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. 

Invasive Loosestrife

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.

LANDSCAPING FOR WATER QUALITY

This past Thursday and Friday, I was fortunate to be able to attend a seminar at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.  The program was called “Landscaping for Water Quality in the Sunapee Area” and was administered by representatives from several agencies including; UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, Sea Grant New Hampshire, and the LSPA.

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The program’s focus was on providing education and skills to designers, contractors, policymakers, and others who work in the Lake Sunapee watershed.  The program covered topics such as stormwater management and practices, state and local policies, and concluded with a design charrette to apply the practices learned to a real-world situation.  This event was an excellent opportunity to reaffirm and sharpen my skills, as well as gain some new perspectives on an essential aspect of landscape architecture. 

Every project we design at Bonin Architects has some stormwater management practice included, not because the law requires it, but because we appreciate Lake Sunapee and the opportunities it provides, and it’s the right thing to do.

Bonin Architects & Associates is now proudly “SOAK” (Soak Up the Rain) certified in “Landscaping for Water Quality” through NH Cooperative Extension and we look forward to our role in protecting New Hampshire’s lakes, rivers, and streams.

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BRINGING TOGETHER FAMILIES

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Bringing together families-the number one reason why we enjoy what we do every day. For most of our clients, the dream of designing a custom home is solely based on creating warm gathering spaces for family and friends, in all seasons of the year. Below is a testimonial from one of our favorite clients, about working together with our design team and the many talented professionals who assisted in the evolution of turning their vision into reality.

 "When we decided to build our dream house on a lake, we wanted to find an architectural firm who could help us think about how to design a timeless house that was functional and beautiful. We also needed an architect who could work with a relatively small site that had some constraints. Bonin Architects surpassed all of our expectations and created a home that truly exceeds our vision. They listened closely to what we wanted and responded with creative and thoughtful designs. In addition, they managed the project seamlessly.

We would definitely use the firm again and highly recommend them."

DESIGN AND RENDERINGS

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3D renderings, visualizations, panoramic images… these are all techniques with the goal of communicating an idea. In architecture, it is describing the attributes of the proposed design. Software and computers enable us to study proportions, sizes, colors, patterns, textures and even furnishings with our clients, better communicating ideas than ever before.

This home in the Lake Winnipesaukee area, for example, can be envisioned by the whole team very early in the design process. These renderings, developed in concert with diagrammatic plans, provide the clients a concrete visual reference to consider, not just as a flat design independent of the property, but in conjunction with the surroundings.

Contact us to learn more about the exciting process of design and how we can help bring your visions to life!

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