Frugal House Framing Baldwinsville NY

Carpenters in Baldwinsville 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

Skaneateles Town Square
(315) 685-5748
61 Fennell St, 3 BLOCKS NORTH OF THE VILLAGE
Skaneateles, NY
Lowe's
(315) 652-1200
3856 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Elbridge Ace Hardware
(315) 689-3218
237 E Main St, Big M Plaza
Elbridge, NY
Wrightway True Value Hardware
(315) 695-2394
9236 Oswego Rd
Baldwinsville, NY
Shoppngtown Mall
(315) 445-3800
3649 Erie Blvd E
De Witt, NY
Salt City Hardware
(315) 362-3254
325 Nottingham Rd
Syracuse, NY
Suburban Hardware Inc
(315) 652-7850
7990 Oswego Rd
Liverpool, NY
Lowe's
(315) 350-2801
131 Simon Drive
Syracuse, NY
Gravina Gardens & Ace Hardware
(315) 457-8585
4850 Buckley Rd
Liverpool, NY
The Home Depot
(315)449-2920
5814 Bridge St
East Syracuse, 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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