Insulate 1920s Brick Veneer - No Sheathing or Wrap

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Insulate 1920s Brick Veneer - No Sheathing or Wrap

Postby kddunc on Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:17 pm

We are currently restoring a 1920s craftsman bungalow in Kentucky that sadly has had a good bit of its character removed in past lives. The plaster walls are now gone and we unable to go back with plaster. Our challenge is that the wall construction is that of brick veneer/ties, gap, and studs. No wrap and no sheathing. Adding sheathing and wrap of some kind would consist of removing all of the brick veneer and re-installing. Not an option.

We want to add some level of insulation to the walls as we go back with drywall. However, we understand the need to allow for the bricks and mortar to pass moisture and to breathe as they has been doing so for almost 100 years (brick and mortar are in relatively great shape). So, we are hesitant to take advice from insulators or contractors that may not understand the potential harm that can be caused by solutions that trap or wick moisture where it is not desired.

So, hoping some folks here have may be able to recommend options to provide some level of insulation solutions without creating additional problems caused by trapping moisture in the brick, mortar, or walls/studs.

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