Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Back from the Lakeside Living Expo, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, NH

We’re back from the Lakeside Living Expo in Gilford, NH at Gunstock Mountain Resort, right in the heart of the NH lakes region. Expected attendance at the Expo was 3,000. Show sponsors and vendors were thrilled to have attendance top 5,000 – due in large part to the weather. With on and off showers most of the weekend, heavy rain, and even hail at one point, vacationers and residents of the area switched their focus from swimming, boating, and fishing to the many exhibits at the Expo.

Bonin Architects & Associates’ booth had a constant flow of activity, and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere where we could spend quality time with each visitor. Many people we spoke with who are building in the lakes region were put at ease when they learned BA&A is familiar with the new Shoreland Protection Act, since we have clients already designing with us who fall into this category. We spent a lot of time answering questions about the rules and regulations involved and how the design of an energy efficient home relates to the SPA guidelines. We also scheduled many site visits in the area, which are complimentary within a 100-mile radius of our office (see “How do I start designing my home or commercial building with BA&A and how long should I allow for the design process?” on our Frequently Asked Questions)

People were also excited to meet Jeremy, the author of TIMBER FRAMES: Designing Your Custom Home. While signing copies of the book, Jeremy answered questions about how to get started designing a timber frame home. We were also asked for advice on how to incorporate renewable energy systems such as
solar, geothermal, and wind into an energy efficient home design using conventional and green building material.

If you missed the Expo, you haven’t missed out completely! G
ive us a call, or send an email with your questions about energy efficient home design services, and we’ll be happy to get right back to you. Whether you have specific ideas about your project or are just in the beginning planning stages, we can help you get started designing your new energy efficient conventionally built green home or timber frame home!

Kimberly Bonin, Executive Project Manager
Bonin Architects & Associates, PLLC

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