The third annual Carolina in the Fall festival took place last weekend in Wilkesboro. The two day fest drew huge crowds for a weekend of music and fun in the newly redesigned historic downtown. Carolina in the Fall is a must for all bluegrass lovers. In the week since, the festival won a Momentum Award for Festival/Event/Venue from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Above: Photo courtesy Town of Wilkesboro Facebook page. Rendering by Joe Skibba. Samsel Architects teamed with Wilkesboro last year to help them forge a new downtown experience, including a new, permanent outdoor stage, a revamped open air market and

The 2017 Green Built Alliance Directory hit newsstands recently and includes a feature written by one of our own, Margaret Chandler. The article details how our office put together a sustainable action plan following the installation of a solar panels on our roof. After the panels were installed, we wrote a Sustainability Statement, a formal policy that outlines our studio’s commitment to a more sustainable future. This policy guides our employees on their day-to-day in order to raise their awareness of our environmental impact. It includes recycling and composting, and an office supply purchasing policy that favors local products. We

Our Old Fort Cabin is featured in a brand new book called The Family Cabin by Dale Mulfinger. The book is a 300-page collection of cabins throughout North America and stories from the families that live in them. We and our clients are happy to be chosen to be part of the book. It is available from Taunton Press or can be ordered on Amazon. Old Fort Cabin The homeowners of this cabin are passionate about fly-fishing, so when they found property with a designated trout stream, it was a natural fit. We developed a design that allows them to experience both

We are excited that two Samsel homes received awards from AIA Asheville during their annual Design Awards ceremony. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove won a 2017 Merit Award and the Craven Gap Residence received a 2017 Residential Citation. Thank you to the 2017 jury members and AIA Asheville for the recognition. Congratulations to all the other winners - there is a lot of talent in our area! The Cliffs at Walnut Cove We drew inspiration from traditional prairie motifs and updated them for this modern home in the mountains. Throughout the residence, there is a strong theme of horizontal lines integrated with a