You've encountered the studs of construction before: You measure and mark the walls to hang a piece of artwork. The first nail goes in easy-breezy, the second one nearly jars the teeth out of your head as you pound it in. That's a stud.
Homes in Fairfield County and around the country are usually framed using the same materials - predominantly by the famous 2-by-4, or "two-by." In truth, this sturdy lumber measures two-inches by 4-inches when first milled. Once dry, the two-by becomes more of a 1.5-by-3.5.
These studs of construction are incredibly strong, which is why they're used to frame homes constructed with wood. They can handle a considerable amount of pressure and, once sheathed by plywood, they become resilient to side-by-side forces as well.
There are multiple benefits to building your home with wood:
- Wood is a renewable resource when harvested from responsibly managed forests.
- It is also a great insulator and can withstand high winds and water damage. As an insulator, wood is 15 times better than masonry, 400 times better than steel, and 1,700 times better than aluminum.
- Cost effectiveness: Wood framing is the most inexpensive way to build a home because it can be easily modified and adjusted for changes during the building process.
- Longevity: Wood-framed houses have stood the test of time for centuries because of wood's flexibility.
- Wood's natural beauty makes it the go-to material for flooring, trim, and other interior detail work.