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Old 11-13-2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Leaving a garage with exposed studs?


I'm renovating my single-car garage and have started to rip down the plasterwall boards...leaving the exposed wooden walls and studs. I'm really liking the look of the wood and am wondering about leaving the garage that way. Finishing it off with a nice clear/gloss stain. Searching around the Internet for photos of rooms with exposed studs and I haven't found any. Are there any reasons why I wouldn't want to leave it exposed?

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Attached or detached? You left that part out.

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Are there any reasons why I wouldn't want to leave it exposed?
The natural wood will absorb light and cobwebs like to grow in the bays.......
but other than that......nope ....no reason.....done all the time.

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The only issue may be firecode requirements between the garage and the house
Check with local code officials..........
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Thanks for responding.

Its attached/adjacent to the house, however you cannot enter the house through the garage...there's no door to the home. The side of the garage that is adjacent to the home is insulated. I figured I would panel that side and leave the other walls and ceiling exposed.

Another issue...there are hundreds of nails jutting in from the outside asbestos siding. I was thinking of trimming all the nail-tips flat to the wood.
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Everywhere I have lived required an attatched garage to have 5/8 firecore drywall between the house and garage for a minimum 1 hour fire rating. That included the attic space if they were connected, or the garage ceiling if there was living space above.
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My original garage was just studs inside.....a real b!itch to keep clean. New garage is all drywall.....wouldn't do it any other way.

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