Quantity Takeoff

Framing and Cornice

Framing and Cornice Takeoff Overview

Framing and Cornice refers to a basic count of the framing lumber and exterior trim materials needed to frame and trim a residential structure.

What do you Get?

You will receive editable Excel Spreadsheet Material lists with a detailed breakdown of the quantities and usage within the model.  With Archidiem, you get 3-in-1 Reports automatically. 

In addition, you will receive color-coded markups of your PDF plans useful for auditing the areas we considered for your takeoff.

Framing Categories

Our framing takeoffs include all necessary framing materials to construct Floors, Ceilings, Roofs, Walls, Box Stairs and Landings, Built-up Beams, Columns & Posts, and other miscellaneous items like mudsills and bracing materials. Our takeoffs include necessary sheathing, construction hardware, prefabricated shear walls and shear hardware, framing and sheathing fasteners, house wrap and flashing tape, and adhesives to create the rough frame of the structure.

Framing Plan Examples

Check out the samples below to see the level of detail we provide with our roof, ceiling, and floor framing plans whether trussed or stick framed.  Our system-based approach to framing layouts includes tagging with sizes and lengths based on your preferences as well as necessary hardware connectors, supporting beams, and header callouts.

Structural Systems

Archidiem supports light frame wood structural systems comprised of dimensional solid sawn lumber, I-Joists and other engineered wood products, and plated truss components.  Horizontal Framing Takeoffs for rafters, joists, or trusses assume you have provided floor, ceiling, rafter, or truss layouts for us to generate the takeoff.  If you don’t have framing layouts, that’s okay too! We can create engineered or prescriptive framing plans as part of our framing takeoff service.  See examples below.

Note: Currently we do not support quantity takeoffs of exterior decks or post and beam timber frame structures.  Our focus is on light frame 2x residential construction.

Exterior Cornice

Cornice refers to the eave and rake details at the edge of a building where the roof meets the walls, and on most houses consists of the materials necessary to finish the fascia, soffit, and frieze systems.  This includes boards and decorative moldings such as dentil or crown moldings whether painted wood or polyurethane or other materials for simple applications or complex decorative buildups.  Cornice also includes gable louvers, soffit vents, or decorative medallions applied to the face of a gable or upper wall which are typically included in the exterior cornice package.  The term ‘cornice’ is used as well for any projecting element that crowns an architectural feature such as a doorway pediment and includes shutters and decorative columns and beams.

Need Framing Plans for Takeoffs?

Framing Plans are required for framing takeoffs of floors, ceilings, or roofs whether you provide them or we develop them for an additional fee. Our experienced team of detailers and engineers can handle any request and will provide PDF layouts similar to those shown below. These plans can be developed prescriptively, or we can provide engineered framing plans with seals if preferred! Final cost and delivery will be based on our final analysis of the size and complexity of your plan. But we can provide a range for you before we do the analysis and give you an idea.

Prescriptive vs Engineered Framing Plans?

Prescriptive Design results in a code-compliant framing design that utilizes span tables, specific detailing requirements, and pre-defined design options and rules. Prescriptive design provides a relatively fast design approach without performing significant job-specific calculations.

Prescriptive structural design standards are included within:

  • International Residential Code (IRC for One and Two-Family Dwellings – International Code Council.
  • Section 2308 of International Building Code (IBC) – International Code Council.
  • Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One and Two-Family Dwellings – American Wood Council.

Engineered Design can be applied to any building and provides much more flexibility for the design team who is ultimately responsible for meeting the code and project requirements. Prescriptive design can be used where applicable within engineered design, but the engineer is not constrained to fit within the limitations of prescriptive design standards. This can result in significant savings where value engineering can be applied to a specific home design and combination of design options. The model building code for most US building projects is the International Building Code (IBC).

Two primary standards, referenced in the IBC, are the basis for most engineered designs of wood-framed buildings in the U.S.:

  • ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7) provides the code-required loading and allowable analysis methods for buildings.
  • National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction is the code-referenced standard for the design of structural wood materials and connections.


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