Frugal House Framing Watertown NY

Carpenters in Watertown 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

O D Greene Lumber Co Inc
(315) 646-2222
14481 Nys Route 3
Sackets Harbor, NY
Fastenal- Watertown
522 Bradley Street Watertown, NY, 13601
Watertown, NY
Farney's Inc Hme/Bldg Ctr
(315) 493-3500
11099 NYS Rte 26, .25 mile south of McDonalds/Rite Aid on NYS RT 26
Carthage, NY
Lafargeville Agway
(315) 658-2211
Ny Route 411
La Fargeville, NY
Salmon Run Mall
(315) 785-6300
I-81 & Arsenal Rt 3
Watertown, NY
O D Greene Ace Home Center
(315) 232-4800
10799 U S Route 11
Adams, NY
Reinman's Dept Store Inc
(315) 686-5222
435 Riverside Dr
Clayton, NY
315 779-0059
Watertown, NY
Knapps True Value Hdw.
(315) 583-5701
13263 Us Rt 11 - Main St
Adams Center, NY
The Home Depot
391 College Heights
Watertown, 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.

Click here to read full article from EcoHome Magazine

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