created to provide expert advice and inspiring content for your home project.

During 26 and 27 September, attendees will have the opportunity to discover the latest products and suppliers from more than 80 exhibitors.

Navigate the virtual exhibition hall, tune into the seminars delivered by experts from Homebuilding & Renovating, watch masterclasses curated by the exhibitors and take a front-row seat for unmissable exclusive content.

Log in to access specialised areas, including Ask the Expert and Ask the Architect, where you can speak with an expert from Homebuilding & Renovating magazine or an architect from RIBA.

To secure your free access to the Virtual Homebuilding and Renovating Autumn Show, click here.

Terms & Conditions: Promotion closes 26 September 2020 or when all free places have been allocated, whichever is sooner. Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and you can register as many times as you need or for family and friends. You cannot log onto multiple devices with the same link. The show runs between 10am and 5pm BST on 26 and 27 September. The Organisers reserve the right to amend or modify the show content or times of the whole or any part of the show due to circumstances beyond their control. The Organisers cannot be held responsible for any loss or liability incurred by visitors at the Show as a result of entering into a contract with an exhibitor or due to advice given by an exhibitor. The virtual show is available to all with an internet connection. Preferred browsers are Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge. Please read full terms and FAQS online at


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The first step in any home improvement project is determining whether Planning Permission is required. See our advice here >  


Assuming Planning Permission is needed, the next step is to determine local planning restrictions, targets and preferences so you can tailor your project accordingly. Unless you already have a local architect designing and submitting your plans, a good planning consultant should be able to help you through this process.


In some cases a Planning Application may be rejected. Keep in mind that you can always put in a Planning Appeal by modifying your application and hopefully getting it closer to meeting the requirements of local planners. Using an expert with experience of successfully appealing, particularly against your local authority, may make the process a lot quicker and a lot cheaper.


Filling in this form here will instantly give you a list of people who can help you. They will be a mixture of Building Surveyors, Structural Engineers, Architects, Drawing Technicians and other people familiar and experienced with the application process. In addition to their contact details you will also be given details of their experience and qualifications to help you make a choice.


We recommend you phone some of them and speak in general terms about your requirement. Before appointing a consultant and placing an order you should reassure yourself that your chosen supplier has satisfactory experience to provide the level of service that you require.

Find an Architect

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An architect can help with the design of a range of projects such as an extension or a garage conversion. Architects are generally recommended for most design projects as they are highly trained and can bring a high level of design flair and experience. See our guide on Do I Need An Architect for more information.


What are your requirements?

Your chosen supplier will be able to help you consider what you want out of the project and what level of service you require, from providing drawings to full project management. We recommend you discuss your requirements with a few suppliers and get a detailed quote. See our guide on Clever Questions to Ask the Architect


About Architects

While larger projects would usually be done by a Registered Architect smaller home improvements can be done by Architects, Architectural Technicians or Surveyors; there are no hard and fast rules. 

Anyone calling themselves an ‘Architect’ though must be registered with the Architects Registration Board and should be identifiable on their public register viewable at 

Many Architects are also members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and ‘Chartered Architects’ are those that comply with the RIBA’s strict criteria. 

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