While the foundation on your new home will support it for years to come, the framing shapes it for good or bad for years to come. An experienced builder will monitor and insure that the framer follows the plans you have so carefully chosen throughout the framing stage.
The framing of your new home will consume a large portion of your budget, and the diligent and watchful eye of your builder will control wasted time and materials. Dollars saved during this stage may help you add a special touch to your new home further along in the process. A useful tip for you to keep in mind – any scrap lumber over two feet long qualifies as waste. Dimensional lumber is pre-cut in even lengths, so a piece of scrap over two feet long indicates that the framer cut a more expensive piece of lumber unnecessarily. That lumber will have to be replaced at some point, so you will buy twice as much as you need. The number of times this happens directly affects the total price of your lumber package.
In the pre-construction phase, you decided the style of windows and doors you wanted installed in your new home. Depending on the lead time required for the delivery of your windows and doors, your builder may have ordered these components long before process the framing began. The manufacturer of your doors and windows provides the rough opening sizes for framing allowing for ease of installation and proper fit.
The proper sizing of floor joints, ceiling joints, headers for doors and windows, and rafters insures the sound construction of your home, and an experienced builder on site will protect your investment and assure that your home complies with the building codes enforced within the jurisdiction of your home. Please note that building codes are different in many areas of the country. For instance, California adheres to earthquake guidelines. Always check with the local authorities and verify the building standards for your area.
There are good practices often not required by building codes. Building codes might not include the use of special floor decking products that resist water penetration. If you complete the construction of your home without a rainy day, this may not matter; but rain and inclement weather occurs and new homes are not built in a controlled environment. Decking designed to interlock, glued, and screwed down to your floor joists will help prevent squeaks over the years. Wrapping your home in a protective member that allows your home to breathe but repels water is another good practice often not required by building codes. This type of product, properly applied, keeps water out of your home.
An experienced builder protects your investment and adheres to good practices and local building code requirements. Invest in an experienced, licensed general contractor to build your new home.