Last week Ask Insight attended The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham.
The event, which is now 21 years old, is the UK's biggest self-build & renovation event, offering an abundance of free expert advice and inspirational ideas with over 450 exhibitors showcasing thousands of cutting edge and essential products.
From practical demonstrations such as Carpenter Oak Traditional Skills, a Construction Systems Showcase to sustainable energies and energy efficiency with The Eco Home Show and Eco Home theatre, it was a must-visit event for anyone considering starting a business in Housing Construction business in the UK.
According to the Environment Agency there were 23.6million households in the UK in 2011 which is likely to increase by 14 per cent (3.15 million) by 2021. But between 2010-11 only 121,200 new homes were made available, so if house building continues to stay at this low rate the UK will be 2m houses short in 2021.
This is why the government wants to start "a self-build revolution" with Housing Minister Grant Shapps last year launching an action plan to double the number of self-build homes within a decade.
The good news is there is a huge interest and growing demand with over 3m people watching Grand Designs, 100,000 people subscribe to websites announcing available plots of land and a similar number buy self-build magazines - but in 2010 only 13,860 built their own home.
Photos from The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2012;