Balloon-frame construction, in which wall studs run uninterrupted from the top of the foundation to the bottom of the roof rafters, is virtually extinct today. But veteran builder Paul Biebel believes that with a few modifications, this method is a great way to build a high-performance house in a cost-effective way. In this article, he details his approach for double-stud balloon-framed walls, outlining the insulation and mechanical benefits as well as offering building tips and suggestions for overall workflow.
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