Thursday, February 9, 2017

Yes, Even in the Wintertime in New England

Construction Continues During Winter Months-Brrrr!

Quite often, potential clients will ask if construction continues during the winter months. The answer is yes, and although it might not be possible to work outside every day, on most days construction continues until the project is completed. Today is one of those days where working outside is brutal for most folks in our industry. 

It is snowing heavily today, schools are closed, and half of our staff is home, they needed to travel from the southern part of the state where it has been snowing heavily for awhile. We always ask our employees to exercise their best judgement when deciding whether or not to travel. Jeremy and I live about two minutes from our New London office, so traveling for us is not an issue, although didn't I read somewhere that most accidents happen within a mile of your home? 

Above is an example of construction continuing during the winter months. This great family gathering space is being constructed on Lake Sunapee, about as close to the lake as you can build anymore, there was an existing structure there which needed to be replaced. It is a timber frame and it will have a fireplace which our clients will enjoy on days like today. Please feel to reach out to me if you are considering building a new home anywhere in New England.

A Rendering of the Exterior of this great space-right on the Lake!
Rendering of the interior of this future family gathering space

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Another Award! 2017 Best of Houzz-Design

Do you use Houzz when researching ideas for your new future home design? 

We are a huge fan of and highly recommend it to our clients to use as a tool when communicating with us during the design process. You can create idea books of things you may like (or even dislike) about particular items in a home, and send them to us to help express your personal tastes. 

Why didn't I invent this?!? I wish was available to us when we first started our firm ten years ago. For the fifth year in a row, we won an award from Houzz for Best of Houzz in Design. That is a huge honor for us, since there are so many architectural firms out there and the competition is pretty intense. We're thankful and grateful for the recognition, thanks!

Here's another way clients communicate with us, sometimes they will bring in a huge stack of magazines, earmarked with pages of photos they would like us to see to help visualize their goals for their home. Either way is fine with us, we feel that any of the ways in which you share those ideas with us, the better! Communication is key in creating a custom home design. Please feel free to contact me about starting the process of designing your new home, I'm happy to answer questions anytime.
An example of a huge pile of magazines, tagged by a client with photos they want us to se

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards Ceremony-We Won!

What a great evening last night! Thank you New Hampshire Home Magazine! Last night during the NH Home Magazine Annual Design Awards ceremony, our firm received the 2017 Excellence in Design Award in the Architectural Design category for the Sunapee Shingle Style Home!

This will mark the fourth  consecutive year in a row in which our firm was recognized by this fantastic publication. Thanks to some of the members of our design team who were able to attend the ceremony with us!

If you would like to see more photos of this winning project, please view,
L to R-Chris Timberlake, Greg Rusnica, Kim Bonin, Jeremy Bonin, Ben Gedney

Friday, December 23, 2016

Bonin Architects' End of Year Dinner

Sunrise in St. Croix
Is it the end of the year already?!? I've been a bit behind in posting in this blog lately. Jeremy and I took a much needed vacation to St. Croix for ten days, and we returned to work with our accountant in end of year tax preparations. 

Last night, we hosted our annual end of year company dinner at a local country club. We had such a great time, good food, drinks and lots of laughs! What a fun time, I'm still giggling this morning at some of the hilarious stories that were shared last night. We all spend so much time working together, and Jeremy and I are so thankful that we enjoy working with our employees, otherwise, coming to work would be a chore and we would not want to do it anymore. We consider ourselves lucky and blessed, hopefully you are too! 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Bonin Architects!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Another Testimonial From Great Clients!

Without testimonials and references from past clients, it would be difficult to continue to grow as an architectural firm. We're so grateful for all of the testimonials we've received over the years. 

We would like to say thank you, David & Lisa, for choosing our firm to design your wonderful new home. Their testimonial follows below, and if you would like to read other testimonials from past clients, please click here

“We hired Bonin Architects to design and manage the construction of our home on Lake Sunapee, NH. What was important to us was to design a home that reflected our style but also functioned well for the family priorities most important to us. During the design stage, we were most impressed that the Bonins spent much of their time listening to us rather than trying to convince us to adopt their preferred style. Not only did they work hard to incorporate our thoughts and desires into the plans but added many additional elements we would not have thought of that added much to the architectural impact and functionality of the project. In addition, we were interested in adopting some local historical cues to the style which they enthusiastically researched and incorporated extremely well into the design.

“As project manager, they were realistic and often stopped us for a reality check to assure we were on budget. The staff was efficient and consistent in answering questions and sending our monthly status reports. Their estimate of the cost and time frame were accurate allowing us to feel in control during the entire process.

“The quality of the work met our high standards and, to our great relief, they took care of all local and state regulatory issues and paperwork. They also provided invaluable advice and options for builders. Unlike many other projects we have heard about, our builder had no major issues with his ability to construct what the Bonin’s had designed.

“We would not hesitate using them again or recommending them highly to others.”

– Lisa & David

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Updated Renderings of a New Home Design Overlooking the Great Bay in NH

Exterior Courtyard Rendering

It has been a very busy fall season! We are excited to share some updated renderings of a new home, soon to be built overlooking the Great Bay on the Seacoast of NH. There are too many images to share on this blog, but please take a look at our Facebook page for more views of this great project. 

Here's a link to our Facebook page. If you haven't "Liked" us yet, please do

Friday, October 7, 2016

Return of the Pumpkin People 2016

Bonin Architects' Design Team with our Entry for this Year
It is October! Each year, our town is one of many in New Hampshire which holds contests for pumpkin people or scarecrow people creations. Our town displays pumpkin people-businesses and residences participate and they're everywhere. What a joy it is to travel around the different towns to see the creativity out there!

Our design team had a great time designing, creating and assembling our version of the 1933 movie King Kong, which included the Empire State Building, pumpkin people pilots in the airplanes, a pumpkin head King Kong, a pumpkin lady in an evening gown, and Leggo pumpkin people peering out of the windows at King Kong. It is so fun to watch people bring their families to take photos in front of the building.

Last year, we entered and won with E.T.  Please view the rest of the photos of this year's entry on our Facebook page and please remember to "Like" us!
Last Year's Pumpkin People Entry-We won first place!