Originally Posted by Pittsville
Why not just purchase 12' studs? Or have you already purchased all of your lumber for the project in 8' lengths?
Well, the barn is going to be taller than it is wide, (14 feet tall, 10 or 12 feet wide) so it will be difficult to frame and raise the 14 foot walls, which is why i was thinking of making it two separate walls on top of one another.
Since it is going to have a loft at 8 feet high, would the beam that runs from one side of the wall to the other to hold the loft floor up be sufficient enough to hold the walls together and prevent it wanting to move out at that joint when weight is applied to the top (snow, etc)?
I'm basically trying to frame a building that would typically be done with posts and beams, but instead using studs. this is the only logical way i could figure out how to do it. i don't see how i could balloon frame it, as the walls are taller than the building is wide, unless i had a boom to lift the walls into place once they're built. it seems framing a 4 foot wall directly on top a 8 foot wall is the only solution, as long as i tie the outside walls together so they don't bend out at that joint...
if you want a visual, this is the layout i'm going for: http://i.imgur.com/yuueK.jpg
outside view: http://i.imgur.com/Da5HV.jpg