Yearly Archives: 2017


Backyard Resorts

The convergence of outdoor and indoor living space By Rick Reynolds So, we’ve packed the car, lined up the kids, and taken roll call. We’ve checked the stove for the fourth time. The dog—shaking and sensing abandonment—leaves skid marks as he’s unceremoniously dropped off at the kennel. Now, in the traffic jam on the way [...]

2017-06-08T12:38:45+00:00 June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The “Greenest” House

What is the measure of true sustainability? By Rick Reynolds Some have said that the “greenest house is the one that is already built.” While in many cases this may be true, one could make a compelling argument that the “greenest house” is actually the one that is least likely to be torn down. So [...]

2017-06-08T12:06:21+00:00 May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

The Incredible Lightness of Heavy Timber

Seem counterintuitive? Read on. By Rick Reynolds Admittedly, the “lightness of heavy timber” sounds like a contradiction in terms. After all, “heavy timber,” by definition, sounds like a “weighty” subject. But buildings built with heavy timber can be “light” in every sense of the word. Before we get into the lightness of heavy timber [...]

2017-06-08T12:06:57+00:00 May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Serving Multiple Masters

Think multiple master-bedroom suites signify declining intimacy? Think again. By Rick Reynolds In addition to the usual wish list items requested by new homebuyers, multiple master bedroom suites are now trending among modern masters of their own universes. And despite archaic perceptions surrounding the subject, there are myriad reasons for this new shift toward [...]

2017-06-08T12:35:11+00:00 May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Passive Aggressive

Bensonwood to aggressively promote Passive House living By Rick Reynolds In September of 2010, during the Obama administration, the New York Times featured a Passive House story on the front page of its business section: “Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?,”  by Tom Zeller Jr. The story followed a prefabricated Passive House [...]

2017-06-08T12:07:50+00:00 May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

New Home Architecture: Who’s driving the bus?

By Rick Reynolds Do homebuyer choices drive future trends in architecture or do future architectural trends affect homebuyer choices? Thankfully, the answer is both. Home buyers, for their part, must anticipate future needs. Where does my home need to be? How many people will live in the house? How much house will I/we be able [...]

2017-03-24T17:32:08+00:00 March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Prefab Quality. Wait, What?

“Montage building” is becoming the wave of the future. By Rick Reynolds Is “prefab quality” an oxymoron? For many people, “quality” is not the first thing that comes to mind when “prefab” or prefabricated is used to describe homes. Indeed, it’s often the last thing. As an adjective, the term “prefab,” short for “prefabricated,” simply [...]

2017-03-07T14:21:01+00:00 March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Bensonwood to Fabricate Writers-in-Residence Cabins

Sustainable CLT studios to usher in a new Pittsfield, MA, Renaissance By Rick Reynolds “The Mastheads,” as the project is dubbed, is named for the lookout point high on the masts of early sailing ships. Each studio is designed to represent a “fragment” of the five structures in the area from which the 19th century [...]

2017-10-16T15:53:23+00:00 March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Building Health

Can health be built? Apparently, it can. By Rick Reynolds If “your body is your temple,”* as many of us were taught as kids, buildings can be a fitting metaphor for those personal life-support systems known as “us.” But, in our increasingly contaminated world, using our own biological architecture as a metaphor for our buildings [...]

2017-03-07T15:58:19+00:00 March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Common Ground Wins 2017 Wood Design Award

PROJECT: Common Ground High School LOCATION: New Haven, CT ARCHITECT: Gray Organschi Architecture ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER: Atelier Ten AWARD CATEGORY: Wood School Design PHOTOS: David Sundberg and Gray Organschi Architecture WoodWorks, Wood Products Council has announced the winners of its 2017 Wood [...]

2017-02-16T16:37:10+00:00 February 16th, 2017|0 Comments