"THE POINT" - LAKESIDE ARCHITECTURE

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A few images of one of our firm's recently completed projects, named “The Point.” The first image is one of our photo-realistic renderings used to convey the design to our clients.

The following three photos show our clients' completed lakefront home taken just a few days ago by photographer John W. Hession. Isn't amazing how much the rendering looks like the completed home?

Designing and building such a remarkable home requires a team, the most important members being the homeowners and the builders. We want to thank the owners and McGray & Nichols for the opportunity and pleasure of being part of such a fantastic team.

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DESIGN RENDERING FOR NEW HOME ON LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE

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Along a narrow lot on Lake Winnipesaukee, our firm is designing a new lakefront home and landscape with a great couple. We would like to share two photo-realistic exterior and interior renderings of their home.

Their relatives have visited the lake for generations. As the families have lived and played in the area, they understand the seasons and unique characteristics specific to a home with varied seasonal uses, such as snowmobiling and ice skating to sailing, boating, and swimming.

As construction commences, we are excited to be a part of this adventure with the owners and their family!

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SHINE LOCAL

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We love our community! 


Many businesses, organizations, and residents are pitching in to help bring awareness to childhood hunger in our area. Bonin Architects is proud to be a small part of a large undertaking! Please consider a donation during the Holiday season and anytime throughout the year. #shinelocal

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BLUE LOON BAKERY

Restoring a beautiful historic structure in New London’s prominent downtown is both challenging and satisfying. Transforming an old structure as an artisan bakery for a couple that recently designed and built a home with our firm is the epitome of rewarding!

The project encompassed converting an 1840’s home and barn structure into Blue Loon Bakery. The historic house and property have been a residence, tailor’s shop, jeweler’s shop, and most recently an Interior Design Studio. Renovations ranged from structural measures for supporting the specialized equipment to converting a porch to a sun-filled seating area and landscape design for the outdoor seating.

 
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The bakery is a welcome addition to New London and the Sunapee Region; the fragrant smells of fresh bread and pastries in town are as appreciated as the warm smiles within!

Here’s a link to Blue Loon Bakery’s Facebook Page. Please share and like!

https://www.facebook.com/blueloonbakery/

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WELCOME TO OUR FIRM, BRITTANI SEVERANCE

We would like to welcome our eleventh member of our architectural firm in eleven years-Brittani Severance!

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Brittani is a graduate of Norwich University, where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and her Master of Architecture. While at Norwich, she participated in design-build seminars working toward Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture (CASA) Initiative. Brittani was actively involved with the Single Unit iteration which was made with nearly all locally sourced materials.

Before joining the team at Bonin Architects, Brittani worked with at Arro Design in Waitsfield, VT. Her experience focused mainly on fabric formed concrete work for residential housing.

During her free time, Brittani can be found spending time with her siblings. Brittani also enjoys spending time by the water, traveling, and seeking new adventures.

 

PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE

NH Invasive Plant

Driving through the area late this summer, you may have noticed an abundance of these beautiful purple flower spikes.  You’ll see them in the low-lying fields, swamps, and ditches along the road.  I snapped these photos on the side of Route 114 near the New London-Sutton town line.

Though beautiful, these herbaceous perennials are the highly invasive Lythrum salicaria.  Purple Loosestrife, as it is commonly known, is native to Europe and Asia and spreads very easily in NH by seeds and cuttings.  As colonies of this plant form, they choke out and displace species native to our sensitive wetland environments.  Purple Loosestrife alters the plant communities living in wetland areas, reducing the natural habitat and food sources for the fauna in these areas. 

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Purple Loosestrife has no natural predators in this area, though biological controls including some beetles are being studied and considered to manage the invasive threat.  The best approach to removal is physically pulling entire plants before they seed and burning the remains, though this is probably unfeasible for large colonies.  Consider reaching out to the NHDES Exotic Species program for more information and best practices to deal with any invasive species you may come across.

FEATURED ARTICLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME MAGAZINE

Our firm was honored to be included in the current issue of New Hampshire Home Magazine. Congratulations to Jeremy Bonin and Christopher Timberlake from Bonin Architects & Associates for being part of the team who helped create this wonderful family's home. For the full story, please click here 

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BEAT THE HEAT

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Summer is heating up here in the Lake Sunapee Region.  While temperatures started sizzling last week, we hope you were able to find some nice cool lake water to beat the heat.  A few weeks back, I was fortunate to be able to revisit a home and landscape we completed a couple years ago.  It’s lush plantings, dappled shade, and a seemly persistent gentle breeze make this backyard ideal for summer time outdoor living.  We are looking forward to this home and landscape maturing for years to come.

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Stay cool out there everyone!

HOME, HEARTH AND FAMILY

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As we worked throughout the design and construction process with this couple, the goals were clear; comfortable living for family and friends, privacy and enjoyment of the lake. With beautiful sunset views, the ever-present outdoors are a part of this familie's life, including those with four legs! Check back soon to see more images of this gorgeous home.

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MODERN ARCHITECTURE OR CONTEMPORARY DESIGN?

Often interchanged, the terms modern and contemporary can be confusing. Modern architecture began in the first half of the 20th century and ‘ended’ in the 1980s (replaced by postmodernism). It sprang from advances in construction, specifically reinforced concrete, glass, and steel.

Defined by the idea that form follows function, modern architecture typically consists of exposed structure, simple shapes, and minimalist details. The design rendering below is an example of a clean and simple modern design.

By definition, contemporary means belonging to the present. Contemporary designs may use similar materials and follow similar ideals but are often innovative or re-imagined.  The two meanings will continue to be used interchangeably; the import aspect is in communicating what is important to you in their ideal, functions, and aesthetics. In many cases, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Check back as we continue to explore the appeal of Modern Architecture today.