A little while ago, I read a posting that refered to an idea to frame the external walls up from the mud sill rather than from the top of the first floor structure. Can anyone remember what the reason was for this approach? Right now I’m getting my ideas together to draw a set of plans & I’m thinking of (purely for insulation reasons) 2×8 studs @ 24″ with I-beam floor joists at 19.2″. Building the wall from the sill would mean not worrying about most of the studs missing a joist or how to provide a wide enough band board to fully support the 8″. I did a few calculations; the extra cost in sizing up from 2×4 studs and using 5/8″ sheetrock instead of 1/2″ (for a little more stiffness) would cost less than $300 for the whole house. (I haven’t costed the extra insulation). It seems that I could get the $300 back in not too many years in energy savings. Comments on this would truly be appreciated. (PS. I’m not a builder. Years ago, back in the UK, I was a civil/structural engineer, so I want to be an interested party in the contracting of my first and probably only house here. I’d truly appreciate your comments.
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