Self builders and renovators have faced numerous challenges in recent months, but suppliers are now beginning to reopen and this means home improvers are better equipped to access resources needed for their projects.
It’s too soon to claim a semblance of normality is returning, but there are positive signs that the homebuilding industry is embracing the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures.
The construction industry has returned to work, the housing market has reopened, and several major builders’ merchants have reopened their stores in some capacity.
And now, with showrooms reopening and virtual consultations enabling more effective communication with suppliers and tradespeople, those working on self build or renovation projects can afford to feel more confident about their builds.
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This week, bifold and sliding doors specialist Kloeber announced that it will be reopening its showrooms on Tuesday 26 May, albeit with strict new procedures in place.
The showrooms will be operating an appointment-only basis, with reduced opening hours, and will include gel stations throughout.
This is a positive announcement for self builders, with Kloeber offering a bespoke self build service designed to make life easier when working on your project. Kloeber’s announcement could yet coincide with more showrooms opening up.
ID Systems, meanwhile, has launched a virtual showroom to help self builders browse glazing products.
Many companies have been offering virtual consultations during lockdown to help customers plan their projects from the comfort of their home. These include:
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Who Else is Open?
For oak frame house advice and services, Oakwrights remains fully operational (in accordance with government guidelines on social distancing), while for timber frames, Mercers Timber Frame is also providing services as normal.
It’s business as usual at Bricoflor with the exception of polyflor products, and Firepits UK remains open for those looking to make an addition to their garden this summer.
Keep following our live blog for updates on lockdown, builders’ merchants, self build suppliers and much more to find out how Covid-19 could yet affect your project.
Register here for the Virtual Homebuilding & Renovating Show in July, a free online experience to help keep you connected with our exhibitors and allow you to keep your self build or home improvement project going.