A different way to frame. Is this a terrible idea?
I had this strange idea for a framing method that eliminates a lot of thermal bridging and makes it much easier to run pipes and electrical, eliminating drilling through studs. Just curious if it makes sense at all to ever do a wall like this.
It would consist of 2×6 top and bottom plates using 2×4 studs that stand across from each other, oriented perpendicular to the standard direction, 24″ OC.
This provides a 2.5″ gap that can be insulated and blocked where necessary for support and for required, deeper fasteners. The blocking could even be oriented like a standard stud using 2×3’s where needed, and obviously not spanning the entire height of the wall to allow for rough-ins.
Would orienting the studs like this make for a weaker wall? What are the biggest problems for a wall like this? I feel like it must have been considered at some point. Thanks.