Q. I can see the value in advanced framing in terms of reduced thermal bridging, better insulation, and savings in framing lumber. But I've hesitated to get serious about it because I worry that the absence of some familiar framing member is going to make life more difficult for the trim guys. Are there any tricks the framing crew can use to provide better nailing for trim?

A. David Joyce, owner of Synergy Construction in Leominster, Mass., responds: Advanced framing - also known as OVE (optimum value engineered) framing - eliminates structurally unnecessary elements like double top plates, door and window headers in nonbearing walls, double trimmer studs, and multiple studs in partition corners. Where necessary,...

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