Maxx Built

Maxx Built

There are often many ways to accomplish the same task.  This applies throughout life.  When it comes to framing, building decks, fences, additions, I made a conscious choice to build things in a way that I believe to be superior to the mindset of “just meeting code”.  I no longer frame but I still firmly believe in designing and building things that are built to last for decades.

When I would explain how far I would go and the additional time and materials I would use, I would sometimes receive mild criticism from my industry peers.  But just like there are discount stores and high-end stores, or cheap cars and expensive cars, I provided high-end methods and practices that I believe are the ‘ right way’ to do business.  I believe in building things to a standard that exceeds expectation.

It all starts with design.  Good design is everything.  Where I excel is in the ability to break down any design concept and precisely create a production drawing that will completely explain the way I will be building.  Everything that can be dimensioned - is dimensioned.  This is what I bring to my new venture with Para-CAD.  

Back when I was framing, I would come to work with laminated, very detailed drawings that thoroughly addressed everything that I needed to know about the structure.  You’d be surprised how many designs, although beautifully created, are just documents presenting a concept of what was being built but leave out many detailed specifics that the builder and his subs are left to figure out.


With the increasing influence of the “eco” movement, I find that I grow irritated with all the clamoring about how we must all go “green” and that it’s equated with using less.  If you build a home with the absolute minimum materials, you only minimize it’s impact on materials actually used at the front end of the home’s lifecycle.  That home will look dated and require repair of replacement as it will sag1 and not stand the test of time as well as a more solid and wisely built structure.  

1 Take a look at tract homes that are over 5 years old.  15/32 OSB plywood over trusses set 2’ o.c.  Notice any sagging between the trusses?  If you live in a place where it might snow, you’ll notice.  Here’s a good definition of some of the issues that cheap building presents.  From

Tract Homes
 – These homes are built with price-point as a major consideration, so the quality v. investment is almost always given a high priority. Elements like cabinets, hardware and appliances are the more obvious areas where money may have been saved, often at the expense of quality. Other areas might include framing components, paint grades, shingle weight, and carpet grade to mention a few. These components are not obvious to the typical buyer, especially someone not familiar with construction methods and materials. Lastly, resale value is the greatest disadvantage to a tract home. There is enormous competition when selling a tract home. Price is usually about the only thing that makes one more appealing than another identical house down the street.

So, you could build it on the cheap and then again in 20 years have to make another large expediture in resources and time, or built it above code, and with sufficient materials to keep the home solid and looking great for decades.  I’d say, taken in that light, building it better and with more strategic materials will prove to be the “greener” way to go over the life of the home.  This is where my opinion can often rub some framers wrong.  Some aim for hitting code and that’s all.  There is nothing wrong with that.  I just choose to exceed minimums where I believe it can do the most good.

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Check back next week when I embark on my first post in the series, 

How to Rough Frame a Set of Stairs.”  

I promise to provide enough accurate information (WITH PHOTOS) so that almost anyone will have a solid grasp of the process and become a stair building master.  

Making the transition from framing contractor to Kitsap home designer and achitectural draftsman has been exciting (and to be honest, framing is a tough bit - best left to the young and the bold).  I look forward to sharing what I can with you all.


And hey….there are even more posts for you to view……all the way back to the beginning.

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