Frugal House Framing Richmond Hill NY

Carpenters in Richmond Hill 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

New York Lumber Co Inc
(718) 774-8900
600 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Botto Brothers Hardware
(516) 931-0816
231 Broadway
Hicksville, NY
H Brickman & Sons
(212) 674-3213
55 1st Ave
New York, NY
The Home Depot
(718)273-5069
2501 Forest Ave
Staten Island, NY
Rego Park - A
(718) 830-5900
9605 Queens Blvd
Rego Park, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Lucky Hardware Inc
(201) 436-8210
160 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ
Cityline Hardware & Houseware
(718) 277-1079
1081 Liberty Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan Distributors Corp
718-657-0100
108-20 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY
Bergenfield - Sears Hardware Stores
(201) 244-9160
450 S Washington Ave
Bergenfield, NJ
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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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