Frugal House Framing Utica NY

Carpenters in Utica 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- Rome
315-336-1893
6747 Martin Street Rome, NY, 13440
Rome, NY
NORTHERN SAFETY
232 INDUSTRIAL PARK DRIVE FRANKFORT, NY, 13340
Frankfort, NY
Cavo Builders Supplies
315-724-5970
1027 Jefferson Ave
Utica, NY
Rome General Lbr Co Inc
(315) 336-2600
529 Erie Blvd W
Rome, NY
Herkimer - Auth Hometown
(315) 866-0154
325 E Albany St
Herkimer, NY
Lowe's
(315) 709-3000
1230 Erie Blvd. West
Rome, NY
McQUADE & BANNIGAN INC
(315) 724-7119
1300 STARK STREET UTICA, NY, 13502
Utica, NY
George Lumber
315-823-1709
525 East Mill St
Little Falls, NY
Ilion True Value Hdw.
(315) 894-5274
39 W Clark St
Ilion, NY
Lowe's
(315) 867-5520
182 Lowes Boulevard
Herkimer, 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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