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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 [...]

January 7th, 2015|0 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

December 31st, 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 [...]

December 6th, 2014|1 Comment

Ken Burns and Bensonwood Featured at the 2014 Timber Framers Guild Conference

Bensonwood's Tedd Benson (left) and filmmaker Ken Burns at the 2014 Timber Framers Guild conference. by Rick Reynolds The Timber Framers Guild held its annual Conference, August 7-10, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, in the heart of timber framing country. In keeping with the conference’s historical track, the renowned documentary [...]

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 [...]

August 11th, 2014|2 Comments