To my dismay, whoever(s) built and remodeled many, many houses in the area where I want to buy a house apparently had a real fetish for wood paneling - it seems like virtually every house built 40 or more years ago has at least some. Some houses I’ve seen photos of have it in every room - even the kitchens, even the bathrooms. Dark brown as far as the eye can see. I can’t stand it.
Since new houses start at over 300k, I’m likely to buy one of these poor wood-paneled houses. And in thinking about the likelihood of wanting to replace all the wood paneling, I realize that I’m not actually sure how it went up. I imagine if the house was built during the 50s to 70s they might’ve built the house that way, and there’s nothing under it but the studs.
But what about even older houses that were remodeled to put paneling in once upon a time? Are they likely to have removed drywall/plaster to put the paneling up? Or did they just layer it on over the drywall or plaster?
Sometimes you find nice hardwood floors under carpeting - is it naive to hope there’s drywall under all that god awful paneling?