Frugal House Framing New Paltz NY

Carpenters in New Paltz 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

Williams Lumber Co.
(845) 876-7011
6760 Rte 9
Rhinebeck, NY
Williams Lumber Inc
(845) 698-1004
4246 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY
Scotts Corners Hardware
845-457-5005
1037 State Route 17K
Montgomery, NY
Webers Hardware & Paint
845-895-2781
22 Wallkill Ave
Wallkill, NY
The Home Depot
(845)298-9200
1570 Route 9
Wappingers Falls, NY
Williams Lumber
(845) 687-7676
317 Kyserike Rd
High Falls, NY
Williams Lumber Inc
(845) 266-3435
1900 Salt Point Turn Pike
Salt Point, NY
Lowe's of Lloyd
845-834-5000
650 Route 299 Highland, NY, 12528
Highland, NY
Rim Supply
845-565-5220
2 Johnes Street
Newburgh, NY
The Home Depot
(845)336-4575
1122 Ulster Ave
Kingston, 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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