Frugal House Framing Saratoga Springs NY

Carpenters in Saratoga Springs 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

Fastenal- Mechanicville
518-899-5835
2381 Route 9 Bldg 2 Suite 4 Mechanicville, NY, 12118
Mechanicville, NY
Lowe's of Glenville
518-952-8789
93 Freemans Bridge Rd Glenville, NY, 12302
Glenville, NY
The Home Depot
(518)348-0158
4 Halfmoon Crossing Blvd
Halfmoon, NY
Lowe's
(518) 348-2940
476 Route 146
Halfmoon, NY
Kmart 9274 / Cross Merch
(518) 692-9608
1251 State Rte 29
Greenwich, NY
Noble Ace Hardware
(518) 761-6777
80 William St, Hannaford on Rte. 9
South Glens Falls, NY
GUNS & HOSES
(518) 746-9040
1075 Dix Ave Hudson Falls, NY, 12839
Hudson Falls, NY
Phillips Hardware
518-459-2300
42 Saratoga Ave
Waterford, NY
The Home Depot
(518)581-6480
3043 Route 50
Saratoga Springs, NY
Wilton Mall
(518) 583-8500
3065 Route 50
Saratoga Spgs, 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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