Design Contest – Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors


Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Kitchen, Bath, or Interior Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.

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Design Contest – Remodel / Addition


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Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Remodel or Addition Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.

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2024 Design Contest Winners


Rendering of traditional modern kitchen by Christopher Mainelli using Chief Architect Software

Headshot of Ariana BeaudryBy Ariana Beaudry

Chief Architect has monthly contests for customers to show off their work. People with various backgrounds and styles compete in the following categories: Kitchen/Bath and Interior, Residential, and Remodel/Addition. Please help us congratulate the winners!

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Elevating Everyday Moments: The Art of Designing a Perfect Dining Room


Farmhouse dining space with wooden table and white brick fireplace rendered in Chief Architect Software

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

The dining room is a space that goes beyond functionality. It is the heart of the home where families gather, friends bond, and memorable moments unfold. This guide will walk you through the key elements of creating a dining room that is both visually stunning and a place to make meaningful connections.

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Design Contest – Residential


Modern home design with flat roof and backyard pool

Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Residential Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.

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How to Prepare for a Chief Architect Training Class


Scott Harris training a Chief Architect class.

Phillip Gibney Profile Image By Phillip Gibney

Chief Architect offers online and in-person training classes. These classes are an excellent way to increase your knowledge in the software, get your questions answered, connect with our staff, and network with industry peers. As a class participant, there are several things you can do to help prepare and ensure your success in a training class.

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Winners of the 2023 Design of the Year Contest


Chief Architect Software Design of the year winners, a collage of a Kitchen and Bath, Residential Design, and a Remodeling project.

2023 Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest Finalists


Modern kitchen space with dark accent base cabinets and full herringbone tile backsplash

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Chief Architect holds monthly design contests for customers to show off their work throughout the year. Designers with different backgrounds and design styles go head-to-head in the Kitchen, Bath and interiors, Residential, and Remodel/Addition categories.

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Top Home Improvement Projects to Build Equity and Increase Value


A render of the silverton sample plan designed in Chief Architect Software.

Phillip Gibney Profile Image By Phillip Gibney

For many, a home is not just a place to live, it’s also a way to build wealth and financial security. A common strategy for millions of homeowners looking to increase their home’s value is to complete home improvement projects. When considering which projects to pursue, estimating the project’s return on investment (ROI) early in the planning process is essential.  The ROI for a given home improvement project helps predict how much your home value might increase based on how much money you spend on the project. This is important because it can help you prioritize which home improvement projects to undertake based on your goals.  For example, if you spend $30,000 on a home project and this project increases the long-term value of your home by $30,000, then the ROI is 100%; however, if it increases the value of your home by $15,000, the ROI will only be 50% and may have you reprioritizing your list of home improvement projects. In this article, we will discuss home improvement projects that consistently have the best ROI and learn how 3D home design software can help ensure your next project is a success.

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Chief Challenge: B-52’s Tribute Project


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The Chief Architect Challenge is a design exercise crafted to test your skills and encourage learning with fun and unique projects. The theme for this series is the B-52’s. How many design elements can you recreate in 10 minutes? Chief Architect staff will judge the entries – architectural elements are more important than colors & materials. Each Chief Challenge winner will receive a Limited-Edition Chief Architect Gear care kit.

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