July 28, 2022

A Few Changes In Framing the Garage 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I update you on the progress at our passive house in Rhode Island. And explain why we’ve made a few changes to how we are framing the garage.


Originally, the garage was going to be framed with 2x6 walls similar to the house. Then we would wrap it and add exterior insulation on the outside. But that’s changed.

The main reason for the change involved cost cutting. Because the garage is not part of the main building envelope, we don’t have to worry as much about how the garage performs with the blower door tests. The big change is that we’ve switched to a 2x8 wall and gone to more traditional framing. The garage is being framed in place, primarily due to the way the owner/architect has designed it—with an open roof system with space for a storage loft above the garage door. This required us to coordinate with the garage door installer—depending on whether the motor mount was going to be on the side or on top would change how much headroom would be in the loft area.   


Everything about this project goes back to our goal of creating an exterior “sweater” on this home—even how we install the lighting on the back deck. We’ve cut openings in the soffits where can lights will go. The lights will be recessed into an airtight box—all in an effort to keep air from penetrating the envelope of the building. It might seem like a small detail, but it’s just one more way we’re always thinking ahead in helping our clients to achieve their goals. 

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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