remodel fp with dry wall?
We're about to buy a house that has a wood burning fireplace in the LR. Great, except for the fake rock all around and above it (if you "knock" on it, it sounds hollow). We'd like to demo the "rock" and do somethng very modern, clean and simple. Like dry wall/plaster. Is dry wall a fire hazard? I feel like it would be, but I'm completely ignorant about this! If not dry wall, what would be the next best thing? We'd love smooth stucco, but that may be too expensive. Any help and/or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance!