Bensonwood’s engineered wood framed floors are ideally suited for installation in panelized areas of a structure. Stiff and quiet, these floors offer ample space for installing HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, without impinging on the structural integrity of the floor.
Bensonwood’s Open-Built® second-floor system has a subfloor platform raised above the exposed wood floor joists. The nearly unobstructed space between the joists and subfloor makes it ideal for wiring, ducts, and pipes. Because subcontractors don’t have to drill holes and snake wires and plumbing through the frame, our houses are much easier to service, update, and maintain over the years; the mechanical systems are easy to access through removable ceiling panels.
The first-floor ceiling panels, which are approximately 3 ft. by 4 ft., are made of shiplap boards fastened together in the back with steel stiffeners. Each ceiling panel is designed to infill the space between the Open-Built® second-floor joists. The panels complement the natural wood floor joists and are an elegant and natural method for finishing the ceiling. Your local builder will install the panels after electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians have finished their work inside the space, between the first-floor ceiling and second floor. Because the panels are easily removable and interchangeable, they allow easy access to wiring and ducting. They also allow easy relocation of recessed and overhead lighting.