Your Guide to Grand Designs Live Birmingham

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If you are the type of person to take weeks to decide on the right shade of magnolia or jump at the chance to buy the latest surround sound music system this is definitely the event for you as much as the Birmingham car show is heaven for any car enthusiast and lover of all things with an engine in them, the home show, from 12-14 October 2012, is perfect for anyone who even shows a vague interest in interiors and house accessories. From live shows, to home design experts, to seminars, to fully equipped kitchen displays the event is packed with ideas perfect to inspire you into making your home the ultimate haven.

The show has been so popular over the last few years that it has launched on the other side of the world in Australia and enjoyed an extremely successful debut show last year.


The event, which, as you may expect is based on the hugely successful television show with Kevin McCloud, has over 500 exhibitors and six themes including interiors, gardens, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping. Top celebrities will be there including Kevin McCloud himself, George Clarke & Charlie Luxton and all will be available to answer your home improvement questions along with other experts in the industry at the ‘Ask an Expert’ section of the show. Each session is 30 minutes long and completely free, offering you a chance you will probably never have again. From self-build to planning, to garden design to even Eco and Sustainability there is someone there who can answer your question so as well as coming home with inspiration you will also have some valuable advice under your belt too. Among the exhibitors which are Dulux, Kloeber UK, Miele, Velux, Thomas Sanderson and many more huge names within the business, all ready to show you their latest products and design.

There are also some special highlights which include the amazing Nano Village, a collection of Kevin McClouds favourite builds over the years. These scale models, complete with architect drawings and plans are quite a scene to behold and focus on renewable and sustainable energy, great if you need some eco inspiration. There will also be, what is called ‘An Automated Home’ on display which is to display the fantastic technology now on offer for the home. From auto dimming lights to music at the click of a finger experts will be on hand to explain to you how you can achieve that in your own home – you may be how surprised at how easy it can be.

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If you want to make your visit extra special you can always opt for the VIP experience package which will allow you access to the VIP Lounge, champagne on arrival and an issue of the Grand Design magazine. The VIP lounge will be serving complimentary coffees and pastries all day so if you start to feel a bit weary you can always take a few minutes to relax before carrying on your day.

Tickets are priced at £15 if you book in advance, £19 on the door and £39 for the VIP option. Children under 15 qualify for free entry. Tickets are on sale now from or

Many thanks to Distinctive Doors for their help with this article

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