Frugal House Framing Woodhaven NY

Carpenters in Woodhaven 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

Allied Building
(201) 935-0800
15 East Union Avenue East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
East Rutherford, NJ
Central Ave Ace Home Center
(973) 676-2139
352 Central Ave
East Orange, NJ
Corner Hardware & Paint
(718) 377-8516
2266 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY
The Home Depot
(718)401-2520
600 Exterior Street
Bronx, NY
The Home Depot
(516)823-0700
101 Green Acres Road
Valley Stream, NY
Monster Woodshop
888-506-6678
607 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Fastenal- Oceanside
516-764-1013
104 Mott St Oceanside, NY, 11572
Oceanside, NY
City Paint & Ace Hardware
(201) 659-0061
130 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ
The Home Depot
(973)680-8700
60 Orange St
Bloomfield, NJ
The Home Depot
(516)546-6280
160 E. Sunrise Hwy
Freeport, 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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