Rob explains, “I have a good understanding of design and so being able to design the house myself was important to me. It also made a huge difference to our budget because we didn’t have to pay for any of the inevitable design changes that came about as the project progressed.”
Sarah adds, “While carrying out our initial research we became familiar with a lot of the building materials available to us. We were particularly impressed when we learned about the British Gypsum products and their benefits. In particular, the Gyproc Habito plasterboard caught our attention as it meant we could have super strong walls, rather than the flimsy ones that had frustrated us in other properties we have lived in. This durability was a big draw for us and once we started looking at the plasterboard, we also became aware of other British Gypsum performance products, which we knew would help raise the standard of our project.
“We were doing everything ourselves which meant it was really helpful that British Gypsum was on hand with technical advice each step of the way. From offering us initial product demonstrations at exhibitions to install advice once the materials were delivered to site, it really helped us on our journey.
“We lived in a caravan on site throughout the duration of the project. There is no denying that it was hard work and there were times when we wondered if it would ever be finished. But when you actually get in and see the wonderful home you have created, you quickly forget these difficulties and all the sacrifices are worth it.
“I found the forward planning one of the biggest challenges. It is hard to picture what the house is going to look like from a piece of paper and having to plan everything in sequence was tough at times. Luckily, we did a lot of research prior to beginning and received invaluable support from British Gypsum. We were always adamant that we would use the best building materials possible because we wanted to build a home that would last and evolve with us, as our family requirements change.”