TLDR: want to replace plaster wall with wood planks. Looking for advice or opinions. Thanks!
Iíve posted about my garage floor already but I wanted to keep some kind of record of progress of work done to my first house. I really donít like paying other people to do work that I can do myself. My knowledge about home repair is very limited so I am open to suggestions and opinions. Built in 1939, what really drew me to this two story home is the two car garage.
I moved in at the end of last March and so far Iíve replaced the roof and had (half) of the no longer used chimney removed. The chimney was on the front of the house with a fireplace but the fireplace was covered before I moved in. The flashing between the roof and the chimney had failed at some point and during a week long rain storm at the end of last summer I got some water damage on part of the front wall in the living room.
Now what Iíd like to do is take down this wall and the rest of the chimney and put up 1x4 or 1x6 slays and stain them. In my head it seems like it would be easier than drywall and I am sick of this plaster.
Honestly I have no idea of how to go about this. The guy that fixed the hole in the wall said I can just use a box cutter to cut out the old wall. I tried pushing a blade in there and it was not as easy as he made it look. So my next thought is to get a sledgehammer and start going to town carefully so I donít damage the outer wall. Hereís the rest of the exposed chimney inside the front closet:
Thatís all Iíve got for now. Iíve been sitting on this for months and would really like to do something about it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking!