I am working on a project here in Shanghai, China as a framing supervisor and just today I was given the task of finding a suitable (meaning cost effective, of course) way to build out from our existing framing for a stone tile veneer. The original plan called for a 24x12x6 inch block wall set on the foundation wall and then a stone tile veneer attached to this. The boss wants to forego the block wall and use framing instead, but is concerned with proper attachment to the existing framing. Right now it looks like we will be framing another exterior wall on the house. I am also considering a cinder-block option, but they are apprehensive about this as they say there are too many problem areas where there are balconies and false window wells to deal with. These are large (8000+ sqft) homes and very expensive (~$3.5mil US) so the finish is extremely important. Are there any issues of rigidity that need to be addressed here to avoid cracking? The other question is whether there is a more cost effective method, remembering that labour costs are very minimal here.
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