2022 Design Contest Winners


Custom tub with accent wall mural

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 Interiors, Residential, and Remodel/Addition. Please help us congratulate the winners!

Kitchen/Bath and Interior Winners – June


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Emily Cathcart, CMKBD, NCIDQ of Emily Cathcart Designs

1st Place: Emily Cathcart, CMKBD, NCIDQ

“Emily Cathcart, CMKBD, NCIDQ of Emily Cathcart Designs is located in Bend, Oregon. Emily has specialized in Kitchen and Bath Design for over 20 years in Colorado and after a recent move to Oregon decided to upgrade her drawing skills with Chief Architect to attract new clients. It’s extremely rewarding to share renderings with a client and see their eyes light up with inspiration for their new project.”

2nd Place: Robert Smith

3rd Place: Dustin Kubasek

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Dustin Kubasek of Kitchen Kraft Inc.

“I’ve always considered myself an artist.  I attended a small fine-art school in Baltimore, Maryland for a time, but soon thereafter started my career as a craftsman by trade.  It was an easy path for me to take in order to start earning a living.  My dad was a custom home builder and trim carpenter, so working closely with him for many years provided a solid background in construction from the ground up on many types of residential projects.  In fact, I grew up around construction sites observing how things were done.  As I progressed in my own knowledge and skillset (especially with custom finish work), I began using CAD programs to layout all of my custom kitchen and bathroom designs.  Taking that to the residential design/build industry has allowed me to focus on the artistic side of construction. 

Once I started using Chief Architect Premier, it was a game-changer for me with how well-rounded it is as an architectural program.  I started with version X8 about 7 years ago and love how progressive it is.  This program is a great fit for designing and creating build prints.  Most clients have a difficult time visualizing how things will turn out in the end, so the ability to create photo-realistic renderings all in one program is unarguably beneficial.  There is nothing lost in translation this way, and the possibilities are endless. 

Presently I am a Senior Architectural Designer at Kitchen Kraft Inc. and Dream Baths in Columbus, Ohio.  We complete around 50 custom renovation projects per year locally.  I create all as-built models, plans/designs, build-prints, and presentation renderings for our projects, all on Chief Architect (currently X14) working alongside the designers and project engineer to create solid plans for our staff to execute in the field.  Our projects are fairly complicated at times, so our carpenters no doubt appreciate having a great set of legible color-coded plans to work from as well.  So using this software is fantastic all the way through the process.  I am already excited about X15 and look forward to rolling with those changes and to see what else will be adapted in the future!”

Remodel/Addition Contest Winners – May


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Jenna-Lyn Croteau

1st Place: Jenna-Lyn Croteau

Jenna-Lyn Croteau is from Chelsea, Massachusetts, and currently resides in East Boston with her family. She has over five years of experience working in architecture and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College. Jenna-Lyn became involved in architecture after studying Drafting and Design while attending a vocational high school. 

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Doug Hornstein of Light House Design

2nd Place: Doug Hornstein

Doug Hornstein of Light House Design in Sudbury, MA, grew up around design and construction. He is inspired by his dad, David, who renovated or built every house their family lived in. Doug has always been interested in the psychological impact of space and was slowly drawn to carpentry and design.

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William Bentley II of Francium LLC

3rd Place: William A. Bentley II, AIA

William Bentley II, the Co-founder of Francium LLC. He is an Indianapolis-based architect who uses Chief Architect for home remodels and designs from the ground up.

Residential Contest Winners – April


1st Place: Robert Smith

2nd Place: Jean Thomas

Jean has been in the construction industry since 1996 and started as an electrical apprentice. She later started designing and has been enjoying it since 2015. Jean currently works for Pusch Ridge Design and Remodel, focusing on kitchens, bathrooms, and patio additions.

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Graeme Camp of Wright Residential

3rd Place: Graeme Camp

“I have worked for Wright Residential as a Project Engineer and Project Manager since January 2019. We specialize in custom new home construction and have started to get into the remodeled spaces in the past year.”

Kitchen/Bath and Interior Winners – March


1st Place: Sarah Gubbels

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in design. She has been with Homestead Homes of America in Wayne, Nebraska, since 2013 and has helped countless families realize their dream of new homeownership. With the help of design professionals like Sarah, clients at Homestead Homes enjoy the pride and participation of building their own homes. 

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Shelly Wood of Axis Construction

2nd Place: Shelly Wood

Shelly and the team at Axis Construction are experienced and qualified general contractors performing both residential and commercial projects. They specialize in kitchen and bath renovations, residential design/build remodeling, and additions. Shelly works closely with clients to develop a plan and vision for their projects. 

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Robert Smith of Robert Smith Design

3rd Place: Robert Smith

Robert is the owner, designer, and graphic artist for Robert Smith Design. He understands that every inch of the home matters to his clients and wants every aspect designed with excellence. He goes beyond the standard and gains inspiration from the characteristics of the building site, including the layout and location of the land.


Thank you to everyone who shared their designs with us! Learn how to enter our upcoming contest for a chance to win.


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