balloon frame


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balloon framing
A system of framing a wooden building; all vertical structural elements of the exterior bearing walls and partitions consist of single studs which extend the full height of the frame, from the top of the sole-plate to the roof plate; all floor joists are fastened by nails to studs. Compare with braced framing.
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Mignard said church buildings are difficult to save from a fire due to their balloon frame construction.
The balloon frame construction of the house, without insulation in the walls, allowed the fire to move quickly up the walls to the second floor and across, he said.
My host was a serious American architect and the building looked real enough, but two inches into it I realised that this piece of Georgian pastiche that had found its way to (the other) Georgia was balloon frame, clad in polystyrene.
The home, which had a "For Sale" sign out front, has a balloon frame.
These shafts hit their targets with pleasurable accuracy, and the comparison with the homespun effectiveness of architect-free balloon frame stick construction and truckable 'Park Homes' in the USA, Scandinavia and here in the UK is timely, and to the point.
Construction is ingenious and apt, with social areas in balloon frame, and steel tube columns in the pool space.
As a young architect I saw it as the city that reinvented itself after the great fire, using steel balloon frames to create buildings that were light and vibrant.