Frugal House Framing Latham NY

Carpenters in Latham 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

LOWE'S OF NISKAYUNA, NY
518 382-8371
422 BALLTOWN ROAD SCHENECTADY, NY, 12304
Schenectady, NY
Mechanicville Co Living Center
518-664-7661
133 N Central Avenue
Mechanicville, NY
The Home Depot
(518)348-0158
4 Halfmoon Crossing Blvd
Halfmoon, NY
The Home Depot
(518)388-9121
2500 Cambridge Rd
Schenectady, NY
Latham - D
(518) 783-6101
195 Troy Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Albany
518-489-5581
15 Kairnes Street Albany, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
Burnt Hills Hardware & Supply Co
(518) 399-8141
217 Kingsley Rd
Burnt Hills, NY
Pfeil Hardware
518-687-0014
63 Third St
Troy, NY
The Home Depot
(518)782-9867
579 Troy-Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY
Rotterdame Sq Mall
(518) 386-5200
93 W Campbell Rd
Rotterdam, 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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