Saturday, July 22, 2017

Our Clients Truly Make the Difference!

Our wonderful clients, Rick & Cindy

Many lakefront homes existed before the adoption of zoning regulations. In part, this is both benefit and challenge when building a new home. For these homeowners, it was the impetus for freedom in design focused on family and enjoyment of the Lake.

Striving for creative solutions that were “ any way fun and inventive”, the clients eagerly asked we share all concepts with them during the architectural design process. Unique ideas and existing treasures were consistently explored and incorporated; such as the salvaged porthole windows and the reclaimed chestnut in the recreation room. The narrow lot offered challenges imposed by setbacks from neighbors and Lake Sunapee itself. However, creativity and thoughtful arrangement of rooms allow the design to capture views from all levels of the home. The highlight, a folding glass NanaWall for unobstructed lake views from the main floor.

Thank you, Rick and Cindy, for sharing your adventure with Bonin Architects! It was a pleasure, and we wish you many, many years of enjoyment on the lake with family and friends. Please view our website, for more information about our firm.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yet Another Photo Shoot of a Completed Project

Thigh high in the water-taking the perfect shot-and it was-stay tuned...

Here's John Hession again, you may have seen him before in a previous blog I wrote a few weeks ago. He's a professional photographer who will do whatever it takes for the perfect shot, as you can see here! 

A typical photo shoot can last twelve to fourteen hours, and sometimes needs several return trips for the perfect sunrise or sunset photo. We're really excited to see the finished house photos of the last two projects. Not only does John take the photos, he edits them for us as well, making sure that there are no reflections or shadows or bursts of lights; items such as these that can really affect the outcome of the photos we choose for our portfolio. 

We've seen some of the raw photos so far and we are expecting to see the final version of the two homes by next week. I'll be sharing them soon, and we'll post them on our website
Flowers that we purchased as props for the photos

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Debate Session About Fonts

A Preview of Some of our Choices

We've used the same logo for the past ten years, using the Papyrus font. Did you know that Papyrus is...."The World's Most Hated Font," apparently? Jeremy and I didn't know that it was, or that there was such a thing as hatred towards a font, but there is! I Googled, it once it was pointed out to me, try it, you'll see.

But, we LIKED our logo, we designed our logo, it's part of our branding...however, we listened, researched and agreed that it is time for a change. Thanks to our landscape architect, Greg Rusnica,  he created several new logos for our review and discussion. We think we've decided on one, (without using the dreaded Papyrus font), so keep watching within the next week or so, we will start incorporating it into our updated website,, our signs, signatures, ads, and literature.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Hampshire Home Magazine Featured Article

Thank you to New Hampshire Home Magazine for featuring our firm, Bonin Architects in the July/August 2017 edition-Settling into Lakside Living. Thank you to our fantastic clients, David & Lisa Andrews, along with our design team and all of the engineers, contractors, and sub-contractors who worked with us to make this a welcoming and warm home-which our clients will enjoy with their families for years to come! 

Here's a link to the featured article.

Friday, June 23, 2017

We're Hiring!! Come Join Our Firm!

We've been busy and we're hiring at Bonin Architects & Associates! Over the last couple of weeks, we completed an interior renovation of our office to make a comfortable work station for another employee. 

I posted all of the specifics on our Facebook page-please contact me for more info!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Business Of Architecture Summit in NYC

The view from our hotel room

I attended a two day summit in NYC, along with my husband and business partner, Jeremy Bonin earlier this week. It was extremely informative and inspirational, filled with techniques we will be able to use to better serve our clients. We met many great colleagues along the way as well; people traveled from all over the United States, as well as Australia, New Zealand, England, and Canada, to name a few. 

Although the days were long, we did manage to sneak in a bit of touristy stuff too. We saw Wicked, did a little sightseeing, and went to a pretty cool rooftop lounge to relax.
Here we are waiting to see Wicked-it was awesome!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Upcoming Photo Shoot of Another Completed Project

Next week, we'll have another completed home design to add to our portfolio! Our design team worked on this fantastic project located on Lake Sunapee, NH. We provided the architectural and landscape design for our clients. Here's a preview of the home which professional photographer, John Hession will take for us. We've used John many times for our projects, he's super talented and a great guy. 

These two photos were taken by Jeremy the other night from our boat, in advance of the shoot, just to see where the light would land during sunset on the house. The photos should be ready in a few weeks. I'll post them when they are finished!