Residential architecture plays a big part in the home building process. Starting with a precise plan ensures that the end results are exact. Samsel Architects in Asheville has been doing this for their clients for years, working with them to realizes the home of their dreams in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and beyond. Here are five beautiful homes that they have completed, with links to a photo gallery and more information.
We recently talked to Samsel Architects about how much Asheville has grown over the years. It is simply incredible. And to know that some of the folks in their offices are some of the founders that made lots of this possible. Architecture is so important. When you hear about the before and after, the root and the fruit, the Architect is more on the root side. They take an idea, a concept, and create a vision of what it will one day become.
I remember talking to the late Daryl Rantis years ago, an Asheville Architect who studied under E. Fay Jones and was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright; and he explained to me how much of the final design comes from the concept delivered by the Architect. He showed me how intricate it was, how ever line moved made a big difference.
Samsel Architects has been in the Asheville area for many years. They have seen our community baron, and have now not only witnessed the prosperity, but have been an instrumental in making it happen. Below are some projects they have been a part of.
The Blue Spiral Art Gallery in Downtown Asheville.
The Blue Moon Bakery in Downtown Asheville, now City Bakery, and also the location of Samsel Architects.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village, Asheville North Carolina.
Special thanks to Margaret of Samsel Architects for providing these great images to us, and for helping preserve even more of our history and heritage here in Asheville NC!
A budget-conscious, urban home in Asheville designed by architect Daryl Rantis will be featured in the October/November issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The home in the Chicken Hill neighborhood west of downtown was designed with a strict budget to meet the needs of downsized, contemporary lifestyles. The article about the home, “Small & Tall,” shows that despite a tiny lot and a tight budget, the little house can rise to the occasion.
The urban feel of the vertical home was specifically designed to appeal to a modern sensibility and fit on a small lot, according to Rantis, the Director of Design at Green Hammer in Portland, Ore., a design/build construction company. Rantis took the position in July after practicing seven years in Asheville. He is still connected to Western North Carolina through an association with Alembic Studio.
The style of the house is a fusion of modern and Craftsman, reflecting the contemporary lifestyles of city dwellers while paying respect to the architecture and cultural heritage of Asheville with its rich tradition of highly detailed architecture. Details of the home are more typical of Craftsman-style houses, which are traditionally known for their intricate finishes.
The Fine Homebuilding article focuses on the home’s small footprint. The three-story design uses less foundation (concrete) and less roofing (metal), two materials used for their longevity but which are also carbon intensive. The small footprint of the building still allows a reasonable amount of square footage, about 1,500.
The interior is appointed with minimalist trim details and modern cabinetry that breaks from the traditional Craftsman. Wood beams and floors in the living areas give it a clean, yet warm interior. Interiors were styled by Asheville artist Denise Legendre of Denuci Design.
The skin of the building, made from cement fiber panels, reduces the amount of wood and maintenance. It is contrasted with the use of locally harvested cypress for its warmth and beauty.
The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown, the River Arts District and public transportation allows private, detached home ownership in an urban area. A family could live in the home with less dependence on a car. Built and developed by Bill MacCurdy of Sun Construction in 2009, it is designed to be part of a six-building cluster.
The article comes out Sept. 20.