I went with the traditional stick frame house, I stuck with 2x4s and placed them at 24" on center.  It was a bit of a daunting process but once you get the swing of it things fall into place fairly quickly.  I would have to say the most difficult part would be the simple planning of the walls to assure proper window spacing.  Each wall was built in eight foot sections and was one of the most fun parts of the build.  I was apprehensive about using a framing nailer on a structure that moved but once I had to take a wall apart (theres a chance youll get carried away and make a mistake) I found that the nails are a lot tougher than I would have thought. 

My house.... on the floor. 

My house.... on the floor. 

First wall felt like a real accomplishment until the excitement wore off and I realized I still have an entire house to build.  Ive found having shirtless dudes working with you is very motivational.  

First wall felt like a real accomplishment until the excitement wore off and I realized I still have an entire house to build.  Ive found having shirtless dudes working with you is very motivational.  

I made the window headers nice and stout to keep my windows safe while my house is bouncing down the road.  Instead of using single pieces of wood, I glued and nailed pieces of 2x4s together for the headers.  Wildly strong and much cheaper. 

I made the window headers nice and stout to keep my windows safe while my house is bouncing down the road.  Instead of using single pieces of wood, I glued and nailed pieces of 2x4s together for the headers.  Wildly strong and much cheaper. 

Having family help is always a solid bet for cheap labor, paid up with pizza and beer.  Not to mention the company of their amazing older brother. 

Having family help is always a solid bet for cheap labor, paid up with pizza and beer.  Not to mention the company of their amazing older brother. 

Back wall where the kitchen will be.

Back wall where the kitchen will be.

Not only do the cantilevers look amazing but they add a good deal of room.  There is on on each side of the house adding an extra 32 square feet, cheap and easy way to make the house as efficient as possible.  Did I mention they look totally rad?

I wanted two solid lofts to get as much space out of this thing as possible.  Used basic 4x4s with hangers set at 6'3".  All you tall jokers are just going to have to deal with it for I am just a wee man.