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Dani Walker

Mountain Home Wins with Modern Yet Timeless Design


Modern mountain home design with tan stucco and brick accents.

By Dani Walker

Steve Johnsen wins 2nd place in Chief Architect’s Residential Design Contest. His winning design combines warm textures and expansive windows to compliment both the home and environment with a cohesive, timeless flair. 

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Sean Bulman Wins First Place with his Award-Winning Modern Prairie Style Design


modern prairie style home surrounded by a golf course, desert hills and multiple views to Kamloops Lake

By: Dani Walker

Located in Kamloops, British Columbia, Sean Bulman uses Chief Architect to integrate a client’s inspirations into a design that suits both their needs and budget.

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Jennifer Collin’s Award-Winning Kitchen uses Color to Evoke Emotion


Open concept kitchen with large blue island, white cabinets, and wood countertops.

From Concept to Reality- Two Sisters use Chief Architect to Bring Their Residential Design Projects to Life


View of prarie from unfinished framed house

By: Dani Walker

We met two sisters at our yearly Chief Academy and were impressed with the business they’ve built, with family roots, just 90 miles from our headquarters.

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Projected Backlog for New Clients


Front Elevation of the Grandview House with story pole dimensions.

By: Dani Walker

What does a hot real estate market mean for professionals in the building industry? A significant backlog of work. Since 2012, there has been a steady increase in housing prices. That increase continues as inventory and labor availability shrink. 

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2019 Design & Construction Week – IBS/KBIS Recap


By Dani Walker

This past month our Chief Architect team flew down to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the International Builders Show (IBS) and Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

With this being the largest annual housing trade show and exhibition, it took months of preparation and planning to design our 1,800 sq. ft. booth. We look forward to IBS/KBIS every year and appreciate everyone’s hard work to make this event successful.

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Chief Academy 2018 Recap


By Dani Walker

 

Last week Chief Architect held the 2018 Chief Academy near our headquarters in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. There were over 100 attendees who came for the 2 ½ days of in-depth training, 1 on 1 support, and networking events. Over the course of the event, Users were able to soak up the last few days of summer in Coeur d’ Alene through morning events and evening receptions.

Day 1 kicked off with a Welcome and Company Update from our CEO, Greg Wells. Shortly after, Users headed to their class to start training. Classes ranged from Introductory to Advanced, each taught by a certified Chief Architect Instructor. The day was full of tips, tricks, and techniques to help Users utilize Chief Architect within their business.

 

Chief Architect customers gathered at the 2018 Chief Academy ready for a training.

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Chief Academy 2018 is Quickly Approaching!


Chief Architect training event coming Aug 29-31

By Dani Walker

 

It’s almost that time of the year again when Chief Architect users come from near and far to learn, network, and relax during a 2-day Chief Academy training event.

If you are unfamiliar with this 2-day event, it is packed full of training sessions, networking events, focused seminars, 1-on-1 training, and special insights into new products. Held near our headquarters in beautiful Coeur d’ Alene, ID, there are plenty of social events to extend your learning and relaxation as well. (more…)

Robert Padgett brings his home design sketches to life


Robert Padgett's hand drawn elevation view of a home design.

By Dani Walker

Residential Designer, Robert Padgett, shares how he takes his design process from hand sketches to 3D renderings. Learn more about Robert’s story and why he chose Chief Architect to help his customers visualize their projects.

“I am a residential designer located in the Metro Atlanta area. I do a lot of work for builders – almost like a design-build situation.  A typical project would be 4,000-5,000 square feet, in the $880k to $1.2 million range. Our area is also experiencing a lot of remodeling projects. (more…)

Designing with Wayfair in Chief Architect


Primary Bedroom with Wayfair furniture and accessories to design a warm and relaxing space.

By Dani Walker

Chief Architect recently partnered with Wayfair Trade to produce a catalog of over 500 free models for our 3D Library.

This catalog includes a collection of lighting, furniture, and home décor models of real-life products from Wayfair.com. Chief Architect and Home Designer customers are able to create free, shoppable renderings for clients of any style. With more than 10,000 suppliers and eight million products, Wayfair is one of the largest online shopping destinations for all home décor and furnishings. (more…)