Frugal House Framing Astoria NY

Carpenters in Astoria 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

S & E Building Matls Co
(718) 436-4923
744 Mcdonald Ave, between Ditmas Ave and Cortelyou Rd.
Brooklyn, NY
Economy Hardware Co Inc
(973) 483-6223
204 Harrison Ave
Harrison, NJ
Oriental Lumber Do it Best
718-386-8200
1154 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(516)542-9200
2000 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
The Home Depot
(516)823-0700
101 Green Acres Road
Valley Stream, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(718) 758-2910
5602 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY
B. Wankel & Son Hardware
212-369-1200
1573 Third Avenue
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(718)507-9007
73-01 25th Avenue
East Elmhurst, NY
The Home Depot
(718)641-5500
11220 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone 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.

Click here to read full article from EcoHome Magazine

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