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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...

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...

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.