Frugal House Framing Cohoes NY

Carpenters in Cohoes 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

Olsen's Hardware & Garden Center
(518) 475-9483
1900 New Scotland Rd
Slingerlands, NY
Shaker Hardware
(518) 785-9052
607 Watervliet Shaker Rd
Latham, NY
Lowe's of Glenville
518-952-8789
93 Freemans Bridge Rd Glenville, NY, 12302
Glenville, NY
Lowe's
(518) 952-8789
93 Freemans Bridge Road
Glenville, NY
Kmart 3129 / Cross Merch
(518) 449-1195
164 Columbia Tpke
Rensselaer, NY
Nassau Country Value
(518) 766-3717
3517 US Rte 20
Nassau, NY
Robinson's Hardware
(518) 456-7383
1874 Western Ave, 1 mile West of Crossgates Mall
Albany, NY
Harvey Industries
(518) 862-1490
4253 Albany Street Albany, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
The Home Depot
(518)438-1586
979 Central Avenue
Albany, NY
Rotterdame Sq Mall
(518) 386-5200
93 W Campbell Rd
Rotterdam, 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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