Design imageGetting started

If you are interested in a self build project or are thinking about converting, renovating or extending a property – where do you start? Where can you go for information and advice?

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre

BuildStore’s National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon is the place to go for inspiration. In the Centre you can walk through exhibits which demystify the building process. You are taken through the stages and the decisions you need to make for a successful self build and renovation project.

See the latest products - there are 240+ suppliers in the Trade Village. You can request product information and samples as you walk around. Come along to our special events, meet the experts and get specialist help and advice.
>> See what’s in the Centre

On a visit to the National Self Build & Renovation Centre you can have a chat with the PlotSearch team and let them know how you are getting on.

Arranging finance

BuildStore Financial Services is the UK's leading company in self build finance and has already provided simple straightforward solutions to thousands of self builders, renovators and developers
>> See how BuildStore Financial Services can help you

Take out a mortgage with BuildStore and we will refund your PlotSearch subscription!

Professional and Trade Support

The BuildStore Professional and Trade Support [PTS] team manage a growing directory of tradespeople and professionals. They can provide guidance on selecting professionals and tradespeople
Call 01506 409 601

Buying materials and products

Once you have found your plot or project it is well worth joining Trade Card.
Membership of Trade Card offers self builders and renovators products and services at trade or discounted prices and other special benefits - it's free to join.
Membership gives you access to trade prices on over 400,000 products and higher credit limits - up to £25,000.
The Free Timber Frame Analysis Service helps you choose the best timber frame package option.
>> Find out more about TradeCard