Tag Archives: samsel

Samsel Home featured on dezeen

One of our favorite more recently designed and built homes is the one above by our friends at Samsel Architects. We love seeing WNC homes getting national design attention along with everything else we have to offer. Check out the online article HERE from our dezeen feed. Congrats! Kelly and Troy

Congrats to Asheville’s Samsel Architects

samsel-2016-aia-nc-firm-awardAIA North Carolina’s 2016 Firm of the Year | We want to congratulate all our friends at Samsel Architects for winning Firm of the Year this year from AIA North Carolina. Thanks for the design integrity you bring to the mountains and our community. Cheers from us!

Congrats to Samsel Architects

Fonatana Lake House Wins Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Award | Samsel Architects is delighted to announce that their Fontana Lake House won Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Award!Fontana-ReadersChoiceAward

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 of the home provide generous views of the lake. Some green features of this home include us or low or no V.O.C finishes, LED lighting and energy efficient appliances.Fontana-Bridge-Dining-e1410183391442

Along with the Samsel team a special thanks goes to Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design Studio, Bill Baxter of The William Baxter Company, and Hutch Kerns of Kerns Land Planning + Design for their contributions. Read more about this project in the 2016 Houses edition of Fine Homebuilding magazine or online at finehomebuilding.com. Cheers to you all!

Vote for Samsel Architects

Fine Homebuilding 2016 Houses AwardsFontana-FHB-Award

There is still time to vote for our friends at Samsel Architects. Their Fontana Lake Residence which was on the modern tour last year has been chosen as a finalist for Fine Homebuilding 2016 Houses Readers’ Choice Award! Voting is open now until February 26 at midnight. Votes are limited to one a day per person but you can vote every day until the contest ends.Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 4.44.43 AM

If the project wins, it will be featured in a two-page spread in Fine Homebuilding Houses issue later this year. Please take some time to vote by clicking here.

Cheers from Modern Asheville Real Estate!

Vote for Samsel Architecture

Fine Homebuilding 2016 Houses AwardsFontana-FHB-Award

Our friends at Samsel Architects are up for an award again this year.  Their Fontana Lake Residence which was on the modern tour last year has been chosen as a finalist for Fine Homebuilding 2016 Houses Readers’ Choice Award! Voting is open now until February 26 at midnight. Votes are limited to one a day per person but you can vote every day until the contest ends.Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 4.44.43 AM

If the project wins, it will be featured in a two-page spread in Fine Homebuilding Houses issue later this year. Please take some time to vote by clicking here.

Cheers from the Modern Asheville Real Estate team!

Today’s Modern | Maximized Living thru Minimal Means

SAMSEL ARCHITECTS | THE CRAVEN GAP HOUSECravenGap-Blog-Exterior

We at Modern Asheville Real Estate were very pleased to see this home by our friends at Samsel Architects. The Asheville modern home is on trend to meet many of our real estate home buyers needs. The smaller efficient floor plan lives openly like a loft for those looking to downsize and live with less, along with, the low maintenance materials and natural setting that requires little care from the home owner. The home is as easy to live and relax in as it is to exit worry free when the travel bug bites unexpectedly. On top of that it maximizes energy efficiency and includes technology to make the home sustainable for years to come. All around the simple and sleek modern home has been intentionally designed to maximize quality of life while minimizing the burdens of home ownership. We love that combination. Discover more details on Samsel’s website here. Cheers to the team!CravenGap-Blog-KitchenHall

On another note, if you are in the market for an efficient, quality mountain home designed with a similar philosophy — check out our architectural and sustainable listing in Waynesville here. Originally designed by Stephen Beili and Wilson Architects with interiors by Traci Kearns the home has three green certifications. Conveniently, we are co-hosting a lunchtime Broker Open House there tomorrow, Wednesday the 25th. Give Kelly or Troy a call for the details if you would like to stop by for a tour. {828.552.4811}

Samsel’s Modern Pavilion House Update

On our past visit to Samsel Architects, architect Duncan McPherson walked us through the design of this clean and simple house. We love this one! Below you can see the progression. Samsel Sketch

“The Pavilion House is located on a 40-acre farm that has remarkable mountain views and land dotted with towering old growth oak trees. It was important to locate and organize the house so the owners would get spectacular views without compromising the health of the large oak trees on the property. The result is an “L” shaped house designed around the trees with plenty of windows to connect the indoor living space to the outdoors. Construction has begun and framing, roof and windows are complete. Samsel Architects is working with Fred and Seth Koon of Koon Custom Homes to bring the modern home to completion.”Construction

sketch and photo courtesy of Samsel Architects

Samsel Architects | Contemporary Concept Home

Modern-Concept-House-DrivewayCheck out this concept for a contemporary mountain home from our friends at Samsel Architects. The home blends minimal and clean lines with a site appropriate layout for a typical Asheville homesite. For the full story go here. Enjoy!

