Camp Construction

My son's group won the design phase of a design/build competition at his tech school. Now the teams have to build their buildings, per the design.
He has a nuumber of problems and I don't know how to correct them while construction is underway. They started by framing the building's exterior to the correct outside dimensions. But all of the interior stuff doesn't fit. They can get some of the rooms to the right size, but every time they do that, something else gets too small. I think that is happening is that the walls are too thick. On paper, they are just lines but when they build them, they can be up to 4.5" think. That's throwing everything off. How does he correct for that? How do you get thinner walls. If they were maybe 1/2 or 1/4 inch, no one would notice but over 4" is just ridiculous. What's the secret?
The other issue is the door and windows. He's using a standard 32" door but that doesn't fit correctly either. The hallways are 32" and there's all of the stuff around the door that somehow seem like it is meant to be installed. I don't get it, it's just a little camp they are trying to frame. The windows have the same problem. For instance there are two windows that are 10" apart and there shouldn't be a problem putting the 8" chimney between them, but it doesn't all fit in. He's missing something.
The teacher isn't any help. He says it's the best design he's seen in years and he can't figure why there are any problems.
Please help.
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I'd suggest building it tomorrow. That should fix the problem.
R
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I think this is the real answer, but to continue the adventure ...
Think outside the box. Instead of framing lumber and drywall, use non- traditional materials. Perhaps for the interior walls use 1/8" or 1/4" steel plate, secured to the floors and ceilings via angle strips. Lag bolt the strips to the horizonal surfaces and drill holes and bolt through both strips and the plate.
A bonus, hanging pictures now only requires rare-earth magnets!
:-P
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Charles Jones [ snipped-for-privacy@frii.com ]
Loveland, Colorado, USA
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wrote:

Cool, then you can run an electric current through the whole house, too - no need for plugs that way ;)
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wrote:

Yeah! I want to do that on my car! Oh wait, nobody bothers stealing old Saturn SL1's...yeah, I can imagine the tense chase scene - the perp puts the pedal to the metal, but the bicycle cops quickly catch up... <LOL!>
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Jack Offstermeyer wrote:

Thank you to each and every one of you for your assistance. This isn't some sort of joke or anything, the kid is having a real problem.
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