Howdy all! I'm in the process of stripping down my kitchen due to some water
damage to the floor (completely remodeling the kitchen) and today I just got
out the counters and bottom cabinets.
What has me baffled is that it turns out my walls, which face the outside,
aren't made of plaster or sheetrock, but paneling. Thin, flimsy, paneling
like you'd use to decorate a wall. I'm flabbergasted because I've never seen
or heard of such a thing (not that I have any experience in this stuff, mind
you!) These walls face the exterior of the house. I have old fiberglass
insulation in there, and the exterior of the house is brick siding.\\
So I'm wondering if, to help with cooling, I should be putting up something
else? It's not a particularly large kitchen, and "thickening" the walls up
with real sheetrock will take up valuable inches (ok... a valuable inch I
suppose!), but this house is just awful with cooling and if having this
"paneling" for a wall is hurting me, I need to consider alternatives.
One other observation... when I gutted the bottom cabinets, I found that the
air vent, which comes up through the floor under the sink, was simply blowing
up onto the floor of the cabinetry rather than being "funneled" to the vent
that was on the outside of the cabinets, in the toe-kick area. Is that
normal? Should it be funneled to the vent? The way I see it, that air is
rushing up and cooling the underside of the cabinets more than the room
Thanks in advance for any and all input!