Frugal House Framing Beacon NY

Carpenters in Beacon 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 Chester
845-572-2400
3924 Summerville Way Chester, NY, 10918
Chester, NY
Buchanan Home Center, Inc
914-737-1912
3119 Albany Post Rd
Buchanan, NY
The Home Depot
(914)528-1539
3131 E Main St
Mohegan Lake, NY
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
Yorktown Hts, NY
Poughkeepsie - D
(845) 471-9300
635 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY
Fastenal- Fishkill
845-897-4721
115 Old Route 9 Fishkill, NY, 12524
Fishkill, NY
Lowe's of Lloyd
845-834-5000
650 Route 299 Highland, NY, 12528
Highland, NY
Weber's Hardware
845-895-2781
22 Wallkill Avenue
Wallkill, NY
The Home Depot
(845)298-9200
1570 Route 9
Wappingers Falls, NY
Kmart 9414 / Cross Merch
(914) 243-3685
Rte 118 355 Downing
Yorktown Hts, 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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