Below is a section from my upcoming book. The focus of the section is on planning for and installing partition walls in straw bale homes. I have also included a detailed description of how to properly layout framed walls. When framing interior partition walls, there are only a couple of differences from conventional construction to keep track of. I hope you enjoy this chapter on framing partition walls. You may find it a bit technical, since it is just a section from within the book, but it will all make more sense in the overall context of the book.
When framing your roof, don’t waste time lining up your rafter tails. Instead, run your rafter tails wild and cut them all at once when the frame is complete. Decide where you want the ends of the rafters to be and then snap a chalk line from one end of the house to the other. […]
You may have heard the phrase “Build a House with a Good Hat and Good Boots.” It means pay attention to your roof and your foundation. These two areas are very important; however, because they are relatively boring in the grand scheme of things, they often get less attention than they should. People building a […]
There may be no more beautiful look than a timber frame house wrapped with straw bales and plaster. It’s as if the two were made for each other. Although the look is fantastic, the actuality of creating that look can be a bit troublesome if you don’t approach the project from the right angles. There […]
If you have interior partition walls in the straw bale structure you’re building, you’ll need to attach them to the structure before you install your drywall on the interior walls. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about drywall over the bales, just on the interior framed walls. The two biggest problems with interior partition […]
I’m not a big fan of bales in the roof as you likely already know. They are so heavy and there are several areas of concern in regards to using them above head. 1. The frame needs to be drastically increased in size and/or spacing to support the extra load. 2. Plastering over head is […]
Lots of people want the look of adobe homes when they build with bales. The biggest risk to that is in the inset window details. If this detail is not properly constructed, there’s a good chance, not just a small chance, but a good chance, that you’ll end up with water damage beneath your windows. […]
Proper framing techniques will speed and simplify your process. Follow these simple steps to get your frame erected quickly and much more easily than standard post and beam framing practices.
I recently received the following question from a visitor to my blog named Pat. I get questions on using straw bales to insulate a house quite often. Here is what Pat wrote: I have a house built in 1911, the wood frame is 2×10 and 2×4 pine construction the wood is now so strong that […]
My mother in law is currently having a barn built for her horses. I have been very impressed with the speed in which the structure has gone up. Three to four men have been working on the site for a bout a day and a half and the entire frame is up and most of […]