Building It Right

25th Framing
Illustration: Ian Worpole

House frames can be made out of thick posts and beams (the oldest framing method) or extra-long studs (the balloon grames of the Victorian era). But Tom Silva typically frames in one-story "platforms" consisting of 8-or-9-foot-high stud walls resting on a plywood-sheathed subfloor. Each story is framed atop the previous one, until it's time to put on the roof.

25th Framinng Illustration
Illustration: Ian Worpole

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