Frugal House Framing Great Neck NY

Carpenters in Great Neck 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
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 431-2500
3965 Long Beach Rd, Outback
Island Park, NY
TANNER BOLT & NUT CORP
(718) 434-4500
4302 Glenwood Road BROOKLYN, NY, 11210
Brooklyn, NY
Oriental Lumber Do it Best
718-386-8200
1154 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(516)364-4677
111 Jericho Turnpike
Syosset, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 644-2450
3899 Hempstead Tpke, Pathmark
Bethpage, NY
Herman's Has Everything
800-273-4376
1070 Linwood Street Brooklyn, NY, 11208
Brooklyn, NY
Cross Bay Hardware
(718) 848-5699
158-18 Cross Bay Blvd
Howard Beach, NY
The Home Depot
(914)690-9745
150 Midland Ave
Port Chester, 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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