What is Montage?
Over the years, Bensonwood has developed an approach to solve particular problems related to construction. Most home construction is done on site, where raw materials are delivered and workers then custom-cut each piece to build a home. This laborious process is not much different than it was one hundred years ago. We refer to our three-part solution as “Montage Building,” derived from the photographic term meaning, “assembly.”
Three Parts of Montage Building
Build it Virtually
By using 3D modeling software, Bensonwood’s team of designers is able to completely create a structure virtually, before the lumber is even ordered. This 3D model acts as a reference throughout both design and construction, allowing us finer control over budget, material allocation, and design. As we begin construction, all pieces are checked against the 3D model for accuracy. Additionally, the software we use for modeling communicates directly with our CNC (computer numerical control) machines, reducing or eliminating human error. This technology is a crucial element of our Open-Built® system.
Create Components in a Controlled Environment
Much of the work on a Bensonwood building happens in our shops, protected from the vagaries of the weather and from site conditions. Work in our shop happens “in parallel,” meaning that your timber frame, walls, and roof are all being constructed simultaneously, by small teams of knowledgeable workers. As components are finished, they are bundled together in the most efficient order for access on site. The bundles are then wrapped to protect them from weather and are stored until ready to ship. Our shop work flow allows us to scale up for large jobs, or to work simultaneously on several smaller jobs, meaning that your project will not be “bottlenecked” by our shop capacity.
Assemble on Site
All of the virtual design and shop assembly really pays off on site. The typical Bensonwood home will go from a prepped foundation to a weather-tight “shell” in around a week. If you visit a Bensonwood job site, you will be struck by two things: the relative silence of the site (the loudest things are usually the crane motor and the cordless impact drills that the crew use) and the lack of a large dumpster (most material Bensonwood brings to the site is recyclable and is removed by our crew as part of the job). Since much of the “construction” work has been taken care of in our shops, we are able to send smaller crews on site. A typical Bensonwood job site will have a crew of three to five, plus a crane operator.
All of this is so different from typical construction that we felt it needed a new name. Welcome to Montage Building.