Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scholarship Winner-Me!

Austin, Texas

I am so excited! Earlier this week, I received this email after submitting an essay along with other information about a workshop I am very interested in attending. The organizers of the event were offering a few scholarships based on the submissions they received from people from all over the country.

Here's the important part...Dear Kim, (blah, blah, blah, you know-all the formality stuff) and then.. "I'm happy to announce we've decided to award you a scholarship to the upcoming Small Firm, Big Projects workshop in Austin."

Wow! I get to go to Austin, Texas! What a great opportunity, I am so thankful! Since I live in New Hampshire, this will take a bit of coordinating on my end. Jeremy won't be able to come with me because our firm is really busy right now, and our Bernese Mountain Dog, Bailey, recently had a TPLO surgery, so we would not be able to bring her to the local animal inn. 
Bailey, the day after her TPLO surgery

This trip is a little bit beyond my comfort zone, (OK, a LOT beyond my comfort zone) to say the least. I've never flown alone, believe it or not! I know, how could that be, I'm 48 years old, for Pete's sake! Well, I've always flown with my family, friends or with Jeremy, and even then I get lost in parking garages and hotels. Plus, I typically do not fly to attend seminars or conferences when there are plenty within driving distance or online workshops. This one in Austin, TX, however, really caught my eye since it deals with topics I work with on a daily basis. The seminar is "Small Firms, Big Projects" in Austin, TX. It is filled with speakers presenting topics such as setting attainable goals, fee structures, marketing topics, and client relationships. 

Our firm, Bonin Architects  is predominately a high-end residential and landscape architectural firm, and we're already working on large scale projects, however, I always seek knowledge, continuing guidance and education in how to effectively manage our firm. We've been in business for almost ten years now, and I do not want to us to become complacent or comfortable. 

So, the hotel room is booked, the airplane tickets have been ordered and I'm looking forward to traveling to Austin for three days in October. I can't wait to come back and share what I've learned from the workshop with our design team. Stay tuned for photos and updates about my trip when I return!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

We are really excited about this upcoming project! Here is a photorealistic rendering of a new home to be built on Lake Sunapee, NH. I posted more photos of this project on our Facebook page which you can check out here,

If you are considering a new home design and would like to learn more about our services, feel free to contact me anytime. I'm happy to discuss how our entire design team works together to create beautiful home designs for our clients from all over the country!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Are You Looking For Property?

Here's a shameless plug!  Are you seeking a beautiful property which has been cleared for a building site and could be subdivided? 

If so, I know where you could find 13.7 acres surrounded by undeveloped land with a peekaboo view of Mt. Sunapee. How do I know? Jeremy and I own it and it is now on the market. We really don't have any use for it anymore. If you need someone to help design a home for the property, I know a firm that could help, too! :)

My good friend, Pam Perkins from Sotheby's in New London, NH is the listing agent. She walked the property with us and used her drone to take some pretty awesome photos. Here's a link with more information, thanks for looking! Feel free to share this link.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Friday-After Hours with our Design Team

L to R-First Row-Jeremy, Mike, Jude, Mike. 2nd Row-Chris, Ben, Greg, Me

Last Friday, Jeremy and I took our design team out for a tour around Lake Sunapee. It was a fun way to see our projects around the lake from the lake view. We looked at some of our past projects, current projects, and the locations of a few of the projects which are under design and scheduled to begin construction next year. 

The weather was perfect and it was a great way to end a Friday afternoon after a long work week. We enjoy everyone we work with; it was nice to relax together and have a little fun outside of the office environment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today Was A Fun Day For One Of Our Clients!

Our client-this looks like fun!

Today was a very exciting day for one of our clients! They recently relocated to NH after years of dreaming about designing and building their new home. Little Lake Sunapee is located in New London, NH & Springfield, NH, their building site on the New London, NH side of the lake...and, this is cool, it is about one mile from our home and two miles from our office. We can walk to this project!

Our client wanted to participate in the site work, so, the excavating contractor, Nate, was nice enough to let him give it a whirl. Our firm designed the home as well as the landscape architecture.

Nate-providing some instructions to our client

Here are a few photo realistic renderings our firm prepared for our client during the design process. The views depicted out the windows will be their actual view. 
Photo Realistic Rendering of the Great Room
Rendering from the bottom of the stairs

This will be the view!

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Ultimate Lakeside House-We're Featured in New Hampshire Home Magazine!

In the July/August 2016 issue of New Hampshire Home Magazine, one of our Bonin Architects & Associates' designs is featured with a corresponding story, in which many of the people involved in this fantastic home design were interviewed!

Our clients were fabulous to work with, and we still keep in touch as friends beyond the design and building process, which is always the best part! When Jeremy and I decided to focus or firm's efforts on primarily residential projects (with a few commercial ones mixed in here and there), it was because of the lasting relationships we create with our clients!

Here's the full story if you wish to read more:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Repeat Clients Are The Best!

We love repeat clients; we've had several over the years, and we really appreciate it when clients return to us and refer us to family and friends who are also building new homes.

Nine years ago, we designed a vacation home in Lincoln, NH on Loon Mountain for clients who live on Cape Cod. Here's a picture of it above. We had such a great time working with them and getting to know their family. Although there is never a "perfect" project, Jeremy and I were proud of our first completed project together as new business owners, (even though we'd been in the industry for many years prior to starting our own business). Back then, it was just Jeremy, Jackie and me and Chris-who was working part time for us while he transitioned from his full time job, to a full time position in our firm.

Now, we are designing an extensive addition/renovation for their primary home in East Sandwich, MA. We drove down there earlier this week for a design meeting, plus it was great to catch up with them after many years.
Here's me on Cape Cod with our clients' dog, Hazel, what a sweetheart

Their home design in the white mountains remains today, one of our sentimental favorites. Are we allowed to choose favorites? It seems as if it would be like choosing a favorite child...Our clients told us that they still love going to their vacation home as often as they are able to travel there, especially in the winter. Here are some finished pictures of our first project,