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Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.

By Gemma Parkes | 11 September 2017

Grand Designs Live has everything you need to plan your own dream project – all under one roof.

kevin mccloud speaking into a microphone at grand designs live

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 9th – 13th October 2019. The event offers visitors an opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home and gain a wealth of expert advice. Hosted by self-build and design guru Kevin McCloud, the event is packed with more than 400 exhibitors, providing ideas and inspiration for your very own Grand Design, whether big or small.

Grab your chance to meet industry professionals and experienced self-builders and learn how to budget and project manage successfully. We’ve shortlisted the events that no budding self-builder will want to miss.

Ask an Expert

Get a free 30-minute consultation with industry professionals ready to help with any aspect of your build project. Bring plans, drawings and budgets to get the most out of your session.

Meet the Grand Designers

Planning a self-build project? Running everyday of the show, why not hear from the people who have done it before, as well as a panel of our resident experts for dynamic Q&A sessions covering everything from finance to planning.

Under the Stairs Project

The Under the Stairs Project is a new interiors feature that will see eight interior designers showcase bespoke installations, using the space under the stairs. Visitors will be given the opportunity to browse and pick up inspirations for their own mini grand designs.

If you’re an interior designer or an aspiring interior designer and would like to find out more about getting involved in the upcoming competition, register here.

Kevin’s Green Heroes

Discover Kevin’s selection of conceptual and eco-friendly home innovations.

Every year, Kevin personally selects Green Heroes celebrating the best conceptual and eco-friendly construction ideas, from small-scale start-ups to big businesses setting a green example for the rest of the industry.

Here’s this year’s list of brands that have been carefully curated by Kevin:

  • Vlisco recycled carpet by Simonepost
  • Hemp husk panels by Aotta
  • Mapu by Mapuguaquen
  • Hyo by Cream Design
  • Moss tiles by Poppy Pippin
  • Ecothylene by Ecobirdy

Design and Build Forum

The Design and Build Forum at Grand Designs Live Birmingham hosted 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. Keep an eye on the schedule of talks.

Green Finger Campaign

In line with charity partner Friends of the Earth, Grand Designs Live launches the Green Finger Campaign for the first time at the Birmingham event. A wildlife forest will be created in the venue showing visitors how and where to construct wildlife-friendly environments.

Visitors will be invited to take regional specific wildflower seeds away with them to plant and create their own wildlife-friendly environment; then print their fingerprint on a map of the UK to indicate where they live, producing a visual and interactive heat map of where people are supporting the cause.

If you are in need of inspiration for your self-build, book your tickets for Grand Designs Live and take advantage of the plethora of ideas, advice and more.
Watch Kevin and property expert Kunle Barker chat why they love Grand Designs Live at 2019’s London show.