Frugal House Framing Lockport NY

Carpenters in Lockport 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

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #11
(716) 631-8922
5085 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY
Fastenal-Lockport
716-434-9041
5901 S. Transit Rd Lockport, NY, 14094
Lockport, NY
Valu Home Center #19
716-694-8155
4264 Delaware Ave
Tonawanda, NY
Flint Bros Hardware Inc
(716) 778-9654
2769 Main St
Newfane, NY
Summit Park Mall
(716) 298-3268
6929 Williams Rd
Niagara Falls, NY
RC Tonewoods
716-873-6043
1109 Military Road
Buffalo, NY
Spalding Ace Hardware
(716) 433-8155
215 Davison Rd
Lockport, NY
Valu Home Center #23
716-694-7887
1365 Nash Road
North Tonawanda, NY
Do it Best/Maple-Amherst Hardware
716-688-4488
876 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY
The Home Depot
(716)236-0761
750 Builders Way
Niagara Falls, 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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