For those grand designers
PARK LIFE: Inchdryne Lodge is a self-build timber house in Cairngorms National Park. It cost £250,000 to build and is valued at £375,000.
Would-be renovators and selfbuilders should see 2009 as an excellent time to start a building project. The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, at the SECC in Glasgow on May 16 and 17 can help you make the most of your home.
A 34% increase nationwide in the number of plots available for self-builders makes this an excellent time to consider building your own home.
Additionally, with the opportunity to negotiate hard on labour and materials prices in the current economic climate, potential self-builders and renovators could make significant savings on their budgets if they plan carefully, shop around and do their homework.
According to show organiser Nick Noble, there has never been a better time to self-build. “With land prices falling and skilled
Only mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts or nieces are welcome at the Macfarlane Homes open day tomorrow (April 30) at the Holmes Park development in Broxburn.
The eco-friendly housebuilder realises that it is mainly the woman who is more interested in the finer points of a new house, such as the interior style, kitchen design, bathroom-ware, tiles, worktops and floor coverings, and is inviting ladies only to the open day.
Visitors of the fairer sex can enjoy a glass of wine while looking at a range of interior finishes, from curtain fabrics to gran- labour becoming more available, this is a great time to self-build. Self-builders are very active, as illustrated by the fact that one in three new detached houses being built is a self-build project.”
Bring your plans, outline drawings or just your ideas and speak to one of the many experts at the Show. Michael Holmes, TV presenter and seriel self-builder, will be heading up a team of experts offering advice on renovating, design, planning, self-building, and greener living.
The show features more than 140 exhibitors, 36 free seminars with subjects including a beginners guide to self-build, renovation do’s and don’ts and eco homebuilding, and 24 free masterclasses led by exhibitors covering their area of expertise including Q&A sessions.
Tickets are £5 in advance or £8 on the day (under 16 free). Visit www. scotland.homebuildingshow.co.uk or telephone 0871 945 4546. ite, and hear about the options which will allow buyers the opportunity to personalise their new home to suit their budget or style.
John Lewis will be providing some of the soft furnishing fabrics, and interior designers Franssen Interiors will be on hand to inspire. Plus someone on the day will win a £500 shopping voucher in a free prize draw.
The open day runs from 2pm to 7pm, .
The development comprises 44 three, four and five-bedroom houses with prices starting at £212,000 plus incentives. Telephone 0131 660 2200 or visit www.macfarlanehomes.com Follow the sun this summer on the Eden rotation day bed, which is set on castors. It's made from synthetic wicker, so is soft to the touch, but also weatherproof and can be left outside. £795 from John Lewis.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL: The bedroom in the showhome at Broxburn.