Frugal House Framing Little Neck NY

Carpenters in Little Neck 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

Suburban Mills
631-351-6445
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
LOWE'S OF GARDEN CITY, NY
516 794-6531
700 DIBBLEE DRIVE GARDEN CITY, NY, 11530
Garden City, NY
Bruno's Hardware
718-858-5250
95 Court St
Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan Distributors Corp
718-657-0100
108-20 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY
Hicksville - A
(516) 733-3000
195 N Broadway
Hicksville, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 221-0010
2667 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY
WHOLESALE BUILDING SUPPLY
(718) 871-4500
890 CONEY ISLAND AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11218
Brooklyn, NY
Tonys Hardware & Tool Rental
12414 Liberty Ave
S Richmond Hill, NY
Kmart 9416 / Cross Merch
(914) 684-1184
399 Tarrytown Rd
White Plains, 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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