Bonin Architects & Associates

Bonin Architects & Associates

This installment of Designer Spotlight focuses on a firm based in neighboring New Hampshire. Bonin Architects has been creating beautiful designs with close ties to nature and local sourcing for nearly a decade. The firm’s principal partner and lead architect, Jeremy Bonin tells us more.

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HF: Is there a style Bonin Architects & Associates is known for?
JB:
Many of our homes are found on New Hampshire Lakes such as Winnipesaukee, Newfound, Sunapee, and the seacoast as well; those homes tend to have strong ties to shingle style architecture. However, our homes also touch upon other styles; we don’t believe a style should simply be applied to a given site, it should stem from the environment and the clients’ vision, building and creating an essence that makes a home custom and unique.

HF: When was the firm founded?
JB:
Bonin Architects was founded in 2008. Kim, my business partner and wife, and I realized there was opportunity in the region for a firm dedicated to working as a team with clients throughout the entire design and construction process. Custom homes are complex; in most instances they have more systems and high-level craftsmanship per square foot than typical commercial projects. The design process, options, and selections can be overwhelming for clients that have never built before. With our varied design and construction backgrounds, we bring a high level of service and understanding to the table.

HF: How do clients find out about you?
JB:
Our website, social media, referrals, and features in magazines such as New Hampshire Home Magazine are primary sources. Also, many of our clients are thrilled to walk people through their homes; they are proud of their vision and pleased to have a quality home.

HF: What are the most common design requests from clients?
JB:
Durability and longevity. This request does not just apply to ‘timeless’ design, but to the practical desire to have a well-built, finely crafted home that will be a treasure, not just a temporary stopping point. Many of our clients seek a permanence that is felt and understood in addition to truly having the integrity to last for generations.

HF: Does any design challenge you’ve faced stand out? How did you address the challenge?
JB:
Every design presents its own unique challenges, without those challenges it would not be rewarding. There have been several sites where the lake and approach to the home were three – and in one case four – stories apart. Designing a home that is functional and enjoyable is a challenge in these situations. The solution was to celebrate the stair, design and craft it so that it changes daily with the light. The stair is central to the function and communication within the home and we place emphasis on its craftsmanship. The space, and stair, then becomes a welcome feature in lieu of a chore.

HF: Many of your projects feature natural stone and beautiful wood – is there a material you particularly enjoy working with?
JB:
Materials selection is closely tied to permanence. Stone for example, quarried or natural, has an innate quality of longevity and durability. It is something we understand unconsciously. Wood can impart that same feeling in addition to having a tie to nature, and a sense of warmth and comfort. We enjoy working with as many natural, and local materials as possible; understanding what something is crafted from has a grounding effect, an important aspect in our lives and especially so in our homes.

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HF: What is your favorite part of a job?
JB:
Walking a site for the first time with the clients. In many instances, we have a basic idea of the needs and wants, but those first visits are akin to a painter looking at a blank canvas. The canvas is both daunting and exhilarating in the potential possibilities.

HF: Hubbardton Forge lighting appears in a number of your projects. How did that come about?
JB:
First, Hubbardton Forge is local. Our clients understand that importance and appreciate supporting local craftsman. Second, the quality is palpable; the solidity and durability of each fixture is truly at home when set against stone and wood alike.

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HF: What’s the one style trend that you wish would make a comeback? What trend would you be happy to see go away?
JB:
We don’t follow trends diligently. We are mindful of them and have our opinions, however, we simply feel that everything has its place and time and what matters most is the clients’ vision. If their vision includes a trend that has past then we pursue a means to refresh it, or blend it with something current that they may also appreciate.

HF: What would be your dream design project?
JB:
A home built on a coastal stone outcrop or precipice, what could be more challenging or exiting to design? What could be more exhilarating to live in?

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Photo Credits: John Hession, Advanced Digital Photography

BONIN ARCHITECTS & ASSOCIATES PROJECTS FEATURE: AXIS OUTDOOR SCONCE, BANDED OUTDOOR SCONCE, BRINDILLE MINI PENDANT, ARC ELLIPSE 3 LIGHT PENDANT, NEW TOWN SCONCE, KIRIGAMI 4 LIGHT PENDANT, EXOS DOUBLE SHADE PENDANT & CORONA LARGE PENDANT

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