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Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms Add Luxury and Comfort

One area of your new home you may not have thought to consult your home architect regarding is the outdoor space.  But imagine enjoying a beautiful WNC evening with friends or family while the aroma of a fresh baked pizza fills the air from a blazing, brick outdoor pizza oven.  Outdoor rooms are getting more attention than ever and the...

Paint Color Trends for 2010

[caption id="attachment_612" align="alignright" width="200"] ACM Designed Entry Way[/caption] Experts say that even our color choices have been affected by the state of today’s economy: safe with a splash of hope.  Consulting your home design team is the best way to match up the right color to the right space.  But we’ve compiled a few highlights to help get you started. Neutral Colors Safe...

Consider Greening Your Home Remodel

[caption id="attachment_607" align="alignright" width="300"] ACM Designed Green Home[/caption] Perhaps you’ve been considering a home remodel, but are concerned about the cost and what the ROI will be.  If this is the case, you may want to consider a “green” remodel.  Incorporating green features into your existing home may cost less than you think and save you a lot of money in...

Four Green Plumbing Trends You Can’t Ignore

[caption id="attachment_603" align="alignright" width="266" caption="Green Plumbing Trends"][/caption] While you have likely heard of Western North Carolina’s HealthyBuilt Home Program, you may have missed the word on green plumbing, including new residential trends like WaterSense homes. It’s no secret that many people are incorporating green features in their new home design in every area of the house from the kitchen to the yard...

Best Bang for Your Buck on Appliances

[caption id="attachment_598" align="alignright" width="300"] Stainless Steel is Here to Stay[/caption] Incorporating the right appliances is a great way to add value to your home, but with so many options, it can be hard to know what to look for.  By working closely with your home architect, and familiarizing yourself with some of the basics, you can be assured a strong ROI...

How to Approach Green Building Costs

Long-term savings make green home includes well worth the investment, but the initial costs can be as much as 10-30% higher than not-so eco-friendly alternatives.  Which makes working closely with your home architect in the planning and incorporation of these features essential to saving energy and money over time. Start at the Beginning At ACM Design, we sit down with our...

Top Home Features for 2010

[caption id="attachment_590" align="alignright" width="211"] Kitchen Islands Offer Extra Storage[/caption] If you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing one this year, here are five of the top trends you can really get behind.  And if there’s one thing that these top home design features have in common, it’s energy efficiency. Smaller Spaces:  As the home market begins to show signs of...

Top Choices in Eco-Friendly Flooring

[caption id="attachment_580" align="alignright" width="200"] Eco-Friendly Hardwood Flooring[/caption] Bamboo and cork flooring are very on trend, but is hardwood or linoleum a better eco-friendly choice for your new home or remodel?  You will want to consult your home architect for her extensive knowledge of design and experience in working these materials. It is also important to familiarize yourself with some of the advantages...

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.