Frugal House Framing Hamburg NY

Carpenters in Hamburg 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

Certainly Wood, Inc.
13000 Route 78
East Aurora, NY
RC Tonewoods
1109 Military Road
Buffalo, NY
Woodcraft - Buffalo, NY
(716) 674-0795
1900 Ridge Road
West Seneca, NY
Valu Home Center #12
6170 S Park Ave
Hamburg, NY
Do it Best/Maple-Amherst Hardware
876 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY
Advantage Trim & Lumber Co
601 Ohio St
Buffalo, NY
Niagara Lumber and Wood Products, Inc.
47 Elm Street
East Aurora,, NY
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #11
(716) 631-8922
5085 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY
Valu Home Center #29
13404 Broadway
Alden, NY
Hectors Snyder Associates Inc
3875 Harlem Road
Snyder, 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.


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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