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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

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 And if that existing home is poorly constructed or simply outdated, how will [...]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

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

A Passive House Design (with a Few Curves Thrown In)

by Rick Reynolds Unlike many panelized home builders who enclose their home shells using standard XPS and EPS foam core SIPs exclusively, Bensonwood builds many of its own structural, insulated wall and roof panels to realize the visions of its in-house design team and outside architects alike, while reducing waste by eliminating cutouts for doors [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:52+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

A Classic Barn for a Classic Car Enthusiast

by Rick Reynolds Are you one of those people who owns a classic car and longs for an appropriate place to keep your dream machine? That was the impetus behind one car enthusiast’s desire to physically connect his passion for collectible automobiles to his existing 1930s Delaware residence. The owner, who has an existing garage [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:53+00:00 September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Contemporary Polynesian Pool House on the Charles

Photo by John Linden A young couple with children asked Charles Rose Architects to design a “contemporary Polynesian hut” for their property southwest of Boston on the Charles River. The design called for indoor and outdoor sitting and dining areas; kitchenette; stainless steel outdoor shower; bath/changing area; 1,500 SF deck with in-ground hot [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|2 Comments