Modern Atlanta reveals Asheville’s Modern

CalendarKelly and I have been working for years to champion a modern and mid-century home tour here in Asheville. With our help Modern Atlanta has finally brought their expertise in leading a Modern Home tour this weekend for us all to enjoy. Here’s the skinny on what the organization is doing.

First, go HERE to purchase a ticket for the Asheville home tour. Once you purchase a ticket you will get a link to the map, addresses to the homes and times they are open. Below is some info on each of the homes being showcased this weekend by Modern Atlanta and the associated designers. Please note that homes are open either Saturday or Sunday, but not both. Enjoy!

thumb-1The Kenilworth home is being hosted by Samsel Architects who designed a major renovation to this original Tony Lord designed home constructed in the 1950’s. The pedigree home was carefully sited on the nine acres of land and was designed with windows to showcase the view of Lake Kenilworth. The majority of the exterior and interior materials were preserved while the plan was updated with an enhanced kitchen and master suite. This home will be open on Sunday, May 31st from 10am to 4pm.

evelyn-exteriorEvelyn Place was originally a 1960’s ranch home and recently redesigned by Scott Huebner of Brickstack Architects. Over 2500 sqft of additional living space was added, including a two-car garage, screened porch, bluestone terrace and a master suite. This home will be open on Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 4pm.

thumb-2The new Zum House was built this past summer is a green, pre-fabricated, flat-packed dwelling with a high overall R value. The bold, eye-catching facade was assembled on one of the few remaining infill lots in Asheville. The exterior features gray fiber cement board siding with aluminum extruded profiles and flashing. The interior timbers are engineered wood stock with Port Orford cedar timbers on the outside. This home will be open on Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 4pm.

Fontana-Bridge-EntryExterior-e1410183240107The Fontana Bridge Lake House designed by Samsel Architects is a private lake home located in Swain County and was completed in the summer of 2014. The LEED Gold home is designed to integrate harmoniously with the surrounding Appalachian mountain setting. The understated exterior and the thoughtfully chosen palette blend into the topography of the wooded hillside. This home will be open on Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 4pm.

We hope everyone comes out and shows your support to what Modern Atlanta is doing for us here is Asheville. Kelly and I are so grateful to Elayne and their team. Cheers!

Samsel’s Old Fort Cabin | 2nd in Reader’s Choice Award

Old Fort CompOne of Samsel Architects recently constructed modern cabins was voted 2nd in the Reader’s Choice Award with Fine Homebuilding Magazine. The home designed as a fly-fishing escape for clients was located to take advantage of the nearby creek in Old Fort. To see more of the entries go here. Congrats to Duncan and team, along with Alchemy Design. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Samsel Architects | Modern Pavilion House

Tryon-RenderingI recently saw this project published online. Immediately, I was drawn to the updated mid-century, prairie styling. The home is being designed for a 40 acre farm in Columbus, NC with large oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant mountain views. I look forward to seeing this evolve. Go here for more.

The Ramble Preview Center

IMG_3117

I took some time to explore the Ramble Preview Center on Sunday. I know it is one of Kelly’s favorite buildings here, but somehow I have failed to visit until now. After spending some intimate time with it I can see why it is so highly regarded. It is a perfect blend of forest meets mountain meets modern with a bit of Asian IMG_3120craftsmanship thrown in. As I have been working to define a Modern Asheville vernacular this helps me get there.

The building was designed and constructed as a partnership between local designers at Samsel Architects and Seattle based Cutler Anderson. The preview center was created to challenge the audience to rethink the concept of historical integration by echoing the philosophies of its founder, rather than the literal repetition of hundred year old design originated by the Vanderbilts. Attention to craftsmanship is present throughout from construction joints to stonework.Ramble Comp

While the building and its details are inspiring, I was also struck at the conscious choices of art and furnishings. The thoughtful blend in modern and traditional furnishings plays lightly in the environment providing luxury that IMG_3138seems timeless. Like any site specific design not brought in from elsewhere combined with traditional and modern design elements the building and site have an overall timeless quality. Design and Timelessness are smart messages to send to the real estate audience looking at The Ramble as their future home.

For you Kelly….Enjoy!

Troy