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British Gypsum systems in your home. Self-builders really need to think about the individual room requirements and specifying materials that will help raise the quality of their home. You want your home to look good and stay looking good without the need for extensive maintenance or repair, so good decisions made now will last a lifetime. Consider upgrading your internal walls as part of your project. Using super strong plasterboard such as Gyproc Habito will make your DIY jobs and hanging heavy items so much easier. In terms of plaster finishes there are a number of choices available – some come with additional benefits that will enhance your home. For example, Thistle DuraFinish plaster is 60 per cent tougher than a standard plaster which helps reduce damage when walls are impacted by occupants, particularly in high traffic areas such as halls, and stairways. Q. Noise is an increasing complaint amongst homeowners. How can self-builders control noise travelling between rooms? SW: By carefully planning room usage you can minimise noise-generating spaces being placed next to noise sensitive spaces such as living rooms next to bedrooms, for example. It is important to really think about how you will use your home when you move in and in the future. What are your family’s needs now, and what will they be in five or ten years time? When it comes to sound solutions, we can’t emphasise enough the importance of taking a fabric first approach. The current Building Regulation for internal walls isn’t very demanding, and whilst acceptable still means that you can hear activities in adjacent rooms. With our Sound Solution products Silent Wall and Silent Floor you now have the choice to improve your build with enhanced acoustic design and exceed these minimum requirements, making your home life that bit quieter. This enables different members of the family to turn their favourite music or the television up loud, for example, while another family member can still enjoy a quiet night’s sleep. Q. Would you recommend using an expert to apply your plaster products / finishes, or is it something an experienced DIY-er can do? SW: There are skilled tradespeople who can finish masonry and dry-lined walls to a surface ideal for decoration. Depending on what is being done, the plaster needs to be applied in one or several coats or layers, in order to achieve the desired thickness and finish. Whilst a competent DIYer may be quite capable of plastering, for the best results, we recommend taking on a plasterer. Our Certified Plasterer Scheme can remove the stress of finding a good local plasterer and we will guarantee the work for two years when you use a member of our scheme along with our products. Q. Can you tell us how your products help with every day living in the home – take a kitchen, for example? SW: No one wants damaged walls in their dream home and that is why durability is becoming an increasingly important factor for homeowners and self-builders. Walls are prone to getting plenty of knocks and bumps, particularly in busier areas such as the kitchen. Our Gyproc Habito plasterboard is the ideal solution for durability because it offers a superior resistance to these every day bangs providing enhanced robustness and solid walls as standard in your home. Many families base their every day living around their kitchen so there is a need for hanging heavy items such as TVs, kitchen cabinets and storage shelves. The Gyproc Habito plasterboard radically changes the way such heavy items can be fixed to walls. Capable of hanging 15kg off a single no.10 woodscrew, it removes the need for drills and specialist fixings allowing you to screw directly into the wall with just a screwdriver. Q. Can you tell us about any interesting projects you’ve been involved with recently? SW: We love assisting self-builders on their dream projects and have been involved in some fantastic projects, which really have become people’s dream homes. One couple, Nick and Fiona from York, decided to self-build after years of living in period properties. After attending a home building trade show they decided to incorporate Gyproc Habito plasterboard into the specification process. Not only have the couple attached pictures to the wall, the interior of their finished home now features large clocks, televisions, lighting and even a giant surveyor’s stick which stretches from the ground floor up into the mezzanine level of the property. Elsewhere, crumbling walls with weak plaster, undiscovered until simple renovations began, saw us help an Oxford family turn to Gyproc Habito for a solution. With the help of our products they have been able to create a spacious home that can evolve with them. For more information on raising the standard of your self-build project or to request your free self-build guide, visit http://www.british-gypsum.com/self build. and stay looking good – You want your home to look good 12 Winter 2017 so good decisions made now will last a lifetime Question Time


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