Wood-frame construction is the predominant homebuilding method in America. Wood-frame buildings are economical to build, heat and cool, and provide maximum comfort to occupants. Wood construction is readily adaptable to traditional, contemporary and the most cutting-edge building styles. Its architectural possibilities are limitless and its durability spans the centuries.

With any building material or product, sound construction and installation practices must be followed to assure durability and trouble-free performance. The details and recommendations presented here reflect construction practices that are intended to not only comply with building codes, but also produce sound, low-maintenance wood-frame buildings. Primary emphasis is on the raised wood floor foundation system. Wherever possible, the details presented here conform to typical building code provisions; however, consult the building code office in your jurisdiction for specific requirements.