Tear Down That Wall

Due to building codes, our existing stairwell half wall must be replaced with a full length firewall.  Building codes also require us to drywall the inside of the stairwell with 5/8″ fire rated drywall.

On Sunday, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work removing this beautiful stairwell wall.  The patina on this wood is amazing!  Our plan is to recycle the wood and use it as a feature wall.

Stairwell wall in the loft.

First we removed the handrail leading up the stairwell.  Then we removed all of the trim and realized that the bead board was indeed tongue and groove, as you can see from the picture below.

Tongue and groove bead board.

Sometimes when your doing a remodel it’s all about coming up with a plan for the best way to tackle the task at hand.  This was definitely one of those times.  We initially planned to run a level chalk line on the inside of the stairwell.  Then we would tack a board to the wall and use a circular saw.

That didn’t seem like the best idea since we were dealing with tongue and groove boards.  So we headed to Lowe’s to see if we could find a saw that would do a flush cut from the outside of the stairwell.  We found this Dremel US40-03 Ultra-Saw Tool Kit with 5 Accessories and 1 Attachment.  This saw is small, easy to handle and it will cut flush with the floor.  Luckily the blade was large enough to go through the bead board.


Again, it’s often about having the right tools to make the task at hand so much easier!  I can’t say enough about this saw!  We were amazed at how quickly we were able to remove the wall.  We did stop a couple of times to let the saw cool down.  Here’s our end result, along with the temporary wall we put up.

Removing and framing out the wall was the last part of our framing phase.  We hoped to complete this before our inspection but knew we probably wouldn’t and we didn’t.  The inspector is checking our other framing so that we can start with plumbing and electrical.

Our inspection is today.  Hope it goes well.

Thanks for joining our journey!


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