I think this is an easy project. I've just had my A/C system completely replaced and upgraded. As a result I lost my linen closet. I would like to add a new one. I have room for a 4'x6' closet and only need to frame up 2 walls and install louvered doors. Where can I find specifications for designing the wall frames? I know that my studs need to be 16 inches apart, but where can I find more details on performing this little project?
There are many textbooks on building, but the idea is to connect the framing members (studs,plates)to the existing walls and each other to make them strong. Tear away any drywall where you want the walls to start. Use a hammer to investigate presence of your electric and water. Use a drywall saw and circular saw to cut out at least a four inch wide spot for each new wall to meet the old ones. I find it easier to construct walls by cutting the top and bottom plates, checking them on the floor to see if I like the size, mark the stud locations with an X 16" on center starting against the existing wall and proceeding to a double stud on the end of the first new wall. Measure the ceiling height ... be prepared to cut through the ceiling like you did the wall, to join the wall to the ceiling rafters. Subtract the height of the base plate and the double top plate (4.5 inches) from the ceiling height. (Check several spots cause they often vary.) Cut studs that length and nail them to the premarked base and top plate. You can put the door anywhere you want, but check the rough opening requirements for the door you intend to use. Mark the ceiling joist locations. Set the new wall in place and put the final top plate into position between the wall and the ceiling joists. Double nail every foot and at each ceiling joist. Do the next wall the same way with no double stud at the end. You will want to apply drywall nail blocking to the end studs and you may have to widen the hole inside the closet to get this in. Nail the two walls together and toenail to the existing walls. Don't be stingy with the nails. Cut away the bottom plate under the doorway... don't nail that part down. Drywall and finish as usual.