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The Ins-and-Outs of House Framing

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Have you heard the term “house framing” before?

Have you heard the term “house framing” before? While you may not be familiar with the concept, it is a big deal when it comes to building new construction homes. Working with expert builders expedites the process; you won’t believe how fast the turnaround time can be! So if you’re looking to build a custom home that meets all of your accessibility needs, then turn to the team here at Accessible Home Builders!

What is House Framing Supposed to Be? 

House framing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: creating a frame for the house. Many structures require a skeleton, so to speak. After the foundation is built, your new home cannot be raised from the ground up without some support. Drywall, insulation, and siding all come after the frames are upright. Wood is the most commonly used material for this purpose. That’s because wood is such an affordable resource. Sure, steel, concrete, and brick are stronger, but they’ll also drive up the price. Think about the budget you have. The choice of materials is ultimately left to you, though. 

How Does Balloon Framing Work? 

The heyday of balloon framing was from the 1800s up to the mid-1900s. That’s an impressively long time to remain popular. This technique was used to construct two-story houses quickly. Since longer pieces of wood are anchored to the foundation, the second story becomes easier to reach and assemble. However, one reason it fell out of favor is how quickly it can be damaged, destabilized, or even destroyed by fire. 

What Does Platform Framing Mean?

Platform framing is the standard technique for modern homes. It replaced and largely surpassed the balloon framing approach. Platform framing focuses on shorter pieces of wood. As such, each level of the house becomes an individual task to complete as opposed to having the entire house be a challenge at once. One more thing – the shorter pieces of wood slow down the spread of fire, so it presents a solid defense against such disasters.  

Why Might I Choose Timber Framing? 

Timber framing is one of the oldest building strategies ever innovated. What differentiates this from its counterparts is the lack of nails and screws. These connectors are complex examples of woodworking. Despite its overall sturdiness, you’ll also have to pay the most for it. 

Contact Accessible Home Builders Today

Here at Accessible Home Builders, we’re proud to say we’ve been building and remodeling homes since 1994. We’ve serviced Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Selbyville, Seaford, Millsboro, Georgetown, Laurel, and more communities within Delaware in that time. We work to guarantee a high level of professionalism, dedication, and the use of quality materials to ensure our customers have the home they deserve.

To get in touch with us, give us a call at our office at 302-663-0464, send us an email at or visit us in person at 28412 DuPont Blvd, #103 Millsboro, DE 19966. Alternatively, give our satellite office a call at 302-628-9571, located at 500 W. Stein Hwy. Seaford, DE 19973. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to stay updated on what we’re up to next!

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