Frugal House Framing Elmont NY

Carpenters in Elmont 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

Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Andre's Hardware
914-793-7012
94 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
The Home Depot
(516)997-9595
86 Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY
Kmart 9420 / Cross Merch
(718) 430-9439
1998 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY
Lake Success S/C
(516) 574-5500
1400 Union Tpke
New Hyde Park, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Brooklyn
718-499-6836
951 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11232
Brooklyn, NY
Five Star Lumber & Home Ctrs
516-872-2700
210 E Merrick Rd
Valley Stream, NY
The Home Depot
(914)963-3003
601 South Sprain Rd
Yonkers, NY
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, 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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