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Rafters: A series of structural members that form the skeleton support of the roof. They can influence the location of a skylight. Cripple stud: A 2”x4” framing member that has been cut off to fit below or above a framed opening in an exterior or interior wall. This is also found in the pony (partial) wall. Bracing: Exterior walls typically need some type of bracing to add rigidity. Local codes will dictate the type and amount. Bathrooms should always have bracing or blocking installed during the rough framing stage to support grab bars that may be installed later.

Foundation Walls Poured, reinforced concrete and concrete block have been the standard foundation wall construction for decades. Currently, a combination of foam sheathing or foam block with poured concrete; concrete block; and poured, reinforced concrete make a sturdy, energy-efficient foundation wall system. Basements, crawl spaces, and slabs must all have foundation footings and perimeter walls. The exterior and interior wall finishes must be calculated into the equation and therefore selected early in the design process.

In kitchen and bath design, examples include cabinet proportions to the wall space and the room as a whole and the size of fixtures in bathrooms as they relate to room space. Scale refers to the overall size or parts of an object, regardless of shape, compared with other objects. An example of scale in a kitchen design is the island. An important form in the total space, an island can appear either too large and bulky or too small and undersized. The proportion and scale of the island is a primary concern of the kitchen designer (Figure 1-3).

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