Frugal House Framing Mount Kisco NY

Carpenters in Mount Kisco 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

J & R TOOL CO
(845) 279-6169
3651 DANBURY RD, RTE 6 BREWSTER, NY, 10509
Brewster, NY
Cos Cob Hardware
203-869-9254
136 Post Road
Cos Cob, CT
B. Rose Hardware
845-446-2061
313 Main Street
Highland Falls, NY
The Home Depot
(914)593-7110
1 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY
Jefferson Valley Mall
(914) 248-2500
600 Lee Blvd
Yorktown Hts, NY
Woodcraft - Norwalk, CT
(203) 847-9663
215 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT
Family Discount Center
(914) 939-4321
112 S Ridge St
Rye Brook, NY
Weed & Duryea Do it Best Lbr
203-966-2673
21 Grove Street
New Canaan, CT
Herb Lack Paints & Hardware
845-358-0293
124 Main Street
Nyack, NY
The Home Depot
(845)627-2038
43 Hutton Ave
Nanuet, 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.

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