We are in the process of building a new home. We are incorporating in the design of the home a 200+ yr. old barn frame and stick-framing around it. We checked with the barn restoration group as well as a timberframing builder and they both recommended we leave enough space to slip the drywall behind the beams to avoid a trimming nightmare with the drywall. We directed our contractor to follow this advice and unfortunately left town on business. Upon our return we found the contractor had not followed our instructions...citing the fact the barn was in some places over 3" off square...the house is framed in and the sub-roof has been applied. We would have preffered spaces behind the beams rather than the loss of depth of the beams, not to mention the cost associated with trimming the framing around the beams and the added cost and fear of an inadequate job on the drywall. Every beam and every brace will now have to be trimmed around without any way to tape and float around them.
Any suggestions or ideas regarding the best type of wall finish to apply? Would plaster be a better alternative? Wood is not an option.
Thank you for any help you may supply.