Frugal House Framing Binghamton NY

Carpenters in Binghamton 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

Fastenal- Binghamton
607-724-4177
441 Court Street Binghampton, NY, 13904
Binghampton, NY
Greene's Ace Home Center
(607) 692-3400
2563 W Main St
Whitney Point, NY
Comfort True Value Hdw
(607) 656-9621
45 Genesee St
Greene, NY
Home Central
(607) 785-3307
199 Stage Road
Vestal, NY
Kmart 3521 / Cross Merch
(607) 772-6618
33 W State St
Binghamton, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Endwell
607-786-3316
3125 Pearl Street Endwell, NY, 13760
Endwell, NY
Fastenal- Vestal
607-729-7153
320 N Jensen Rd Vestal, NY, 13850
Vestal, NY
Valu Home Center
607-687-6800
Rt 17C P & C Plaza
Owego, NY
Home Central
(607) 687-3284
151 Central Ave
Owego, NY
Kovarik True Value Hardware
(607) 729-0802
276 Clinton St
Binghamton, 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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