When building your new Traverse City home there are many factors to keep an eye on during the framing process. First, let’s define exactly what framing is. Framing is the assembly of the walls, roof and floors of your new home. Everything else that makes up the visual appearance of a house is done afterward.
Traditionally, there are three styles of framing, Post and Beam, Balloon, and Platform Framing. Post and Beam is how most barns are framed nowadays, but used to be the standard for home construction. Then, a further development was Balloon Framing, where the exterior walls were built with studs tall enough to reach the roof, and the interior was built afterward. In the modern era, your contractor will most likely use the Platform Framing method, where the walls of the first story are constructed, then the floor is placed atop it, and the process is repeated until the necessary height is achieved.
Now that we have our history out of the way, let’s examine the Platform Framing method more closely. The builders of your new home must constantly pay attention to a multitude of factors to make sure the house is accurate to plan, and looking nice. The most important detail is that things are square and measurements are even. If the framing isn’t square things will look clearly off and it will hinder every step that comes after it. This comes into play during every step of construction, and it must be the top priority of the builders.
After the foundation has been poured, if you have a basement, the floor must first be constructed above the concrete walls with joists. The joists must be evenly spaced, and openings for stairwells braced with strong engineered lumber. After that, the floor itself must be laid atop the joists with sheets and screwed in place. Then the construction of exterior walls can begin. Lines are snapped in chalk to show where the bottom plates will go, and then the walls are constructed flat on the floor, and raised, then nailed in place. The process is then repeated for interior walls.
Once all the walls are up, the frame of the roof can be laid atop the top plates of the walls. When the roof frame is engineered and brought in sections to the job site, these are called trusses. The trusses are laid evenly spaced and then connected one by one to secure them for the roof sheeting, waterproofing, and shingles to be placed on top. This completes the framing process and allows for drywall, siding, plumbing, electrical and HVAC to be installed.
Now that you have a better understanding of the framing process, we hope to go through this process carefully and skillfully for you at CMB Construction.