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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 that enhance people’s lives and help preserve the natural environment. 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.

2016 Bensonwood Prouty Team! (UPDATE)

Post-2016 Prouty Update! (7/12/16) Despite the dreary weather the 2016 Prouty was a huge success! The Beam Team comprised of 58 members this year, both bikers and walkers. Our photos above and below capture perfectly that, although our skins were damp, our spirits were high! We are proud to [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Bensonwood|0 Comments

In One Era and Out the Other

Timber Frame Builder Brand New after Four Decades By Rick Reynolds It has been said that life begins at 40, and in many ways, Bensonwood, a builder of sustainable houses and public buildings, exemplifies that maxim. In the last quarter of the 20th century, Tedd Benson and his colleagues at [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Bensonwood|Comments Off on In One Era and Out the Other

Appraising Appraisals: Show Us the Green in Green Homes!

by Rick Reynolds A big conundrum for many environmentally conscientious people intent on building a new home today lies in aligning their values with the financing process. Unfortunately, the construction of renewable energy-reliant, high performance homes is frequently hampered by the inconsistent and archaic appraisal methodologies. Too often, inexperienced appraisers [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories:  Sustainable Design|Comments Off on Appraising Appraisals: Show Us the Green in Green Homes!

Just Window Shopping Part 1

Part 1: Residential Window Science Made Easy By Rick Reynolds Window performance can be a complex subject filled with arcane data, impossible formulas, and myriad applications. To further complicate things, there are many types of windows, from casement, to awning, to hopper, to double and single-hung, to sliders, each with [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Categories: energy efficiency|Comments Off on Just Window Shopping Part 1

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