Frugal House Framing Maspeth NY

Carpenters in Maspeth 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

Fastenal- Oceanside
516-764-1013
104 Mott St Oceanside, NY, 11572
Oceanside, NY
TANNER BOLT & NUT CORP
(718) 434-4500
4302 Glenwood Road BROOKLYN, NY, 11210
Brooklyn, NY
Great Neck Hardware
516-439-4399
135 Cuttermill Rd
Great Neck, NY
The Home Depot
(516)542-9200
2000 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
The Home Depot
(212)888-1512
980 3rd Ave
New York, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
LOWE'S OF N. BERGEN, N.J.
201 662-0932
7801 TONNELLE AVENUE NORTH BERGEN, NJ, 07047
North Bergen, NJ
CLEARVIEW PAINT & DECOR
(718) 747-5000
20-11 Francis Lewis Blvd
Whitestone, NY
Active Lumber
718-492-5000
6119 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)358-9600
131-35 Avery Avenue
Flushing, 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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