Sheetrock will be the death of me. I hate it. I hate the cracks that will inevitably form in this part of the country we live in where the soil moves constantly (too much rain = cracks, extreme drought = cracks). Even more, I hate fixing the cracks by sanding and re-mudding, and sanding again (I swear my lungs are permanently damaged from all the dust I’ve inhaled in the last few months). In addition, there are environmental questions about the makeup and production of drywall (remember the bad drywall from China a few years back being sold here in the U.S.?), plus drywall takes up a tremendous amount of space in landfills. I hereby declare that our new home will have NO sheetrock. None.
Instead, we’re going to use Medex on the interior walls and those that we decide to insulate and clad. From their website:
Medex is a sustainable, moisture resistant, medium density fiberboard (MDF) panel utilizing a formaldehyde-free adhesive system and pre-consumer recycled wood fiber. Medex has the versatility of a superior composite wood panel and the enhancement of indoor air quality, and has been used in hundreds of projects (many commercial) since the 1980’s.
Medex looks and acts like a regular wall. It can be painted, used in high-moisture areas like bathrooms, and it holds up better than sheetrock. See it below in brown and off-white in the Cordell House:
image from Numen Development
We won’t have too many interior walls to build out, as most will be taken care of with our container walls. You can see the containers used in the image above, along with the container ceiling, which we’ll also use as much as possible.