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 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…

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…

Samsel Architects Works with Wilkesboro on Downtown Rejuvenation

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Samsel Architects has teamed up with the town of Wilkesboro to help them forge a new downtown experience. Wilkesboro is in the beginning stages of a downtown rejuvenation with the purpose of restoring vitality to their historic town. The first phase of the rejuvenation includes plans for three major components: A revamped open air market A versatile lawn in front of the Wilkesboro Heritage Museum A new, permanent outdoor stage Read more…

Students from Appalachian participate in Race to Zero Student Design Competition

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Our studio recently hosted a group of students from Appalachian State University to provide feedback on their Race to Zero entry. Race to Zero is an annual student design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy intended to inspire college students to create market-ready, creative design solutions for energy-efficient homes. Before the students submit their final design, they will spend months brainstorming, designing and getting crucial feedback from professionals Read more…