The Hidden Beauty of Framing
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BUILD recites the secret poetics of architecture’s hardest worker.
[All images by BUILD LLC]
Recently while walking the Case Study House 2016 jobsite, it struck us just how many varied conditions the framing of a residential structure tackles. In addition to the multitude of physical challenges that framing overcomes, nearly all of these situations are entirely concealed by the finished product. The siding and window packages veil the framing at the exterior, while gypsum wall board neatly wraps the interior. For all its clever mechanics and involved craft, framing is the quiet worker of architecture. Today’s post is a poetic catalog of framing maneuvers that will soon disappear from view in the Case Study House, despite the hard work they will do for decades to come.
Sloped sleepers on perpendicular runners on structural joists at upper floor terrace.
Framed bathroom with blocking for towel bars on right, blocking for wall-hung vanity on left, and fire blocking around future bathtub perimeter at back wall.
Blocking for shower head between wall studs.
Simpson CS16 strap and blocking for additional diaphragm rigidity adjacent to notch at envelope.
PSL 7″ x 14” cantilevered beam at covered entrance.
2 x 8 shallow framing at flush shower pan above, adjacent to 11-7/8” TJI floor joists.
Simpson HDU5 Holdown at connection of shearwall to foundation wall with anchor bolts in foreground.
PSL 7″ x 14” beam carrying 14” deep TJI joists at roof.
PSL 7″ x 14” beam supported by (5) 2×6 studs.
Window openings for flush ceiling finish and 2x sill for flush-mount baseboard detail.
Framed interior wall to receive blocking for Raumplus sliding door track.
PSL 7″ x 14” beam attached to (4)2×8 column with Simpson CCQ column cap.
Wall sheathing notched to accommodate column cap at beam connection.
Garage door header beam with overlapping sheathing and 2x sill for flush base trim detail.
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