Our Services

Samsel Architects is a comprehensive architectural firm that provides a full scope of design services. We create original concepts for new construction and renovations on a wide range of project types as well as consultations for LEED certification, facility operations, building assessments, and design guidelines for developments.

The Cliffs Walnut Cove high end home architectural design project
Residential Design Services
Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) headquarters architectural renovation project in WNC
Commercial Design Services
Downtown Asheville Apartment Kitchen Pantry
Renovation Services
Green Building Services
Southern Highland Craft Guild, an architectural renovation project in Biltmore Village
Historic Preservation
Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) headquarters architectural renovation project in WNC
Interior Architecture
Old Fort Cabin Exterior
Steep Slope Design
Master Planning
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Our Process

Our Purpose guides everything that we do, including our approach to the design process. Beginning with Discover, we develop the initial vision for the project. Through each phase, our discoveries are the guiding star as we Create a design. We hope our work will Inspire joy in those who use and live in the spaces we create. Our process has developed from years of experience and our passion for continuous improvement.

Step 1: Schematic Design
Develop the Concept

We listen to our clients’ vision and goals to create initial design concepts. We work closely with our client to achieve an approved design concept and develop a preliminary budget.

Step 2: Design Development
Refine the Design

This is when we add details and refine the approved design to create preliminary pricing documents for a contractor to review.

Step 3: Construction Documents
Add the Specifics

We prepare detailed drawings and specifications that will be referenced in the contract between our clients and contractor. This typically includes engineering, interior and exterior details, interior elevations and product selections.

Step 4: Construction Procurement
Hire the Contractor

We assist our client in selecting the right contractor for their project. This includes negotiating a construction contract through either a bidding or negotiation process.

Step 5: Interior Architecture
Finish selections

We assist our clients with reviewing product samples and making final interior selections. These can include lighting and plumbing fixtures, tile, and paint colors, among others. This is often done in coordination with an interior designer.

Step 6: Construction Administration
Bring the Design to Life

During the construction of your project, we will observe for quality and conformance. We also will process the contractor’s shop drawings, samples and pay requests and administer project close-out, punch list, warranties, before the project is complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all projects include all of the services noted above?

Most do; however, we can adjust our services (and fees) to the Owners’ particular requirements.

What approach produces the best project?
  • Attentive listening, clear communications and teamwork by all parties
  • The Architect gets to know the Owner(s) and understands how they function
  • Owner approval of each phase of work prior to proceeding
  • “Living” with the project’s design as it unfolds
  • Taking time to process and understand the plans
Who is on the “team” when designing and building a project with Samsel Architects?

The Owners, the Architect and a Contractor. Affiliated design professionals, such as an interior designer, engineers and a landscape architect, are also often involved in creating the project.

How are your fees determined?

Our fees are negotiated according to our role and level of service. We can structure our fee as a fixed amount, percentage of construction cost, or hourly rates – based on the Owners’ needs. The project size, location, level of finish and other design factors affect our fees.