Frugal House Framing Hagerstown MD

Carpenters in Hagerstown 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?

The Home Depot
(301)791-2886
17810 Garland Groh Blvd
Hagerstown, MD
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

ABC Supply Co. Inc./Hagerstown
301-797-5600
801 Pope Avenue Hagerstown, MD, 21740
Hagerstown, MD
 
Valley Mall
(240) 313-1700
17318 Valley Mall Rd
Hagerstown, MD
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18

Fastenal- Hagerstown
301-791-0445
1120 Business Center Drive Hagerstown, MD, 21741
Hagerstown, MD
 
Cavetown Ace Home Center
(301) 733-7940
12035 Mapleville Rd
Cavetown, MD
 
The Home Depot
(301)644-2840
51 McCain Drive
Frederick, MD
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

LOWE'S OF HAGERSTOWN, MD.
301 766-7200
1500 WESEL BLVD. HAGERSTOWN, MD, 21740
Hagerstown, MD
 
Hagerstown - D
(301) 797-2030
1713 Massey Blvd
Hagerstown, MD
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
Store Features
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

Lowe's
(240) 313-7129
12809 Shank Farm Way
Hagerstown, MD
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Ace Hardware
(301) 432-3889
6708 Old National Pike, Old National Pike and Route 67
Boonsboro, MD
 

Frugal House Framing

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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.

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