How House Construction
The framing crew is the next group of people on the site. They start by building
the floor (unless the house uses a slab foundation, in which case the slab is the
floor). The floor framing looks like this:
The floor starts with a sill-plate made of pressure-treated lumber in direct contact
with the bricks of the crawl space wall. One interesting thing to note is that this
house literally "sits" on the foundation -- it is not held on or bolted
on in any way. Then the floor is constructed on the sill with 2x10 lumber:
You may have noticed the brick posts when you saw the picture of the foundation.
They hold a beam that runs down the center of the house. The beam is also built
from 2x10 lumber (three pieces thick):
All of the "joists" (as the 2x10s in the floor are called) meet on this
(In many houses the meeting of the joists is somewhat better organized!)
This funny little cantilevered section
of the frame will eventually hold the fireplace:
And the floor is finished!