There's not much you can do with four plain walls and a flat ceiling – unless you're really inventive.
The recently aired The Block Triple Threat created just such a challenge for contestants. Each team was given a flat in a 1970s block in Melbourne's South Yarra. Space was limited putting pressure both on practical factors like storage and more aesthetic ones like how to create a feeling of openness.
One building material that helped contestants express their creativity was CSR Gyprock and its range of plasterboard solutions. Using this seemingly uninspiring product – after all, in its 'raw' form, it's flat and beige – contestants were able to add interest and storage to their apartments. Bulkheads, niches, and concealment for structural elements all played a part in the redesign.
Plasterboard ceilings can be used to conceal structural elements and create visual contrast through misshapen depth, creating a sense of drama in the space. Bulkheads can conceal structural elements such as beams resulting in a streamlined effect.
In this lounge, competitors used Gyprock in a number of ways: to hide the curtain rail; for the recessed ceiling that created an open space; as a bulkhead to house the television and fire; and to create a niche for a bookshelf.
Storage in the bathroom is always a challenge. Here, a recessed cabinet has been built behind the bathroom mirror and a storage niche cut into the shower wall.
Here a subtle, barely noticeable feature was achieved with plasterboard. A small light has been fitted above the sink to ensure good visibility without distracting from the overall design of the kitchen.
In apartments, space is at a premium; recessed bookshelves add storage without taking up space.
To learn more about Gyprock, visit their site here: http://www.gyprock.com.au/Pages/For-Homeowners.aspx