Frugal House Framing Syracuse NY

Carpenters in Syracuse 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- Syracuse
315-474-0970
920 Spencer Street Syracuse, NY, 13204
Syracuse, NY
La Fayette True Value Hdwe
(315) 677-9709
2945 Rt 11
La Fayette, NY
City True Value Hardware
(315) 476-0436
214 S Geddes St
Syracuse, NY
The Home Depot
(315)622-0702
3861 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
Kmart 3115 / Cross Merch
(315) 445-1904
3469 Erie Blvd E
De Witt, NY
Skaneateles Town Square
(315) 685-5748
61 Fennell St, 3 BLOCKS NORTH OF THE VILLAGE
Skaneateles, NY
Tully Building Supply
315 696 8984
24 Onondaga St Tully, NY, 13159
Tully, NY
Nightingale True Value Hdwe
(315) 673-2001
4068 South St
Marcellus, NY
Bobs True Value Hardware
(315) 469-4065
4805 S Salina St
Syracuse, NY
Kmart 4034 / Cross Merch
(315) 455-7393
2803 Brewerton Rd
Mattydale, 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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