Frugal House Framing Hempstead NY

Carpenters in Hempstead 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

Roberts Plywood Co.
800-422-4944
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
Lowe's
(718) 249-1151
118 2Nd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Brite Hardware Auto Parts, Inc
718-849-8121
112-15 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY
The Home Depot
(631)753-0814
202 Airport Plaza
Farmingdale, NY
N Babylon/Deer Pk - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 667-3958
20 Deer Shore Sq
North Babylon, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Cityline Hardware & Houseware
(718) 277-1079
1081 Liberty Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)230-0833
585 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, 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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