ACM Design Architecture & Interiors / Articles posted by Amy Conner-Murphy (Page 17)

Bathroom Design Basics

[caption id="attachment_515" align="alignright" width="237"] Master Bath design by ACM Design[/caption] Second to the kitchen, the master bath is the room in which homeowners typically spend the most money and aim to marry highly functional design with tranquil, spa-like materials and products. Working with a custom home architect affords endless possibilities to blend unique, custom features with practical and efficient bathroom design. Before...

Amy Connor-Murphy

Why I Do What I Do . . .

As a high school student struggling to find my path for college, I visited an architect's office in my hometown and immediately "knew" that was the job for me.  Of course, I had no idea what being an architect really entailed, but the thought of drawing everyday and being outside while the building was being built sounded just right to...

How to Choose the Best Property for your New Home

When building a new home, most homeowners spend days and months scouring home plans or working with a custom home architect to design their dream home. Many people don't realize, however, that an equal amount of thought is required when buying residential property. Understanding how to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of a particular property is critical in the setting...

Reasonable Approaches to Sustainable Living

[caption id="attachment_489" align="alignright" width="199"] Gold Level Healthy Built Home designed by ACM Design[/caption] Sustainable living, green building and eco-friendly homes are nothing new. Although rapidly gaining a widespread audience, green living is actually a way of life and can be as simple as changing your eating and recycling habits, or as far-reaching as designing a custom home with environmentally friendly building...

Video of Custom Home Construction Tour in Asheville

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Custom Outdoor Kitchen

Entertain in Style with Custom Outdoor Kitchens

[caption id="attachment_145" align="alignright" width="269"] Outdoor kitchen and covered porch designed by ACM Design[/caption] Nothing enhances a backyard, patio, or deck like an outdoor kitchen. Offering casual entertaining in a gorgeous setting makes custom outdoor kitchens a popular trend in outdoor design. Before building an outdoor kitchen, think first about how you plan to use the kitchen. How will you use your outdoor...

Sunroom Design Does More than Brighten a Room

[caption id="attachment_67" align="alignright" width="300"] Sunroom with fireplace designed by ACM Design[/caption] Homebuyers are becoming more and more savvy when it comes to understanding the value of a good deal.  With the increased amount of foreclosed homes, many buyers are taking advantage of lower prices and spacious, private lots with mature trees in order to renovate a home to their satisfaction.  Home...

Lighting Design: Highlighting Interior Design

Never before has lighting design been as versatile and decorative as today. With so many options available for the home, decorating with light can make the difference between an overly bright room and a work of art. [caption id="attachment_6796" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] Lighting design makes the room in this kitchen remodel in the Weaverville Farmhouse Renovation[/caption]   Before beginning any design project, consult with...

Are you Planning to
Design and Build a Mountain Home?

If you’ve ever driven the Blue Ridge Parkway and dreamt of living in the Smoky Mountains or the Southern Appalachians, we’ve compiled a series of complimentary guides rich with information about designing a mountain home. Informed by our decades of experience as mountain home architects, we share expert advice about topics like building on steep slopes, terrain-specific building costs, and materials suited for withstanding the mountain weather. Our passion for creating personalized and heartfelt homes is apparent in all of our work and it is our pleasure to share our expertise with you in these free and informative guides.