Frugal House Framing Olean NY

Carpenters in Olean 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- Olean
716-372-1503
515 North Union Olean, NY, 14760
Olean, NY
Valu Home Center #26
716-372-8877
2610 W State Rd
Olean, NY
Closes Lumber Co
(716) 372-8888
625 N Union St Ext
Olean, NY
Burleson True Value
(814) 642-7111
512 North Main Street
Port Allegany, PA
Kmart 7695 / Cross Merch
(716) 373-2220
2801 W State St
Olean, NY
West Penn Hardwoods, Inc.
(716)373-6434
230 South Clinton Street
Olean, NY
Costa's Ace Hardware
(814) 887-5542
323 Water Street
Smethport, PA
Valu Home Center #32
814-362-3355
661 E Main St
Bradford, PA
Bisett Bldg Ctr & True Value Hdw.
(814) 368-6146
142 Davis St
Bradford, PA
The Home Depot
(716)372-3725
1900 Dan Eaton Drive
Olean, 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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