Frugal House Framing Melville NY

Carpenters in Melville 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

Roberts Plywood Co.
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
Fastenal- Hicksville
73 Bloomingdale Rd Hicksville, NY, 11801
Hicksville, NY
Northport Hardware Company
90 Main Street
Northport, NY
The Home Depot
1881 Sunrise Hwy
Bay Shore, NY
Kmart 9381 / Cross Merch
(631) 421-5005
839 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY
(631) 651-8651
698 Fort Salonga Rd
Northport, NY
Suburban Mills
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Fastenal- Holbrook
920 Lincoln Ave Holbrook, NY, 11741
Holbrook, NY
Comercial Don Benja
(787) 899-3025
Hc 03 Box 27150 Carr 116 Km 0.8
Lajas, NY
Kmart 4871 / Cross Merch
(631) 732-1725
2280 N Ocean Ave
Farmingville, 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.


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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