I wanted to highlight a product we are using in the framing process, made by Simpson Strong-Tie, a company headquartered in Pleasanton, CA. The Simpson Strong-Wall Wood Shear Wall is a pre-fabricated wall that provides greater lateral force resistance than a site-built wood wall. We are using them on each side of what will be an 18-ft. expanse of windows with a double sliding door in the middle. They have to be bolted to the foundation and they provide a lot of strength for their size. The pictures below show the Strong-Walls as installed, four on each side. I think they look amazing (although they will be hidden away), and I LOVE the name!