Semi-exposed interior framing for Perfect Walls
I’m building a 1000 sqft cabin residence outside of Portland, OR, and I’m considering using Lstiburek’s “Perfect Walls”: 2×6 framing with a few inches of rockwool exterior insulation.
Since I won’t have batt insulation in the walls, it seems like there are interior finishing options besides plain drywall.
In particular, I’m wondering if it’s possible to do a “semi-finished” modern / industrial look out of horizontal wood or panels.
This would visually screen the framing while being much more configurable and extensible in the future.
For example, leaving a few inches open near the floor/ceiling would allow for recessed lighting, plenty of hidden electrical outlets, central vac hookups, ventilation registers, &c.
Since the floor would be supported by exposed trusses in a conditioned basement, it’d be very easy to run (and change!) wiring, pipes, and ducting.
Does anyone know of good examples of this kind of “semi-exposed” framing?
Are there any code restrictions that make it impossible to do?
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