Whether you’re building a home by working with a Custom Build developer or local housebuilder, or managing a Self-Build project by yourself or as part of a group, the events taking place throughout National Custom and Self-Build Week will showcase how creating a home that reflects your needs and choices can become a reality.

The hope is that these events will help people understand the many routes available to get a new home built. This could be from buying a plot and commissioning a bespoke new home, as popularised by C4’s Grand Designs, through to DIY Self Build or working together with members of the local community to build affordable homes for shared ownership or rent.

Activities planned for the week include:

5-13 May — Grand Designs Live
The multi-award-winning home event that celebrates Self Build and renovation for all budgets. From one-to-one free expert advice to inspiring talks from industry professionals.

11-13 May The National Self-Build & Renovation Show
The National Self Build and Renovation Centre hosts three days of talks, tours and one-to-one opportunities at the UK’s award-winning centre for Self Building.

12 May — Preview Tailored Finish Detached Homes from Graven Hill
A preview of Graven Hill’s new Tailored Finished detached homes, offering customers a range of unique customisable houses at the country’s largest and most exciting Custom and Self-Build site, including minibus site visits (which must be booked in advance through Eventbrite).

More events are due to be confirmed shortly…

PLUS, for professionals and community groups:

10 May — Right to Build Expo, London: Unlocking the Potential of Custom and Self-Build Housing
A packed day of presentations and discussions led by the Right to Build Task Force, NaCSBA and Wood for Good, in partnership, held at Grand Designs Live. The day will support local authorities, planners, financiers, developers, landowners and community-groups as they work to bring on tailored homes, showcasing case studies and best practice.

There are also opportunities to host your own event. This could be a meeting at a village hall, a visit to a local project or by doing a presentation about your own self-build.

Find out more about National Custom and Self-Build Week on The Self-Build Portal website.