Building Stronger Backbones for Bigger Houses
Remodeling houses requires reshaping their structures with new layouts that either expand the building's existing footprint or make better use of the existing space. Eastview Homes has lots of experience with light frame construction which happens after demolition and after we secure the home's foundation. Framing houses is a big job with lots of little details. Windows and door headers have to align perfectly, as do cupboards and shelves, wall sconces and overhead lights. Blocking has to be added behind cabinets and baseboards so nails and screws driven through drywall will bite into something solid. And there has to be enough space in all the right places to accommodate ductwork, electrical wiring, and plumbing stacks.
What is Structural Framing?
Structural framing, in construction, is assembling wood and steel components to make a load-bearing shape, usually in the form of a house. Framing materials are typically wood, engineered wood, or structural steel. A combination of horizontal beams and vertical columns are rigidly connected to create the skeleton of a building.
Out of sight - out of mind, structural framing is seldom considered after the work is done. Eastview's handiwork lives unseen behind walls, under floors, and above the ceilings. Well framed house have seamless drywall, level floors and stairs that don't creak. Depending on the size and complexity of the home, structural framing can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a month to complete.
Eastview Homes frames houses from basement to attic, and from the outside inwards. This means we start on the exterior of the dwelling and work our way towards the center of the home. First we lay down the sub floor and then we raise the exterior walls, which are typically framed using 2 x 6 wood studs. Then we turn our attention to the interior partition walls where we'll use smaller dimension studs depending on the mechanical or plumbing needs of the room. After we complete the interior walls and add the stairs, we'll use a crane to lift the roof trusses into place. If we're building a second-floor addition, then a sub floor will be installed, and the process will be repeated. Structural framing includes sheeting the roof with plywood, and preparing it for the roofers.
Eastview Homes frames home renovations, home additions, and even covered porches outside in exterior renovations. We're skilled at making the necessary changes to awkward roofs and dormers, and we have lots of practice removing load bearing walls by adding structural beams and columns; such space reclamation is usually core to modern home remodeling projects. The beams can be hidden in the ceiling, aesthetically concealed in plaster moldings, or left exposed.
What is a Framed Structure?
Any structure that's able to stand by itself is considered a rigid structure. Structures can be classified in a number of ways: solid, framed structure, shell, membrane, composite, trusses, cables and arches, surface structure etc. In construction, the term ‘structure’ refers to anything that's built or made with interconnected parts at a fixed location on the ground. This includes buildings, but can refer to anything designed to bear loads, even if it's not intended to be occupied by people. Materials such as wood, steel, and reinforced concrete, which are strong in both tension and compression, are the best materials for framing structures.
Eastview Homes Delivers
With our attention to detail and dedication to providing work of the highest quality, you can count on us to deliver what we promise. Our work is performed by award–winning designers and architects. Our trades people are certified and we provide local licensing, company insurance, WSIB coverage and all other documentation you need to feel completely confident in our abilities and professionalism.
Design & Engineering
We provide complete solutions from start to finish, including design consultations and planning, permits, and structural engineering.
From structural framing to finish carpentry, we add new stairs, handrails, and in-wall cabinets. Our team of journeymen carpenters has an eye for detail, and a reputation for outstanding workmanship.
Walls wired for broadband internet? Let's add fiber optic cables with separate routes and plate covers.
Plumbing, HVAC, electrical wiring – we manage all of the trades required to get the basics done first.
Bigger windows and walkouts
Brighten your rooms with more natural light, or add a walkout to the backyard.
Radiant floor heating and gas fireplaces are among the many ways you can take the chill out of your basement.