When Shawn’s high school Building Trades instructor, Chris Moore, told him of a job opening at Bensonwood, he jumped on it. Unlike some of his fellow classmates, Shawn wasn’t taking every shop course he could merely for the credits. He wanted to become a great builder. Now, coming up on his one year anniversary at [...]
Courtesy: The Keene Sentinel. From the latest issue of Business Monadnock We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill Many years ago, when we pulled our company associates together to try to draft a collective mission statement for our homebuilding company, we came to an unexpected conclusion. As we kept asking questions about why [...]
The Challenge Home Student Design Competition seeks to inspire the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs to design homes that meet requirements for zero energy ready performance that are affordable and market-ready. In turn, the competition provides students with skills and experience for careers in clean energy. This week, the U.S. Department of Energy [...]
via What One Modern House Tells Us About the Future of Urban Building – Next City. On a Tuesday morning not long ago, I entered a half-assembled house tucked into a quiet corner of Somerville, Mass. In much of this small city, adjacent to Cambridge, you can no longer walk down the block without passing [...]
Slideshow: 5 Modern American Farmhouses | Dwell. "A pitched roof doesn’t necessarily mean a home is stuck in the dark ages of the American architectural vernacular. In fact, the following modern farmhouses—which either underwent a transformation or were built with the style in mind—prove that gables and porches can be very modern indeed." We couldn't [...]
Steven and Barbara Landau’s Norwich, Vermont, Passive House won The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) Prism Gold Award for “Best Energy-Efficient Project.” Bensonwood, who designed the prefabricated insulated panels and constructed the timber frame shell, was honored as part of a highly-skilled green building team that included energy modeling and mechanical consultantsZeroEnergy Design, consulting [...]
The New House Rules | Tedd Benson on Homebuilding. Posted on March 17, 2014 by Tedd In my last post, I vented a little about the cover of the largest professional homebuilding magazine (Byline, “Smart Building Starts Here”) depicting a construction site that might have been exceptional 100 years ago, but today should be an industry embarrassment, not a magazine cover. Finding that [...]
The "Tailgate" feature in Fine Homebuilding's latest issue is an interview with Tedd, about timber framing and the founding of Unity Homes.
Buildipedia has published a substantial interview with Tedd. Read it here.
The re-dedication of the Bartonsville Covered Bridge, in Rockingham, VT, is this Saturday, Jan 26th, at 11 A.M. http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20130122/NEWS02/701229831