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Self Build dream becomes reality for York family

Discover how Gyproc Habito plasterboard & Thistle Magnetic Plaster helped transform one self builders dream home

Gyproc Habito and Thistle Magnetic Plaster in renovation project

Nick and Fiona, from York, decided to self-build after years of living in period properties.

Teacher Nick said: “We’ve lived in old Victorian houses before that we basically destroyed with our bad DIY. With this in mind, it was really important to us that we chose the right products to use in our home.”

A flexible, open living space that worked for the whole family was the inspiration for the Hanysz family to build their own dream home.

Gyproc Habito and Thistle Magnetic Plaster in renovation project

The couple opted for a timber frame house and collaborated with specialists Oakworth Homes to help design and build the structure of their property. As well as offering design flexibility, timber frame homes have lightweight components, which can be assembled in a matter of days after the foundations have been laid.

The couple then began to think about the interior walls of their property. It was only after attending a home building trade show they decided to incorporate Gyproc Habito plasterboard into the specification process.

Gyproc Habito and Thistle Magnetic Plaster in renovation project

“We wanted quality products that allowed for both strength and versatility, so we could be sure every room would continue to work for us over a long period of time. As soon as we saw Gyproc Habito we knew it would suit us perfectly,” added Nick.

Gyproc Habito is part of British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You range and is a plasterboard with a reinforced core, making it five times stronger than regular plasterboard. The product is installed in the same way as standard plasterboard, but can support up to 15kg with a single number 10 woodscrew. The super-strength solution meant the couple would be able to secure heavier items such as TVs, book shelves shelving, large paintings and mirrors to the wall without specialist fixings.  


Gyproc Habito and Thistle Magnetic Plaster in renovation project

After being so impressed with Gyproc Habito Nick and Fiona also opted to use another British Gypsum product, Thistle Magnetic Plaster, an innovative magnetised plaster which turns any wall into an interactive display. Applied to new or existing walls, once dry it can be painted or covered with wallpaper. Nick and Fiona used Thistle Magnetic plaster in the kitchen.



Gyproc Habito and Thistle Magnetic Plaster in renovation project

Fiona said: “Magnetic plaster is fantastic! It’s really flexible, we can change the design when it suits us so it makes a great feature wall. I was really in favour of using magnetic plaster as I love putting our daughter Florence’s drawings up in the kitchen. The plaster goes right down to the floor so the whole wall is effectively a ‘living’ notice board and there’s also blackboard on the wall so it really is multi-purpose.”

With the property now complete, the Hanysz family couldn’t be happier with the end result. “By using these innovative products we’ve been able to create a truly flexible home that gives us the freedom to play around with the design without any fuss,” added Nick.



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