Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Getting Around Lake Sunapee Just Became a Bit Easier!

It's been a few weeks since I last posted here, and it is only because we're knee deep into our busy season in the Lakes Region of NH, thankfully! This is our favorite time of the season.  Every year, usually around May until October our phones really start ringing, people from all over send email inquiries, and we're in and out of the office at site consultations with potential clients.

Our Chaparral at the dock on Lake Sunapee

Last week, we brought our boat to the dock we rent every year on Lake Sunapee for the summer. Jeremy and I have our boat licenses and we use our boat for both work and play. Lake Sunapee is 25 miles around the entire lake if you travel by car via the roads hugging the lake.  It is much easier and quicker to check the progress or take photos of our current projects, whether they are under construction or completed from the water.

We also like to bring clients and potential clients to tour the lake and point out different styles, colors & options from the water. Once we had a boat full of our clients and we hit a massive rock, which was almost completely hidden under the water, bouncing everyone on the boat around and breaking our propeller, that was embarrassing! "Whoops, so sorry, everyone!" Luckily, nobody got hurt or hurled overboard. Now we know exactly where all the rocks are on the lake, most are marked pretty well, that one wasn't though!

We even use our boat as a prop for photo shoots. Here are a couple of photos of our boat during a recent photo shoot by John W. Hession Photography.  We finished the design of the house and the boathouse, construction had wrapped up, and our client had not yet purchased a boat. So we offered ours!

Boathouse from the inside

Looking at the boathouse from the main house

The finished home and boat house taken from our boat by John Hession Photography

If you are in need of an architectural firm for a new home design, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to give you a tour around the lake to show you some of our projects. Kim@boninarchitects.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How Did You Hear About Our Firm?

Related imageI just received a call to make sure our site was working well for our needs from a sales rep at Houzz.com, (which we love by the way). We direct our clients to that website often in order to create idea books. It helps in relaying their likes and dislikes by sharing photos with us. We have a listing on that site, take a look  http://www.houzz.com/pro/boninarchitects/bonin-architects-and-associates. We've won a Best in Design Award for the past four years now; the most recent one was this past January.

When I am having an initial conversation with potential clients, I will often ask how they found us. "How did you hear about our firm?"

We advertise in many different venues, some which we pay huge bucks for, and others are free listings. A marketing person once told me that you need to be seen five times before someone remembers your logo or name.

Here are a few of the places where our clients find us. Our Bonin Architects website, of course, along with our Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, our two blogs, magazines such as New Hampshire Home Magazine, Kearsarge Magazine, New England Home Magazine. We also advertise in Mt Sunapee Magazine, Lake Sunapee Region of Chamber of Commerce, Meredith Chamber of Commerce, local fundraiser publications, a few newspapers, our job site signs, and various national published articles and interviews. 

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Even though we advertise in many places, the majority of our clients are referred to us by past clients and builders we've worked with over the past ten years. Wherever you saw us, or however the source, we appreciate all of our clients, both past and present, thank you!