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Selfbuild Bootcamp

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Selfbuild Bootcamp at Selfbuild Live Belfast 2018!

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The full day workshops will equip you with the basic information you need to get started on your home building or home improvement project. It’s an unmissable event for anyone who’s either at the dreaming stage or has just started on their journey.

Why Attend

Building your own house can seem like a daunting prospect and it does have its share of pitfalls. The good news is we’re here to take the stress out of the process.

As seasoned self-builders will attest to, once you’ve done your homework, building or extending your own home is in fact a gratifying experience. So to help you get started we’ve brought together a range of experts to advise you on what the key stages are.

You’ll find the answers to all your questions and will learn a ton more from expert insights and advice.

The workshops will also showcase self-builders who’ve gone through the maze and come out the other end smiling! They’ll be on hand to share how they managed their own home building project and how they dealt with the upheaval.

Who Should Attend

The Selfbuild Bootcamp is for you if:

  • You want to build or extend your own house but don’t know where to start or how to go about it
  • You have a vision of where to go but need help finding a plot or choosing a build route
  • You are confused about planning permission and conditions attached
  • You need help putting together your budget or securing a mortgage
  • You’re confused about what your legal obligations are, including insurance, building regulations, building control and health and safety

Friday
2018-02-16
Bootcamp
Saturday
2018-02-17
Bootcamp
Sunday
2018-02-18
Bootcamp
Bootcamp
Bootcamp
Bootcamp
10:30
Finding a plot and planning permission

Understanding how to secure planning permission will help you choose the right plot to build on. Percolation, drainage and exposure (wind, sun and trees/hedges) are key considerations but also where to locate the house, e.g. in relation to hills and boundaries, and vernacular architecture. Find out what common conditions are issued by the planners such as sight lines and what your options are if you get turned down.

11:15
House Plan Design

The Selfbuild ‘Resident Construction Expert’ John Corless is back and this time he will be delivering his famous ‘House Plans’ workshop for visitors in Belfast.

John Corless
Consultant
12:00
Panel Discussion – Financing, Budgeting and Insuring your build

The key to the success of a self-build is managing your finances; find out where to start when budgeting your build (with professional help, online budgeting tools, tendering, or directly via builders and tradesmen), how to secure a self-build mortgage and what your obligations are in terms of insurance. Plus the benefits of warranties which provide oversight during construction and vital explainers on what bills of quantities and PC sums consist of.

12:45
Building Control
13:30
LUNCH
14:00
Grants Available & Explained

This talk will bring you through the ins & outs of the grants available which could save you thousands in the long run of your project.

14:45
Building Methods

Blockwork construction continues to dominate self-builds in Ireland in the form of cavity walls. Find out what it consists of, the latest developments and why it’s such a popular option. Timber frame construction is quick and pre-fabricated, providing excellent quality control, while modern methods such as Insulating Concrete Formwork are starting to seriously gain momentum.

15:30
Panel Discussion with first-time self-builders

Come meet the self-builders who’ve gone through the maze and come out the other end smiling. They’re on hand to share how they managed their own home building project and how they dealt with the upheaval.

10:30
Finding a plot and planning permission

Understanding how to secure planning permission will help you choose the right plot to build on. Percolation, drainage and exposure (wind, sun and trees/hedges) are key considerations but also where to locate the house, e.g. in relation to hills and boundaries, and vernacular architecture. Find out what common conditions are issued by the planners such as sight lines and what your options are if you get turned down.

11:15
House Plan Design

The Selfbuild ‘Resident Construction Expert’ John Corless is back and this time he will be delivering his famous ‘House Plans’ workshop for visitors in Belfast.

John Corless
Consultant
12:00
Panel Discussion – Financing, Budgeting and Insuring your build

The key to the success of a self-build is managing your finances; find out where to start when budgeting your build (with professional help, online budgeting tools, tendering, or directly via builders and tradesmen), how to secure a self-build mortgage and what your obligations are in terms of insurance. Plus the benefits of warranties which provide oversight during construction and vital explainers on what bills of quantities and PC sums consist of.

12:45
Building Control
13:30
LUNCH
14:00
Grants Available & Explained

This talk will bring you through the ins & outs of the grants available which could save you thousands in the long run of your project.

14:45
Building Methods

Blockwork construction continues to dominate self-builds in Ireland in the form of cavity walls. Find out what it consists of, the latest developments and why it’s such a popular option. Timber frame construction is quick and pre-fabricated, providing excellent quality control, while modern methods such as Insulating Concrete Formwork are starting to seriously gain momentum.

15:30
Project Management

Following on from the budgeting session, you’ll need to decide how the building phase will be managed – will you hire tradesmen directly and manage the process, hire a professional to do this for you or go with a building contractor to oversee all the work? This session will provide a clear overview of the entire house building process from start to finish, with pitfalls.

Eddie Weir
Architectural Design Partnership
10:30
Finding a plot and planning permission

Understanding how to secure planning permission will help you choose the right plot to build on. Percolation, drainage and exposure (wind, sun and trees/hedges) are key considerations but also where to locate the house, e.g. in relation to hills and boundaries, and vernacular architecture. Find out what common conditions are issued by the planners such as sight lines and what your options are if you get turned down.

11:15
House Plan Design

The Selfbuild ‘Resident Construction Expert’ John Corless is back and this time he will be delivering his famous ‘House Plans’ workshop for visitors in Belfast.

John Corless
Consultant
12:00
Panel Discussion – Financing, Budgeting and Insuring your build

The key to the success of a self-build is managing your finances; find out where to start when budgeting your build (with professional help, online budgeting tools, tendering, or directly via builders and tradesmen), how to secure a self-build mortgage and what your obligations are in terms of insurance. Plus the benefits of warranties which provide oversight during construction and vital explainers on what bills of quantities and PC sums consist of.

12:45
Building Control
13:30
LUNCH
14:00
Grants Available & Explained

This talk will bring you through the ins & outs of the grants available which could save you thousands in the long run of your project.

14:45
Building Methods

Blockwork construction continues to dominate self-builds in Ireland in the form of cavity walls. Find out what it consists of, the latest developments and why it’s such a popular option. Timber frame construction is quick and pre-fabricated, providing excellent quality control, while modern methods such as Insulating Concrete Formwork are starting to seriously gain momentum.

15:30
Project Management

Following on from the budgeting session, you’ll need to decide how the building phase will be managed – will you hire tradesmen directly and manage the process, hire a professional to do this for you or go with a building contractor to oversee all the work? This session will provide a clear overview of the entire house building process from start to finish, with pitfalls.

Eddie Weir
Architectural Design Partnership
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