Frugal House Framing Forest Hills NY

Carpenters in Forest Hills 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

ACE TOOL REPAIR INC
(516) 783-8899
2201 WANTAGH AVE WANTAGH, NY, 11793
Wantagh, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 798-0680
1330 Hicksville Rd, Marshalls
Massapequa, NY
Auburndale Mason Supply
718-357-7889
40-02 Francis Lewis Blvd
Bayside, NY
The Home Depot
(718)507-9007
73-01 25th Avenue
East Elmhurst, NY
Hackensack - A
(201) 525-5200
436 Main St
Hackensack, NJ
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Closure Systems, Inc.- Hackensack
201-646-1655
277 Lodi Street Hackensack, NJ, 07601
Hackensack, NJ
Queens Lumber Company, Inc
718-539-0400
34-41 College Point Blvd
Flushing, NY
The Home Depot
(201)963-6513
180 Twelfth Street
Jersey City, NJ
The Home Depot
(516)565-3700
172 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, 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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