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Working with Unity
Live recording from our first Working With Unity webinar on April 22, 2020
Below are downloadable documents to help you better understand what it’s like to work with Unity. Our aim is to clearly explain each step of the journey so that you feel comfortable taking the next steps toward designing and building your home with Unity.
7 Step Planning Guide for Building a New Home.
When it comes to life’s big decisions, building a new home ranks up there with choosing a life partner and starting a family. We’ve prepared this guide to help you better navigate and streamline the process. Download the guide
Intro to Unity’s Design Platforms.
Unity homes are based on flexible design platforms that are readily customizable to our clients’ needs, sites and budgets. Download our design platform overview guide.
Working Together: Ten Step Guide to Working With Unity.
We’ve developed this guide to help you better understand how we work with our clients. These ten steps outline the key project milestones for planning, fabricating and assembling a Unity home. Download the guide.
Guide to Unity’s Design Paths: Streamlined, Personalized, Semi-Custom.
Unity clients sign a Preconstruction Services Agreement (PSA) to work with the Unity team to configure all aspects of their home. Download guide
Guide to Unity’s Package Options: Shell, Tempo, Whole House.
There are three ways that Unity can build your home, ranging from assembling just the shell, to finishing the entire house. Our team can help you determine which option is best for you. Download guide or contact us.
Process Photo Book: from start to finish in photos.
We know that Unity’s building process with pre-fab, off-site construction is new to many people. This photo book helps illustrate the process so you can visualize the steps involved in building your home. Download photo book
Unity’s Materials, Methods and Systems: A Deeper Dive
At Unity, we’re not ashamed to be called “Building Geeks.” For those of you who are also part of that tribe, we offer the following resources that describe in more detail how Unity uses state-of-the-art materials and methods to build better homes for our clients.
Insulation: Insulating well is key to comfort, health and energy efficiency. At Unity we use cellulose insulation because it offers many advantages over fiberglass and foam insulation. Learn more.
Heating and Cooling: Air source heat pumps are our system of choice for maintaining comfortable interior temperatures by providing heat in winter and cooling in summer. And if your home will be Net Zero or Net Zero Ready, these systems are ideal. Learn more.
Indoor Air Quality: Perhaps one of the most important attributes of a Unity Home is healthy indoor air. We achieve this by using tight construction and installing a “fresh air” system in every home, so that our clients can breathe easier and live healthier. Learn more.
Books by Tedd Benson:
The Timberframe Home: Design, Construction, Finishing (1988)
Whereas Tedd’s first book focused on how to cut and assemble timber frames, his second book was about all the other steps required to design and build a timber frame home. Based on the experience of having built hundreds of timber frame homes throughout New England and beyond, this book provided a logical and necessary complement to Tedd’s first book, and was an indispensable handbook for anyone contemplating a timber frame home.
The Timberframe Home (revised, 1997)
As the timber frame revival gathered momentum, the materials and methods for building these homes evolved rapidly. Unity’s parent company Bensonwood was at the forefront of a flurry of innovation that improved the design, engineering, fabrication and construction of timber frame homes. In his third book, Tedd describes the state-of-the-art of building timber frame homes at the turn of the last century, with Bensonwood having played a key role in many of the most important developments.
Timberframe: The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home (1999)
Foreword by Norm Abram (host of PBS’s This Old House and New Yankee Workshop)
Tedd’s fourth book celebrates the beauty and craftsmanship of timber frame homes. This coffee table tome includes case studies and gorgeous photographs of 29 homes built in a variety of styles across the country. Most of the homes were designed and built by Bensonwood, but the book also includes examples of work by other celebrated timber frame home companies. The book remains one of the most inspirational timber frame design books ever to be published.