Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Architects Design a Home for Summer Living

Our new house in Newbury, NH (featured in the July/August 2012 issue of New Hampshire Home magazine) is picture-perfect and ready for a summer full of fun! The house plans and designs were developed by architect Jeremy Bonin and project manager Jessica Cook of Bonin Architects & Associates of New London NH, who designed the home for our clients and their three children.

One challenge to the house plan included property setbacks of only four feet (eight feet away from the adjoining houses on either side).  To achieve this goal and the client’s goal of making the most of their lake view, Bonin developed plans to take down the existing cottage, with driveway-facing living space and a stairway that blocked the gorgeous view of Lake Sunapee, and designed a tall, narrow house plan that fits perfectly in with the neighborhood.

A focal point is the open, winding staircase which is referred to in the article as “climbing art”.  Indeed, the staircase is visible from one end of the house to the other and instead of blocking the view, allows the family and guests to enjoy the lake from every angle.

Another highlight of the home – and a big hit with the kids – is the theater.

The homeowner comments in the article, “Having spent lots of time in New York City we wanted that modern feel but we also wanted that lake house / cottagey feel.”

Inside and out, the new house is exactly what the homeowners wanted!

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