Many people feel comfortable and confident hiring a professional to do a job and then letting them take the reins. However, if you are the type of person who likes to be involved with the process and feels more comfortable knowing what is going on in the project, you may need to educate yourself beforehand in order to ask intelligent questions and stay best informed on the project. When it comes to house framing, it is important to understand the general process of what is going to take place.
House framing is sometimes referred to as ‘rough carpentry’ because it is quite a simple, yet intricate, process. You begin by building each wall on the ground and then standing them all up and connecting them. As a single unit, a wall is not strong, but when connected with the other walls and with the roof, it becomes a strong enough structure to support the whole house.
It is most common for a house to be framed in wood, though metal is becoming more popular. It’s important when placing the joists, studs and rafters that they be spaced consistently, typically 16 inches apart. When house framing, it is also imperative that the walls be plumb, level and square to allow for maximum strength and stability. The contractor will then use a stringline from corner to corner, and from varying heights to check that this is the case. If anything is warped or not flush, it will be noted in the future.
House framing is a pretty straightforward job, but it does help to understand beforehand what will be taking place. While it is still best to leave the house framing to the professionals, at least your knowledge can help you understand what we’re doing!