We have the skills and the technology to build whatever you can imagine. Our extensive knowledge of architectural history and current building practices allows us to bring your dreams to life. We believe that building to the highest standards may initially cost more, but will save money in heating, utility, and maintenance costs over time - and will lead to higher satisfaction and comfort for you, the homeowner.
We use sustainable building practices, and offer ‘Zero energy’ and LEED certification options.
We offer 3D digital design services using Autodesk Revit building information modeling software, to help your imagination become reality.
The most effective thing a homeowner can do to slow climate change is making his or her home more energy efficient. The goal of a “Net Zero” house is now attainable with the combination of super insulation, passive solar gain, and photovoltaics.
For renovation, we offer open and closed cell urethane foam insulation, and dense-pack cellulose. We install architecturally correct replacement windows from Andersen and Marvin. We have installed many “Warm Roofs”, where spray foam insulation is installed in conjunction with a re-roofing job. We also work with Wilder Plumbing to install high efficiency wood pellet, propane, and geothermal heating systems.
For new construction we offer 12” walls, high efficiency windows and doors, passive solar designs, and the highest efficiency heating systems on the market, with solar thermal and photovoltaic tie-ins available. We use the finest materials to produce a comfortable, low maintenance home that will last for generations with very low utility costs.
Wood vs. plastic: Many builders are turning to PVC trim and vinyl siding as a way to reduce costs and home maintenance. We try to avoid these products for environmental reasons even more than for aesthetics. The production of PVC is one of the most environmentally harmful processes in modern industry. Instead, we strive to install high-grade wood products in a manner that resists rot and deterioration.
The interior finish is what sets Benjamin Thomas Designer/Builder apart from other builders. We specialize in matching historic details for renovations, and installing the highest quality millwork and cabinetry. Our plasterers, tile setters, floor finishers, and painters are the best in the region. This is where you will live. These are the surfaces you will touch. These are the details you will see. Only the best will do.