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! 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Newfound Lake, NH Project Under Construction

We really enjoy showing progress photos of our firm's home designs while they are under construction. Below is an example of one of our 3D photo-realistic renderings, as well as a photo of the home from the site taken yesterday by Jeremy.  

Please see our website for more projects in our portfolio, and look for more photos to follow during construction!

Rendering on the left-site photo on the right

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Updated Website is Ready!

We're super excited about our updated website! Please take a look, and keep watching our News section for weekly reports from our jobsites. Here's a link, feel free to contact me with any feedback!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Head Shots For Our Website

Here they are, our head shots for our updated website! We're working on the updates to the site, but in the meantime, here are all of our photos. Our updated website should be ready within the next two weeks, so please keep checking We're really happy with the photos, which were taken by John W. Hession. John takes most of the photos for our completed projects, and he takes many of the photos for New Hampshire Home Magazine as well. Maybe someday I'll post some of the ones that didn't make it to our website, they're pretty funny-eyes closed, mid-blink, half smile, looking away type of mid shot pictures.

Jeremy Bonin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP | Principal Partner

Kim Bonin | Prinicpal Partner-that's me

Gregory Rusnica, ASLA | Landscape Architect

Christopher Timberlake | Project Manager

Samuel M. Purvis, IV, AIA | Senior Project Manager

Jude Dallaire | Project Manager

Mike Pritchard | Intern Architect

Ben Gedney | Intern Architect

Jackie Lampiasi | Bookkeeper
Kim & Jeremy Bonin | Principals

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Group Photo Time!

L to R-Jackie, Mike Pritchard, Me, Ben, Jeremy, Greg, Mike Purvis, Chris, Jude

Last week, photographer, John Hession came into our office to take some updated photos for our website. We did a group shot as well as individual head shots. Here's a sneak peek of one of the photos, the rest will follow soon!

John Hession in Action
Jeremy & John
John taking a headshot of Jackie (not shown)

Here's a few behind the scenes shots of John Hession taking our photos. He is a very talented photographer and he takes photos of our completed homes. You've probably seen many of his photos in New Hampshire Home Magazine.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Public Speaking-Still Scary After All These Years

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Me-At the podium, hoping not to faint in front of everyone

This morning, I was honored to represent our architectural firm as one of the guest speakers at the Leading Women event hosted by Ledyard Bank. I was really nervous, although I have spoken in public many times before. It just never seems to get easier for me! It was a great event which included many other women business owners.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy 8th Anniversary with Bonin Architects, Christopher Timberlake!

We would like to wish Christopher Timberlake a happy 8th Anniversary with Bonin Architects!

Jeremy, Jackie and I have a long and wonderful history of working together prior to Chris joining BAA. Clients and our design staff really enjoy working with Chris, and to us, he is part of our family!

Here's a bit of info about Chris:

Chris Timberlake works directly with clients and consultants on a variety of projects. Chris obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and his Masters degree in Architecture from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

Prior to joining Bonin Architects, Chris was an architectural designer for Davis Frame Company for five years, and was head of the design department during his last year there.  His knowledge in sustainable design, green building, and energy efficient homes, high level of creativity, devotion to quality design, and professionalism benefits all of our projects. His professional experience, coupled with his enthusiasm for architecture and strong work ethic is a great asset to our company.

Chris is an Eagle Scout who achieved Silver Palm status. He enjoys designing and crafting fine woodworking and furniture projects in addition to renovations to his home. In his free time, he enjoys cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and golf. Here's a link to Chris' blog about some of the woodworking projects he completes in his spare time.
Chris is in the orange shirt, back row far left

Friday, March 31, 2017

Interactive Visualization

When we first meet with potential clients, one of the items we discuss most often is how clients say that they just cannot visualize spaces, or so they thought....not anymore! When clients work with us, we can really help communicate spaces in our firm's designs effectively and successfully before construction begins.

Technology has come such a long way with programs which we use to help our clients understand spaces. It's not just spaces anymore, we are able to show details, shadows, colors, fixtures, and building methods in levels we are not able to before with flat line drawings a few years ago. 

In fact, today, we met with potential clients who are considering a sizeable renovation and expansion to their home, and they had the original "blueprints" of their home from 30 years ago which they obtained from the previous homeowners. I could almost smell the ammonia radiating off the prints from years gone by, and if you've been following my past blog posts, you know that I was starting to get a bit woozy; I still think my lungs are scarred for life from the early days of my career.

Take a look at our Facebook post from today, you'll be able to see and use the interactive program we're using for a current project on the seacoast of NH.

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