I recently purchased an old (1892) Victorian home, and due to the fact that home hasn't been properly cared for in many years, and was vacant for 2+ years before I purchased it, I am doing a complete remodel. We will be completely re-wiring, plumbing, heating, etc. and the reccomendation from most of the contractors who have submitted bids is that we should gut the interior walls on both the first and second floor to make it easier and less expensive for all of their work (the old lath and plaster walls were not in good shape to begin with, so it makes sense any way). One contractor noted that whenever you gut a house of lath and plaster walls, that it affects the structural integrity of the home and you need to take steps to brace the interior. Otherwise, the house can twist out of shape, or in a worst case scenario, can even come down in a bad storm. Can anyone provide reccomendations on how to brace the walls as I tear them out? If I run 2x4s the length of each wall at the bottom, middle, and top, would that be sufficient to hold the structural integrity of the house until the contractors are finished and I can begin sheetrocking? Any advice is greatly appreciated.