A Town Mountain Modern Home

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One of the newest projects we have been working on is a modern home high above Asheville at Town Mountain Preserve. We have been working with our clients to design the home they have been dreaming of – one that affords plenty of functional spaces and a strong connection to the outdoors in less than 3,000 square feet. Our goal is to create a simple and understated structure that gracefully Read more…

Three Years of Solar Energy

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This spring marks three years since the Samsel Architects studio has been using solar power. In early 2014, a series of solar panels were placed in service on the roofs of 60 and 64 Biltmore Avenue, with four large photovoltaic (PV) arrays cantilevered off the building. The four cantilevered panels are visible from street level and make a powerful statement that our community embraces sustainability and innovation. Our unique solar installation, Read more…

Historic Renovation in Chapel Hill

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Above: Animation of Chapel Hill Renovation before and after. This 1930s house in Chapel Hill had always been a perfect fit for the homeowners and their child. As the teenage years started to approach however, it was time for a housing shift. Initially, building a new house was considered and our clients purchased a parcel of rural land to pursue that dream. Upon further reflection though, the family decided to 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 â…› 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…

We Remember the Tree Doctor, Ken Knox

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of renowned arborist Ken Knox earlier this month. Our studio is fortunate to have worked with Ken in preserving old growth oak trees during construction on several projects over the years. His knowledge was inimitable and passion contagious. Ken was always a joy to work with and he will surely be missed. Ken Knox has been described as a doctor, a historian Read more…