Frugal House Framing Smithtown NY

Carpenters in Smithtown 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

Roberts Plywood Co.
45 North Industry Court
Deer Park, NY
Lowe's of Bay Shore
800 Sunrise Highway Bayshore, NY, 11706
Bayshore, NY
Ace Hardware of Commack
(631) 670-6540
2160B Jericho Tpke.
Commack, NY
Ferreteria Valois Pagan
(787) 844-2460
1478 Ave Tito Castro
Ponce, NY
The Home Depot
401 Independence Plaza
Selden, NY
(631) 651-8651
698 Fort Salonga Rd
Northport, NY
Suburban Mills
16 Railroad St
Huntington Station, NY
Lowe's of Farmingdale
90 Price Parkway Farmingdale, NY, 11735
Farmingdale, NY
Brinkmann Hardware
(631) 363-2116
125 Montauk Hwy
Blue Point, NY
Islip True Value Hardware
(631) 581-0951
445 Main St
Islip, 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.


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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