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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

1st evoDOMUS – Bensonwood Project Underway

Architect's Rendering by Alexander Kolbe by Rick Reynolds When husband and wife architects Alexander and Michelle Kolbe, co-founders of evoDOMUS, a Cleveland-based firm, wanted to design and build high-quality, sustainable homes in the U.S., they went looking for a manufacturing partner who could match the quality of homes they built in Alexander’s native [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:50+00:00 January 7th, 2015|5 Comments

Texas Prefab Lake House

by Rick Reynolds An admitted This Old House fanatic, Matt Risinger had grown up watching the PBS television series when, in 1989, a program aired that would change his life. The Wickwire Barn Series—the second time Bensonwood had appeared on the long running home improvement program— featured Tedd Benson and an old barn being converted [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Featured Project: A High-Performance Vermont Farmhouse

An Interview with Bensonwood Client Stephen Ferber by Rick Reynolds Moving from a cherished mid-nineteenth century farmhouse, why did you decide to build new? For the past 37 years my wife and I had been living in a 150-year-old Greek revival farmhouse on 40 acres. Retired now and in my mid-sixties, I wanted to downsize [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 December 31st, 2014|0 Comments

A Passive House Design (with a Few Curves Thrown In)

by Rick Reynolds Unlike many panelized home builders who enclose their home shells using standard XPS and EPS foam core SIPs exclusively, Bensonwood builds many of its own structural, insulated wall and roof panels to realize the visions of its in-house design team and outside architects alike, while reducing waste by eliminating cutouts for doors [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

A Classic Barn for a Classic Car Enthusiast

by Rick Reynolds Are you one of those people who owns a classic car and longs for an appropriate place to keep your dream machine? That was the impetus behind one car enthusiast’s desire to physically connect his passion for collectible automobiles to his existing 1930s Delaware residence. The owner, who has an existing garage [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:53+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Contemporary Polynesian Pool House on the Charles

Photo by John Linden A young couple with children asked Charles Rose Architects to design a “contemporary Polynesian hut” for their property southwest of Boston on the Charles River. The design called for indoor and outdoor sitting and dining areas; kitchenette; stainless steel outdoor shower; bath/changing area; 1,500 SF deck with in-ground hot [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|2 Comments

Aquatic Dreamhouse Required Fluid Construction Strategies

Pool-Centric Vision Posed Technical Challenges by Rick Reynolds Faced with a significant technical challenge, Alfandre Architecture, PC and its construction company, EcoBuilders Inc., teamed up with Bensonwood to fabricate and install the large-span glulam timbers and insulated shell of this spectacular 6,000 SF timbered dream house — all built around a large 2,000 SF indoor pool [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|0 Comments