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April is World Landscape Architecture Month!

 WLAM is a celebration of landscape architecture and the designed outdoor spaces where we live, work, and recreate. The goal of WLAM is raise awareness for our profession and to help show the public how our work shapes the world we live in. The vital role landscape architects play in stewarding our environment will only increase as modern challenges like autonomous vehicles, climate change, and overcrowding stress our resources and available open spaces.

 The American Society of Landscape Architects is running a campaign on Instagram featuring works from 49 local chapters from all across the country. Check out @nationasla and be sure to keep a look out for work May 14th. If you’re not already following us, we can be found @bonin_arch_landscape.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTOPHER TIMBERLAKE

Congratulations to Christopher Timberlake for reaching his 10th anniversary with Bonin Architects & Associates!

Kim & Jeremy worked closely with Chris for many years before he joined the firm; he’s become more than an employee, he’s also a great friend. Clients, builders, and our entire design team all enjoy working with Chris each day. We all appreciate Chris’ hard work, organization, loyalty, and dedication, plus he’s a great guy!

Not only is Chris celebrating his 10th year with Bonin, but he’s also looking forward to his upcoming wedding this May to his fiancee, Sara.

Here's a link to Chris' bio from our website:
https://www.boninarchitects.com/chris-timberlake

BREWERY PROJECT IN FRANKLIN, NH

We are excited to be a part of Vulgar Brewing's project, a commercial renovation soon to be open in Franklin, NH! Here is a photo of the "before" stage, as well as our firm's design rendering of what it will look like inside.

With the intent to keep as much as this historic brick structure as possible, designing the brew house within the cornerstone historic 1970’s Buell’s Block Building is exciting and rewarding.

With the goal of designing a modern English-style pub with park-side outdoor seating, this Texas brewer is joining the strong revitalization efforts in Franklin, aiming to bolster the community and celebrate its industrial history. The team is also working with Marty Parichand, the Executive Director of Mill City Park, an enthusiastic leader in the revitalization efforts.

Vulgar Brewing’s name is based on the Latin word vulgus, which means crowd or people. As co-owner and brewer Damon Lewis states, “We want to use the word to help bring a sense of community… something that belongs to the common people...”

Views of the brewing tanks from Main Street, as well as the park-side entrance and patio, will draw attention and increase community public life and engagement. The brewpub and brewery will feature a bar, indoor and outdoor seating, and a small restaurant kitchen to prepare simple foods to share over the brewery’s offering of craft beers.

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WE'RE HIRING!

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Come join our design team. We're looking for the right person for a position in our busy, steadily growing firm! Bonin Architects, an award-winning firm located in Meredith & New London, NH is seeking a licensed architect with more than ten years’ experience for the New London, NH location. This is a year-round, full time position in our firm. Responsibilities include management of multiple residential and light commercial projects and respective project teams, client and contractor communications, project and staff scheduling, project budgeting, cost analysis, construction supervision, design, drafting, and specification writing. Travel in New England and some nights and weekends required. Benefits include health insurance coverage with the full annual premiums paid by the firm, 401K program with an employer’s contribution, dental insurance, personal/vacation time, holidays, company outings, merit bonuses, and reimbursement for licensure costs, continuing education credits, and professional memberships. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter, resume with CAD and software application experience, and references to kim@boninarchitects.com or call 603-526-6200.

2019 NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME MAGAZINE HONORABLE MENTION - OUTDOOR DESIGN

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Did you know that our firm also offers Landscape Architecture? Congratulations to landscape architect, Greg Rusnica, for receiving an award for this landscape design during the 2019 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards ceremony. Our firm also designed this amazing home for our great clients. Look for photos of the interior and exterior of this home in the spring.

Below is a description and photos encompassing the vision, planning and goals of the landscape architecture:

The design program for this home is in many ways similar to many others we see when we are approached to design a lakefront home: Provide large entertaining spaces for family gatherings, more intimate spaces for daily life, unobstructed lake views, enhance and respect the natural environment. This sloping lakefront site, however, presented a unique design challenge. The design program called for outdoor space adjacent to the most important first floor interior spaces including the kitchen, living room, and great room, allowing their functions to extend beyond the walls of the home. The landscape would need to rise up and meet the home’s first floor.

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On-grade exterior space was designed to gently terrace away from the residence. Artfully crafted NH fieldstone walls retain grade and form a series of planters. A mix of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and perennials offer contrast to the rigidity of the walls offer blooms May-frost as well as interesting forms and textures in the winter months. Climbing hydrangeas have become an unintended feature of the landscape. They grow more elegant every year as they help to soften the tallest retaining wall in the landscape. Patios of bluestone flagging complement the natural earthy tones of the home and the solid bluestone steps help instill feelings of strength, stability, and longevity. Dappled shade covers the lush lower lawn and makes for an ideal play area for the clients’ grandchildren on warm summer days.

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2019 NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME MAGAZINE WINNER - GREEN DESIGN

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This home was chosen as the 2019 New Hampshire Home Magazine Winner-Green Design.

Coming back to New Hampshire to be near family and build a home in a rural oasis of flora, fauna and astonishing views was the impetus for this home in the mountains. The couple embarked on the design process with several priorities; comfort for family and guests, flexibility in the utility of the spaces, and entirely off the grid.

The 3,700 square foot home has roots in the New England barn aesthetic. Simple lines; utility in access to the building for equipment, workshop, tools, and cars; a timber frame structure; and reclaimed materials, all contribute to the comfort and functionality. Rooms have multiple functions for large gatherings or housing family for extended stays, and the kitchen is large, open, versatile and straightforward, affording everyone a hand in preparing meals!

 
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The timber frame employs traditional mortise and tenon joinery in addition to several less used framing techniques; keyed beams utilize sheer blocks and steel straps to form a composite beam capable of large spans while using smaller, new growth timbers; the cupola is framed utilizing reciprocal framing, a self-supporting system which requires no center posts or connections. Reclaimed barn boards, reclaimed flooring, and ship lap walls add to the warmth and comfort of the space. Additionally, the veneer and outdoor fireplace were stone gathered entirely from the building site.

Through careful equipment, appliance and lighting selections the 14 KW array supplies the home with all the electricity it requires. The outbuilding houses the battery banks to provide power in the evenings and during long winter storms. The home also utilizes Structural Insulated Panels for a high R-value and well-sealed building envelope.

Collaboration between the homeowners, Broome Builders, Lisa Ellis Interior Design, our firm, and the multitude of talented tradespeople and artisans made this not just a beautiful home but a thoughtful and enjoyable process!

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NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME AWARDS

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Our firm won two design awards last night!
We would like to thank judges from New Hampshire Home Magazine for selecting our projects during the 2019 Design Awards Ceremony in Bedford, NH. 
Congratulations to Christopher Timberlake for winning the Green Design Award for our "Look to the Mountains Project", and to Landscape Architect, Greg Rusnica for an award in Outdoor Design for our "Boulder Shore" Project. 
Thanks to every member of our staff for attending the ceremony last night too! 

"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 it 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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