Decorative and Dramatic Drywall
Think outside of plain boxy shapes and you'll energize your rooms with interesting angles or the classic great looks of raised-panel construction. Drywall construction techniques put these great effects and many other imaginative solutions well within your reach.
A fireplace makes an interesting case study because the usual impulse is to center it along a wall. Although it's sometimes an acceptable solution, that thinking is a holdover from the days when the hearth was the primary source of heat as well as the cook's headquarters.Getting a new angle on the solution
Relocating the hearth to the corner of the room is an imaginative solution that definitely puts a fireplace in its place. It remains architecturally important in the room without completely overwhelming your decorating options. Lighting built in above the artwork casts a soft glow without drawing attention to its source.
Drywall and its framing weigh a fraction of a brick and mortar fireplace, so that eliminates the need for expensive structural supports. And if you tackle the project yourself, you can also save a ton of money.Panels raise your interest level
Because of the high cost of materials and especially the highly skilled labor required, raised-panel walls have always been limited to upscale homes. Until now.
An innovative drywall product with a molded pattern eliminates the need for fancy carpentry work. Instead, you provide basic drywall installation and finishing techniques.
You'll find raised-panel drywall that's scaled for installation on upper walls, wainscots, stairways, and even ceilings. Although you'll be tempted to fill every square foot of your room with these great-looking panels, it's a good idea to control your enthusiasm. Too much of a good thing can simply be too much.
- Drywall Materials & Supplies
- Drywall Tools
- Framing Basics for Walls & Ceilings
- Drywall Measuring & Cutting
- Basic Drywall Hanging: How to Hang Drywall
- Drywall Taping, Joint Compounds & Sanding
- Advanced Drywall Techniques
- Decorative & Special Drywall Finishes
- How to Repair Drywall: Patching & Repairing Walls and Ceilings