Frugal House Framing Suffern NY

Carpenters in Suffern 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

Mitchell Simon Co Inc
(201) 568-2108
15 S Dean St
Englewood, NJ
Lowe's of Paterson, NJ
973-341-8102
265 McLean Boulevard Paterson, NJ, 07504
Paterson, NJ
Montvale Hardware & Supply Co
201-391-5200
8 Railroad Avenue
Montvale, NJ
The Home Depot
(973)248-0585
106 Route 23 North
Riverdale, NJ
Midland Park - Sears Hardware Stores
(201) 447-1995
80 Godwin Ave
Midland Park, NJ
BOARDS & BEAMS, CO.
(973) 299-6100
48 OLD JACKSONVILLE ROAD
TOWACO, NJ
LOWE'S OF ORANGEBURG, NY
845 613-6000
206 ROUTE 303 ORANGEBURG, NY, 10962
Orangeburg, NY
Ramsey Hardware & Paint
201-327-0433
14 East Main
Ramsey, NJ
Andre's Hardware
914-793-7012
94 Kraft Ave
Bronxville, NY
Lowe's
(845) 613-6000
206 Route 303
Orangeburg, 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.

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