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?

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North Shore Hardware
(718) 981-1013
647 Forest Ave, Staaten Catering
Staten Island, NY
Colon's Hardware
306 Market Street
Paterson, NJ
Bruno's Hardware
95 Court St
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
160 E. Sunrise Hwy
Freeport, NY
Kmart 9418 / Cross Merch
(516) 295-4186
253-01 Rockaway Blvd
Rosedale, NY
Monster Woodshop
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
S & E Building Matls Co
(718) 436-4923
744 Mcdonald Ave, between Ditmas Ave and Cortelyou Rd.
Brooklyn, NY
Morales Home Center Express
2800 Third Ave
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
103-179 Dayton Ave
Passaic, NJ
The Home Depot
55 Weyman Ave
New Rochelle, 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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