You're at the most exciting yet crucial stage of your build, congrats! Take this time to frame your home correctly, it makes all the difference in the coming stages.
You'll get the skeleton of your home up fast by incorporating our tips below. A little secret before we get to the good stuff! Establishing systems from the start will save you time and optimize your efforts wether your'e working alone or have a team of hands(systems are your best friend!)
The good stuff,
TIPS TO FRAME LIKE A BOSS
1) SOURCING YOUR LUMBER
Always get at least two quotes, you'll be surprised to see the differences in number. Explore lumber distributors for your initial material list and request "select" or "number 1" lumber (this term applies to beams, post, studs, joist, etc.). Both terms symbolize the straightest best quality pieces. Homedepot and Lowes are great places for extra pieces needed if you didn't get enough lumber in your base material list.
2) LEVELING YOUR TRAILER DECK
The trailer is the foundation of your soon to be home. Flying pass this stage carelessly will ensure huge problems down the road. You'll want to channel the perfectionist in you for this part. Just do yourself a huge favor and make sure it's level.
Check and recheck!
3) PRECUTTING YOUR LUMBER
This is where having a detailed floor plan pays off! Precut all your headers, trimmer, rough sills, cripplers, and plates( If you have no idea what I'm talking about check out HOW TO FRAME YOUR TINY HOUSE") Always label your cut pieces to where they are going i.e 3'0" window. And stack per category.
4) EFFICIENCY IS EVERYTHING
Down to the very location you assemble your chop saw, think ergonomics. Setting up a solid cut station means having all your pieces a step away. You wanna have your pile to be cut on your left, followed by the cut men and to their right the pile of cut wood. Grab, cut and stack. No time wasted their.
5) STANDING UP WALLS
Start with assembling your exterior walls on the trailer deck. Lay out all the components of your walls (making sure your studs are 16" on center) before you shoot or screw your pieces together (we used a mixture of nails and screws on our build). Build the next wall on top of the other for ease in standing them up. This is the day you'll want extra hands to erect those walls. Make sure you have your braces near by to support your walls once their in place and leveled(wall braces usually come from your junk pile or they can be cut-off scrapes).
Incorporating these five steps into your framing stage will get your trailer deck looking more like a home in no time! Keep the momentum of your build going by taking a moment to review the game plan each day. Set goals just outside of your comfort zone, some days you'll fall short but most days you'll crush those goals making you so much more excited for another day of building.
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