I'm remodeling a 60s cabin home with vertical and horizontal wood board siding.
While I have the walls exposed, I wonder about possible improvements I should consider while I have access to the open walls. For reference, the walls are standard 2x4, 16" apart. Fireblocks already exist in the walls.
Here's what I've done (or am doing/will do):
- Refinish all the siding (it was in rough shape, many had woodpecker holes). I've already refinished the majority of the wood and replaced what wasn't salvageable.
- Replace old insulation (R-13, not much room for more).
- Replace the old/brittle weather barrier with Tyvek.
- Add nail plates over holes in the stud where wires were run.
- I've found buried junction boxes in the walls. I am figuring out if the runs are actually efficient and making these accessible.
I'm curious if there's anything else I should be thinking about. For example,
- What if I want easy access to the wire runs later on?
- Any other structural things I should consider?
- What about other "convenience" improvements? Access panels, ...?
- I noticed fireblock foam wasn't in any of the vertical wire holes, or any for that matter (i.e., in the horizontal fireblocks between the studs). I might not be calling it the right thing here. In any case, I don't know if this is required or not (as I can't seem to find it mentioned in the local electrical code).
I'm doing the work myself, but I'm open to hiring help if it makes sense.
Thanks in advance.