Can I build a staggered steel stud wall?


Southwest Nebraska - Zone 5B - I experience all four seasons. Hot summers that can be humid some years. Cold winters.

Designing my home to build. Trying to determine which is the most cost effective method to do the walls. I am young, and intend on living in this house for a very long time.

I have done so much reading on here and other sources that I have honestly confused myself. Sad, isn't it? I realize what works in Florida will not work in Nebraska for example. However there seems to be a lot of controversy. I have read that using anything more than a 2 x 6 stud gives diminishing returns on the extra material cost to using a staggered stud wall system for ultimate insulation.

I am currently thinking I should go with a 2x8 stud wall with 16" o.c. - Whatever wall I choose, I want 16" o.c. for purposes of hanging sheetrock, cabinets, shelves, tvs, etc. 24" o.c. just leaves too big of space for me to consider, even though 2 x 8 with 16" o.c. will...

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Adding a home theater, music room or game room to your home requires some good soundproofing ideas. One of the best ways to do that is to use staggered-stud wall framing during construction. Whether you are building a home or adding on, it is best to consider soundproofing right from the beginning. But don’t stop there; staggering studs is a good start but this along with some other great ideas can make your home theater completely soundproof.

Staggered Studs

With traditionally studded walls, both sides of the wall connect to each other via the studs between them. This connection allows sound to travel through the wall to the other side. Staggered-stud framing keeps the two sides of the wall from touching, reducing sound travel. The base and top plates of the walls should be of 2-by-6-inch boards instead of the regular 2-by-4s. Attach studs to both sides of the base and top plates in an alternating pattern. Use two 2-by-2s at the ends of the walls so you have...

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Staggered stud walls are an effective way to prevent sound from getting out of your home theater, AKA 'Man Cave'. In a regular stud wall, sound waves hit one side of the drywall, travel through the stud and into the drywall on the other side. Since the stud connects the two sheets of drywall, the sound has a solid path to travel through. The trick is to separate both sides of the wall. That way, the sound won't be able to cross the wall as easily.

There are a couple of ways of doing this. One method would be to build two separate walls. Another would be to build one wall but with 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, or even 2x12 top and bottom plates, depending on your thickness requirements for the wall.

For this tutorial I'll be demonstrating building a single wall in SoftPlan with two rows of 2x4 studs and 2x8 plates. I'll also show you how to stagger the studs so they don't touch each other for your 3D framing details.

The first step is to build a custom wall. Start out by...

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The framing of the Ferrari house looks different in many ways. First off most people notice the engineered studs that were used to build the walls, but the placement of the studs are also quite different from what is typically seen around here. The exterior walls of the home are a blend of advanced framing and staggered stud framing techniques.

Advanced framing has been around for quite a while, and was originally developed as a Value Engineered frame design. The value was found in the reduction in the amount of material necessary to frame a home, less labor, and an increase in the insulating value of the walls by reducing the number of voids in the insulation. The basics of Advanced framing are all the framing members must be on 2' centers and lined up with each other. For example the truss (or rafter), lands on top of the wall plate directly over the stud, which lands on top of the floor joist. This eliminates the need for a double top plate, since the roof...

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