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?

Local Companies

Shinnecock Hardware
(631) 728-4602
91 W Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY
Ace Hardware
(631) 929-5095
6281 Rte 25 A
Wading River, NY
Ferreteria Maderas 3-c Inc.
(787) 783-8260
Calle Segarra Final Sector Bechara
San Juan, NY
The Home Depot
1550 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY
Patchogue - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 447-7304
367 Sunrise Hwy 389
Patchogue, NY
Long Island Hardware
(631) 467-1316
3606 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Just West of the Airport
Bohemia, NY
Lowe's of Stony Brook, NY
2150 Nesconset Highway Stony Brook, NY, 11790
Stony Brook, NY
Brinkmann Hardware
(631) 363-2116
125 Montauk Hwy
Blue Point, NY
The Home Depot
1881 Sunrise Hwy
Bay Shore, NY
Kmart 4871 / Cross Merch
(631) 732-1725
2280 N Ocean Ave
Farmingville, 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.


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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