Frugal House Framing Penfield NY

Carpenters in Penfield 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

Williamson Hardware Inc
(315) 589-4011
4101 Main St & Rte 21, Main Street & Rt 21 At the Four Corners
Williamson, NY
Fastenal- Rochester
585-232-2320
116 Saint Paul St Rochester, NY, 14604
Rochester, NY
LOWE'S OF WEBSTER, NY
585 787-7900
900 FIVE MILE LINE ROAD WEBSTER, NY, 14580
Webster, NY
Greece Ridge Ctr
(585) 723-5300
317 Greece Ridge Center Dr
Rochester, NY
Marketplace Mall
(585) 475-8255
10 Miracle Mile Dr
Rochester, NY
Woodcraft - Rochester
585-292-9690
Henrietta Plaza
Rochester, NY
Fastenal- Ontario
315-524-4255
1238 Route 104 Ontario, NY, 14519
Ontario, NY
HARMCO FASTENER CO INC
585-546-1650
428 State Street Rochester, NY, 14608
Rochester, NY
Kmart 3295 / Cross Merch
(716) 227-4350
3049 W Ridge Rd
Rochester, NY
Kmart 3837 / Cross Merch
(585) 787-0030
950 Ridge Rd
Webster, 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.

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