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Date: 06 April 2017

A Self Build Dream Made into Reality

Find out how one couple self-built a strong and versatile home suited to their lifestyle.

After years of living in period properties, Nick and Fiona from York decided to take on a self build project to create a flexible, open living space suited for the whole family. 

The couple opted for a timber frame house and instructed Crescent Architecture and Design to design the property and oversee the works on site. The timber frame of the property was constructed by Oakworth Homes.

A Self Build Dream Made into Reality


We interviewed the couple to find out more about their experience of using our products.

How did you hear about Gyproc Habito plasterboard?

“We first heard about Gyproc Habito after attending a home building trade show. We wanted quality products that allowed for both strength and versatility so that 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!

We have lots of pictures, but putting them up has been so simple because we haven’t had to bother with tricky fixings. In the past I would have been really cautious about putting anything on the wall – in a previous Victorian property we practically destroyed it with bad DIY! However, with Gyproc Habito, we’ve put over 20 pictures up around the house using just a screwdriver and no specialist fittings – what a dream!” 

A Self Build Dream Made into Reality

What difference has Gyproc Habito made to the feel of your home?

“The newer properties we looked at felt really flimsy and being a timber framed self build, this was one of our main concerns for our property. The house however, thanks to Gyproc Habito feels solid and you can tell it has been well built with quality materials.”

Have you considered using any other British Gypsum products in your self build?

“After being so impressed with Gyproc Habito, we also opted to use ThistlePro Magnetic in our kitchen and it is fantastic! It’s really flexible and 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.”

A Self Build Dream Made into Reality

“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.”

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