finishing basement walls
Your best bet if you do truly not want drywall would be wood paneling. A "wood wall" install would be messier, much more expensive, and more difficult than drywall IMO.
I think most people are curious as to why the distaste for drywall? It is fairly simplistic to put up, and just takes a little more time than wood paneling. It is also a very good skill to have. There are a lot of people on here that spent a lot of time and effort to take down and rip out what you are trying to put up.
I know how it is when you post and people don't give you answers but just ask more questions, so hopefully this helps, but definitely at least entertain the drywall! I think you will be much happier with your efforts in the long run.
Soon To be Dad, Accountant, and DIY Rehabber
South Jersey - Camden County
Last edited by tjbingha; 01-08-2013 at 12:47 PM.