Testimonials

We listen to our clients and here’s what they say:

“ACM Design provided us a complete package from conceptual sketches to overall development of the home design to material selections to construction drawings to working out the detail of an awesome color palette. Amy excelled at making sure that the details enhanced the overall design.

Starting with our vision she designed our home to fit and match to the dynamics of the site. Amy proposed an integrated design of both in interior and exterior concepts with the goal of creating a unified style and ambiance. During the design process, she offered design strategies, led our visits to showrooms and provided online sources to finalize selections and confirm pricing.

It was our plan to obtain firm pricing, so Amy developed the construction drawings and project manual that was used during the bid process and ultimately led to our contractor selection. After the bids were submitted she took us thru an optimization process to balance scope with budget.

Amy coordinated the design with architectural detailing, materials, finishes, millwork, casings, lighting, fixtures, hardware, and accessories. When changes were made during construction, she was there to make it happen seamlessly.

We need to say a special word about color balance. Amy’s sense of color is amazing. The one question that most people ask is: How did you get all those pieces and colors to be seamless? The answer is simple: Amy.

When you start to build a house, you think it is will be easy, and then you find out that you are building a puzzle with 10,000 pieces. Amy is a master puzzle builder.”

- Steve & Mary Jo Goodman

“My husband and I chose Amy Conner-Murphy to design our new home in the Asheville, North Carolina area from among a number of well-credentialed architects. Amy has proven herself to be an exceptionally talented architect and as our home nears completion we could not be happier. Our rapport with Amy was immediate and she quickly distinguished herself as someone with imagination, skill and flexibility. We also greatly benefited from Amy’s network of building professionals and with her help were able to quickly assemble our construction team including our builder, landscape architect and key vendors. Amy has encouraged a two-way dialogue throughout the design phase emphasizing that in this partnership our questions, ideas and uncertainties are a welcome and expected part of the process. Amy designed exterior and interior spaces that have transformed our new house into an invitingly comfortable family home; one that feels as if it has existed for years, nestled into the surrounding mountain landscape, with interior warmth and charm. Our intent as empty nesters has been to downsize by having rooms function for multiple purposes, such as guest bedrooms that also serve as home offices and a dining nook for two that can expand into the adjacent open space living room for larger gatherings. We wanted to create spaces that could easily accommodate friends and family while retaining an intimate coziness for just the two of us. With Amy’s skill and dedication we feel that we are realizing that vision. We thank Amy for making the entire process surprisingly easy and fun.”

- Suzanne Travers

“Amy and her team were the consummate professionals to have design our vacation/ future retirement home. My husband and I interviewed other architects but I knew instantly upon meeting Amy that she would be the right one for us! She was extremely thorough in asking us the right questions and most importantly listening to our answers. Together we designed a home that we are thrilled with and that is extremely warm and inviting. She is extremely attentive to details and has an incredible ability to create the right feel and flow to space. There are many architects who create beautiful buildings but Amy and her team really created a home. She helped with nearly all of our finishes and created wonderful palettes from which we could choose. Our project was done from a long distance away and Amy maximized our time together. She was organized and prepared for and kept us on track at every meeting! Vendors and builders have great respect for her which made the entire process stress-free.”

-Eileen Doran

“My husband and I invited Amy Conner-Murphy to assist us in refreshing our home prior to beginning our retirement years. Having lived in our home for twenty years we wanted Amy’s guidance and expertise in making needed upgrades and improvements to our existing home. Amy offered assistance with our interior and exterior spaces. While our home is a modest one, we longed to bring beauty, function and comfort to our “nest” so that we and others could enjoy our home as a warm and welcoming space. Amy understood our goals completely; gently and patiently giving guidance as we needed it in decisions great and small. We are pleased with the transformation that has occurred within our home and are delighted to have had Amy to show us the way. Daily we enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Amy Conner-Murphy is a creative, talented and gifted ‘beauty maker’.”

- David & Katie Warren

“We so enjoy the house and offer a very heartfelt thank you for all you’ve done. We look forward to a continued friendship.”

“We had a week here for the first time in a long time. We can only thank you so much.  The home captures us anew each time we are here.”

