Frugal House Framing Jackson Heights NY

Carpenters in Jackson Heights 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

Hudson Supply of Newark LLC
(973) 578-8333
135 Lafayette St, Penn Station and Devils Arena
Newark, NJ
TANNER BOLT & NUT CORP
(718) 434-4500
4302 Glenwood Road BROOKLYN, NY, 11210
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(201)262-3344
520 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
The Home Depot
(718)558-8640
92-30 168th Street
Jamaica, NY
Kmart 4248 / Cross Merch
(718) 698-0900
2875 Richmond Ave
New Sprngvle, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Lowe's
(718) 682-9027
2171 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Morales Home Center Express
718-665-8380
2800 Third Ave
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(973)471-2111
103-179 Dayton Ave
Passaic, NJ
The Home Depot
(212)929-9571
40 West 23rd Street
New York, 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