Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays from Bonin Architects & Associates!

As we all enjoy a few days off during this Holiday season, all of us at Bonin Architects & Associates would like to wish you and your families a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year! 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Eight Years Later and Still Loving Their Home!

We have THE Best Clients. Our firm designed this award-winning home for our clients 8 years ago. Our clients have since sold their business and retired. We've remained in touch over the years, and families like this one, are the reason we love what we do every day. 

Here are 3 drone pictures they sent us, along with this Email:

We still very much love our home..very regularly during cocktail hour we'll look around and say "can you believe this place ???"...still...eight years later, we are blessed to have this home and now that I don't have to travel for work every week, I actually finally live here full time and I love every minute of it !!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Return of the Pumpkin People 2017

Bonin Architects & Associates' 2017 Entry-Return of the Pumpkin People
Each year, Bonin Architects submits an entry for an event hosted by the Town of New London, NH Recreation Department. We all enjoy brainstorming and working together creating our display for all of the town to enjoy. Each year, the event grows a little larger, (and pretty competitive), with both businesses and homeowners joining in the fun, creating their own displays.

Here's our entry, it is Kermit the Frog from the Muppet Movie, singing "The Rainbow Connection" please check out more photos of our entry and how it was constructed! Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook page too, please.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mt. Sunapee Duck Drop

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It is been an usually busy season for our firm this summer, thankfully, which is why I haven't posted anything here lately!

We've enjoyed working with new clients, finished a few projects for our current clients, plus Jeremy and I were dealing with two category 5 hurricanes which devastated much of the Caribbean. We own property there....but that's a story for another time. 

For now, I'd like to share some information about an upcoming fun event which takes place tomorrow at Mt. Sunapee NH. Bonin Architects  is pleased to be one of the many great sponsors and prize donors for this fun family event. Please take a look and we hope to see you there!

Here is a link to the duck drop event

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One More Completed Home-Also on Lake Sunapee!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some photos of a recently completed project on Lake Sunapee. 

Here is another one, this time we hired Peter Bloch to take some photos from his drone. John W. Hession, our favorite photographer was there too, taking photos. 

This home will truly be used as a family home for years to come, it is such a pleasure getting to know our clients, who become our friends too. For more photos of this project, please go to our website 

Or our Facebook page-please don't forget to "Like" us!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Lake Sunapee-A Newly Completed Project

We're really excited about adding another Lake Sunapee, NH project to our portfolio! All of these pictures were also taken by John W. Hession.

Our clients, Dave & Jill were also wonderful to work with, and we would like to show you some completed photos of their home on our website,

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Another Completed Project Added to Our Portfolio!

Our clients' adorable dog is enjoying the breezes near the folding glass Nana Wall
Last week, I mentioned our amazing clients, Rick & Cindy. Today, we were able to add their completed home photos to our portfolio on our website. All of the photos were taken by John W. Hession. We are so happy with all of the photos. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts, here's a link to this project,

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! 

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