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Project Update: A Solar Studio

By Rick Reynolds When Keene, New Hampshire, photographer Steve Holmes wanted a studio space, he was driven by a lifestyle decision to connect his business to family and home. He also wanted more touch points for an enhanced client experience, where they could initially meet Steve, discuss the shoot, be photographed, then review the finished work. Holmes, who [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 June 4th, 2014|1 Comment

A White Mountains Contemporary

Q&A with Owner/Builder Jeff Gilbert by Rick Reynolds How did you learn about us? “I am Vice-Chair of the board of the non-profit New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and last fall we attended a retreat which toured  Southwestern NH, stopping at the Bensonwood Woodworking Shop in Alstead. While there, Tedd Benson showed up and gave an [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 June 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Homes Matter by Tedd Benson

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 [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 May 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Passive House: The House of the Future | Sheri Koones

Passive House: The House of the Future | Sheri Koones Posted: 05/08/2014 From our old friend Sheri Koones in the Huffington Post yesterday. We appeared in her popular 2012 book Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home. The Passive House (or Passivhaus) (PH) was first established in Germany and is quickly becoming a [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 May 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Inspiring and Building the Next Generation of Residential Energy Professionals

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 [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Slideshow: 5 Modern American Farmhouses | Dwell

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 [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Why We Use Dense-Packed Cellulose Insulation

Many have asked us why we use dense-packed cellulose insulation in our OBPlus Wall® panels, roofs and some ceilings and floors. Here are some of the cellulose advantages in our "Montage Building" system: Our cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers treated with a natural mineral borate to give it a Class A fire rating as well as [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Solar Unity Home, Contract to Complete in 20 Weeks

A year ago when Carol and Ed Reardon wanted to build a healthy, energy-efficient, year-round residence on a lake, they knew whom to call. Bensonwood had recently launched its sister company, Unity Homes, which offers healthy, high-performance, more affordable homes.  Here was their chance to own a high-quality Bensonwood home on a budget they could afford. Best of all, they [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Seriously? | Tedd Benson on Homebuilding

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 [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:57+00:00 April 7th, 2014|0 Comments