Often interchanged, the terms modern and contemporary can be confusing. Modern architecture began in the first half of the 20th century and ‘ended’ in the 1980s (replaced by postmodernism). It sprang from advances in construction, specifically reinforced concrete, glass, and steel.

Defined by the idea that form follows function, modern architecture typically consists of exposed structure, simple shapes, and minimalist details. The design rendering below is an example of a clean and simple modern design.

By definition, contemporary means belonging to the present. Contemporary designs may use similar materials and follow similar ideals but are often innovative or re-imagined.  The two meanings will continue to be used interchangeably; the import aspect is in communicating what is important to you in their ideal, functions, and aesthetics. In many cases, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Check back as we continue to explore the appeal of Modern Architecture today.


This past Thursday and Friday, I was fortunate to be able to attend a seminar at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.  The program was called “Landscaping for Water Quality in the Sunapee Area” and was administered by representatives from several agencies including; UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, Sea Grant New Hampshire, and the LSPA.


The program’s focus was on providing education and skills to designers, contractors, policymakers, and others who work in the Lake Sunapee watershed.  The program covered topics such as stormwater management and practices, state and local policies, and concluded with a design charrette to apply the practices learned to a real-world situation.  This event was an excellent opportunity to reaffirm and sharpen my skills, as well as gain some new perspectives on an essential aspect of landscape architecture. 

Every project we design at Bonin Architects has some stormwater management practice included, not because the law requires it, but because we appreciate Lake Sunapee and the opportunities it provides, and it’s the right thing to do.

Bonin Architects & Associates is now proudly “SOAK” (Soak Up the Rain) certified in “Landscaping for Water Quality” through NH Cooperative Extension and we look forward to our role in protecting New Hampshire’s lakes, rivers, and streams.

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Bringing together families-the number one reason why we enjoy what we do every day. For most of our clients, the dream of designing a custom home is solely based on creating warm gathering spaces for family and friends, in all seasons of the year. Below is a testimonial from one of our favorite clients, about working together with our design team and the many talented professionals who assisted in the evolution of turning their vision into reality.

 "When we decided to build our dream house on a lake, we wanted to find an architectural firm who could help us think about how to design a timeless house that was functional and beautiful. We also needed an architect who could work with a relatively small site that had some constraints. Bonin Architects surpassed all of our expectations and created a home that truly exceeds our vision. They listened closely to what we wanted and responded with creative and thoughtful designs. In addition, they managed the project seamlessly.

We would definitely use the firm again and highly recommend them."


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3D renderings, visualizations, panoramic images… these are all techniques with the goal of communicating an idea. In architecture, it is describing the attributes of the proposed design. Software and computers enable us to study proportions, sizes, colors, patterns, textures and even furnishings with our clients, better communicating ideas than ever before.

This home in the Lake Winnipesaukee area, for example, can be envisioned by the whole team very early in the design process. These renderings, developed in concert with diagrammatic plans, provide the clients a concrete visual reference to consider, not just as a flat design independent of the property, but in conjunction with the surroundings.

Contact us to learn more about the exciting process of design and how we can help bring your visions to life!

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Last week, Kim & Jeremy Bonin, Principal Partners of Bonin Architects arrived in St. Thomas, USVI and spent five days in meeting with several group members involved in rebuilding areas affected by two category five hurricanes late last year. Some areas of the island are still without power, and the island is full of other groups offering assistance, such as FEMA, volunteer organizations from all over the world, and a multitude of line workers from all over the country.

Bonin Architects is volunteering design services and renderings for several projects. A permanent lobby structure to replace the existing damaged canopy and a new entry sign also damaged in the storms. Design for a four-unit employee housing building which was severely damaged by both hurricanes when the roof was torn off, and a shelter from wind, sun, and rain for the restaurant encompassing outdoor seating

The island of St. Thomas is close to Kim & Jeremy’s hearts; they own a property on the island which was fortunately not damaged. Volunteering services and staying active in the community both locally and afar is essential to all members of Bonin Architects & Associates and will continue to be a service we are happy to offer whenever possible.




Last night, on the anniversary of Bonin Architects & Associates' 10th year in business, our firm was honored to receive 3 awards during the New Hampshire Home Magazine 2018 Excellence in Design Awards Ceremony!Thank you very much to everyone involved in these wonderful projects; each of our clients, our design team, engineers, builders, subcontractors, and thank you to the judges for voting for our firm.



Welcome signs, every town has them.  Until about six weeks ago New London, New Hampshire did not.

When the topic was brought up at a planning board meeting this spring, Bonin Architects volunteered to design these signs for the town.  It was an exciting opportunity to create something that would be seen by so many people and would be a symbol for decades to come.

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We went through several iterations, different colors, shapes, mounting arrangements, but settled on black with gold leaf lettering.  The guiding principles were:  To create a design that was classic and elegant and to build on a design language that already exists in town.  You may have noticed the gold on black look at other locations around town like the town office building, Tracy Library, and the New London Fire Department.  The design includes the town seal, which shows three steeples.  Colgate Hall at Colby Sawyer College, Whipple Hall, and the Baptist Church, as well as the year of incorporation, 1779.  We surrounded the seal with a laurel garland, an ancient symbol of victory, success, and prosperity.

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We have THE best clients! Our firm designed this award-winning home and it was built 8 years ago. Our clients have since sold their business and are now retired. We've remained in touch over the years, and families like this are the reason why we love what we do every day!

Here is a drone photo they sent us, along with this email which reads in part:

"We still very much love our home...very regularly during cocktail hour, we'll look around and say...'can you believe this place???' Eight years later, we are blessed to have this home and now that I don't have to travel for work every week, I actually finally live here full time, and I love every minute of it!" 

For more photos of this fantastic project, please view


Historic architecture preservation

If you’ve driven down Main Street in New London recently, you’ve probably noticed the “1941” building, formerly the Kearsarge Middle School has been demolished, however, a committee of citizens was able to arrange for the building’s iconic steeple to be removed by crane and preserved.   As community service and involvement is a staple principle of our business, Bonin Architects have volunteered our time to design a monument to display the steeple.  The monument, located on Main St. at the intersection with Cougar Court, will feature bricks salvaged from the old school walls and the building’s “1941” cornerstone.


This project will rely on the support of the community and is a great way to preserve the character of our town.  Fundraising is underway, and many local businesses and citizens have already committed to aiding in the construction of the project.  If you would like to donate, please contact Kim Bonin to make arrangements.

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