Frugal House Framing Amsterdam NY

Carpenters in Amsterdam love wood. The smell of fresh sawdust on a crisp fall morning, the slap and ring of hammers on boards, the sturdy feel of a new house frame—what's not to love?

Local Companies

Lowe's of Amsterdam
518-954-2400
4825 State Highway 30 Amsterdam, NY, 12010
Amsterdam, NY
Burnt Hills Hardware & Supply Co
(518) 399-8141
217 Kingsley Rd
Burnt Hills, NY
Tanner Lumber Inc.
(518) 883-3012
4 N Second Ave
Broadalbin, NY
Lowe's
(518) 348-2940
476 Route 146
Halfmoon, NY
Kmart 3600 / Cross Merch
(518) 372-1273
93 W Campbell Rd
Schenectady, NY
Lowe's
(518) 954-2400
4825 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY
LOWE'S OF NISKAYUNA, NY
518 382-8371
422 BALLTOWN ROAD SCHENECTADY, NY, 12304
Schenectady, NY
Amsterdam Riverfront True Value Hardware
(518) 684-6100
1000 River Front Center
Amsterdam, NY
Gloversville True Value Hardware
(518) 773-3030
86-88 E Fulton St
Gloversville, NY
Clifton Park - D
(518) 383-6910
15 Park Ave
Clifton Park, NY

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Carpenters love wood. The smell of fresh sawdust on a crisp fall morning, the slap and ring of hammers on boards, the sturdy feel of a new house frame—what's not to love?

So it's no surprise that when we set out to frame a home, sometimes we use a little more lumber than we really need. Sometimes we use a lot more. And sometimes, as building scientist Joe Lstiburek puts it, framers use wood like drunken sailors spending their paychecks on shore leave.

But wood isn't free, or even cheap. It has a cost in dollars, in forested acres logged, and in natural ecosystems disrupted. Over-framed walls also leak more energy—enough to show up on fuel bills, and to make a difference in comfort. And there's a labor cost: more sticks to handle, more cuts to make, and more nails to pound.

Other things being equal, economizing on framing lumber makes a lot of sense. For builders willing to learn, there are proven ways to cut back on unnecessary framing lumber use, without compromising structural strength—and while saving energy.

BUILDER EVOLUTION

Around the country, a handful of leading builders are fine-tuning their building shells to save both lumber and energy. For companies such as New Town Builders of Denver and Veridian Homes of Madison, Wis., advanced framing is just one part of a larger concept.

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ENOUGH ALREADY: If framing details aren't spelled out, framers may run amok, observes building scientist Joseph Lstiburek.

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