if you're building a new home, there's one key to it's longevity and appearance. The frame of a house provides support and a base for outer layers. It includes the foundation, floor joists, wall studs, beams, and rafters. While wood framing is most common, new advances in technology have made steel framing or even or concrete forms a popular alternative. So before digging in, talk to your architect about which material best suits your geographic and design needs.