Frugal House Framing Canandaigua NY

Carpenters in Canandaigua 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

Pinckney Ace Hardware
(315) 536-7033
24 Main St, Downtown Penn Yan
Penn Yan, NY
Fastenal- Geneva
225 Lyons Rd Geneva, NY, 14456
Geneva, NY
Wilcox Lumber Do it center
212 South Main Street
Naples, NY
Clifton Springs Hardware Inc
(315) 462-2826
6 W Main St
Clifton Springs, NY
F A Church Inc
(315) 789-6262
410 Exchange St
Geneva, NY
Bristol Valley Hardwoods of Rochester
4054 Bristol Valley Road Route 64
Canandaigua, NY
(315) 781-9000
3030 Sessler Drive
Geneva, NY
Lowe's of Macedon
1605 Macedon Parkway Macedon, NY, 14502
Macedon, NY
Victor Coal & Lumber Inc
32 School Street
Victor, NY
Millers True Value
(315) 789-6944
115 N Exchange St
Geneva, 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.


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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