Sometimes called a western frame, the platform frame is a variation of the balloon frame method of structure frame construction. It is now the most common method used for one- and two-story homes. With platform frames, only one floor is built at a time, and each floor serves as a platform for the next story. Unlike standard balloon frames, platform framing uses shorter and less expensive studs--and the platform barrier also offers somewhat better fire protection. It is also an easier method, as wall studs are normally nailed to upper and lower plates; the pre-fab frame is then raised into place and anchored to the sill.
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