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Aquatic Dreamhouse Required Fluid Construction Strategies

Pool-Centric Vision Posed Technical Challenges by Rick Reynolds Faced with a significant technical challenge, Alfandre Architecture, PC and its construction company, EcoBuilders Inc., teamed up with Bensonwood to fabricate and install the large-span glulam timbers and insulated shell of this spectacular 6,000 SF timbered dream house — all built around a large 2,000 SF indoor pool [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|0 Comments

On the Boards: Cape Cod Pool House

In keeping with this month's "Everyone into the Pool" theme, here is a charming little pool house we are helping fabricate on Cape Cod. Designed by Rebecca Elsy Ribeiro of D. Michael Collins, Architects, the energy-efficient building features classic colonial carriage house styling with cupola and a sheltered overhang. Bensonwood is crafting the timber frame, insulated wall and roof panels, and installing the [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:55+00:00 August 11th, 2014|1 Comment

Unity Homes: Indoor Air Quality and Comfort

by Rick Reynolds You can live 21 days without food, 7 days without water, but only a few minutes without air. Every day we take 21,600 breaths; that’s nearly 8 million breaths of air a year. By weight, we take in more air than food: 4,500 times our own weight in an average lifetime.* On [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:56+00:00 July 7th, 2014|0 Comments

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

Bensonwood Featured in History Channel Special

Bensonwood is proud to have been featured on a new two-hour H2 special: “Hidden History In Your House,” which premiered May 22nd. Host  Kevin O’Connor traveled the country uncovering the house as a technological time capsule centuries in the making. Kevin peels back the houses we live in to reveal the surprising ways that the [...]

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