Frugal House Framing Rockaway Park NY

Carpenters in Rockaway Park 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

Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 280-7885
2323 Jericho Turnpike, In Pathmark Shopping Center/Near Charlie Brown's
Garden City Park, NY
LOWE'S OF BROOKLYN, NY
718 249-1151
118 2ND AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY, 11215
Brooklyn, NY
Atlantic Do it Best Hardware
516-623-0683
165 Atlantic Ave
Freeport, NY
The Home Depot
(516)823-0700
101 Green Acres Road
Valley Stream, NY
Bronx-Fordham Rd
(718) 817-7300
404 E Fordham Road
Bronx, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Costello's Ace Hardware
(516) 221-0010
2667 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY
A-Z Apartment Building Supply
718-620-0202
829 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(718)977-2081
13220 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, NY
Newport Centre Mall
(201) 420-5300
50 Mall Dr West
Jersey City, 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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