If someone were to characterize a New Englander, self-reliant is a trait often cited. That’s particularly true here in New Hampshire. We have a way of “figuring it out.” As is true for many small firms, that sentiment permeates our office. We wear many hats so to speak. With the design and launch of our updated website, we’ve decided to take a fresh look at the BA&A brand. So lately we’ve been wearing our graphic design hats.
Our challenge: Update our brand to reflect our product better, and do so without abandoning the visual recognition we’ve built over the last decade.
The design process for a logo is similar to architectural or landscape design. You start with a program, analyze restrictions and benefits, and review the possible options. From there you take the best ideas and refine them until the best solution presents itself. It’s substantial work, and I appreciate the graphic designer's profession more than ever. So, keep an eye out for our new look, coming soon.
Thank you to New Hampshire Home Magazine for featuring our firm in the July/August edition-Settling into Lakeside Living. We would like to thank our fantastic clients, David and Lisa Andrews, along with the members of our design team, the engineers, contractors and sub-contractors who all worked together to make this wonderful home a reality for this great family, who will enjoy their years for generations to come. Here’s a link to the featured article.
Working with energetic and dedicated professionals is an incredible aspect of the team approach. Bringing your dreams to life through the design of a home is only a portion of the process, it continues well beyond the completion of construction.
Take this week for instance. We spent two days with an amazing photographer on two projects, a lakefront home, and a commercial project. We have collaborated with John W. Hession of Advanced Digital Photography many times, not only is he an amazing photographer, he mentors others in his field and is always open in sharing his knowledge of the art and science of photography.
We spent over a day staging and photographing a home on beautiful Lake Sunapee with the blessing of the homeowners while they were away for a few days. We hope to return for a few more photos later this summer and capture them and their family in the process of enjoying the view of Mount Sunapee with their feet in the sand and perhaps enjoying a bit of waterskiing in the cove.
While watching Midtown’s loftier skyscrapers appear and disappear in the morning clouds, we discussed what a great trip this was. Learning with and from peers, presentations by industry specialists and squeezing in a Broadway Musical. We were even informed we honored 'typical NY style' by arriving with three minutes to spare before they closed the doors!
Architects and Landscape Architects are required by their respective licensing boards to complete continuing education on a yearly basis. The need for continuing education serves many purposes. Notably, it is a requirement to maintain licensure, but the core purpose is to ensure professionals stay current with industry advances, new materials, new building methods and innovations in technology to improve how we convey design. Also, regulations for safety, comfort and energy conservation and building codes continue to evolve.
Architecture touches projects ranging from home design to city planning, and continual learning benefits everyone by increasing value brought to a homeowner or community. We learn to build durable buildings, requiring less maintenance and lowering your upkeep costs. We discover advancements in technology to decrease energy consumption, reducing your utility bills. And we learn to design for comfort and health, creating healthy environments for your families. We continually strive to further our knowledge, so we bring the best value to the table for everyone.