Basement framing

Basement framing

Is that… a house!!?? (Or, at least the start of one?) Framing is a really exciting phase because the house actually begins to take its final shape. You can walk through the doors and see the walls (well, right now you can walk through those too..).

Basement framing

Framing is the process of building the structure of the house from the sill plates on the slab up to and including the roof deck. Think of the framing as the “skeleton”–almost none of it will be visible when the house is complete, but it holds everything up. While some structures are framed partly or entirely out of steel, the vast majority of new houses in the US are “stick framed” with inspected and stamped framing lumber. Wood is relatively inexpensive, extremely strong for its weight, and it’s a renewable resource. And it’s not an antiquated material: in some applications wood can be both stronger and more fire-resistant than steel.

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It’s possible for owner-builders to frame their own homes, and plenty of people do. But my house is tall, has a tricky design with lots of details and hardware, and incorporates big beams that have to be moved with heavy machinery. Trying to build this myself would probably be a full-time job for the better part of a year (if not outright impossible). Like most owner-builders, I got bids and hired a local company to do the framing. With a quick and experienced crew of three to five working full-time, framing should take about a month.

Basement framing

Photos taken December 15, 2019. Posted January 5, 2020.

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