Frugal House Framing Mamaroneck NY

Carpenters in Mamaroneck 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 GARDEN CITY, NY
516 794-6531
700 DIBBLEE DRIVE GARDEN CITY, NY, 11530
Garden City, NY
Airport Hardware
(201) 935-7780
111 Moonachie Ave
Moonachie, NJ
Haworth Hardware
201-384-8146
300 St Nicholas Ave
Haworth, NJ
The Home Depot
(718)828-1071
2560 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY
Lowe's
(845) 613-6000
206 Route 303
Orangeburg, NY
Mitchell Simon Co Inc
(201) 568-2108
15 S Dean St
Englewood, NJ
LOWE'S OF N. BERGEN, N.J.
201 662-0932
7801 TONNELLE AVENUE NORTH BERGEN, NJ, 07047
North Bergen, NJ
Keoughs Paint & Hardware
203-322-1641
907 High Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT
The Home Depot
(718)401-2520
600 Exterior Street
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(718)977-2081
13220 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, 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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