Category: Publications

Lakeside Cabin Featured in Carolina Home + Garden

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The current edition of Carolina Home + Garden features one of our newest projects at Lake James. A young family recently came to us with a vision for a simple, yet elegant cabin in the woods. The property they chose is deep in the woods and boasts lake views and a wooded setting. The two key goals expressed by the owners for their home were adaptability and expandability. They wanted Read more…

Old Fort Cabin Featured in Book

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Our Old Fort Cabin is featured in a brand new book called The Family Cabin by Dale Mulfinger. The book is a 300-page collection of cabins throughout North America and stories from the families that live in them. We and our clients are happy to be chosen to be part of the book. It is available from Taunton Press or can be ordered on Amazon. Old Fort Cabin The homeowners Read more…

Samsel Architects Voted Best in WNC for Fifth Year

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2017 marks the fifth year in a row that Samsel Architects has been voted Western North Carolina’s #1 architect in the Mountain Xpress Best Of Poll! We have been designing in the region since 1985 and we love to incorporate 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 many more years. Thank you Read more…

West Asheville Small House in Carolina Home + Garden

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We are excited to see our West Asheville small house featured in the spring edition of Carolina Home + Garden Magazine. This home is on a ⅛ acre infill lot in the high-demand West Asheville area. Our clients, a young couple, wanted a small, minimalist home that would allow them to live simply. We were tasked with creating a design that worked on a challenging site and on a tight Read more…

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…