Sheetrock added to walls 100 year old house. Strip to wood?

Boards and bead boards are under sheetrock. A fireplace for 2 rooms were covered up with sheetrock.

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  • William William on Mar 06, 2018
    This is a costly challenge. If you want the wood and bead board then yes but what would the condition be! The fireplace may have not been working or to costly to repair. Seems like the drywall was put on to cover every problem the home may have rather than to restore it. You may be opening up a can of worms you may not be able to afford.
  • Joslyn Ferguson Joslyn Ferguson on Mar 06, 2018
    Thank you. The house was inherited. Just trying to restore.
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Mar 06, 2018
    You will also be losing whatever insulation is behind the drywall, most likely there isn't much if any behind the original wood walls. If you want that look you might consider using reclaimed wood over the drywall.
  • Suzzann Suzzann on Mar 06, 2018
    they are money pits. We worked and worked on a 2 story 1906 home, still needs work and more money! But we finished the bottom floor and was so rewarding, maybe you inherited some fix-it-up-money! Good luck and enjoy your journey!
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 06, 2018
    What is your question?
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 06, 2018
    Fireplace may never work, and that's why it was covered up, but it could look good with some candles in it. I have stripped Victorian house wood and restored it, its a nasty process, but looks great with some beautiful old wallpaper. If you love it, and have lots of time and are willing to spend nights, weekends on doing it.... go for it.
  • Bj Blyth Bj Blyth on Mar 07, 2018
    Be careful! I had the same situation in a 100 year old house. I was all gung-ho about opening and restoring the fireplaces. BUT! I found out that the recently (sometime in the last 20 years) added central heat vented out that way. Luckily, someone stopped me before i had gone too far in demolition! I’m sure it could be done but I would get a professional or two to access the situation first.
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