Spec PlanD: House Framing

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Spec Plan-D looks at roofing and roofing materials. Part of roofing includes rain removal systems. Make sure to order gutter protection guards. You will welcome it later on.


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  1. about house framing
  2. getting started
  3. building spec sheet
  4. spec budgeting worksheet
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Spec Plan D: House Framing

what you need to do —

Framing is where your house begins to take shape.

You want to inspect the work often to make sure the framing is going as planned. There are two types of framing materials:

  1. wood framing: for information
  2. steel framing: for information

    arguments for: steel vs. wood

    view our building specification sheet for discussion


Some points to consider:

  • get to know the framer — this person is one of the most important players in your home construction project
  • make sure the framer is highly skilled with ready references from satisfied customers and contractors — check their work references
  • spend a little extra money for better grade quality lumber — it will produce a better frame
  • order special materials ahead of time to ensure timely delivery
  • have the framing inspected thoroughly before making payment — you need to inspect the walls, roofing, etc., to ensure they are spaced properly for plumbing, HVAC, electrical, etc.

    find pre-screened home inspector


View "How House Construction Works" from howstuffworks.com:

floor framing
wall framing
roof framing


Check framing building codes:

check this online building code guide: www.codecheck.com

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Getting Started

Step 1: develop the plan

  • take a completed draft of the spec sheet to your architect or planner, who will can customize a building plan or revise an existing plan that meets your specs.
  • use your spec sheet and floor plan to bid the construction project to contractors


Step 2: get required building permits


Step 3: find pre-screened contractors and other service providers

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Get Some Professional Help

Sample Home Framing
Use this quick search to find customer-rated framing contractors.