New Yorkers are good at putting up walls. Particularly the pressurized variety. I'm not sure if pressurized walls are common in other cities, but it's certainly been a big part of the apartment living landscape in New York City for several years now. If you don't know what it is, pressurized walls are held up with metal frames. Everything else - including the sheet rock, sound proofing materials, and molding are screwed in or nailed into the metal frame. So the adjacent walls and ceiling don't have any screws, nails or glues on them. Supposedly this approach makes it easy to take the wall down without causing any damage to the existing walls and ceiling around it. Carol and I decided to give it a shot. And it worked well as you can see in the photo above. The wall was pretty simple. We just converted an alcove space in our studio into a nursery room for Sophia. While it's definitely a benefit for Sophia to finally have her own room, it's more of a benefit for us because now we finally have some privacy. We also can stop whispering to each other now, and we can unmute the television finally. This ended up saving us a lot of money and time. Instead of looking for a bigger space to rent, we were able to stay put and reconfigure our existing arrangements.

The company we ended up using was Wall2Wall. At first I was very hesitant to go with them because we didn't know anybody else personally who used them. They also didn't have any reviews (not even on Yelp), only a couple of generic testimonials that were on their website. But in the end, two things separated them from the rest of the companies: 1) they use eco-friendly sound proofing materials, which is very important to us, and 2) they said that we didn't have to pay until the job was finished. Overall, we were very satisfied with the work, and I'd recommend them if you're looking for a good pressurized wall company.


carollai said…
yes. we were fearful of wall2wall ny because of the 2 1star reviews we did find. but we talked to the owner, eddie, numerous times and decided to take a step of faith. i'm glad we did. :)
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