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.
How We Build
“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
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.
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.
News & Blogs
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.
Inside Out DesignFresh off the design boards, a new project is being fabricated in our shops for its home in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. The striking contemporary beach house is the brainchild of one of the owners, an interior designer, who was referred to us by former client Luigi Martino. The family wanted single-floorRead the full article…
Originally profiled in a Summer 2013 newsletter while still under construction, this 2,900 SF timber frame of locally-sourced hemlock replaced a tear down, but preserved an existing 2-story cottage affectionately referred to as “the Birdhouse.” Atop the new barn-style home is a custom-built glass-roofed cupola funneling light into an interior stairwell. Materials from the old, energy-inefficientRead the full article…
When Bensonwood Project Developer, Dick Struthers learned of his son’s 11th grade “Global Connections” class trip to the Dominican Republic, his thoughts turned to fundraising ideas. Dick’s wife, Rosemary, suggested he, and Rory, figure out some way to turn their experience and interest in designing and building guitars into a fundraising plan. Dick and RoryRead the full article…
By Becky Harris, Houzz Staff. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed Mary Jane Liu’s home in Westport, Connecticut, she found herself with the opportunity to build a house perfectly suited to her family’s needs. It was also a chance to build a house that was very energy efficient and as low maintenance as possible, in the modern farmhouseRead the full article…