Frugal House Framing Floral Park NY

Carpenters in Floral Park 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?

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Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Grand Metropolitan Housewares
212-749-4140
2554 Broadway
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Lowe's
(201) 234-3170
727 Route 440
Jersey City, NJ
The Home Depot
(212)888-1512
980 3rd Ave
New York, NY
A W MEYER CO INC
(201) 945-5500
509 BROAD AVENUE RIDGEFIELD, NJ, 07657
Ridgefield, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Family Discount Center
(914) 939-4321
112 S Ridge St
Rye Brook, NY
Atlantic Do it Best Hardware
516-623-0683
165 Atlantic Ave
Freeport, NY
The Home Depot
(631)789-9200
1101 Sunrise Highway
Copiague, 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.

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