Modern flair with translucent walls

Every now and then I see something implemented in a rehab project that is so simple, yet so effective, that I just wonder why more people don’t do it. About a year ago I was at a furniture store that had a series of translucent walls as the backdrop for their furniture displays. It really caught my attention and I thought it could have some interesting “real world” applications.

When I ran across this picture recently I realized that I wasn’t alone in this belief. In this development project, the developer has strategically placed translucent walls to open up the layout while still providing some privacy. This effect is achieved simply by using corrugated plastic sheeting, such as coroplast, in place place of drywall. Such materials are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in various colors and thicknesses.

This is obviously not something to do in every project, and it would be easy to go overboard, but if used sparingly it could add a lot of character to a project. I like the look of the wood studs in the picture, but I have to wonder if it would look even better if metal studs we used. Perhaps some form of ambient lighting could also be installed inside the wall. The possibilities are endless.

I have been told (still haven’t gone there myself) that you can buy these sheets at Graphic Outfitters Inc in Fenton:

Graphic Outfitters Inc
2085 Corporate 44 Drive
Fenton, MO 63026

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2 Responses to Modern flair with translucent walls

  1. Seth Teel May 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    I dig the idea, but do these walls pass code? Any building inspectors out there just waiting to say no?

  2. Matt Kastner May 30, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    That’s a good question. I could see a possible problem with electric wiring running through the wall. If the wall was just decorative with no utilities running through it and it wasn’t load baring, I think it would be alright. An appropriate question though. Any takers with more knowledge?

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