Avoiding usage of OSB & Plywood: Sheathing & Subfloor
Hi all, I am building a 16×20 music studio with a 16×10 loft. To lay the subfloor with T&G OSB would cost about $700. Sheathing the sides would be like $1200 or something. Now, not to be a conspiracy theorist here, but there seems to be collusion in regard to the pricing of these engineered materials… I can’t stomach it.
1. Can I forgo the subfloor? I’m planning on 24″ studs OC, so what if I made the joists 12″ OC, so that they line up and stiffen the floor? I am looking online and seeing old 3/4″ reclaimed oak T&G flooring for as little as $.40/ft^2. I am seeing 1″ red oak rough cuts for $1/board foot (but I’d have to cut the grooves in them.) I guess my point is it seems cheaper now to just build homes like it’s 1940. Which brings me to my next point:
2. I am thinking about diagonal sheathing. I want to put Tyvek around the studs and then use stained 1×6 rough cut boards from the rim joists to the top plate. With 2×6 studs filled with insulation, house wrap, and the diagonal boards, I feel like the house should be decently insulated. I am thinking of being practical in my building… I will need space to store materials on the east side of the cabin, and probably a wrap around deck from the north – west side, so I will have the roof extend 4-8 ft on 3 sides and I don’t think siding will be necessary there. I also think the diagonal sheathing will look cool and give the building some charm. Unlike OSB or vinyl, which IMHO looks like garbage.
I should just be buying the simple point and click materials, given my limited building experience. But, I’m more of an artist, and I feel like I have to be different/overcomplicate things. I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.