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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

Project Update: Sustainable Family Lake House

by Rick Reynolds This energy-efficient lakeside home is designed for an extended family which has been vacationing in New England for generations. The home combines the rustic charm of a New Hampshire cottage with cutting-edge building technology and sustainability. At around 3100 sf, the design requirements were to blend in with the existing Lake House [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 6th, 2015|2 Comments

Sunday River Ski Retreat: The Best of All Worlds

by Rick Reynolds Some ski homes high on the mountain have beautiful views down the valley. Others near the base lodge typically have great views up the slopes. This timber frame home at The Glades at Ridge Run, a new slopeside residential neighborhood at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine, captures both. Situated in the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 5th, 2015|3 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

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