Frugal House Framing Tonawanda NY

Carpenters in Tonawanda 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

RC Tonewoods
716-873-6043
1109 Military Road
Buffalo, NY
Woodcraft - Buffalo, NY
(716) 674-0795
1900 Ridge Road
West Seneca, NY
Newfane Lumber & Mfg Co Inc
716-434-5577
554 Ohio Street
Lockport, NY
Valu Home Center #23
716-694-7887
1365 Nash Road
North Tonawanda, NY
Kmart 9392 / Cross Merch
(716) 827-8675
349 Orchard Park Rd
West Seneca, NY
Advantage Trim & Lumber Co
716-827-3915
601 Ohio St
Buffalo, NY
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #11
(716) 631-8922
5085 Transit Rd
Buffalo, NY
Valu Home Center #29
716-937-6734
13404 Broadway
Alden, NY
Wrights Corners Agway
716-434-9377
3972 Lockport Olcott Road
Lockport, NY
Dibble True Value Hdw.
(716) 649-4141
S5726 S Park Ave
Hamburg, 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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