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Unity Home Rises on Connecticut’s Gold Coast

Another Unity Home Rises on Connecticut’s Gold Coast | The New House Rules. by Rick Reynolds It is always rewarding to build for repeat clients, which is the case with our current Unity home in Essex, Connecticut, our seventh since launching the new line of residences in October 2012. The two-story, 2,450 square foot Tradd is Net-Zero ready, is expected to [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 4th, 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

New from Bensonwood: Architecturally Correct Fire Doors

by Rick Reynolds When it comes to our automobiles, we’ve come to expect that safety not take a back seat to design. The form must incorporate that function. However in residential architecture, where architectural details and natural materials can play such a fundamental role in creating a sense of home, the limited availability of beautifully-crafted, [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|2 Comments

Our Building Systems Flawless in 3rd Party Inspection

by Rick Reynolds Four times a year, TR Arnold, a respected third-party “in-plant inspection agency,” or IPIA, is authorized by us to conduct unannounced inspections at our Blackjack Crossing production facilities. In voluntarily submitting to TR Arnold’s findings, our intention is to ensure that construction standards (state & local code, as well as our own [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 December 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Customized Unity Xyla 212 Sits Softly on the Land

Artist's rendering of our standard Unity Homes Xyla 212. by Rick Reynolds Dan Farrell and Melora Kennedy have long been interested in nature conservation. So when they wanted to build a healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient home — close enough to town that he could walk or bicycle to work—a friend, builder and energy consultant, Mark [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 December 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Unity Homes Style: The Versatile Värm Series

by Rick Reynolds All Unity Homes have been optimized for health, comfort, energy efficiency, and durability. But among the four Unity platforms, Värm, with its full two stories, has special attributes when it comes to the range of style and configuration possibilities. In Sweden, the word "lagom" has deep cultural significance. It doesn't translate directly [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 December 6th, 2014|1 Comment

Annual Bensonwood Fundraiser Benefits Fall Mountain Food Shelf

Fall Mountain Food Shelf director, Mary Lou Huffling and Bensonwood events committee members, (L to R) Jeffery Starratt, Kevin Bittenbender, Huffling and Erik Walker, next to a carload of donated food. Photo by Patrick Ziselberger by Rick Reynolds With winter fast approaching, the proceeds from Bensonwood’s annual fundraiser could not have come at [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 November 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Deep Energy Retrofits vs. Building New

Living Green: Should I Build New, or Retrofit an Existing home? by Rick Reynolds At some point in every owner/builder’s decision making, there comes a critical calculation: Do I build a new home on my own land, or buy an existing one. And if that existing home is poorly constructed or simply outdated, how will [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 November 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Tedd Benson Keynotes Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Conference

by Rick Reynolds Green building is not a stagnant goal, but rather a rapid-moving evolutionary process. The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild plays an active role in that evolution, working to turn back carbon emissions, become self sustaining, contribute to local economies, and promote health and community. Forward looking, the Guild’s mission is “Advancing a 200-year perspective [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 November 5th, 2014|0 Comments