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Bonfire of the Vanities

Forcing an industry’s hand by Rick Reynolds New car salespeople will tell you that the number one question buyers concern themselves with on a given make and model is the color. After that, they may look at miles per gallon, performance, price, safety, or cargo capacity—but color preference usually comes first. Popping the hood to [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Bonfire of the Vanities

Join the Bensonwood and Unity Homes Teams

Bensonwood, a leading designer/builder of custom energy-efficient homes and public buildings, and Unity Homes, the semi-custom sister company of high performance homes designed to reach the broadest possible market spectrum, intend to change the way buildings are constructed in North America. If you (or someone you know) would like to become a part of this [...]

2015-05-28T11:54:09+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Join the Bensonwood and Unity Homes Teams

Stairway to Heaven

by Rick Reynolds After moving to a mountain community outside Anchorage, Alaska, past clients Sean and Laura McLaughlin challenged Bensonwood and site contractor, Dana Foley, whom they had previously worked with on their Massachusetts fun barn, to build their most challenging project to date. The design concept, from SAJJ Architecture, called for a timber and [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Stairway to Heaven

Timber Structure for Hampshire College

by Rick Reynolds Bensonwood, in the “supporting” role category, will be fabricating and raising the massive FSC certified Nordic Lam timber frame structure and 2nd floor decking for Hampshire College’s new R.W. Kern Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. With many dramatic open-span areas, the two-story 15,000 SF campus portal and complex will house an admissions office, [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Timber Structure for Hampshire College

The Endless Summer (or why I need a high-performance building envelope)

by Rick Reynolds Those of us living in the teeth-chattering deepfreeze of the northern tiers (and in houses built not that long ago) can only dream of living in the high performance houses of today. When the outside temperatures seem to tunnel through the walls and into one’s hands and feet despite the furnace running [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on The Endless Summer (or why I need a high-performance building envelope)

Decision Time: Should I Build a Single-Story or Two-Story House?

-By Rick Reynolds One of the first decisions many new home buyers face involves whether to begin with a single-story or two-story space plan. Ultimately, how does one choose one over the other? While there are conflicting—and often very personal—opinions on this subject, depending on your home site and personal circumstances there can be certain [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Decision Time: Should I Build a Single-Story or Two-Story House?

Green School Movement Building with Bensonwood

by Rick Reynolds In the growing movement towards green schools as transformational hubs of their communities, Bensonwood is finding its montage building science and innovative materials use increasingly in demand. As a recent example, the Common Ground School—a high school, urban farm, and environmental center in New Haven, Connecticut (and Americas longest-running environmental charter school) [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Green School Movement Building with Bensonwood

Making a Difference: An Interview with Rheannon DeMond

by Rick Reynolds Q: Rheannon, you were one of 18 young professionals recently chosen by Business Monadnock, the Keene Sentinel, and the Keene Young Professionals Network for their annual “Trendsetters Awards”: the honor awarded to individuals who “contributed to the region’s economy and vitality.” You also just received your Passive House certification. Starting with the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Making a Difference: An Interview with Rheannon DeMond

New Project Profile: A Modern Hamptons Beach House

by Rick Reynolds When Igal Toledano, a professional interior designer, mentioned building a modern coastal home he and his wife planned on retiring to, an associate of his (and past Bensonwood client) recommended he give us a call. Armed with a sketch, Mr. Toledano met with Bensonwood architect, Bill Holtz. Together, they refined the design [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Comments Off on New Project Profile: A Modern Hamptons Beach House