A New England Tradition

Timberframe

Our History

Timbers at Sugarbush Claybrook

Warren, VT

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For over 40 years the craft of timberframe has been at the heart of our company

We’ve come a long way since Tedd took down his first barn and repurposed it into a Cape Cod style house. We’ve mastered the compound layout and cutting techniques and evolved from simple historical mortise and tenon to new fasteners designed with engineered analysis. Our shop is capable of any style of timberframe, including Japanese joinery.

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Tradition

For 40 years, timbers have been at the heart of our company. In 1974, Tedd Benson helped begin the timber frame home revival. He did it by building the first new timber-framed residence in New Hampshire in over 60 years. That would be the first of many timber frame homes. Bensonwood has built more than 650 frames across the US as well as in Canada, England, and Japan

In the 1980’s we brought in Japanese temple builders to train our team, in the 90’s we expanded our international training to bring in French and German master carpenters trained in the compound techniques needed for cathedral roof framing. Now, we employ a number of international employees that expand the in-house knowledge to the areas of the globe where research on modern timber design and connections are more highly studied than the USA. We maintain close ties around the globe, and now have industrial sized German CNC timber mills and planers in our shop that can work huge timbers with exacting tolerances. We can supply the whole timber frame, or if your project features just trusses or timber accents, we can do that too. Our knowledge of species and their structural and performance characteristics helps us choose the right wood for your project.

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The Yacht Harbor Marina in Boston

14,000 sq ft.

ARCHITECTURE

Carr, Lynch and Sandell, Inc.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A highly visible project with diverse structural systems, large dimension timber, and complex roof lines, the 14,000 square-foot Boston Yacht Haven Marina was built on piers at the end of Commercial Wharf. It is a stunning building, when viewed from Boston’s skyscrapers or approaching from the harbor.

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Building with Wood

The aesthetic appeal of wood, its tones and aromas, its durability and dimensional stability all make heavy timber an excellent choice on many projects. Wood is a healthy material choice, creating memorable spaces and contributing to a feeling of warmth and well-being. This health aspect is akin to forest bathing the Japanese practice of taking a short visit to the forest as a cornerstone of preventative healthcare.

Building Our Timberframe Homes

Our timber frame homes and structures are more than beautiful sculptures connected with precise joinery. We take pride in the fact that our timber frame buildings plan for the finished house. Every detail matters at Bensonwood, regardless of whether your home is an open built hybrid timber frame home or a fully custom home. After the excitement of raising day has faded, we want you to be satisfied as you walk through your home and touch a post whose edges were carefully chamfered by craftsman.

At Bensonwood we use off-site manufacturing to build all of our timber frames to ensure superior quality and craftsmanship. CNC timber milling machines rough-cut all joinery. A skilled timber framer then finishes each joint by hand. To finish the outer shell of the timber frame home we use our wall and roof systems. We continually refine our systems to ensure you get the best timber frame home as possible. Our wall and roof systems allow us to design and build hybrid timber frame homes and buildings, where structural exterior walls reduce the number of required timbers. This process gives you flexibility in design and end aesthetic.

The timber that makes a Bensonwood frame can be either salvaged or standing-dead harvested timbers. An increasingly popular choice is engineered timber in the form of Glued Laminated Timbers, also known as glulam. Glulam timbers come from smaller sustainably harvested trees that provide exceptional support. No matter if you’re building a traditional timber frame home or a 10×15 foot Walden Cabin replica, Bensonwood can provide you with the structural engineering and construction expertise to realize your vision in wood.

Durable materials, expressive bold forms, and top-notch engineering.

“Bensonwood simplifies my life and the general contractor’s by putting the whole package together. I can give them the work and walk away knowing I’ll have a great product.”

Geoffrey Thornton, AIA

Thornton + Smith Architects

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING

Timberframe Homes and Structures

Revival of a craft

FEATURED PROJECT

Timbers at Claybrook Sugarbush

Learn more about this incredible timber engineering project

The Denver Derrick

Western History Reading Room

Engineering | 40 foot Octagonal Tower | Minimal Impact on Site

The Denver Derrick at the Denver Central Library remains among our more remarkable structures. The 40’ tall octagonal tower, with its leaning posts, sits in the center of the circular Western History Reading Room. Architect Michael Graves wanted the centerpiece for the building reminiscent of western images seen in the wagon wheel balanced on the oil derrick. We assembled the 12” square posts inside a chaotic construction site, in close quarters, with just 1-3/8” to spare.

ARCHITECTURE

Michael Graves & Associates

Princeton, New Jersey

CONTRACTOR

Turner Construction Company

Denver, Colorado

SINCE 1974

Timber framing has changed and we have adapted. Developing keyed beams in 1998, allowing us to span greater distances with shorter timbers. Our timber frames can now include engineered timbers as well as sustainable, locally-sourced woods such as hemlock and southern yellow pine. We have constantly evolved and challenged the status quo and lead innovation.

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