Frugal House Framing Patchogue NY

Carpenters in Patchogue 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?

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Brinkmann Hardware
(631) 363-2116
125 Montauk Hwy
Blue Point, NY
East Islip True Value Lumber
(631) 581-1869
33 Wall St
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The Home Depot
(631)286-0210
20 Farber Drive
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Lake Ronkonkoma-Sears Hardware Stores
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585 Portion Rd
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631-218-3485
920 Lincoln Ave Holbrook, NY, 11741
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Centereach True Value Hardware
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1408 Middle Country Rd
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The Home Depot
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301 South Research Place
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(631) 361-5259
4 Smith Haven Mall
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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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