Before we can create the new and improved floor plan design, walls have to come down. It’s always a surprise to see what is under the existing wall coverings.


Our smiling designer starts the process. Underneath paint, wallpaper and newer  sheetrock or cheap wood paneling we found bare wood. We were surprised! Where is the old plaster and lath?

The bare wood planks are tongue and groove western red cedar with thousands of small tacks with thread hanging off each one. NEVER saw that before.


We did some research and discovered that a less expensive way to cover walls in the mid to late 1800s was to stretch fabric netting over the bare wood and then cover the netting with wallpaper.  An article in  Old House Journal 1991 describes the process. Interesting!

We are doing a restoration of the house, but this is one technique we will probably not use.


The entire house – – sheathing and all inside walls are constructed with one inch thick, tongue and groove, cedar planks. The house is a large wooden box. Very sturdy!

2 thoughts on “Demolition…

  1. That is so interesting! Yeah the lathe and plaster in our old house is so annoying for hanging things on the wall – we had most of our framed stuff on the wall with those double-sided-tape thingies because we were tired of relying on finding the studs to hang anything 🙂


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