You are the person that I have been searching for this project!
I have to tell you that I am not expecting Guggenheim-grade gallery wall since I cannot afford it. But my intention is that to do it right as much as I can. Anyhow, it is an old brick building which has about 5500 sq ft. The gallery space is about 5-600 sq ft.
Right now, I am using light gauge metal studs (25) to frame the parameter of the building, which will be the wall for the gallery. Again the ceiling is 13 1/2' or so.
There are some walls which needs to be firewall to be shared by a stair to an apartment on 2nd floor (1500 sq ft; we have zoning variance for mixed usage).
My question is why do you use 5/8" or more (I know the reason for the firewall). Is it purely for the straightness of the wall? (the longest straight wall is 21' or so)
Also, should I frame with wood studs or not? Or even heavier gauge metal studs for the wall?
I guess I can go with 2x12 or make blocking with 3/4" plywood. That sounds more durable in terms of the cost.
I can show you the 3d model that my architect provided for the whole project if you are interested. Thanks again for your time.
Originally Posted by Sparky