Framing is the intricate structural work that gives the building its shape and support. Needless to say, it is one of the most vital parts of the building process, so there are some important things that should be kept in mind while framing is being done. At Steve Allen Construction in Ocala, FL, we consider ourselves framing experts. With over 35 years of experience, we have learned plenty about what should and should not be done when constructing a building frame. Here are five things to keep in mind during the framing process.
Watch Out for Other Subcontractors
Electricians, plumbers and other mechanical subcontractors can sometimes have a tendency to make their own adjustments to a building’s frame. Don’t let this happen! More often than not, a non-framer will damage the structural integrity of the frame as they try to adjust it to fit their own systems into the building design. Framers should communicate and negotiate with these other subcontractors to make sure they don’t ruin the building’s support system or its visual appeal by hacking away at the frame.
Conceal Framing Hardware
Nothing is worse than trying to work around the lumps and bumps of framing hardware as you try to apply a smooth finish to a building. Take time to conceal all framing hardware, such as straps and brackets, so that they do not interfere with the final look of the project. Jagged areas should also be shaved down wherever a smooth finish is needed.
Use Blocking Where Needed
Blocking refers to the pieces of wood that run between wall studs to provide extra support for attachment sites. Attachment sites are the areas of the walls where things like cabinets or shelving will be attached. If you’re unsure exactly where attachment sites will be on a wall, consider adding a plywood sheath to the entire wall to make the whole surface sturdier. It’s better to take the precautions during the framing process than dealing with troubles after all the cabinets and shelves have been erected in the home.
Adjust Joist Layout
If can-lights will be installed in the ceiling of the home, take time to adjust joists before the floor is framed. This will help ensure the lights hit exactly where you want them to. Take time to adjust the joists around other features as well during this phase, such as embedded speakers or vents.
Layout Device Locations
If done correctly, this step could help alleviate many of the potential issues mentioned above. Make sure to mark exactly where different appliances, fixtures and other devices will be located as soon as you are able to do so. This will help you determine where electrical wiring will need to run, duct placement, plumbing pathways and any other special accommodations that should be made. Having a detailed layout of the mechanics and fixtures in a building will help avoid any damage to the framing. At Steve Allen Construction, we keep all of the above in mind while working on our framing projects. If you are in need of a framing subcontractor in Central Florida, we can help. Get in touch with us through our contact page or by giving us a call. You can also join us on any of our social channels!
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