Frugal House Framing Riverhead NY

Carpenters in Riverhead 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

Lowe's of Patchogue
631-687-6220
825 Mantauk Highway East Patchogue, NY, 11772
East Patchogue, NY
UNIVERSAL TOOL
(631) 281-4147
1175 MONTAUK HIGHWAY MASTIC, NY, 11950
Mastic, NY
The Home Depot
(631)451-0685
346 Middle Country Rd
Coram, NY
Lowe's
(631) 687-6220
825 Montauk Highway
East Patchogue, NY
Kmart 9423 / Cross Merch
(631) 537-6449
Bldg 82 Montauk Highway
Bridgehampton, NY
Lowe's
(631) 207-4541
2796 Route 112
Medford, NY
ONE SOURCE TOOL SUPPLY
(631) 283-8700
341 County Road 39A Ste 1 Southampton, NY, 11968
Southampton, NY
The Home Depot
(631)286-0210
20 Farber Drive
Bellport, NY
The Home Depot
(631)395-3764
399 William Floyd Pkwy
Shirley, NY
Patchogue - Sears Hardware Stores
(631) 447-7304
367 Sunrise Hwy 389
Patchogue, 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.

Click here to read full article from EcoHome Magazine

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