Deciding which build system is right?

Build Systems: which one is right for your project?

Selecting the right build system for your self-build or renovation project is a key decision early on in your journey. It can be challenging weighing up the benefits and downfalls of each potential option. Meet key exhibitors at the show who specialise in each of the key construction methods for self build, helping you asses the right route for you. The Build It Live shows offer practical information, expert advice and a lot of exhibitors to talk to, in order to help you make an informed decision.

Build Systems debate

One of the daily seminars at each of the shows is a panel debate about the possible build systems that self-builders can use. Moderated by Build It expert, Mike Hardwick, the debate covers brick and block, timber frame, oak frame, structural insulated panels and insulated concrete formwork. To begin with Mike drills down into the pros and cons of each particular build system and then each of the panellists representing the different build systems talks about his or her area of specialism. It’s a really great session for getting a whistle-stop tour of your build system options.

Find out more about Insulated Concrete Formwork

See which ICF exhibitors you can meet at Build It Live Online.

Find out more about timber frame

There are numerous timber frame specialists exhibiting at Build It live Online offering you the opportunity to meet potential providers for your project and also to find out more about the products, their benefits and weaknesses. Many of the timber frame specialists who exhibit will build a section of a timber frame on their stand, so you can touch and feel the timber and see how the joints fix together and so on.

As well as timber frame, there is also oak timber frame to choose from, which offers various different unique characteristics for your project. Again there are specialist suppliers at each of the shows for you to talk to and hear from.

Find out more about brick and block

Homes in our country have traditionally been built with brick and block, and many still are.  See which suppliers of specialist brick and masonry products are exhibiting online. Plus you can talk to architects exhibiting at the shows to get their views on building with these more traditional materials.

Find out more about design and build home packages

At Build It Live online you can meet a series of providers who offer complete design and build home packages, sometimes referred to as turn-key solutions (i.e. you’re opening your front door on a finished home!).

Design and home build packages are becoming more popular and offer a great solution to the self-build challenge. Talk to possible suppliers at the show and decide whether this is the route you’d like to take.

With all of this to offer, Build It Live Online is the ideal opportunity to take your project to the next step – make an informed decision about your build system and get going! Good luck!