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CHUCK SILVER Hudson River Design New Paltz, N.Y. Most of the homes we design have 2x6 exterior walls with 1 inch of rigid foam on the interior, covered with 2x4 horizontal strapping. With sheathing and drywall, the walls are 9 inches thick. We detail the drywall returns with metal corner bead at the head and large-radius metal beads at the jambs (21/2-inch to 3-inch radius). The large radius produces a gentle curve that looks just right with the 8/4 sill stock we use. We buy the large-radius corner beads from Milgo/Bufkin (68 Lombardy St., Brooklyn, NY 11222; 718/388-6476). At $2.50 per foot, these beads are pricey, but the overall cost of finishing the