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Old 04-22-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Adding Depth to a 2x4?


I am in the process of buying a house which has 2x4 walls.... I'm "hoping" to be able to add to the 4" side of the 2x4, thus creating a 2x6, or better yet, a 2x8 wall thickness....

Has anyone here tried this by chance? Can anybody give me any ideas as to how to best get this done? The house is 1100 sq ft total. So, not a mansion, but my first home on my own none the less.

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Plan on gutting the whole house and adding jamb extensions to all the windows and doors, plus end up with less sq. footage?
Anyway you do it this is going to be a really big job.

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Well, im looking at gutting it anyways, as it's all paneling and I want to go with drywall.. So, I figure i'll have it all apart anyways, might as well make it as insulated as I can.
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Most likely there's drywall under that paneling unless it's a trailer.
The electrical boxes will also have to be relocated.
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how old is the house. sound like you want to upgrade the insulation value of the walls. you can either scab 2x6's on teh side of the 2x4's or fur the walls out by 2" to create a 2x6 wall
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Stitch.... Where do you live.... is it economically feasable/advantageous to insulate it up... I imagine so, as you seem well reasoned.

Yes... it is a fair degree of work, but if you are gutting it for other/additional reasons, that is the time to fir it out.

Don't know if you are intending to replace all your windows/ext doors, now would be a good time if warrented and just order your decided upon jam size.

Otherwise, it's basically just furing out all your framing members where you want more insulation, and making all your finishes fit.

In SoCal, I would not bother.... In N Dakota, I'd go big firring.

Good luck....

Don't know your personal financial circumstances, nor the condition of your home, but as a new owner it's fun to get going and dive in....

BUT you may want to consider longer term,,, as that would be a prime time for economic efficiencies to upgrade elec/plumbing/HVAC and even future additions if warrented.

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If you're gutting the house anyway, why not simply use spray foam insulation in the walls? It has a greater R value per inch of thickness. Might cost a bit more but would save you a ton of work.
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It may be easier and cheaper to do it from the outside.... Styrofoam and new siding. Scabbing all those 2x4's, door jams and window casings is no small job.
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spray foam isnt a little bit more its a lot more. typically 3x more.. my insulator is upwards of $4 sq ft for 2 lb foam and $5.5 for 6 lb foam
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i fured out my walls 1". all new everything else.
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