New research from Ipsos MORI has shown that one in seven Britons expect to look into building their own home. Whether your plans are in the initial stages or your project is already underway, British Gypsum’s presence at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) is the ideal place to build your product knowledge and learn how to raise the standard of your interior space with our innovative wall and ceiling linings.
The only such facility in Europe, the centre is specifically designed to inspire, educate, and provide valuable impartial advice to self builders, renovators and home improvers. After visiting, you’ll come away with in depth knowledge on innovative services and products that are available from a wide range of selected partners that will guide you right the way through your self-build project.
Imagine walking your way through life-sized housing exhibits covering all the major stages of a self-build project, from planning your groundworks, foundations and floors right through to wall structures, external options and roofing. After a visit to the centre, you will understand why it really does pay to think ‘fabric first’ when it comes to choosing your building materials, to maximise the property’s performance.
Creating comfortable, high quality living environments
Self builders have always been at the heart of the drive for better performance, keen to outstrip the minimum requirements, and at British Gypsum we’ve long led the market in providing plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions that help create better spaces to live, work and play.
With this in mind, our permanent stand at the NSBRC will help to inspire your project and get you thinking about which acoustic solutions and wall linings are best for you and your new home. The stand showcases products that will specifically appeal to a self-builder, such as our super strength Gyproc Habito plasterboard; ThistlePro DuraFinish plaster, ThistlePro Magnetic plaster and of course, our Silent Wall and Silent Floor solutions.
Think ‘fabric first’ for a solid project
If you’re investing your heart and soul into your self build project, it’s important to choose building materials that offer true longevity – after all, fixtures and fittings can be changed at a later date, but the walls and floors will be with you for the lifetime of your property. When it comes to specifying plasterboard, upgrading to a super strong solution that can withstand every day knocks and bumps makes long term sense.
Designed to stand the test of time, Gyproc Habito plasterboard’s reinforced core makes it five times stronger than regular plasterboard, meaning it can support up to 15kg using only a standard no.10 woodscrew. Heavier items such as TVs, bookcases, and large mirrors can be screwed directly into the wall without specialist fixings, making DIY jobs in the future so much easier. And as you’ll easily be able to move furniture and artwork around as your tastes grow and change, it also allows for increased adaptability both now and in the future.
It’s worth taking another look at your choice of plaster, too. For high traffic areas such as halls, stairways and kitchens, a more durable choice will reduce impact damage and keep your self build looking good for longer. ThistlePro DuraFinish is 60% tougher than standard plaster, and far more resistant to everyday wear and tear.
Sound decisions for quiet life
Of course, it’s not just down to how your home looks. A common mistake many self builders make is not appreciating how the noise from one activity can impact people occupying the adjacent space. While it is possible to design out many noise problems by using a good room layout and ensuring noise generating spaces such as the kitchen or playroom are not adjacent to noise sensitive spaces such as bedrooms or lounges, if some conflicts remain, British Gypsum’s Sound Solutions could be an option.
While a typical house partition is designed to meet the Building Regulations standard, British Gypsum’s Silent Wall system exceeds these by up to 15dB; significantly improving your home’s acoustics. If floors look to be your biggest problem, our Silent Floor system could be a route to explore.
By visiting our stand, you can understand why you should consider acoustic performance at the start of your build and discover how to incorporate the best acoustic products into your specification process to build a home that goes beyond basic Building Regulations.
Meet your standards now – and for years to come
While taking a ‘fabric first’ approach to your self-build involves forward planning, maximising the performance of the components and materials that make up your self build is the best route to achieving a comfortable, durable home. Visit our stand at the NSBRC to find out more.
Self-build projects can seem daunting but, with the right help and advice, it’s easier than you think. After you’ve visited the NSBRC, why not send us through your plans via our website and our technical team can offer advice and answer any questions you may have?