Frugal House Framing New York NY

Carpenters in New York 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

Lowe's
(718) 682-9027
2171 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Fastenal- Woodside
718-507-8193
57-08 37th Avenue Woodside, NY, 11377
Woodside, NY
Canarsie Lumber, Inc
718-649-2200
826 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(201)271-1200
1055 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ
Kmart 7654 / Cross Merch
(718) 671-5377
300 Baychester Ave
Bronx, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Brooklyn
718-499-6836
951 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11232
Brooklyn, NY
Economy Hardware Co Inc
(973) 483-6223
204 Harrison Ave
Harrison, NJ
Decorama Bldg & Plb Supply Inc
718-651-1800
1233 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)273-5069
2501 Forest Ave
Staten Island, 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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