The Yin Yang of Walls

The give-and-take of high tech wall enclosures By Rick Reynolds While walking with a neighbor along an old stone wall separating their properties, Robert Frost, in his poem, “Mending Wall,” ponders: “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.” That’s a reasonable question. After all, that’s [...]

2018-02-06T13:45:11+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Martin Luther King Jr. on Ecological Equality

By Rick Reynolds (Photo from Creative Commons) Say what? Ecological equality??  While most Americans know about Martin Luther King Jr.’s enormous contribution to the struggle for social equality, fewer, I suspect, are aware of his views on ecological equality. As an employee of Bensonwood, where social and environmental consciousness has been rooted in its mission [...]

2018-01-12T20:09:11+00:00 January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Fall Mountain Food Shelf Receives $12,000 from Bensonwood and Unity Homes’ Fundraiser

Donations Enabled $10,000 Match by Anonymous Donor, Bringing the Total to $22,000 Bensonwood and Unity Homes’ annual fundraiser, the Harvest Hoedown, generated $12,000 which was donated to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. The Food Shelf, with locations in Langdon and Charlestown, serves residents in New Hampshire’s Sullivan and Cheshire counties. Now in its tenth year, [...]

2017-12-22T21:27:48+00:00 December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Celebrating Milestone Beamers

Each year we gather together in the timberframe shop to reflect on the past year and look to the future. With so much to look forward to, we know our success lies in our team. We wouldn't be where we are without our people. Here is a run down of those we recognized this year. [...]

2017-12-22T19:09:28+00:00 December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Bensonwood and Unity Homes Proceed with Expansion Plans

By Rick Reynolds Bensonwood, the 44-year old, New Hampshire-based, next-gen prefab builder known for its artful timber frames and energy-efficient home and commercial building envelopes, and Unity Homes, its optimized, platform-based sister company, are moving forward on plans to more than double their existing production capabilities. With the lease signed on 25 Production Avenue in [...]

2017-06-08T12:37:55+00:00 June 5th, 2017|1 Comment

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

2016 Bensonwood Prouty Team! (UPDATE)

Post-2016 Prouty Update! (7/12/16) Despite the dreary weather the 2016 Prouty was a huge success! The Beam Team comprised of 58 members this year, both bikers and walkers. Our photos above and below capture perfectly that, although our skins were damp, our spirits were high! We are proud to announce that the Beam Team [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

In One Era and Out the Other

Timber Frame Builder Brand New after Four Decades By Rick Reynolds It has been said that life begins at 40, and in many ways, Bensonwood, a builder of sustainable houses and public buildings, exemplifies that maxim. In the last quarter of the 20th century, Tedd Benson and his colleagues at Bensonwood were critical leaders in [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:48+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Comments Off on In One Era and Out the Other

Home Energy: Shall We Get It From Heaven or Hell?

By Rick Reynolds If you agree with the vast majority of scientists who assert that human activity in the form of carbon emissions is the primary culprit causing climate change, then it follows that most of our future energy will need to come from heaven, not hell—this according to green building proponent, Tedd Benson, who spoke [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:49+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Home Energy: Shall We Get It From Heaven or Hell?

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