Long-lasting features make a house a home

Living Room

Australia’s love affair with building and renovation sees no sign of slowing down. With popular home improvement shows such as The Block and Reno Rumble remaining firmly in the limelight, homeowners are more informed about the endless possibilities that can be explored to create personal and private spaces.

With its modern building materials and systems, CSR Gyprock shows how great planning in the build stage leads to beautiful structures and interiors that can significantly increase the value of a home, while creating better living environments for homeowners to enjoy.

Channel 9’s, recently aired, The Block Triple Threat was a resounding success at auction setting global prize records for the contestants. The featured apartments demonstrated a huge transition from the limitations of four plain walls and a flat ceiling to more inventive and practical ways of organising a space.

Najwa Khoury, Gyprock Marketing Manager recognises that, “While furnishings certainly add to the overall comfort and feel of a finished room, the structure and configuration at the building stage is where real value is added to a property.”

The contestants showcased innovative design and renovation ideas with plasterboard this season with bulkheads and niches used creatively throughout each of the apartments. According to Najwa, “Not only do these features look very appealing but they have utility as a principle.”

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Made to work in harmony with the overall design of the room, a niche can be a simple decorative design element or it could be used to visually expand a space or to create handy storage areas.

Niches can showcase possessions like flatscreen TV’s, while cleverly hiding the nest of cables and providing a beautiful fluid finish, and can be incorporated into bathrooms for storage in the shower or above a bath.

Running the entire length of a wall, or with an added feature such as a mirror, a niche not only works functionally but creates drama through size or reflection. Include niches in the design phase of your project to create fine lines and interesting design elements, while delivering practical and easy-to-clean storage solutions.

Bathroom Mirror

“By taking advantage of your given surroundings you can work well within a room plan to create attractive and unobtrusive storage features,” says Najwa. “Plasterboard can be used to make a recess and to create nooks for storage units that don’t consume valuable floor or wall space.”


The recessed mirror cabinet in this bathroom is approximately 150mm deep, providing ample room for bathroom necessities while providing a decorative edge to the bathroom wall. Storage units built into hallways can create wall to ceiling streamlined storage facilities, with unassuming style and adding architectural depth and detail.

Gyprock offers a variety of design, decoration and renovation possibilities at a relatively low cost. The images below detail building elements that have been used to add visual depth while concealing unsightly details such as blinds in the kitchen window and the curtain rod in the bedroom.


Plasterboard can also be used to echo the elements of a space. The angle of the plasterboard here is used to mirror the staircase offering a sense of play within an otherwise underused area


Plasterboard ceilings can be used to conceal structural elements and create visual contrast through misshapen depth, creating a wonderful sense of drama in the space. Bulkheads can conceal structural elements such as beams resulting in a streamlined effect. They are a practical way of giving direction to the free flow of an open plan space

Clever use of ceiling detail can create signature style elements. Creating a shadowline where the wall and ceiling meet provides clean, sleek lines and a dramatic framing effect around the room.


In a particularly inventive application, this plasterboard sheet’s edge has been left exposed. It hides and supports the LED lighting, which is used to frame the space.