It’s our third visit to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show and yet again we made the most of the UK’s best renovation expertise being on our doorstep at the NEC. Which is handy, because a new doorstep is actually on our shopping list, as well as 32 radiators, 22 internal doors, 18 windows, new boiler, new kitchen, six bathroom suites….
Our first visit to the show back in 2015 was a research trip to start to build our knowledge around factors to consider before embarking on a renovation. At this stage we hadn’t even found our dream property, let alone envisaged the detail of what our renovation plan would become.
In 2016 when we visited the show we were at final stage of the sale process to purchase Home Farm and we arrived at the NEC clutching our initial plans to discuss with experts at the show. At this stage, we were investigating heating options – we were convinced we would install a ground-sourced heat pump but by the end of the show we had been enlightened to the wonder of pellet boilers.
At last year’s show we also were able to compare a multitude of window options in a variety of materials offered by a huge number of suppliers. I found the range of options on show a little confusing, and to be honest a little bit draining. However, investing in research back then was really helpful so we were familiar with the product when we made the final decision to order Evolution windows a year later in 2017.
This year we saw some familiar exhibitors from previous show visits, as well as a host of new technology-led solutions, particularly around home automation. It was interesting to see that tech car company Tesla were exhibiting their new Tesla Powerwall – a tech product that puts Tesla’s battery expertise into a product that enables solar energy to be stored and used to power the home.
Slightly lower-tech but equally important was the literally blinding discovery that we can retrofit integrated blinds to our Velux windows that have already been installed to our new Annex build.
With lots on show we’ve pinned some of our favourite finds from our show visit to our Pinterest board and whilst we’ve loved visiting this show we’re hoping that when the event returns in 2018 we’ll be at home with doorstep, door and windows on show at our home instead of the NEC.