X

See an absolutely beautiful lake house with a timeless twist in New Hampshire

traditional lake house exterior at dusk

Bonin Architects in collaboration with McGray & Nichols designed this stunning lakeside house for a newly retired couple in the Lakes Region, New Hampshire. The goal of this project was to create an abundance of entertaining spaces for family gatherings, intimate living spaces for daily living, and maximize lake views throughout. Additionally, the architects prioritized enhancing and respecting the natural environment when constructing this idyllic home.

The gently sloping site presented the architects with a unique design challenge. The program called for arranging outdoor spaces next to the main-level kitchen, living, and great room for a seamless indoor-outdoor flow that provides accessible outdoor living. The solution was to create garden terraces away from the house using locally sourced fieldstone to retain the grade and form a series of planters down the hillside.

traditional lake house exterior

These planters showcase a mix of colorful blooms from May through frost, while offering exciting textures during the winter season. Below the terrace, a lush lawn with dappled shade serves as an ideal play area for the homeowner’s grandchildren during the summer months. This beautiful property is bordered by native woodlands.

traditional lake house exterior

What We Love: This idyllic lake house in New Hampshire offers a wonderful respite for a couple to enjoy their retirement years. Surrounded by lush landscaping, beautiful gardens, and native forests and overlooking a lake, this home is an oasis of relaxation. We love how the floor plan offers main-level living with the guest spaces on the upper level. There are so many beautiful design features in this home.

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this home do you find most inspiring? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of New Hampshire: Dreamy lakeside craftsman home in New Hampshire with peaceful views and Tour this spectacular lakeside dream home in New Hampshire.

traditional lake house exterior

traditional lake house exterior

traditional lake house exterior

traditional lake house exterior entry

traditional lake house exterior entry

The interior of this dwelling has equally unique design elements. Since this residence is enjoyed as a year-round retirement home, the architects integrated an elevator that provides access to all levels. The main level encompasses an owner’s bedroom suite, formal living, library, great room, dining, kitchen and pantry, mudroom and laundry, and powder room.

traditional family room wit a fireplace

traditional family room with tall ceilings looking into the kitchen

traditional dining room

traditional kitchen with an island

traditional kitchen with an island

traditional kitchen

traditional kitchen with pendant lights over the island

traditional kitchen with pendant lights over the island

traditional home library with a tv

 The library, a cherished space, exudes tranquility and warmth, with alder paneling that radiates in the sun—ideal for evening reading or enjoying sunsets over the frozen lake during late afternoons during the winter.

traditional home library with a fireplace

traditional home library with a fireplace

traditional living room with a fireplace

traditional powder room with wallpaper

traditional bedroom with a built-in window seat

traditional bathroom with a vanity and freestanding tub

traditional bathroom with a large vanity and two sinks

traditional bathroom with a vanity and freestanding tub

traditional walk-in closet

traditional staircase on the lower level

traditional staircase on the upper level

The second level encompasses two bedrooms with baths, a multi-purpose room, a bunkroom, and a playroom for the grandchildren to enjoy.

traditional bunk bedroom

traditional bathroom with a vanity and tub/shower

traditional bedroom

traditional wine room

The lower level includes a craft room, TV room, cigar lounge, and a spa (inspired by the couple’s trips to the Far East). There is access from this level to the lakeside, which allows for ease of use and convenient storage. Additionally, lakeside access passes directly through (and under) the home’s fireplace, a structural challenge presented to the project team, and a playful design element. 

traditional cigar lounge

traditional sauna

traditional indoor zen-like hot tub

traditional lake house exterior outdoor shower

traditional lake house exterior patio with outdoor dining furniture

traditional lake house exterior

traditional lake house exterior backyard view

traditional lake house exterior backyard view

traditional lake house exterior water view

traditional lake house exterior landscape view

traditional lake house exterior with a view of the gardens and beyond to the water

traditional lake house exterior with a view of the gardens

traditional lake house exterior with a view of terraced gardens

traditional lake house exterior with a view of terraced gardens

traditional lake house exterior at dusk

traditional lake house exterior at dusk backyard view

traditional lake house exterior at dusk backyard view

PHOTOGRAPHER John W. Hession

Subscribe
Notify of

1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jennifer Lee
6 months ago

All I can say is WOW! This is wonderful! It has every detail I could want a lovely home with well-thought-out and executed spaces, warmth, clean lines, and great views. Just amazing!
My hats off to the owners. I love the bunk beds for the Grandchildren.