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 solutions will work best. The article can read online here or be seen in the summer edition of Fine Homebuilding Magazine. Go pick up your copy today!

Good news comes to us this Earth Day from the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA): clean energy is working for North Carolina! According to a new RTI International report, clean energy, which includes renewable energy and energy efficiency, is a good investment for the state of North Carolina since $1.64 in revenues were returned to state and local governments for every $1 of state incentive claimed. The latest report shows that between 2007 and 2015, $12 billion were generated from $6.3 billion in clean energy investments, and these investments were nearly 20 times larger than the state incentives for them. Rural communities

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 natural materials. Inside, simple forms and clean lines are used throughout to create a peaceful atmosphere for this family to enjoy. Abundant windows and a glass-enclosed breezeway connecting the two sides

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 of the structure reflects that. Warm earth tones provide the perfect backdrop to the lush green garden. To read more, pick up a copy of Carolina Home + Garden today or

It is the beginning of National Architecture Week, a time to recognize the positive roles and contributions architects play in the community. In honor of Architecture Week, AIA Asheville, along with sponsors Modern Asheville, is presenting two exciting events that are open to the public. REGIONALISM: Sustained living through site and community specific contemporary home design When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6:00pm - 7:00pm Where: Pack Memorial Library | Lord Auditorium (67 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801) Activate Asheville is excited to bring you IN SITU STUDIO, a Raleigh based design firm, to share their philosophy on contemporary home design in North Carolina. Join