Bringing a Victorian semi-detached property into the 21st Century, whilst retaining its character, is a tough task. One which architect, David Leyden, successfully tackled by integrating three of British Gypsum’s Homeowner solutions into the home.
The house plays home to a family of five and as such it required a lot of modification. However, the brief given by the Stewart family was very clear - they wanted more space to accommodate their family life, but did not want it at the sacrifice of the garden. Therefore, architect, David, was set a real challenge to ensure he could deliver additional living space without extending the property too much - that’s where the British Gypsum Homeowner range came to the fore.
David Leyden, from Leyden Hassett and Associates, comments: “We were very aware that outdoor space was important to the family so we couldn’t eat into this too much. Instead we looked at innovative ways to reconfigure the living area, create more space and enhance the function of the entire home. We achieved all of this and only extended the property by 7 sq m thanks to products in the British Gypsum Homeowner range.”
When configuring the living space, the family was concerned by the level of sound insulation offered by a Victorian property. They wanted to ensure that noise wouldn’t transfer from one room to another and in particular wanted to create a sound barrier between the au pair’s room and bathroom located on the upper level and the kitchen and dining room, which are located directly below.
What’s more, the family wanted to ensure that any solution was easy to install and wasn’t too intrusive. Based on the brief at hand, David immediately suggested Silent Floor as it outperforms standard floors, when it comes to noise reduction, by up to 15dB – something which really appealed to the family.