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Date: 25 July 2016

Top tips for self builders to create a home to suit their lifestyle

Earlier this month we partnered with our friends at Build IT magazine and Scandia-Hus to host an exclusive reader event for self builders

Earlier this month we partnered with our friends at Build IT magazine and Scandia-Hus to host an exclusive reader event for self builders, read more here.

The day was a huge success! The select group of self builders were able to meet with experts from British Gypsum, Scandia-Hus and Build IT magazine not only learn how to create a home that will suit their lifestyle, but pick their brains and ask specific questions about their own projects.

No worries if you couldn’t make it, here’s a summary of top tips:

  • When designing a future-proof home, taking your time over design considerations is paramount. Think about your space standards, for example it may be attractive on paper to build in a spare bedroom or two however, if all rooms end up being cramped this will impact not only the rooms themselves but the rest of your living space. The Parker Morris theory may have been developed in 1961 but always try and stick to these standards as a minimum.


Top tips for self builders

Scandia-Hus Show home floor plan

  • When building a home for now and the future it’s important to think about sustainability. Look into sustainable heat sources such as ground, water or air. Also think about the energy efficiency of your building, for example timber frame homes are environmentally friendly to produce and can help to reduce the cost of energy bills when you move in. 

Top tips for self builders


Ground Source Heat Pump at the Scandia-Hus Property

  • Consider the structural fabric of your home and how the layout flows, as well as factors such as robustness and flexibility. When it comes to specifying the internal lining of your home, British Gypsum has created a range of dedicated products that allow you to be as creative or noisy as you wish, as well as take on DIY jobs without hassle or compromise. The British Gypsum Homeowner collection includes solutions that are easy to use and simple to install during the build phase.

Top tips for self builders