I'm hoping to get some advice on my current kitchen renovation. We have a brick 1930's house in St Louis. There are tiles running waist high all the way around that we decided we don't like. I started removing the tile from the interior walls. That went just fine.
However, I found that the mortar(or plaster or stucco, not really sure what it is) behind the tile and the rest of the wall uses wire mesh to attach to the brick exterior wall. This mesh is then attached to the brick.
The tile goes all the way around the walls, so they either need to be removed or covered. I don't intend to show the brick, so I'm not too concerned about how it looks, but I don't want to damage the walls in a major way. I'd like to run new electrical along the exterior walls, but the kitchen is fairly small, and doing anything to shrink more it is unappealing.
So my question is this, should I remove the plaster/wire down to the brick, then put up drywall, or leave it up and try to do some sort of furring strips attached to the plaster, flush with the tile, with drywall over that?
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!