Celebrating Life thru Design

Celebrating Life Through Design

Birthdays are a time to celebrate by gathering with loved ones, and as my own birthday approaches, I am feeling particularly grateful for the ability to do so this year. For many of us, the pandemic made it far more difficult, if not impossible, to see friends and family. It also coerced us into slowing down and allowed us to...

Live where you want and work remote is a trend that is here to stay

Live Where You Want and Work Remote is a Trend that is Here to Stay

I was recently reminded of a conversation I had with a friend who began working in the late 1960’s. He said the talk at that time was of a shift to 30 hour work weeks in work environments other than office buildings. Here we are 40+ years and a global pandemic later witnessing these ideas emerge as the new reality,...

How Experience Makes You A Better Architect

In this mini-episode from ACM Design Architecture & Interiors produced by Julia Murphy, daughter of Amy Conner-Murphy, Amy reflects on what makes someone a good architect.  Listen as Amy shares how the practice of listening and observing and an education by life experience is what she knows has made her a better architect. Raising her own family has had...

Lighting Tips

Selecting the Right Lighting for Your Home

[caption id="attachment_7722" align="alignright" width="1800"] Lumiere House Living Room[/caption] Lighting is an essential ingredient in making the rooms of a home feel warm and inviting. At ACM Design, we incorporate lighting in many ways to create a sense of place. Lighting highlights architectural details to define the character of a home. Lighting placement can define a conversation area or be a practical...

Dining Room Home Office

Working from Home

[caption id="attachment_7594" align="alignnone" width="800"] Dining Room Turned Home School Room[/caption]   The recent global pandemic has many of us working from home--an opportunity we appreciate if our jobs allow it. Yet, not all of us have a dedicated home office, so we have created makeshift home offices in existing spaces pulling together the necessities to “get by.” Here are a few creative...

Black Mountain Modern Project Update

Black Mountain Modern Project Update

Talk About Views! From the moment you step inside this rustic modern home, you not only enjoy expansive views, but you can envision our client's future family gatherings in the open space, yet feel the coziness and warmth for when it's just the two of them. The outdoor living space commands mega-views of the mountains and valleys as well, and the...

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.