Archive for 2015

House Bling

By Rick Reynolds What is house bling? As it turns out, it’s an important question to ask. For the purposes of this article, “house bling” is any trophy appliance with a 10-year useful lifespan and purchased as part of a 30-year new home mortgage for the privilege of paying interest on it for an additional…

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Your New Custom Home: Sooner or Later?

Montage Building Meets Open-Built® by Rick Reynolds Many are into instant gratification when it comes to spur-of-the-moment getaway vacations, car buying, and any offer starting with the phrase, “free puppies.” But our homes, arguably the most important investment we’ll ever make, are not something we necessarily want expedited—or so it may seem. After all, why…

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Bonfire of the Vanities

Forcing an industry’s hand by Rick Reynolds New car salespeople will tell you that the number one question buyers concern themselves with on a given make and model is the color. After that, they may look at miles per gallon, performance, price, safety, or cargo capacity—but color preference usually comes first. Popping the hood to…

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Stairway to Heaven

by Rick Reynolds After moving to a mountain community outside Anchorage, Alaska, past clients Sean and Laura McLaughlin challenged Bensonwood and site contractor, Dana Foley, whom they had previously worked with on their Massachusetts fun barn, to build their most challenging project to date. The design concept, from SAJJ Architecture, called for a timber and…

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Timber Structure for Hampshire College

by Rick Reynolds Bensonwood, in the “supporting” role category, will be fabricating and raising the massive FSC certified Nordic Lam timber frame structure and 2nd floor decking for Hampshire College’s new R.W. Kern Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. With many dramatic open-span areas, the two-story 15,000 SF campus portal and complex will house an admissions office,…

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The Endless Summer (or why I need a high-performance building envelope)

by Rick Reynolds Those of us living in the teeth-chattering deepfreeze of the northern tiers (and in houses built not that long ago) can only dream of living in the high performance houses of today. When the outside temperatures seem to tunnel through the walls and into one’s hands and feet despite the furnace running…

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Green School Movement Building with Bensonwood

by Rick Reynolds In the growing movement towards green schools as transformational hubs of their communities, Bensonwood is finding its montage building science and innovative materials use increasingly in demand. As a recent example, the Common Ground School—a high school, urban farm, and environmental center in New Haven, Connecticut (and Americas longest-running environmental charter school)…

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Making a Difference: An Interview with Rheannon DeMond

by Rick Reynolds Q: Rheannon, you were one of 18 young professionals recently chosen by Business Monadnock, the Keene Sentinel, and the Keene Young Professionals Network for their annual “Trendsetters Awards”: the honor awarded to individuals who “contributed to the region’s economy and vitality.” You also just received your Passive House certification. Starting with the…

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New Project Profile: A Modern Hamptons Beach House

by Rick Reynolds When Igal Toledano, a professional interior designer, mentioned building a modern coastal home he and his wife planned on retiring to, an associate of his (and past Bensonwood client) recommended he give us a call. Armed with a sketch, Mr. Toledano met with Bensonwood architect, Bill Holtz. Together, they refined the design…

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1st evoDOMUS – Bensonwood Project Underway

evodomus cloud home

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] by Rick Reynolds When husband and wife architects Alexander and Michelle Kolbe, co-founders of evoDOMUS, a Cleveland-based firm, wanted to design and build high-quality, sustainable homes in the U.S., they went…

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