Is it normal for a contractor to remodel the kitchen and leave a wall open or the exposed wood (not finished), drywall? I was told that it doesn't matter because the refrigerator backs up to it and it won't be seen, but I don't like it. Does it cause any concern with the elements or anything else?
Welcome to the boards. In future this would be better asked on the remodeling board instead of the Holmes on Homes show board. Mike Holmes doesn't look at the message boards and no one from HGTV answers questions here. This is all done by other non-paid HGTV forum members.
I would want it covered with drywall. Is this an interior or exterior wall? If exterior you'd need to have the drywall covering the insulation because with fiberglass insulation the kraft paper face is flammable. For an interior wall I'd want the framing covered if for nothing else fire control between floors.
Had the builder done this while he was building the house the cost would have been as close to nothing as you can get. They probably threw out more drywall than they saved by not covering this hole in the wall.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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