How to Use the California Corner Framing Technique


The California corner framing technique is energy efficient and less costly than conventional corner framing methods. The technique was originally designed to save on lumber when building a structural frame, but it became popular because it also adds insulation space. Increasing the amount of insulation makes structures more energy efficient, as it reduces the cost of heating and cooling the finished structure. These corners can reduce the overall framing cost, because it uses two studs instead of the typical four-stud design. This can also result in faster framing.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-6-inch studs
  • Wood for frame
  • Insulation
  • Drywall clip
  • Drywall panel
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • Place the short ends of two wood frame pieces together so they form a 90-degree angle. Lay the first one down, then line up the end of the second piece with the end of the first. The end of the first piece will make up the inside corner. Secure them to the structure and foundation with the drill and screws.

  • Take the first stud and place it at the end of the first frame piece so that the edges line up. It should be perpendicular to that frame piece.

  • Place the second stud at the end of the second wood frame piece so that the edges line up and that it is perpendicular. The second stud should create a 90-degree angle with the first stud. Secure it to the first stud using the screws and drill.

  • Insert insulation in the space left between the studs and along the wall, as you need it.

  • Attach the drywall clip to the edge of the drywall panel, then fasten the clip to the second stud to secure it in place.

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