Frugal House Framing Potsdam NY

Carpenters in Potsdam 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

Rex Hardware
315-379-0256
125 E Main St
Canton, NY
Triple A Building Center
315-265-2350
6588 State Hwy 56
Potsdam, NY
Bicknell Building Sply
(315) 265-3900
Potsdam Canton Rd
Potsdam, NY
Lowe's
(315) 268-6960
61 Country Lane
Potsdam, NY
Potsdam - Auth Hometown
(315) 268-0909
6586 State Highway 56
Potsdam, NY
Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware
(315) 386-8161
2535 State Highway 68
Canton, NY
Triple A Do it Best Bldg Ctr
315-386-4531
25 Commerce Lane
Canton, NY
W.l. Smith Hardware Corporation
(315) 769-2408
50 E Orvis St
Massena, NY
The Home Depot
(315)764-9930
41 Stephenville Road
Massena, NY
St Lawrence Ctr
(315) 764-3500
6129 Saint Lawrence Ctr
Massena, 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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