Residential Design

VOL.6 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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advanced factory's system of engineered components and a renowned architecture firm's aesthetic rigor. Also in the mix, of course, were the programmatic and design goals of the client. On all sides, such a collaboration required a great deal of trust and confidence in each member of the team. "We were thinking of this as our discovery period," says Tedd. "To find out where the inhibitions are for architects using our system." Says Bill about his fellow architects, "We don't want to take pencils away from people who want to obsess over every detail. The goal of the Porch House program has been to streamline the delivery process for design, so we have more time to focus on the details. In Bensonwood, we have a great box delivery partner." Big Moves For the Clinton Corners project, Bensonwood's factory took care of the building envelope and the timber framing. That freed the architects to go high-touch on everything else: site planning, interior architecture, and all the details that bring custom quality to a house. The local custom builder was also liberated to play to his company's strengths. Jason Jones of Ingrained Woodworking in Rhinebeck, New York, handled all the site work, project management, and skilled craftsmanship that is still an essential part of the process. "Jason is a very good contrac- tor," says Bill. "He had worked with Bensonwood before. And his end- grain woodworking is a big part of the success of the project. He was on top of things and had subs we could all depend upon. He worked really hard on the screen elements and co- ordinated the two separate window systems we used." "He's the kind of custom builder who wears a toolbelt," adds project architect Evan Morris. "He self-performed a lot of things. It was great for us because in talking with him, we were talking directly with the guys making the cuts and doing the work. Ultimately, adding the factory-built process to custom building may help keep more guys like Jason in business. The small builders don't have the scale to compete on price for big materials orders. This frees them from the envelope." The challenge for architects in using prefabricated envelopes and assemblies such as Bensonwood's is in moving so many design decisions forward in the process. "We had the weather- tight envelope on site early," Bill explains. "And that meant we had to have the specifics of the window plan decided earlier than we typically like to. That was one of the interesting things we were faced with. I personally kind of like that approach Built-in shelving provides a measure of privacy for rooms on either side of the glass entry hall, while allowing light and air to circulate. 30 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 6, 2018 CASE STUDY

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