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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 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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New Home Architecture: Who’s driving the bus?

By Rick Reynolds Do homebuyer choices drive future trends in architecture or do future architectural trends affect homebuyer choices? Thankfully, the answer is both. Home buyers, for their part, must anticipate future needs. Where does my home need to be? How many people will live in the house? How much house will I/we be able…

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Prefab Quality. Wait, What?

“Montage building” is becoming the wave of the future. By Rick Reynolds Is “prefab quality” an oxymoron? For many people, “quality” is not the first thing that comes to mind when “prefab” or prefabricated is used to describe homes. Indeed, it’s often the last thing. As an adjective, the term “prefab,” short for “prefabricated,” simply…

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Building Health

Timbered Interior

Can health be built? Apparently, it can. By Rick Reynolds If “your body is your temple,”* as many of us were taught as kids, buildings can be a fitting metaphor for those personal life-support systems known as “us.” But, in our increasingly contaminated world, using our own biological architecture as a metaphor for our buildings…

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Green Schools Empower Students

By Rick Reynolds. How could it be that school buildings can teach in ways teachers cannot? After all, how could an inanimate structure create an environment of creativity and learning that can enhance—even transcend—the dynamic human-to-human interaction between teacher and student? It may seem implausible, but a movement is well underway to educate a new…

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Designing Homes for the Airbnb Age

By Rick Reynolds. For some time now the market has been shifting towards both an “experience economy” and a “shared economy.” Essentially two sides of the same coin, these economies are driven by the ascending generation of American consumers, the Millennials—those born between 1982 and 1994, reaching young adulthood around the year 2000, notably the…

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Why Venting Is Good for Your Health

By Rick Reynolds. No, this is not about cooling your jets by blowing off steam. This is, however, about being bottled up inside, at least when it comes to our indoor air. In short, this post is about ventilation science for health and comfort, especially as it pertains to the tight, energy-efficient homes being built…

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Just Window Shopping Part 1

Part 1: Residential Window Science Made Easy By Rick Reynolds Window performance can be a complex subject filled with arcane data, impossible formulas, and myriad applications. To further complicate things, there are many types of windows, from casement, to awning, to hopper, to double and single-hung, to sliders, each with its own architectural, functional, and…

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Just Window Shopping Part 2

Part 2: Meet Glass Master, Dave Levasseur  By Rick Reynolds As the window master at Bensonwood and Unity Homes, Dave Levasseur goes to great panes (sorry) to match each custom home, commercial structure or public building with the optimum window choices. And despite his easy-going nature, the seriousness he brings to the job is, for…

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