Rendered Foam walls are becoming much more common, particularly in the upper floor of 2 storey homes. They offer a real advantage in situations where it would be difficult to provide adequate suppport for a heavy brick wall (For example when the upper floor needs to be set back from the ground floor)
If you [read more...]
For the typical modern house with slab on ground base there are two minimum heights above ground level that need to be considered:
Next to the building. Distance of 1m away.
The reason for these minimums is to keep water out of the building, including the structure and foundations.
Next To The House
Floor [read more...]
Although roof trusses only started being used in Australia in the 1960′s they now have around 80% of the total ‘Pitched Roof’ market.
They are all designed using well proven computer programs and manufactured in factory conditions. (the whole process is high tech and relies on specialised equipment…….site work is limited to erection of the [read more...]
With a steel frame house a standard wall panel, other than using a different material, is much the same as a Basic Timber Wall Panel.
Once it comes to a panel with openings there are a few differences as the sketch below shows:
Typical differences are:
The diagonal braces are used (instead [read more...]
Openings in a Timber Frame Wall Panel usually mean that the Bracing Straps of the Basic Frame can’t be installed.
The following diagram shows typical panel details.
The bracing panels replace the bracing straps to keep the frame square and ensure the panel resists sideways forces. They are a sheet [read more...]
The House Construction-The Frame post explains the background to frame construction.
The drawing below shows a typical standard wall frame
Minimum timber size will be 95mm x 35mm although this may increase for the following reasons:
Additional wall insulation may increase the depth of the frame to 125mm If the [read more...]
The Internal Frame is the key structural element in most Brick Veneer House Construction.
In more lightweight structures such as timber cladding and lightweight render it takes on an even more of the structural loads.
The overall frame is composed from a number of individual wall panels, which when fixed to the base, and [read more...]
If you want to build your new home on a slope you may need to have the additional cost of needing drop edge beams on the low side of the slabs.
These are a sort of retaining wall to hold the fill under the house slab as shown in the drawing below.