Construction

Wood Wall Framing

”WoodBeginning around 1915 most homes have been built using a wood frame construction system. The system consists of wood wall studs, and wood floor joists. Wood is also used to frame the roof and other bracing as needed.

Even homes with brick or stone exteriors are first framed with wood before the application of the external materials. The very heart of the system is the wood wall framing. These walls support the roof and divide the interior space into functional rooms – kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.

The Slab Foundation

”SlabThere are several popular kinds of home foundations but generally speaking, where you live and your prevailing weather determines which kind of foundation is best for your home. The predominant four types are crawlspace, concrete slab, stilts, and basement.

Wood Plastic Composite

Never again would you need to worry about stepping barefoot upon a splinter in the world of wood plastic composite lumber. Never again would you have to concern yourself with warping wood or burning your feet on a hot deck at the height of summer.

Wood plastic composite is an environmentally friendly replacement to wood and virtually maintenance-free because it doesn't have to be treated with preservatives. Planks don’t attract termites and are impervious to weather that would normally wear down wood. These are all benefits of wood plastic composite lumber over regular wood.

What is Wood Plastic Composite?

Above Grade Concrete Slab

To a large extent, the area you live in and how nature affects it determines which is the best kind of foundation for your house. The four main types are crawlspace, concrete slab, stilts, and basement. If the water table in your locale is too high, a basement is not a good idea.

On the other hand, if the home is located on the 100 year flood plain, stilts are a great way to protect your investment; it also gives you a nice carport without sacrificing any real estate. This article will focus on the above grade concrete slab type of foundation.

DIY Steel Carport

Are you considering installing a carport to protect your car, truck, or boat from the elements? Why not think about installing a DIY steel carport from a kit? If you’re handy this is a great way to reach your goal, take satisfaction in a job well done, and save yourself some money in the process? In fact most estimates indicate that you could save yourself forty to fifty percent.

The market for this type of do it yourself project has never been better. The kits are offered in a variety of colors and sizes and in styles suitable for vehicle storage or even home workshops. All you need are basic tools and no more than two people. Not including the slab, this is about a two to three day undertaking.