Here’s another interesting video from Austin-based builder Matt Risinger about what he calls “practical advanced framing.” In this video, Risinger talks about the difference between 2×4 and 2×6 studs, 16″ and 24″ centers, plywood and OSB sheathing, three-stud and California corners, and uninsulated and insulated headers.  Here are Risinger’s three tips for practical advanced framing:

1.)  2×6 studs on 24″ centers

2.) Insulated headers (engineered ones by Timberstrand)

3.) California corners

Changes like these result in a cheaper and faster build and help with energy efficiency too. And if you’ve hired a builder, you might ask whether advanced framing will be used. The answer is a good indicator of the kind of home you can expect to get.

[+] Watch Advanced Framing versus Traditional Framing by Matt Risinger.