30 May 2017

Couple create flexible home for their growing family

After moving house in September 2015, Thomas Oliver and Erika Harris purchased a three-bedroom property in Oxford and planned to adapt the house for their growing family.


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It was only after the couple moved in and started doing simple renovations that they found a serious problem that needed to be addressed. Erika commented: “We started removing the wallpaper throughout the house and discovered that the plaster underneath was old and crumbling. It needed to be taken off. We looked at all the products on the market and decided to use British Gypsum’s Gyproc Habito plasterboard, as we needed something that was stronger than the standard offering. We had previously heard of the product in a magazine and a friend in Germany who had installed Gyproc Habito recommended it and told us about the benefits.”

Gyproc Habito is a plasterboard with a reinforced core, making it five times stronger than regular plasterboard. The product is installed in the same way as standard plasterboard but can support up to 15kg with a single no. 10 woodscrew. This super-strength solution meant that Thomas and Erika would not have to worry about crumbling walls or knocks and bumps to the walls in high-traffic areas of the home. As art lovers, they were also able to hang pictures and paintings without specialist fixings.

Talking about Gyprco Habito, Thomas said: “The installation of the product has definitely lived up to my expectations. My experience with normal plasterboard in previous properties drove me a little insane, with things falling off the wall and mistakes not being so forgiving. Moving furniture into a house can quickly cause damage to the walls but we didn’t have that experience here which was brilliant. Of course we have knocked the walls a few times; it happens to everyone at some point. With normal plasterboard you might drop something on the wall and it goes into a hole or makes a dent creating a big problem which you then have to cover up, but with Gyproc Habito you just paint it and it looks as good as new.”

With the interior of the house now complete, Thomas and Erika really feel the benefit of having Gyproc Habito throughout their home. They found that all of the ways to personalise walls that usually cause so much trouble were quick and easy. Talking through their experiences, Thomas said: “We’re not afraid of hanging anything on the walls. We’ve hung heavy items from free-floating shelves, large heavy tapestries, original art and kitchen units – safe in the knowledge that nothing will fall off. We’ve also had to implement extra shelving throughout the house – in particular the living room – but being a stronger product, we had no concerns with adding these storage solutions with Gyproc Habito.”

The couple are pleased they made the decision to use Gyproc Habito to create a flexible home that can grow with them. Erika continues: “We’re so happy with the end result. With a young child and another one on the way, we are expecting the walls to take some pretty heavy damage over the next few years. We wanted to put something in the house that would last and look great for a very long time and we certainly have achieved that.”

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