Raising the Walls

Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.

– Oliver Goldsmith, novelist and playwright, 1730 – 1774

With your floor frame and subfloor in place, you’ve now got a flat, clean surface that’s perfect for building walls. Stud frame wall  construction is still the most popular approach for conventional residential projects in many parts of the world, and it makes sense for cabins, too. Although you can save money framing with 2x4s, I recommend 2x6s for walls, even if you won’t be insulating. The extra 1 1/2” of frame thickness is stronger, looks better and offers greater storage opportunities for small items sitting on wall blocking if you opt to go without interior wall boards or insulation. Frame with 2x4s if you like, but realize you’re giving up a fair amount of practicality for minimal costs savings. Either way, the next video gives you a tour of different wall frame parts and what they’re called. Be sure to watch if jargon like studs, plates, lintels and top plates is new to you.



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