Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
We were honored when contacted by author Dale Mulfinger last year. He described his new vision for a book, solely focused on small cabins and cottages to follow up a book he authored and published in 2001, called, "The Cabin".
Dale was interested in one of our completed projects on Pleasant Lake in Elkins, NH which has won awards and has been featured in national magazines, such as Country Living Magazine. Our design focused on sustainability, reusing many of the items already present in the cottage renovation. He sent a photographer to the cottage, interviewed our Principal Architect, Jeremy Bonin, as well our clients, who were instrumental in the design process and tastefully decorating their cottage.
The book is now available in many bookstores and online. We received our copy yesterday, and we are enjoying reading about all of the different cabin and cottage styles and components of simplified living.
Please view our website, www.boninarchitects.com for more information about our firm.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
We're excited to get new
photos of our clients’ energy efficient vacation home in Maine!
- Small footprint to minimize carbon footprint
- Energy efficiency in all four New England seasons
- Environmentally conscious to minimize site impact
- Low maintenance and durability, easy to open and close up
- Security in rural setting
- Take advantage of lake views
- Possible addition in future
- Passive solar design, with the first floor receiving the low winter sun (early morning and late evening sun) under the varied depth of the porch roof. The second floor, with a moderate roof overhang, will always have abundant natural light.
- The east, south, and west elevations have windows for natural cross ventilation. A cupola was added to allow for heat release in summer as well as aesthetics.
- Keeping in mind the clients’ plans to possibly build an addition in the future, Jeremy designed the north side of the building, which is the most buildable side of the property, to be easily expanded. The first floor laundry includes a storage bench under a window, both of which can be easily removed and become a doorway into a future addition.
- An open central stairway eliminates the need for hallways which keeps the footprint of the home to a minimum, as well as increasing circulation and natural light between the floors.
- A natural color palette of browns and greens was chosen for the exterior of the home, blending it with the rugged Maine environment.
- Board and batten and red cedar shingles for low maintenance and are aesthetically appropriate with the property
- Standing seam metal roof for energy efficiency and eliminating snow and ice buildup
- Possible use of SIPs construction
- Energy efficient windows