A timber frame house under construction
Framing, in construction known as light-frame construction, is
a building technique based around structural members, usually called studs, which provide a stable frame to which
interior and exterior wall coverings are attached, and covered by a roof comprising horizontal ceiling joists and sloping rafters (together forming a truss structure) or manufactured pre-fabricated
of which are covered by various sheathing materials to give weather
Modern light-frame structures usually gain strength from rigid panels (plywood
and other plywood-like composites such as oriented strand board (OSB) used to form all or
part of wall sections) but until recently carpenters employed various forms of diagonal
bracing (called wind braces) to stabilize walls. Diagonal
bracing remains a vital interior part of many roof systems, and in-wall wind
braces are required by building codes in many municipalities or by individual state laws in the United States.
Light frame construction using standardized dimensional lumber has become the dominant
construction method in North America and Australia because of its economy. Use of minimal structural materials
allows builders to enclose a large area with minimal cost, while achieving a
wide variety of architectural styles. The ubiquitous platform framing and the older balloon framing are the two different light frame
construction systems used in North America.
Part of a barn conversion
This was quite a complicated arrangement.
The customer required the two supporting walls to the side of the building removed, subsequently the roof structure had to be supported via a series of beams and studs below the ridge.
In the main timber studwork is an easy solution for creating a room division or a structural wall.
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