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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

Unity Home Rises on Connecticut’s Gold Coast

Another Unity Home Rises on Connecticut’s Gold Coast | The New House Rules. by Rick Reynolds It is always rewarding to build for repeat clients, which is the case with our current Unity home in Essex, Connecticut, our seventh since launching the new line of residences in October 2012. The two-story, 2,450 square foot Tradd is Net-Zero ready, is expected to [...]

2017-01-12T13:48:51+00:00 January 4th, 2015|0 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

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

Bensonwood Earns FSC Certification

by Rick Reynolds Bensonwood is proud to announce that we have received Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC Chain of Custody certification provides customers with independent assurance that a product supports responsible forest management. It can also be used to verify that a product is from post-consumer recycled sources. We have long [...]

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

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

Bensonwood Associate's Visionary Design on Display at Boston Society of Architects Exhibit

              By Rick Reynolds “Urban Timber: From Seed to City,” a new exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects’ Gallery Space, celebrates wood as a natural and sensible building material for cities, while highlighting wood’s adaptability, versatility and extraordinary technical qualities. It also highlights some innovative thinking going on [...]

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