Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bonin Architects Lakefront Home featured in NH Home Magazine July 2012

Building a Better Cottage
 By Clare Kittredge

A Lake Sunapee home now makes the most of the view and fits perfectly into the neighborhood.

Built according to an open space concept, the living room, dining room and kitchen of Chasity and Peter’s vacation home open onto each other and offer generous views of Lake Sunapee.

In the Newbury neighborhood of Blodgett Landing, residents are close. Not only have their families known one another for generations, but the Victorian cottages there today are on land that was previously designated for a religious community’s tent sites.

“The property setbacks are only four feet – meaning that each person’s building had to be four feet from the property line, so eight feet away,” says Jeremy Bonin, the principal partner / lead architect of Bonin Architects & Associates, PLLC in New London. “It’s unique on Lake Sunapee.”

So when Chasity and Peter wanted to renovate their Blodgett Landing space to accommodate their four boys and friends while capitalizing on the Lake view, they knew the project wouldn’t be run of the mill.

To achieve these goals, Bonin developed plans to take down the existing cottage – with its rear-facing living space and a stairway that blocked the lake view – and build a tall, narrow, gray-clapboarded lakefront house that melds with its neighbors.

“Blodgett Landing residents prefer that you stay in building guidelines – steep gables, intricate detail work on porches, brackets,” Bonin says. “These are Victorian details but on a different scale from a typical Victorian house. These are Victorian cottages.”

Read more at New Hampshire magazine.

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