I was driving into work today while day dreaming about the house in Rincon. I was thinking about what to do with the wood house and specifically about what to do about the interior walls.
The wall cavity between the outer siding and the inner panels/drywall seems to make a great place for bees, rats and bats to live. This is a problem, because while I don’t have anything against any of those things in general, I don’t want them to live with me.
We know we are going to paint the inside of the house white to brighten it up. The inside has never been painted and is all a natural wood color so it tends to be pretty dark. I thought…”well who the hell needs drywall? Or wood paneling?”. Here in Colorado we need that space to insulate us from the outside which gets pretty darn cold. The only purpose it really serves in our Rincon house is to cover up the studs and apparently make nice nests for pests.
Basically remove the existing panels and drywall, clean everything out and paint. Done. It also provides shelf space.
Now, I am not sure we would do this in every room, but we don’t have to. Some of the wood paneling can just be painted white and some can removed and the empty cavity painted.