by Todd Ellner
November 8, 2016 Home Building

‘What is it that I am looking for and what do I want my new home project to look like?’

If you are a new homeowner, you’ve probably asked yourself this at the beginning of your home building project.

Good home building practices are not to be found everywhere: apart from having to be aware of what these practices include, you also need a dedicated team of workers to assist you in every step of the process.

We are all looking for a completed project to fall in love with. But how do you get there? By treating each step of the process with diligence and dedication. And most importantly, by developing a plan, especially when it comes to the strategique part of building a house – framing.
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Framing the first and second floors of your new home

Here are some general guidelines to follow when approaching floor framing:

  • Consider the length and spacing of floor joists.
  • Make sure you cover the structure and products used.
  • When going from one level of floor to the next one, make sure the sheathing spans the rim or band joist.

Building a solid frame for your house

Before moving on to granite countertops, tiles, wood floors and fancy crown moldings, you need to make sure you have a strong home structure: a solid frame to build your house upon. When considering floor framing and structure you need to think about the correlation between floor joists, the sill plate and the subfloor.

Even though some floors are built on a concrete slab flat on the ground, most of them are raised above the ground. Raised floors are more resilient under foot and provide access for heating equipment, plumbing, insulation, wiring, and other mechanical equipment.

Tips for a proper floor framing process

The floor framing layout – The best thing to do is to layout the stairway openings first and start the floor joist process from the straightest and longest run the building has.

Moving the floor joists – Joists are spliced over beams or other supports and may be connected with plywood gusset plates or lapped.

Locating and rolling the joists – As soon as the stairway and any cantilevered floor joists are layered out, the next step will be to crown and mark floor joints accordingly.

The staircase opening – Remember that the staircase opening is supposed to be supported from below by a wall or post in the basement.

The box sill – After floor framing joists are set in you can start putting on the box sill in the same corner that you started the layout.

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