Craven Gap earns NC first Living Building Net-Zero Certification

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Our Craven Gap Residence has become the first home in North Carolina to earn Zero Energy certification from the International Living Future Institute. Part of the Living Building Challenge, Zero Energy Certification is the most ambitious of all energy certifications, requiring actual, rather than modeled, performance. This means to receive certification, the Craven Gap residence had to be operational for at least twelve consecutive months prior to evaluation. “Energy efficiency Read more…

Modern Office Renovation for ENO

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ENO, an Asheville-based company that sells hammocks and outdoor gear, had outgrown their South Slope location and approached our studio to design a modern office renovation to their newly purchased building. The building, although adequate space-wise, was severely underwhelming when it came to character and charm. The dark and unhealthy space had water damage from roof leaks, low ceilings and a maze of office partitions and outdated finishes from the Read more…

Modern and Traditional Mix for a Tennessee Family

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The residents of this home outside of Jonesborough, Tennessee wanted a home with a Rocky Mountains aesthetic – rustic textures, heavy timber all grounded with natural stone, but also wanted to marry it with the vernacular of their East Tennessee mountain location. Our clients are a social family of four. Building a new home would give everyone their own private space, but plenty of areas for the family to spend Read more…

Thirty Years at 60 Biltmore Avenue

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2017 marks 30 years that Samsel Architects has been in our upper level studio at 60 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Although the company was founded in 1985, it wasn’t until 1987 that the business officially moved in the studio overlooking Biltmore. When our firm’s founding principal, Jim Samsel, and his real estate partner, Barry Olen, decided to rehabilitate 60 Biltmore, the long-abandoned building was severely dilapidated. Windows were broken Read more…

Creating Sustainability Through Giving Back

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With the holidays fast approaching, and all of our inboxes flooded with holiday shopping emails, it’s important to take a step back and remember that this season is about gratitude and paying it forward. Here at Samsel Architects, we have created a culture of giving that is built in to the values of our company. Service to our community is at the core of who we are. We practice giving Read more…