Frugal House Framing Fredonia NY

Carpenters in Fredonia 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

Valu Home Center #20
716-673-1771
10378 Bennett Rd
Fredonia, NY
Frost Builders Supplies, Inc.
716-296-5695
Depot Street
Cherry Creek, NY
Service Hardware True Value
(716) 366-5666
234 Lake Shore Dr E
Dunkirk, NY
Smiths True Value
(716) 934-4238
Route 5 & 20
Irving, NY
Fredonia - Auth Hometown
(716) 672-2999
3725 E Main - Rte 20
Fredonia, NY
Fastenal- Dunkirk
716-366-3595
61-63 Lakeshore Dr Dunkirk, NY, 14048
Dunkirk, NY
Valley Hardware Center
716-988-3304
524 Pine Street
South Dayton, NY
Mayville Hardware Inc
716-753-2621
53 South Erie Street
Mayville, NY
Add Lumber True Value
(716) 366-1622
148 Willow Rd
Dunkirk, NY
The Home Depot
(716)672-8200
3901 Vineyard Drive
Dunkirk, 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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