Friday, January 29, 2016

Contemporary Lakefront Timber Frame

Building a lakefront home inherently addresses one of the principles of sustainable design, connecting with nature. The home is designed to maximize multi use spaces creating a compact and efficient design, while providing views through the home upon approach, encouraging both visual and physical movement towards the lake.
Goals such as minimizing the footprint, reducing site impact, crafting spaces to draw one outdoors and reducing dependence on fossil fuels logically follow this principle. A superior envelope, high efficiency geothermal heat pump, on demand hot water heaters, LED lighting, Stormwater management, charging station for the homeowner’s electric car and roof top photovoltaic panels are examples of addressing these goals.
The result is a project that reduces negative impacts on the environment and promotes the health, wellness and enjoyment of nature for this family and future generations.
In addition our Bonin Architects & Associates' design team, thank you to CLD Engineers for civil engineering, Old Hampshire-Jay Tucker & Bill Andrews and their talented craftsmen who were the General Contractors, Landforms, Pete Schiess for the landscaping, our wonderful client was the interior designer for her home, and thank you to John Hession for the beautiful photography.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards-Bonin Architects Wins 3 Design Awards

Last night our firm was honored to receive three awards during the 2016 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards, which included Winner of Excellence in Landscape Design-Clearview Lake Retreat, Excellence in Architectural Design, Honorable Mention-Fernwood Landing, Excellence in Renovation, Honorable Mention- Hilltop Home. Thank you to all members of the Bonin Architects & Associates’ Design Team who work collaboratively each day on our projects.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fernwood Landing Project - Bonin Architects & Associates

Inspiration stemmed from a shared interest in the history of the Lake Sunapee and its architecture from the “Grand Hotel Era” to the beginning of the “Cottage Era” in the 1920’s. Local architect of the time, Prentice Sanger, designed many such cottages as well as the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club. 

Using heavy amounts of stone with integrated brick in conjunction with other vernacular lakefront architectural precedents gives the design a unique aesthetic with strong historic roots and pays respect to many of the lost works of Sanger in the region.

The landscape ties home and site seamlessly while addressing the needs of construction near sensitive lakefront resources.The entry court uses modern construction techniques to capture storm water while maintaining an aesthetic true to the character of the home. Intimate outdoor spaces draw inspiration from the architecture and materials of the home maximizing the long Southerly views towards Mount Sunapee.  Photos by John W. Hession Photography

Architectural and landscape design by Bonin Architects & Associates,  Meredith & New London, NH.