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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 [...]

2018-03-05T16:19:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

To Build a Basketball Barn

A private family function hall and recreation space rises in winter By Rick Reynolds Who doesn’t love a barn? The honest, soaring volumes. The heavy timbers. The warmth and patina of wood. Now imagine a barn that encloses a private family function hall, complete with a 30-foot high vaulted half-basketball court, a lofted party space and [...]

2018-01-24T21:47:12+00:00 January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Prefab Quality. Wait, What?

“Montage building” is becoming the wave of the future. By Rick Reynolds Is “prefab quality” an oxymoron? For many people, “quality” is not the first thing that comes to mind when “prefab” or prefabricated is used to describe homes. Indeed, it’s often the last thing. As an adjective, the term “prefab,” short for “prefabricated,” simply [...]

2017-03-07T14:21:01+00:00 March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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

Texas Prefab Lake House

by Rick Reynolds An admitted This Old House fanatic, Matt Risinger had grown up watching the PBS television series when, in 1989, a program aired that would change his life. The Wickwire Barn Series—the second time Bensonwood had appeared on the long running home improvement program— featured Tedd Benson and an old barn being converted [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 7th, 2015|0 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

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

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