As a residential framing contractor on Cape Cod, I see many different styles and sizes of homes. Present design trends seem to be making the homes my crew and I work on increasingly complex—all the way down to the foundations, which, we are frequently finding, are no longer simple rectangles with an attached garage.We recently framed a home, for instance, that included a walk-out basement with a stepped foundation, an angled bay off the back of the house, and multiple spaces in the home that required jogs in the foundation.Regardless of style, size, or complexity, however, one thing has remained...

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