Master Craftsmanship

Award-winning custom building since 1973

HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDING
SUSTAINABLE, TIMELESS DESIGNS
INNOVATIVE WOOD ENGINEERING
ARTISTIC TIMBER FRAMING

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“Working with Tedd Benson and his staff, we’ve been able to design and make a barn out of new wood that’s been made to look and feel old, a functional space that evokes not only the ancient barns of New England but its spiritual spaces as well.”   –  Filmmaker Ken Burns

What We Build

We make sustainable custom buildings and other structures throughout the country.  When approaching residential, commercial or public projects, their beauty, health, comfort, energy efficiency and “seventh generation” durability are the pillars upon which we build. In our 40+ year history, we have designed, engineered and constructed over 1,000 structures of every size and for every budget. Known for reviving timber framing in America, as well as for our high-performance building envelopes, Bensonwood’s innovative solutions to building problems have attracted the attention and collaboration of some of America’s leading architects, as well as MIT, Unity College, and HUD’s PATH initiative.

When you begin a project with Bensonwood, you have access to our team of designers, architects, and project managers, who will use their years of industry experience to shepherd your project from initial conception through construction. Your project manager and project job captain will oversee your project both in our shops and on-site, leading to a smooth, rapid construction schedule.

Turnkey Buildings
Custom Millwork
Timber Frames
Wall & Roof Systems

How We Build

Bensonwood is a design/build firm. We will work with you to create your building, whether you are starting with a blank slate, or are already working with an architect or designer. Our design systems and build process are closely aligned, leading to great efficiencies in both; we call this closely-linked system “Montage Building”. If you are already working with an architect (or are an architect yourself), you can design within our guidelines, guaranteeing that your structure will be both beautiful and easy to build.

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Collaborations

Over our long history we have worked with many of America’s most renowned architects and welcome the chance to collaborate on high-performance residential, commercial and institutional projects to help your clients achieve ENERGY STAR, LEED, Net Zero Energy or Passive House energy performance goals.

For Architects
For Developers

Our Story

Bensonwood is acknowledged as a premier designer-builder of energy-efficient timber frame, hybrid and other high-performance homes and commercial buildings. Our mission is to find better ways to build, while consistently improving people’s lives.

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News & Blog

The Building Cycle is Bensonwood’s blog and main source of project updates and company news. Also check out Bensonwood founder Tedd Benson’s blog on sustainable, high-performance building, The New House Rules.

14th Century Japanese Bathhouse Rises on CT Coast

Structure bridges the 14th century with the 21st century By Rick Reynolds The architecture of this newly-completed, Bensonwood-built bathhouse (with soaking pool) was inspired by the famous 14th-century timber frame temple, Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Elaborating on the historic structure, Bensonwood timber frame department head, Dennis [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Bensonwood Timber Framers|0 Comments

When the Bell Tolls: Building a Sustainable Future

By Rick Reynolds When the comedian and talk show entertainer, David Letterman, retired after 33 seasons, he had time to think about more serious issues. Following a visit to India, where he said he was greeted by a smell he likened to burning furniture—an odor that never left him—Letterman was [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories:  Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Design|0 Comments

Why Wood is So Good: Part 3

Restorative Environments: The Impact of Wood on Well-Being By Rick Reynolds The built environment we inhabit can have an enormous impact on our lives, affecting us both physically and psychologically. Along with concerns for the environment and personal health, a movement is underway to better understand these effects. And with [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Design|0 Comments

2016 Fundraiser Raises Record Amount for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf

Shattering last year’s fundraiser totals, the 2016 Harvest Hoedown event, organized by the Bensonwood Events Committee and supported by a large group of community businesses in and around the Walpole area, will provide much needed support to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.   Donations raised at the event exceeded last [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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