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How to build your dream home: A masterclass with architects and self-build experts

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Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Join our ultimate day to learn all about what you need to build your own unique home, from land purchase to budgeting and timetabling a self-build. 

If you dream of building your own unique home, don’t miss this essential day of talks using examples from one of the country’s top one-off house architects.

Whether you love watching Grand Designs or are an avid buyer of self-build magazines, if you’re serious about building your dream home, this comprehensive masterclass will provide an ultimate guide to how to make it happen. Our speakers will cover some of the trickiest aspects of the process, including finding the right plot, financing the project and dealing with contracts.

Through a series of illustrated talks, architects Meredith Bowles and Sasha Edmonds, property developer and self-builder Gus Zogolovitch and best-selling self-building author Mark Brinkley will tackle different aspects of the house-building process as well as answer any of your questions.

They will share vital advice on how to overcome any difficulties you may face, be it the fear of getting started on your big project or finding the necessary focus in what looks like a task with an infinite number of variables.

If you already have a specific idea, you will also have an invaluable opportunity to receive some individual feedback on your project during the seminar session at the end of the day. You will leave with a newfound confidence in making your dream house a reality and be equipped with the tools and language to communicate more efficiently with architects, builders and other contractors.

Content

  • How to work with an architect
  • How to find land: tips and tricks
  • How to finance a project and establish how much it costs
  • Regulations: what you need to know
  • Your questions answered
  • Some feedback on projects

Tutor profiles

Meredith Bowles is the principal of Mole Architects, and has been designing one-off houses for 15 years. A former winner of the RIBA Manser Medal for his own self-built house, he was chair of the judges on the 2016 RIBA House of the Year, appearing with Kevin McCloud on the televised series. Meredith has taught architecture at the University of Cambridge and appeared on BBC Two’s The £100k House: Tricks of the Trade. He is the executive architect for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture houses.

Mark Brinkley is the author of The Housebuilder’s Bible, the UK’s bestselling self-build guide. Now in its 12th edition, it has guided tens of thousands of self-builders through the maze of regulations, practices and jargon that surround the process of building. Mark has built and converted numerous homes over the years, starting out with an eco-renovation project in 1980. He is currently working on his third self-build project, a Sips house on a brownfield site in central Cambridge. Mark has been involved in promoting self-build as a realistic method of meeting our housing needs and lectured on the subject for over 20 years.

Sasha Edmonds manages one-off house builds at Mole Architects. Having worked for many years in the design office of a commercial building contractor, Sasha has a deep knowledge of the process of building as well as designing. Believing that organisation is the key to success, Sasha’s skill is to make complex processes easier to manage.

Gus Zogolovitch has worked in property for 20 years as a self-builder, developer and custom builder. He runs Patch to train people to find land, Crowdestates to crowdfund community-led development, Inhabit to build people’s own homes and Rare to sell architectural new builds. Gus is a current executive committee member of the National Custom and Self Build Association, a judge for architectural competitions, and appears regularly in the press and on TV. He is passionate about trying to solve our current housing crisis by enabling more self-build and custom build.

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Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)


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Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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