Frugal House Framing Kew Gardens NY

Carpenters in Kew Gardens 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

New York Lumber Co Inc
(718) 774-8900
600 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Hicksville
516-822-2900
55 Ludy Street Hicksville, NY, 11801
Hicksville, NY
Fastenal- Yonkers
914-378-0901
200 Saw Mill River Rd Yonkers, NY, 10701
Yonkers, NY
Great Neck Hardware
516-439-4399
135 Cuttermill Rd
Great Neck, NY
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Tsigonia Paint & Hardware
(201) 435-0979
464 Communipaw Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Allied Building
(201) 935-0800
15 East Union Avenue East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
East Rutherford, NJ
Andre's Hardware
914-793-7012
94 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
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

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