Frugal House Framing Newburgh NY

Carpenters in Newburgh 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

Fastenal-Poughkeepsie
845-486-8828
35 Patrick Lane Noxon BussPark Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603
Poughkeepsie, NY
Rim Supply
845-565-5220
2 Johnes Street
Newburgh, NY
The Home Depot
(845)781-4307
254 Larkin Drive
Monroe, NY
The Home Depot
(845)343-9200
474 Route 211 East
Middletown, NY
Poughkeepsie Galleria
(845) 298-3700
2001 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY
Lowe's
(845) 572-2400
3924 Summerville Way
Chester, NY
LOWE'S OF POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y.
845 298-4720
GALLERIA MALL 790 SOUTH RD POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, 12601
Poughkeepsie, NY
Webers Hardware & Paint
845-895-2781
22 Wallkill Ave
Wallkill, NY
The Home Depot
(845)485-0420
3470 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
The Home Depot
(845)298-9200
1570 Route 9
Wappingers Falls, 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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