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Date: 04 May 2018

Don't settle for a 'standard' self build

More of us than ever are going down the self build route. But there’s no need to settle for standard, particularly when it comes to choosing performance internal lining for your walls and floors.

Last year, a record 1,100 people a month built their own properties or restored derelict buildings and it’s anticipated that the self-build sector will double this year as local authorities pledge to do more to support those wishing to build their own homes. The National Custom and Self-Build Association has seen the number of self-build completions rise every year for the past five years – and is confident the figure will rise again this year.With increasing demand for innovative materials to match ambitious, high quality self-build projects, the market is now filled with products to suit every need and with this in mind, there’s no need to settle for standard, particularly when it comes to choosing performance internal lining for your walls and floors.

British Gypsum Homeowner - Self Build Homes

Don’t settle for standard

Go the extra mile and think fabric first

Self builders have always been at the heart of the drive for better efficiency, going out of their way to outstrip the minimum requirements, and when choosing building materials, it really does pay to think ‘fabric first’ to maximise their performance. One reason for this is that, the decision to specify and use basic grade building materials is one you’ll have to live with for the lifetime of the property. Chat to your builder and discuss your options. By owning or playing an active role in the specification process, you’ll get exactly what you want rather than those products that simply meet basic Building Regulations.

Consider durability now to save DIY disasters later

While many self-builders use standard plasterboard, this can result in flimsy walls that don’t meet the demands of modern day living. Thankfully, there are superior specification options available to improve the durability and strength of the walls in your home without sending build costs through the roof.

Designed to stand the test of time, Gyproc Habito plasterboard is an ideal internal lining solution, as it offers greater durability and better impact resistance than standard product specifications. Its reinforced core makes it five times stronger than regular plasterboard, meaning it can support 15kg using only a standard no.10 woodscrew. As a result, heavier items such as TVs, bookcases, and large mirrors can be screwed directly into the wall without specialist fixings, making DIY jobs much easier. And with new research showing that across their lifetimes, the average UK adult will mess up nine DIY jobs so spectacularly that they need to call in professional help, investing in good quality walls is essential.

Gyproc Habito also allows for increased adaptability both now and in the future, as you’ll easily be able to move furniture and artwork around as your tastes grow and change.

British Gypsum Homeowner - Hang artwork with Gyproc Habito

Five times stronger than regular plasterboard, Gyproc Habito can support 15kg using only a standard no.10 woodscrew

Plaster can do more than you think

With everyday knocks and scrapes soon taking their toll, it’s worth taking another look at your choice of plaster, too.

ThistlePro DuraFinish is 60% tougher than standard plaster, and far more resistant to everyday wear and tear. This makes it perfect for use in high traffic areas such as halls, stairways and kitchens to reduce impact damage and keep your self build looking good for longer. 

British Gypsum Homeowner - ThistlePro DuraFinish

ThistlePro DuraFinish reduces impact damage in high traffic areas

Your home is an extension of your personality, which is why it’s worth investigating ThistlePro Magnetic plaster. The plaster can turn your walls into an interactive living space. Simply paint with whiteboard or chalkboard paint and use as a noticeboard, or cover with wallpaper so you can change your room’s look as and when you feel like it. And for a healthier home, ThistlePro PureFinish contains ACTIVair technology to remove formaldehyde from the air, making your indoor space healthier.

British Gypsum Homeowner - ThistlePro Magnetic

Transform your Magnetic Wall into a blackboard and use it as a noticeboard

Block out noise from the outset

A common mistake many self builders make is not appreciating how the noise from one activity can impact the people occupying the adjacent space. It’s therefore vital you consider acoustic performance at the start of your self build and incorporate the best acoustic products into the specification process.

Airborne noise, such as music, voices, dogs barking, and outside traffic, is where the sound waves pass into the structure or through separating elements like floors and ceilings. Impact noise is the direct transmission of noise from footsteps on wooden floors, for example.

Silent Wall and Silent Floor are enhanced wall and floor solutions which exceed the minimum Building Regulation requirements. While a typical house partition is designed to meet the Building Regulations standard, British Gypsum’s Silent Wall system improves the performance by up to 15dB; significantly improving your home’s acoustics. 

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Silent Wall and Silent Floor exceeds Building Regulations by up to 15dB

To create separation between sleeping and living, Silent Floor system is the best solution. It incorporates a double layer of 15mm Gyproc SoundBloc boards, 100mm Isover acoustic insulation and Gypframe RB1 Resilient bars. This helps to decouple the ceiling from the floor joists to enhance the sound insulation.

Raise the standards now – and for years to come

While taking a ‘fabric first’ approach to your self-build does involve planning ahead, maximising the performance of the components and materials that make up the building itself is the best route to achieving a comfortable, durable home that will continue to work for you and your family for years to come.