This article is part of our ongoing home construction specification plan series.
Assembling a Home Construction Specification Plan — Spec Plan L: Walls and Ceilings
Although the foundation, framing, roof and exterior of your new home are important components of the home building process, your walls and ceilings are what you will notice on a daily basis. You cannot change the foundation, framing, roof and exterior without doing a major overhaul of your home, but your ceilings and walls can be changed with just one swipe of a paint brush.
Chances are you’ll want to get the walls and ceilings right before you move into your new home. Updating can always come later on, when you tired of a certain look or wear and tear means your walls and ceilings need to be refreshed.
The drywall is the most visible interior part to your home and, therefore, you should pick a good drywaller when doing the job. Drywall uses sheets that are nailed to the wall studs and then taped and joint compound to leave a smooth finish for surfacing. Ceilings also use drywall sheets and are finished in the same manner.
How will you complete your walls? Will you use paint in the living room, but wallpaper in the dining room? How about columns separating various rooms — what colors will you select? That fireplace mantle looks great, but will you have it stained, painted or will you go with a natural look?
The trim in every room can be customized to give it a unique look and that includes moldings, chair rails, stairway trim, window trim and seats, and more. Although the exterior of your home might look like other homes in your neighborhood, the interior can be customized to reflect your personal tastes.
Consider the following wall treatments now in vogue:
- Color washing
- Faux painting
- Commercial vinyl
- American clay
- ….you decide!
Of course, if the colors or look don’t suit you then you can always change them a much less expensive proposition then a home expansion project requiring consumer financing!
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