We just bought a house built in the 1950’s. We’re planning to do a gut renovation and add a second floor. We just signed a contract for the majority of the work. However, I’ve decided to do the demolition of the the interior walls on the first floor (remove all the non supporting walls and get the plaster off the supporting walls). We’re having the builder add a new header for the supporting wall. Our aim is to have a completely open (except for the “powder room”) first floor and all the bedrooms and full baths on the second floor. The house is a cape. The builder is very highly recommended and couldn’t be more reputable or “friendly.”
The only issue I have is that the interior walls on the first floor are wire lathe with a cement scratch coat and then plaster. Am I biting off too much to strip these walls to the studs or should I hire the builder to do it? I’m looking forward to the demo. I have worked with wire lathing before.
What would be the best way to attack the walls — sledge hammer and clean up the residue or make some cuts using a reciprocating saw and them using the sledge hammer?
Thanks in advance.