Frugal House Framing Vestal NY

Carpenters in Vestal 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

(607) 770-9800
225 Sycamore Road
Vestal, NY
Fastenal- Binghamton
441 Court Street Binghampton, NY, 13904
Binghampton, NY
Home Central
(607) 687-3284
151 Central Ave
Owego, NY
The Home Depot
798 Main St
Johnson City, NY
Kmart 3521 / Cross Merch
(607) 772-6618
33 W State St
Binghamton, NY
(607) 762-1000
1318 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Endwell
3125 Pearl Street Endwell, NY, 13760
Endwell, NY
Nichols True Value Hdwe
(607) 699-7478
38 S Main St
Nichols, NY
Andre And Son True Value
(570) 278-1131
17150 State Route 706
Montrose, PA
Kmart 7375 / Cross Merch
(607) 754-5920
527 Endicott Plaza
Endicott, 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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