Balloon framing is seldom used in modern construction but still often seen in older homes. The wall studs start at the base of the building and are continuous to the attic. The floor beams or joists are attached to the wall studs and supported by a ribbon board. There is limited shrinkage of the wood in balloon framing reducing vertical settlement of the building. Fire stops must be installed to prevent fires from quickly spreading from one floor to the next.

Common Framing Styles: Framing West Platform Post and Beam