Frugal House Framing Port Washington NY

Carpenters in Port Washington 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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Monster Woodshop
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Dick's Do it Best Hardware
9 Gold Street
New York, NY
Auburndale Mason Supply
40-02 Francis Lewis Blvd
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The Home Depot
101 Green Acres Road
Valley Stream, NY
Green Acres Mall
(516) 256-5700
1150 Sunrise Hwy
Valley Stream, NY
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698 Fort Salonga Rd
Northport, NY
Suburban Mills
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Oriental Lumber Do it Best
1154 Flushing Ave
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The Home Depot
86 Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY
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436 Main St
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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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