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Building DIY durability into your home

To ensure that your home grows with you, choose high quality building materials that can withstand years of DIY

Date: 03 September 2018
They say a workman is only as good as his tools, and one of the best ways to minimise DIY disasters in a renovation project is to use high quality building materials that are strong and flexible enough to cope with the stresses of everyday living. This is especially the case when it comes to the quality of your interior walls, which bear the brunt of decoration and redecoration, year upon year.

New research has found that the Great British public pay £34 billion each year to fix their DIY mistakes. Over the past year, the average cost per person for DIY fixes was £650 - which just goes to show how many people make a disaster of things when they try to do it themselves.

Giving a little extra thought to the building materials at the beginning of a renovation project gives you the freedom to play around with the design without any fuss later – and means you can avoid the dodgy DIY in years to come. What’s more, using innovative products also means you can create a truly flexible home.

minimise DIY disasters in a renovation project with Gyproc Habito plasterboard

Give your home a solid foundation for the future

Upgrading the plasterboard for your internal walls is a tried and tested way to protect your home from future DIY mishaps. Choosing a more durable solution can provide huge amounts of adaptability as it means that you can move your interior furnishings around as your taste changes, without your walls showing the evidence of the inevitable knocks and bumps.

Gyproc Habito, part of British Gypsum’s Homeowner range, is a plasterboard with a reinforced core, making it five times stronger. Installed in the same way as standard plasterboard, it can support up to 15kg with a single number 10 woodscrew. This means that heavier items such as TVs, bookcases, and large mirrors can be screwed directly into the wall without specialist fixings, making your DIY jobs easier. 


Upgrading the plasterboard for your internal walls with Gyproc Habito plasterboard

Make redecorating a doddle

A popular way to change the look and feel of a room is by changing the wall art. However, moving pictures about can leave a tell-tale trail of unsightly nail marks, and a far from clean surface for your room’s next new look. But there are alternatives. Applied to new walls at the start of a renovation, ThistlePro Magnetic plaster can turn your wall into an interactive Magnetic Wall which can be changed at any time without the need for nails, staples, pins or Blue Tac. 

This makes it a great choice for the kitchen, home office or hallway, and ideal for kids’ rooms as they can put up their favourite posters or display their latest artwork with ease.  Simply apply to new or existing walls, and once dry it can be finished with paint, chalkboard or blackboard paint or even covered with wallpaper, so you have the freedom to change your room’s look as and when you feel like it. 


ThistlePro Magnetic plaster can turn your wall into an interactive Magnetic Wall

Expert know-how can make all the difference 

While starting off with the best materials will certainly make every day DIY tasks easier, some jobs really are best left to the professionals. While plastering might look easy, it’s a real skill and British Gypsum Certified Plasterers have the knowledge and experience to recommend exactly the right product for your needs so that your home won’t only look good, with a higher standard of finish, but stay looking that way without the need for extensive maintenance or repair. 

Whatever your DIY requirements, you can rest assured that British Gypsum will have a product to help make the job easier. So you can concentrate on decorating your home, not destroying it!

British Gypsum Certified Plasterers have the knowledge and experience


Renovating your home means you have the chance to build in features that will make additional DIY projects further down the line so much easier, saving you time, money and maybe even your sanity! Think fabric first now, for peace of mind later.