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The frame homes I have worked on have mostly been built here in the Ely-Winton area. Most of them have been built by some of our fine local contractors, although several have been owner-built. For most of the owner-built structures, I have provided more detailed drawings since owner builders are generally less experienced at construction and need more guidance. For contractor built structures, I usually provide a simpler set of drawings because a competent contractor will already know how to do much of the work. You are free to determine the level of detail you would like me to provide. Since I charge by the hour for my work, less detailed drawings will, of course, cost you less.
I have designed and provided working drawings for one super insulated home built with foot thick walls consisting of two insulated 2 x 4 walls with an insulated space between them. Most of the other frame home I've worked on utilize standard 2 x 6 wall construction. One recent home, however - which is a completely off-grid home - has 2 x 4 walls that are totally wrapped in several inches of foam on the outside. This leaves the stud bays of the 2 x 4 walls available for installation of mechanicals without needing to penetrate the Air-Vapor barrier which is outside the studs.
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