Must Wall Openings Align Vertically?

Questions:

Must wall openings align vertically?  May a narrow opening be placed above a wide opening or vice versa?  May openings be partially offset?

Answer:

King studs must be continuous from top to bottom plate in the software.  The scenarios described are possible in practice but require an engineering review to verify that the connections for discontinuous king studs are adequately stiff/strong to prevent the creation of a hinge within the wall.  The creation of a hinge point can affect the deflection of the wall leading to broken window seals or even the windows themselves.

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