Designing a Small Studio – Framing + Rough Carpentry (Part 10)

In this video I review construction progress on the Studio project. Our expert construction crew – Josh Stoll and Mike Sweet level the sill plates on the concrete slab, frame the walls, set the ridge and install the roof rafters and sheathing.

We’re using advanced framing techniques to optimize our material usage: single top plates, 24″ stud spacing (more insulation, less lumber), insulated engineered headers and three stud corners.

We made a conscious decision not to rent a dumpster for this project which leads to a reduced waste stream. It’s far easier to reduce waste when you don’t have the convenience of a dumpster on-site. Framing cut-offs are recycled in our wood stove for kindling and sheet-good material waste is kept to an absolute minimum. As a result, there was less than one garbage bag full of trash for this entire phase of work.

Next up…flashing details, metal roof, electrical and insulation…

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  1. Elrond Burrell
    January 9, 2016

    Looking great, Eric.

  2. Edwin Pojoy
    January 11, 2016


  3. WeDareToPrepare
    January 12, 2016

    I think that's the first time I got winded watching a video! lol Looking good. If only it could happen that quickly. I am in the middle of a major renovation, so I know how the holidays slow things up suddenly. Good luck and I look forward to the next installment!

  4. MaZEEZaM
    April 18, 2017

    So the difference in the advanced framing is that you don't require the angled cross bracing between the supports because you are fixing the external sheeting before standing the wall as the reinforcement?

  5. MaZEEZaM
    April 18, 2017

    It looks like a location that would receive little sun and get pretty darn cold, requiring a great deal of insulation to be comfortable internally. I am interested to find out if you put a small wood heater in or what form of heating you use.

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