That sounds a good plan. Lucky it's not a listed building, or it would be a criminal offence to put up drywall instead of putting the laths back. My daughter lives in an old listed building and she can't even take out any rotten rafters, just sister new ones next to them.
Not sure if you can get it here. Could be that drywall is usually plastered here, so a good plasterer can get over any small defects.
However since the lockdown multifinish plaster has been really hard to come by, so I thought I'd have a go at tape and fill for my friend.
I worked with a New Zealand chippie a few years back and he told me he had never seen Drywall skimmed with plaster before he came here.
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