A few questions on advanced framing strategies
Getting ready to start a house and will be using advanced/OVE framing techniques. 2×6 wall with 1” DOW SIS sheathing. Seems like all of the published literature on advanced framing always shows headers attached to the king studs with header hangers in lieu of a jack stud. I am thinking of moving the header up into the floor system (Band Joist) above and not even have a header directly above the window. Can hang the second floor joists on the hanger if there is not enough room on the 2×6 plate – on the second floor, the header can be up at the ceiling joist band. Seems like a no brainer – will allow more room for insulation. We already remove the headers in non load bearing walls so why not remove it in the bearing walls as well. Anyone have any reasons why this would not be a good idea?
Insulated headers – seems like everyone has different opinion on this – have seen the rigid foam used as the insulation on the inside, outside and the middle of the header. I would think putting it in the middle would compromise the strength of the header. Seems to me like it makes the most sense to put it on the exterior. Anyone have any pros or cons of the different locations?
The last few houses I have used advanced framing on have been brick. This current house is siding so need to think about blocking/deadwood for exterior trim and siding to be secured properly. Seems like at each corner and around each window will need to install a 2×4 sideways (or maybe rip in half if trim is not too wide) to serve as a nailer. Seems like we will putting back a lot of the wood we are trying to save by having to do this. Anyone know of a better way?
Not sure if it matters for this topic – but in NC – 3A