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questions about remodeling 1914 house

We are looking at purchasing a 1914 two story house. We had it inspected and it is structurally sound. The exterior was completely remodeled (insulated, sided, new windows, new roof and reinforced foundation) about a year ago. The interior needs work. It has the original wallpaper over lath and plaster walls in almost all of the rooms (especially upstairs). There are older cracks and staining on walls/ceilings. In addition, we are looking at updating the electrical upstairs as well as put in ducts to heat/cool the rooms up there too.

What would be the best way to correct these issues?

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

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I would remove the lath and plaster, and here's why:

- By exposing the studs, you'll be able to do all your plumbing, electrical, wiring (cable, security, phone), insulation, HVAC work and upgrades.

- When you're all done, re-drywall and you'll have nice walls without cracks.

Re: questions about remodeling 1914 house

Drywall can't replicate real plaster.

Decide what "look" you want...and then hire a pro for minimal damage. HVAC goes through attic spaces and is ceiling work.

However, there's a case for change when you want to upgrade your insulation, and/or when you want to add audio/video cables, etc... I would bet that your utility savings will pay for the change over a few years.

CAUTION: if you decide to change to drywall, MAKE CERTAIN your floors are leveled - or flat - BEFORE drywall install. Our previous owner changed without doing that and now we're facing many wall repairs after leveling our floors. What a pain...

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