Frugal House Framing Peekskill NY

Carpenters in Peekskill 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- Fishkill
115 Old Route 9 Fishkill, NY, 12524
Fishkill, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Herb Lack Paints & Hardware
124 Main Street
Nyack, NY
The Home Depot
2024 Palisades Ctr Dr
West Nyack, NY
Sears Home Appliance Showroom
(914) 241-2291
360 N Bedford Rd
Mt Kisco, NY
Williams Lumber Inc
(845) 221-2751
908 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY
845 567-2860
1239 ROUTE 300 NEWBURGH, NY, 12550
Newburgh, NY
(914) 621-0200
Yorktown Heights, NY
The Home Depot
254 Larkin Drive
Monroe, NY
White Plains - A
(914) 644-1400
100 Main St
White Plains, 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.

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