- Bill & Elizabeth Green

“In early conversations we were impressed with Amy’s experience in commercial and residential architecture. What really sold us were her intelligent questions and early renditions based on our input. We could not be happier with the final result. ACM Design translated our preferences into a warm and comfortable home that takes full advantage of the location, combining indoor and outdoor living areas.”

- Tom & Linda Bushar

“We chose Amy because of her professionalism, her ability to communicate her ideas to us in a way that made sense and her ability to understand what we were trying to accomplish. Simply put, she got it.”

- Jenny Pritchard

“Building a house can be a stressful experience particularly when your new home is 700 miles away. Working with Amy took all the stress and worries out of the process. The time spent in the design process was impressive with Amy making sure she knew what we liked but spending equal time understanding what we didn’t like. Our schedule didn’t allow us to spend much time at the job but the weekly site visit updates made us feel like we were there!

A few times we panicked during the selections process, thinking we missed something or made a bad materials choice, but Amy was calm and reassuring, drawing from the list of things we liked and didn’t like, always leading us in making the right decision. Amy and team made building a home remotely a wonderful experience. Elaine and I highly recommend her and we would work with her in an instant if we were to build again.”

- Rod & Elaine Hershberger

“Amy became an immediate friend as she explored my dreams, shared laughs, was firm but patient and realistic when I headed off on tangents. She guided me through an incredible journey.”

- Judy Leavitt

“We built this home to nurture us. And we love parties . . . it’s very well laid out for entertainment.  We had the “dream team” and that’s why we got the best result. It was such a pleasure to work with all of them.”

- Beau & Bebe Marler

“I’ve worked with Amy since 2004 on multiple projects. Amy approaches every project with a collaborative effort and always has the clients’ best interest in mind. She is creative, detailed, thorough and is always striving to make the project better. I highly recommend Amy as a talented Architect.”

- Chris Brock, Brock Builders Inc.

“We are custom home builders who have been building in Western North Carolina for over 20 years and we have worked with many architects in the area. It’s been our privilege to work with ACM design multiple times in the last few years, and they have quickly become one of our favorite architecture firms. Not only are their designs well thought out and beautifully done, but ACM makes it easy and enjoyable to build from their plans. The attention to detail and superb organization of ACM’s construction drawings are one of the things that impress us most, as builders. ACM’s team is personable and intelligent and they get our highest recommendation.”

- Matt Holloway, Aspen Builders

“Over the past several years I’ve had the privilege of working on several custom residential projects designed by Amy Conner-Murphy. During that time I’ve had the opportunity to witness first-hand her working process and the end results.

Amy engages clients throughout the design and construction process integrating their desires and needs with the disciplines of durability, sustainability, and a sense of luxury. Her expertise in construction methods, material application, and spatial relations creates exterior and interior environments of the highest design integrity.

She is articulate, thorough, and a leader that fosters collaboration among all members of the design/build team. Amy Conner-Murphy has earned my utmost respect and recommendation as an architect at the top of her field.”

- Michael Dawson, MikeDesignLLC

“Since 2005 I have worked on multiple projects with Amy and the staff of ACM Design. I have found her to be in tune with the client’s vision, designing within budget and other worldly constraints, and always coming up with solutions that feel right. She is a good listener and collaborator. Amy and her staff have always been a pleasure to work for. I recommend her highly.”

- Eric McDonald, PE, McDonald Structural Engineering

“The most qualified and professional architects we have ever worked with, ACM has a great eye for design and an ability to work with any situation presented to her. ACM is always open to new ideas and willing to listen to other perspectives. Very detailed construction and design oriented company. We hope to work with this company for many years to come.”

- John Motes, Stone Connection Granite and Interiors

“Amy’s clear talent for creative design is complimented by her professional manner and friendly personality. I have greatly enjoyed working with Amy on recent projects and would highly recommend her to prospective clients as an inspired and skillful architect.”

- Greg Cloos, Cloos Landscape Architecture

“ACM Design is known for their professionalism and versatility in design and architecture, seamlessly delivering beyond each client’s expectations. Amy Conner-Murphy is conscientious, creative and delightful to work with. We highly recommend ACM Design for the most discerning clientele.”

- Brian & Melanie Boggs, Brian Boggs Chairmakers