We began putting the 703 up this weekend. My original intent was to use 1x2 pieces of wood to frame the 703 with and then wrap that in GoM but after trying it I realized that it was definitely not going to look very good. I found a product called WallMate. Coincidentally they are located in a suburb of Minneapolis. So I was able to actually go and pick a bunch of it up. It is kind of pricey but you end up with a real professional look to it.
There web site address is WallMate
Here are some pics of the process so far.
Here is the first panel we installed. It is right at the bottom of the stairs. The white pole-like material is the Wall Mate. It comes in 2 pieces. The first you attache to the wall and then the next piece hinges into the first and is used to stretch the fabric and snap into place.
Here is one of the pillars. We decided to staple the fabric on the 2 sides and then use the wallmate on the front. I did this so that I could easily get into the pillar if I had to. The Wallmate easily unsnaps to release the fabric.
A front view of the same pillar
The fabric is not on the section of the wall next to the stairs. Here is an adjacent piece of wallmate going up. You need to be careful on the spacing and make sure you leave enough room for the top pieces to snap down along with the fabric. In my case it ended up being a 1/4" gap that I need to leave between the two adjoining base pieces.
Here is a pic of the finished wall piece next to the stairs. You normally do not see any reflection through the fabric. The reflection in the picture is caused by the flash on the camera.
Here you can see the second wall frame up. The wallmate is also on the front of the pillar that we previously covered the sides with GoM.
Here is the section between the two pillars. All of the wallmate pieces are installed along with the 703. Both pillars have the wallmate installed to.
It is difficult to tell with this picture but I filled in the open space at the bottom of the soffits and between the light tray and the wall. First I filled the soffit with acoustic insulation and then I built a frame out of 1x2s and wrapped fabric around it. I then placed it between the light tray and the wall. The upper wallmate rail is actually at the same height as the light tray. The black area that looks above the wallmate rail is actually horizontal between the light tray and the wall. On the right you can see the pillar coming out of the wall and into the light tray.
I will post more pics when we get some more of it complete. I will also take pictures of the 1x2 process when I finish the rest of the soffits.