Advice from an architect-interior designer-Mom on helping her daughters decorate their dorm rooms and beyond

“Turn! Turn! Turn!”

♫ To Everything There Is a Season ♫ With Labor Day comes the unofficial end of summer and the turning of the seasons--and for many, this marks a return to school.  From grade school to high school and then off to college, the milestone events in the lives of our children often occur this time of year.  This is especially true...

Amy Conner-Murphy, AIA Architect reflects on the changes new residents bring to Asheville, NC

Earnest Reflection, Exceptional Results

Reflection has been critical to my personal and professional development, so it may not surprise you to find that I encourage this kind of thinking with my clients. It is wondrous how quickly something abstract or seemingly unusual or perhaps something you've never considered before can feel so poignant when we take a moment to look inside ourselves. Throughout...

Home Building Costs in 2022 and 2023

Home Building Costs

2021 saw a dramatic increase in construction prices all over the U.S. An increase in demand combined with supply chain issues and labor shortages created the perfect storm of a volatile building materials market. If the first quarters of 2022 are any indication, we are in for more of the same for the foreseeable future. Rising fuel prices are adding...

Amy Conner-Murphy, Architect reflecting on the anticipation of waiting and the faith in contemplation this Christmas season, 2021

The Waiting Place: Reflections on the Birth of a Design

The holiday season is a busy time for all of us, each with our own traditions. There are gatherings to attend with family and friends, festivities to enjoy and gifts to be exchanged. It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle even when we do our best to prepare ourselves. One of the ways that I...

Holiday Greetings Merry Christmas 2021

Wishing You Love, Joy, and Peace this Holiday Season

From the team at ACM Design, we wish you all the best this holiday season and cheers to a prosperous and healthy 2022. We have been extremely busy in 2021 and by all indications, we will remain so in 2022. We are so very thankful for the wonderful clients we've had the pleasure of working with this year. ...

Giving thanks for seeing home in a new light this Thanksgiving

Seeing Home in a New Light

For much of my career, I have had the pleasure of designing custom homes to suit the tastes and needs of individual clients. It has been my honour to serve as their guide in defining and creating homes that provide the quality of life they desire and can be enjoyed with their family and friends. If there is one thing...

Asheville builder, Bluestone Construction wins NAHB national award for building the Lumiere House designed by ACM Design

Home Builder for Lumiere Project Wins National Award from NHBA

  The 2021 winners have just been announced for the Best in American Living™ by the National Association of Home Builders and Bluestone Construction of Asheville, NC has been selected to receive this prestigious national-level award for the Lumiere House project. This particular home was custom designed for some very special clients who were so committed to design, both for the...

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...

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.