LAND REPORT VOICES
By: Eddie Lee Rider Jr.
Recently, I had a chance to speak to Tedd Bensonwood, owner of Bensonwood Timber Homes. They offer best-in-class buildings and timber frame methodology.
ELR: Give us the backstory on Bensonwood.
TB: Bensonwood was founded in 1973 with a mission to develop a better way to build. While working in construction and carpentry during high school and college, I sensed there had to be a better way to build, one in which both the process and product would be dramatically better. I discovered the lost art of timber framing, which takes the construction process and brings it into the controlled conditions of a workshop, where we deploy a structural system with thousands of years of building precedence.
Today, Bensonwood is a company of 115 associates with full design/ build capability. We fabricate buildings off-site with our closed-panel method, which allows us to ship nearly anywhere. It also gives us tremendous control of cost, time, and quality.
ELR: Bensonwood is national in scope, not regional, correct?
TB: That’s right. A majority of our projects are done in the Northeast, but there’s no limitation to where we can work. Our flat-pack closed-panel system makes shipping efficient and flexible to site and shipping conditions. We’ve worked in nearly every state as well as Canada, England, and Japan.
ELR: How many projects a year does Bensonwood average?
TB: Forty to 70 projects, including homes, barns, stables, and other structures. In 2017, we’ll scale up production in a new facility, which will quadruple our production to more than 200.
ELR: What is the typical time frame with a Bensonwood project?
TB: Most projects require a five- to eight-month build time. Since we do so much custom work, that time line can be longer or shorter, depending on client preferences.
ELR: Can Bensonwood provide soup- to-nuts design and construction, or does a landowner need to bring in their own designers and architects?
TB: Either way. We can utilize our own design team or work with outside architects. In the latter case, we bring our structural engineers into the picture to ensure that our building systems can be deployed with our off- site fabrication methodology.