Stick-framed construction needs little introduction, as it has been the predominant construction system in the US for well over a century. Chances are, you grew up in a stick-framed house. Balloon framing was popular in the 19th Century, but platform framing moved to the forefront in the 20th Century. Stick-framed walls are usually built of 2x4 or 2x6 wood studs, floor joists are usually 2x10 or 2x12, and rafters or trusses vary according to the span of the roof.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to stick-framed construction for disaster recovery housing. On the one hand, it’s the slowest method available, only slightly slower than kit houses because the homebuilder doesn’t get the complete kit of materials at the beginning but rather has to buy them as needed during construction. On the other hand, far more people can stick-frame houses than can build by any other means. A few million US residents have framed their own houses, and more would be likely to do so in the construction trades crunch that inevitably follows a major disaster.

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