Archive for 2017

Getting Into Your Custom Lake House Sooner

On a lake, in the trees.

A season saved is a season earned Sooner or later, many of us will succumb to the allure of a custom lake house. But when that decision to take the plunge comes belatedly, sooner can still mean a whole summer sooner with Montage building. Off-site fabrication, with its non-linear, parallel processing—concurrent with site work—and rapid…

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Banking on “Green” of the Sustainable Kind

Savings Bank of Walpole, Keene

Reimagining how banks look and feel, while reducing their long-term costs By Rick Reynolds When the Savings Bank of Walpole wanted to reimagine their new Keene, NH, branch to service the city’s northernmost sector, they hired local green-builder, Bensonwood, of Walpole, NH, to break different ground. As a harbinger for their new branches going forward,…

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The All-Electric House: Back to the Future

GE Realty Plot Homes

By Rick Reynolds It’s been 112 years since the first all-electric bungalow style house at 1155 Avon Road in Schenectady, NY, made its debut. Known as the house without a kitchen chimney, General Electric’s Harry W. Hillman built the experimental demonstration home in 1905 to prove that electricity, alone, could power all the energy requirements…

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Green, High-Performance, Multi-Family Housing

Southface Village 1

Coming to a factory near you By Rick Reynolds Montage builder, Bensonwood, long known for its off-site fabrication of high performance residential and commercial wood structures, is ramping up its production capacity to accommodate an increased demand for green, healthy, multi-family housing. The imperative for wise land and energy use is making these sustainable, multi-family…

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Engineering the Conversation Plinth

Conversion Plinth rendering

The hardwood CLT structure is the first in the United States By Rick Reynolds The first hardwood cross-laminated timber project in the United States, dubbed “Conversation Plinth,”  and five other installations will form the centerpiece at “Exhibit Columbus,” an annual celebration of architecture, art, design and community in Columbus, IN. This year’s Exhibit Columbus will…

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Expansion Plans Continue

BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Expansion Plans Continue News 5JUNE2017 Building Systems Manufacturing Facility25 Production Ave Keene, NH Rick Reynolds Communications Follow Us Bensonwood, the 44-year old, New Hampshire-based, next-gen prefab builder known for its artful timber frames and…

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The Greenest House

BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us The Greenest HouseWhat is the measure of true sustainability? Blog 31MAY2017 Vermont Lake HouseLudlow, VT View Project Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Follow Us Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Some have said that the greenest house is the one that…

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The Incredible Lightness of Heavy Timber

Seem counterintuitive? Read on. By Rick Reynolds Admittedly, the “lightness of heavy timber” sounds like a contradiction in terms. After all, “heavy timber,” by definition, sounds like a “weighty” subject. But buildings built with heavy timber can be “light” in every sense of the word. Before we get into the lightness of heavy timber construction,…

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Serving Multiple Masters

Think multiple master-bedroom suites signify declining intimacy? Think again. By Rick Reynolds In addition to the usual wish list items requested by new homebuyers, multiple master bedroom suites are now trending among modern masters of their own universes. And despite archaic perceptions surrounding the subject, there are myriad reasons for this new shift toward separate/multiple…

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Passive Aggressive

Bensonwood Zero Energy Design passive house collaboration

BACK TO BLOG Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Home Homeowners Portfolio Professionals Our Company Blog Contact Us Passive Aggressive Blog 31MAY2017 Vermont Passive HouseNorwich, VT View Project Rick ReynoldsCOMMUNICATIONS Follow Us ENERGY CONSULTINGLearn more about our sustainable homebuilding Follow Us Both Bensonwood and sister company, Unity Homes, strive to achieve super-insulated,…

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