we are in the process of framing our new basement after having some foundation work done (steel supports, interior drainage, egress windows). I have a few questions about how to frame around the windows, when considering all the beams on the wall (five over 23 feet, with 2 windows).
1) Is it required that there are studs every 16", or can it be staggered, as long as it's 16" or less? Basically, with the windows and beams, trying to get one exactly every 16" is impossible and it gets crowded with lumber with all the pieces to frame around, coming to a piece every 10" on average on a non-load bearing wall. 2) When framing the windows, do the horizontal pieces need to be supported at every endpoint, or can they just be secured to the nearest vertical stud? Example, with this window:
Should it be framed as the left or right side below?
Thanks for your help!