Frugal House Framing Horseheads NY

Carpenters in Horseheads 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

Fastenal- Elmira
607-737-9062
1336 College Ave Elmira, NY, 14901
Elmira, NY
Wades Building Supply Inc.
607-359-2466
2 Wall Street
Addison, NY
Valu Home Centers
607-936-9900
Ames Plaza 1000 Victory H
Painted Post, NY
Draper True Value Hdw
(570) 537-6566
5277 Main St
Millerton, PA
Arnot Mall
(607) 739-6000
3300 Chambers Rd
Horseheads, NY
Lowe's
(607) 739-6106
913 County Rd., Route 64
Elmira, NY
LOWE'S OF BIG FLATS, N.Y.
607 739-6106
913 COUNTY RD, RT 64 ELMIRA, NY, 14903
Elmira, NY
Horseheads Do it center
607-739-5616
124 North Main Street
Horseheads, NY
Valu Home Centers
607-732-3200
1105 Broadway Ave
Elmira, NY
The Home Depot
(607)936-1400
3160 Silverback Lane
Painted Post, 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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