David used Gyproc Habito to renovate a home

Bringing a Victorian semi-detached property into the 21st Century

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 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 British Gypsum 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 range.”

When considering the dry lining of existing walls and upgrading insulation, David suggested Gyproc Habito. The family agreed due to the level of flexibility it afforded. Gyproc Habito will ultimately allow the family to get more out of their living space by enabling them to attach heavy fixtures to the walls easily without the use of any specialist fittings, but it was actually the short term benefits that really appealed to them.

David explains: “When putting up stud walls it can often be problematic when it comes to hanging large items like radiators as homeowners need to make immediate decisions on where these should go. However, Gyproc Habito actually simplified this process and meant this could be confirmed much later down the line. This meant we didn’t have to hassle the client all the time for instant decisions and ensured we could get it right.”

Gyproc Habito offered the Stewarts flexible design. With both parents leading busy careers as doctors it meant they did not need to pre-plan where fixtures should be hung and they could delay decisions on where fittings should go. 

"So later on down the line when we want to hang things on the wall, whether it be paintings, mirrors or even just a curtain rail, we will be able to do it quickly, easily and most importantly – with just a screwdriver!”

British Gypsum - Self Build - David Layden