Construction Methods



Post Frame

A post frame building is a structure built with posts embedded into the ground, then strapped with dimensional lumber called girts. One of the advantages of post frame construction is that it allows for large building spans and heights while maintaining high structural integrity. Post frame construction is very versatile for any building application, from custom acreage barns to large industrial shops, riding arenas and machine sheds. Post framing is also the most economical option for any large building due to the efficiency of the foundation design. Also because the posts are embedded below the frost level it is one of the most stable and structurally-sound buildings available and can adapt to almost any building site. Any lumber within 12” of the ground and below is pressure treated to protect the foundation of the building.

EnFrame Construction uses precise building procedures to ensure that your building is straight and strong. We use very exact quality measures to ensure a long-lasting building.

Framed Construction (Stick-Frame Construction)

Most residential houses today are built using framed construction, sometimes called stick-frame construction. The frame or ‘skeleton’ of the building is put together with lumber and then the external siding is attached to the frame. The same concept is used to build roofs, with joists, rafters or pre-built trusses braced with purlins. Framed construction can be completed either with sheathing or horizontal strapping (girts) depending on the choice of exterior cladding.

Enframe Construction will not only build a custom structure for you, but build it to last using this system. You can be sure that your roof will stand up to inclement weather and you’ll be able to use the building for many years to come.

Framed construction also gives you a choice of foundation types:

Slab on grade

    Often the choice for smaller buildings, slab on grade is the construction process where an engineered slab of concrete is poured directly onto to the ground as the foundation of the building. There are cost savings with this process as no excavation is required.

Grade beam

    A grade beam is a component of a building foundation where a reinforced concrete beam is situated on top of concrete pilings that are spaced out according to weight loads. This practice is most suitable for conditions in which the soils weight load capacity is not enough for the weight of desired building.

Deep foundation

    The most common foundation in the Peace Region is the deep foundation. This is where you have a reinforced concrete wall that transfers the building weight onto a reinforced concrete footing. The advantage of this practice is the ability to have the weight of the building transferred down to the ground that is lower than the frost level. This helps reduce the amount of shifting that occurs from extreme shifts in temperature.