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How Homes Are Built: Walls and Ties (Ep.2) - Parade of Homes Wisconsin

July 14, 20234 min read

We're Taking You Behind the Scenes of This Year's Parade of Homes Wisconsin

The Parade of Homes is an annual event where builders showcase their finest and most innovative homes to the public. It is a highly anticipated event that attracts homebuyers, design enthusiasts, and industry professionals.

Being selected as a homebuilder for the Parade of Homes is a great honor and recognition of excellence in craftsmanship, design, and construction.

This is Episode 2 of the How Homes Are Built series showing walls and ties. 

When it comes to building a quality custom home, the process and importance of walls and ties cannot be overstated. Walls and ties play a crucial role in providing structural integrity, stability, and insulation to a home.

Here's a breakdown of their significance:

1. Structural Integrity: Walls serve as the skeleton of a home, providing support and defining the layout of each room. They bear the weight of the roof and upper floors, ensuring the overall stability of the structure. The materials used for walls, such as wood, concrete, or steel, are carefully chosen to meet building codes and withstand various environmental factors.

2. Stability: Ties, also known as wall ties or wall connectors, are essential components that connect and secure the walls to the foundation and other structural elements. They help distribute the load evenly throughout the structure, preventing sagging or shifting over time. Ties are typically made of metal and are strategically placed to reinforce the strength of the walls.

3. Insulation: Walls also contribute to the energy efficiency and comfort of a custom home. Insulation materials, such as foam or fiberglass, are installed within the walls to create a thermal barrier and reduce heat transfer. This helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, reduces energy consumption, and lowers utility bills.

The process of constructing quality walls and ties involves several steps:

1. Planning and Design:

The architect and builder collaborate to create a design that meets the homeowner's preferences and structural requirements. This includes determining the appropriate wall materials, thickness, and placement of doors, windows, and other openings.

2. Foundation:

Before walls can be built, a sturdy foundation is laid. This typically involves excavation, pouring concrete footings, and constructing a solid base upon which the walls will be erected.

3. Framing:

The construction of walls begins with framing, where the skeletal structure of the home is built using pre-cut wooden or metal studs. This process includes installing headers, sills, and plates to create the framework for each wall.

4. Wall Construction:

Once the framing is complete, the walls are built by attaching sheathing or panels to the studs. The type of sheathing used depends on the construction method and desired insulation properties of the home. Exterior walls may also incorporate additional layers, such as a vapor barrier or water-resistant materials, to protect against moisture.

5. Ties Installation:

Wall ties are installed during the construction of the walls. These metal connectors are embedded in the mortar joints between courses of bricks or blocks, fastened to the wooden or metal studs. The placement and spacing of ties are carefully calculated to ensure maximum strength and stability.

6. Inspection:

Throughout the process, building inspectors will conduct inspections to ensure that walls and ties are constructed according to local building codes and regulations. This step is crucial in maintaining safety standards and ensuring the durability of the home.

Building quality walls and ties is essential for a custom home as they provide the foundation for a structurally sound and energy-efficient dwelling. It requires careful planning, skilled craftsmanship, and attention to detail. By understanding the process and importance of walls and ties, homeowners can have confidence in the construction of their dream home during the Parade of Homes Wisconsin.

Make sure to tune in for Episode 3 where we will explore other key elements involved in building a quality custom home.

More Parade of Homes Behind the Scenes of How Homes Are Built

See the full series here on YouTube

Honored to be Featured in the Parade of Homes Wisconsin

Overall, being a selected homebuilder for the Parade of Homes is a great honor that recognizes the hard work, expertise, and commitment to quality that goes into building exceptional homes. It offers builders a chance to showcase their talents, attract new clients, and solidify their position as leaders in the industry.

If you want to learn more about us, checkout our homepage at WisconsinHomeBuild.com, or book a call directly on my calendar here.

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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