Thursday, February 25, 2010

NH Ski Up Mount Sunapee March 13, 2010

Join us Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Mount Sunapee for an awesome day of skiing, snowboarding, tailgating, networking, giveaways, and a barbecue!

Registration: Online
Pick up your pass: Starting at 8:00 AM Saturday, March 13th at Mt. Sunapee
BBQ lunch (FREE): 12:30 at the NH Ski Up Tent
Raffles / Apres Ski: Starting at 3:00 PM

Register online for discounted tickets ($39 each!), then just show up at the mountain, find the Ski-Up Tailgate Tent by the chairlifts to pick up your pass and fun bag of swag!

The first 30 registrants online receive a free T-Shirt! Register early at Already have a season pass at Sunapee? Your registration for the event is FREE!

The “beach” at Mt. Sunapee is your place for fun! Check it out!!

Don’t have ski or snowboard equipment? No problem, just bring a printout of your registration or mention “Ski-Up” to Outspokin’ located at the intersection of Rte 103A and Rte 103 and get discounted rentals ($20 for boots, poles, skis or snowboard)!

Need a place to stay? Lodging discounts provided by the Rosewood Inn and 1806 Inn. See registration page for details.

Sponsors: Colby Real Estate, Outspokin’ Bicycle & Sport, Sugar River Bank, Northcape Design Build, E-Forecasting, Bonin Architects, D'Orazio Electrical, Pizza Chef, Ellie’s CafĂ© & Deli, Lumber Barn, Anne Marie Appel / Massage Therapist, and Stimulus:Grafikus.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2009 Trends Report: Residential Design & Build

Residential Design & Build magazine’s 2009 Trends Report has the latest data on home design and building trends (reporting on 2008).

One of the charts in the article lists items, features, and materials where clients cut back when their budget is tight. Not surprisingly, our history in dealing with architectural design clients indicates these are the same areas where our clients make adjustments when going through budgeting and cost comparisons.

The biggest adjustment we see clients make to meet budget requirements is reducing the overall square footage of the home and only designing as much house as they need. 

Homeowners are willing to cut down on the actual living space to cut costs. Small homes generally cost less, which means less money financed; require less energy for heating and cooling, which means lower energy costs; have smaller, more efficient systems (furnace, AC, plumbing, etc.), can earn points toward energy program certification for small size, and will require less maintenance.

We have several small home designs that meet our clients lifestyle needs as well as goals toward energy efficiency.