Frugal House Framing Brewster NY

Carpenters in Brewster 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

J & R TOOL CO
(845) 279-6169
3651 DANBURY RD, RTE 6 BREWSTER, NY, 10509
Brewster, NY
Ring's End Lumber/South Salem
(914) 533-2517
Rte. 123 Smithfield Rd South Salem, NY, 10590
South Salem, NY
Ace Hardware of Newtown
(203) 270-3800
5 Queen St, Carluzzi's Super Market
Newtown, CT
Keough's Paint & Hardware
203-544-8379
1 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT
Kmart 9415 / Cross Merch
(845) 628-6247
987 Route 6
Mahopac, NY
Ridgefield Hardware Co
(203) 438-2661
385 Main St
Ridgefield, CT
RIDGEFIELD SUPPLY CO
(203) 438-2626
29 PROSPECT STREET RIDGEFIELD, CT, 06877
Ridgefield, CT
TOOL NUT
(914) 621-0200
247 MAHOPAC AVENUE YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, 10598
Yorktown Heights, NY
Bethel Handyman Supply
(203) 792-4043
34 Stony Hill Rd, between Target and Big Y
Bethel, CT
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
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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