Frugal House Framing Whitestone NY

Carpenters in Whitestone 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

New York Lumber Co Inc
(718) 774-8900
600 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Ace Hardware
(201) 768-7377
206 Pegasus Ave
Northvale, NJ
Bruno's Hardware
718-858-5250
95 Court St
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(201)963-6513
180 Twelfth Street
Jersey City, NJ
Cross County S/C
(914) 377-2100
Rte 87(Ny St) & Cross Ct Pkwy
Yonkers, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Kearny
973-491-2635
77 Hackensack Ave Kearny, NJ, 07032
Kearny, NJ
Family Discount Center
(914) 939-4321
112 S Ridge St
Rye Brook, NY
Canarsie Lumber, Inc
718-649-2200
826 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(212)888-1512
980 3rd Ave
New York, 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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