Yearly Archives: 2015

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Pathways to Designing High-Performance Buildings

By Rick Reynolds  One of the challenges to building a durable, healthy, high-performance home or commercial building lies in determining who should design it. The range of choices and decisions are many, and expenses can easily mount without a firm hand on how to solve basic (or complex) design and engineering issues. There are two [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 December 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Pathways to Designing High-Performance Buildings

Flexible, Adaptable Living Spaces and Millennials

By Rick Reynolds At Bensonwood and Unity Homes, we are dedicated to maximizing the Open-Built® features on every project. Open-Built is about “disentanglement” and reorganization, which leads to mechanical systems being separated from the structure and organized for easy accessibility. But why does this matter? Why should anyone want access to dark recesses of the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Flexible, Adaptable Living Spaces and Millennials

SouthFace Village at Okemo: An Eco-Conscious Mountain Community.

By Rick Reynolds With the need for stricter land management and higher-density, lower-impact developments increasingly being required, Bensonwood’s high-performance building technologies are being called upon to address the challenge. And nowhere is the challenge more imperative than in Vermont, a state known for its pristine views, progressive environmental laws and stringent building codes. As an [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Comments Off on SouthFace Village at Okemo: An Eco-Conscious Mountain Community.

Unity Home to be Featured at Greenbuild 2015

Unity is known for building homes unusually quickly, but the show home that’s being featured at this year’s Greenbuild Conference and Trade Show in Washington D.C. will set a new bar for speed.  Rapid on-site construction is one of the reasons that organizers of Greenbuild, the premier conference and expo for the green building industry, [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Unity Home to be Featured at Greenbuild 2015

Bensonwood Event Raises Record Amount for the Fall Mountain Food-shelf.

Alstead NH, Sept 19, 2015 Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser by Rick Reynolds The totals were in and Fall Mountain Food Shelf Director, Mary Lou Huffling was deeply moved by the warmth and support in evidence at Bensonwood’s Harvest Hoedown fundraiser. ”As always, it was a very heartwarming experience of community caring, and it will make such [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Bensonwood Event Raises Record Amount for the Fall Mountain Food-shelf.

Modern Atlanta Reveals an Asheville, NC, Modern

ZŪM House by Unity Homes Featured on Tour by Rick Reynolds For its 2015 home tours, Modern Atlanta, an organization dedicated to promoting modern design, branched out to include other southeast regions. On May 30 and 31, 2015, as part of their Modern Asheville tour, the ZŪM house by Unity Homes was opened to the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Modern Atlanta Reveals an Asheville, NC, Modern

Buying Homes: The Uncomparable “Comparables”

by Rick Reynolds In real estate, “comparables” seem to rule initial home valuations as much as any other single factor. Similar size homes in the same or similar neighborhoods often serve as a benchmark before other, less tangible characteristics, like condition, craftsmanship, energy performance, indoor health, or charm, come into play. And while one house [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Buying Homes: The Uncomparable “Comparables”

Bensonwood Builds Engineered Timber Structure for the Historic Bushnell Park Carousel

By Rick Reynolds In Hartford, Connecticut’s famed Bushnell Park, under a giant oak tree, 48 hand-carved wooden horses, two lovers’ chariots and a Wurlitzer band organ, whirl around under a 24-sided pavilion, to the delight of children, newlyweds, and nostalgia lovers throughout the region. To add to this historic wooden carousel attraction—originally carved out of [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Bensonwood Builds Engineered Timber Structure for the Historic Bushnell Park Carousel

Advantages of Working with a Montage Design/Build Firm

by Rick Reynolds Whether one is an architect working with a client—or a client working with an architect—or a client looking to streamline the design/build process, there are distinct advantages to realizing projects with a Montage design/build firm. Consider the following: Architects deserve to have their designs faithfully realized, on-budget and on-time. And since their [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Advantages of Working with a Montage Design/Build Firm

Mt. Desert Island Camp

An Architect’s Vision Brings Us Back to the Future by Rick Reynolds When sister and brother owner/builders, Louise and Richard Brodman, bought land on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, they shared a grand artistic vision to develop the property. Louise, an architect, came to Bensonwood with Sketchup drawings for two highly unusual outbuildings: one, a striking, [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Mt. Desert Island Camp