Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

Buying The Right Lumber For Your Project

by Toni Richards

Whether you are adding a room to your home, building a new garage, or just building some nice shelves for your living room, choosing the right lumber is the important first step in the process. When you start looking at what you will need to complete the job, you may want to consider what is available from lumber suppliers in your area, such as W. T. Fary Bros Lumber Co.. If you need some very specific materials, you might have to order it or have the material custom sawed at a local mill.

Determine What Materials You Need

Plan your project out in detail so that you know what material you need and how much you will need. One of the best ways to do that is to create a blueprint or plan to work from. Make sure you place all the measurements on the drawing so that you can add everything up and get a total amount of material needed for the job. Take this drawing or list with you when you start looking for lumber.

Shopping For Materials

If you're using standard lumber for your job, a lumber yard can supply all the things you need. They will often carry more than just the wood, so if you need nails, screws, or other items, you can often pick them up at the same time. If you are lucky enough to have a local yard that saws their own lumber, you may even be able to get custom materials if the job requires it. Talk to the guys at the yard about custom work if you think you are going to need it so you can get an idea how long it will take to have an order completed and ready for you to pick up.

Local Home Improvement Stores

One of the best places to get lumber and supplies is at a local home improvement center. They carry all kinds of lumber, brackets, and fasteners in house, and they offer a lot of other things you may need while you are there. They also carry tools you may need, offer rentals, and have folks to talk to that can help you with your project. While they might not offer delivery everywhere, a lot of home centers now offer truck rentals to move your materials with if you don't have one. Check with your local home center to see if they offer these services if you need them.

Hire A Contractor

Another option is to hire a contractor to complete your project for you. Often a contractor will have a lumber supplier already lined up that they use regularly. In some cases that alone will cut the materials cost but since it will add the price of the contractor to the job, you may not save anything doing it this way but you will definitely get an expert to help you get the right material for the job.