Category: Publications

Hammock House Wins 2016 Honor Award from AIA NC

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We are happy that one of our recent projects, The Hammock House, won a 2016 Honor Award from AIA North Carolina. This state award is given out every year to recognize quality in residential design. The Hammock House sits on a 40-acre farm in Columbus, NC with several spectacular old growth oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant views to Tryon Peak. The home is a new interpretation of utilitarian farm Read more…

Samsel Architects Named 2016 Firm of the Year by AIA NC

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We are excited and honored to announce that our firm was named the 2016 Firm of the Year by AIA North Carolina! The Firm Award is given every year to one North Carolina firm that has consistently produced quality architecture with a verifiable level of client satisfaction for at least 10 years. This award is the highest honor the Chapter can bestow upon a firm. Our firm has been committed Read more…

Samsel Architects Voted Best Architect in Western North Carolina

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2016 marks the fourth year in a row that Samsel Architects has been voted Western North Carolina’s #1 architect in the Mountain Xpress Best Of Poll! Samsel Architects has been designing in the region for over 30 years. Our design philosophy incorporates the unique character of Asheville and our mountain landscape into every project. We are appreciative of our clients, collaborators and community and look forward to another thirty years. Read more…

Guest Column in Fine Homebuilding Magazine

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Samsel Architects’ Duncan McPherson and Margaret Fullam wrote a guest piece for Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s monthly feature, Drawing Board. The column focuses on a common design challenge we face with many of our residential projects:  how to arrange a fireplace and a television on the same wall. This can be tricky depending on the constraints of the room. The article offers helpful tips and illustrations to help determine what design Read more…

Fontana Lake House Wins Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Award

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We are delighted to announce that our Fontana Lake House won Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Award! Thank you to everyone who voted for our project and helped us to get to number one! This LEED Gold certified home serves as a serene family retreat and is situated almost at the water’s edge on Fontana Lake. The home’s design was inspired by its surroundings and uses a neutral color palette and Read more…

Carolina + Garden Features Bonsai Project

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We are excited to see our Bonsai Pavilion featured in the spring edition of Carolina Home + Garden magazine. The project is included in a series that showcases well-designed outdoor spaces. This pavilion was built adjacent to the main house and an extensive garden and water feature surround it. Inside, the pavilion provides a peaceful workspace and plenty of storage. Great care goes into each bonsai plant, and the design Read more…

Bent Creek Renovation Featured in latest WNC Magazine

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We are excited to see our Bent Creek renovation project highlighted in this month’s edition of WNC Magazine! The home is part of the “Remarkable Revamps” feature and was chosen because of the home’s major makeover. This project was renovation and addition to an existing home from the 1920s. The owners wanted to expand their cramped kitchen and living spaces, but a huge oak tree sat only 5 feet from the kitchen window. The tree Read more…

Vote for Samsel in Fine Homebuilding 2016 HOUSES Awards

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Samsel Architects is proud to announce that our Fontana Lake Residence has been chosen as a finalist for Fine Homebuilding 2016 Houses Readers’ Choice Award! Voting is open now until February 26 at midnight. Votes are limited to one a day per person but you can vote every day until the contest ends. If our project wins, it will be featured in a two-page spread in Fine Homebuilding Houses issue Read more…

Bonsai Pavilion featured on Houzz Japan

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Our Bonsai Pavilion project was recently included in a feature article on the Houzz Japan homepage. The piece is about ringing in the New Year by revisiting old Japanese living traditions that could be incorporated into daily life. One of these items is bonsai, an ancient art form of growing miniature trees in containers. Bonsai is a peaceful, yet challenging exercise. Our client has a large collection of bonsai trees Read more…

Laurel Fork Project featured in Cabin Living magazine

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Samsel’s cabin renovation project is featured in the most recent edition of Cabin Living Magazine. Our Reems Creek Log Cabin was chosen by the publisher because of the effort put into turning this historic log cabin into a modern, energy efficient home. The 100-year-old mountain cabin served as an office for an overnight camp that had closed decades before. The rotting log structure had collapsed floors, vines growing through the windows and Read more…