Frugal House Framing Mastic NY

Carpenters in Mastic 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

Long Island Hardware
(631) 467-1316
3606 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Just West of the Airport
Bohemia, NY
UNIVERSAL TOOL
(631) 281-4147
1175 MONTAUK HIGHWAY MASTIC, NY, 11950
Mastic, NY
Caguas Commercial
(787) 743-4001
Carretera 189 Km 2.5
Caguas, NY
Brinkmann True Value Hdwe
(631) 567-6879
15 Foster Ave
Sayville, NY
Shirley - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 281-7686
1019 Montauk Hwy
Shirley, NY
Oakdale Paint & Hardware
(631) 567-9705
1460 Montauk Hwy
Oakdale, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Bohemia
631-285-7710
2950 Veterans Memorial Hwy Bohemia, NY, 11716
Bohemia, NY
Brinkmann Hardware
(631) 363-2116
125 Montauk Hwy
Blue Point, NY
Agnew & Taylor True Value
(631) 588-8720
501 Hawkins Ave
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
The Home Depot
(631)284-2530
1550 Old Country Road
Riverhead, 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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