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Designing Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen: Top Things to Include

Chief Architect Rendering of outdoor pergola with outdoor kitchen that includes a grill and sink.

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Are you considering adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular, offering a perfect blend of functionality and entertainment for outdoor living spaces. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast or simply enjoy hosting family and friends, designing an outdoor kitchen can significantly enhance your outdoor experience. To help you create the perfect outdoor culinary oasis, here are the top things to consider when designing an outdoor kitchen along with how Chief Architect Software can aid in your design process.


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.


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.


Chief Challenge: B-52’s Tribute Project

Chief Architect Challenge Graphic

Derek's Profile Image by Derek Pedersen

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.


2024 Interior Design Trends That Will Transform Your Space

Modern home design with shed roof

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Welcome to the world of interior design, where trends constantly evolve and influence how we shape our living spaces. As we step into 2024, it’s time to explore the exciting interior design trends that will dominate the year.


How to Prepare for Chief Academy

Students in the Advanced Residential class at Chief Academy.

Author, Kerry Hansen By Kerry Hansen

Chief Architect is proud to have Chief Academy back and in person this year! Chief Academy is an excellent way to get inspired. Spend two and a half days learning new skills to increase your knowledge of the software. Connect with our staff, network with industry peers, test drive new products, get answers to your questions, and more. As a class participant, there are several things you can do to help prepare and ensure your success during your time at Chief Academy.


Harnessing the Power of Chief Architect Software to Create a Pet-Friendly Home Design

Built in pet space with bed and additional storage for treats and other essentials.

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

As pets become integral members of our families, designing homes that accommodate their needs and well-being has gained significant importance. Home design software offers a powerful toolset for envisioning, planning, and executing pet-friendly design solutions. By leveraging the capabilities of these software tools, homeowners and designers can create aesthetically pleasing, functional, and safe living spaces that cater to the needs of both humans and their beloved pets.


Creating a Functional Home Using Chief Architect Software for Efficient Space Planning

Dollhouse floor plan view using Chief Architect

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

We spend a significant portion of our lives in our homes. Our living spaces should be designed to be comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Residential space planning can help you achieve an organized and well-planned living space.


8 Tips to Improve Your Productivity in Chief Architect

An elevation of the Silverton plan designed in Chief Architect.

by Phillip Gibney

Do you periodically take the time to evaluate your use of Chief Architect and improve your productivity and skills in the program? Doing so can streamline your workflow, reduce the time it takes to complete a project, and provide you with higher-quality renders and construction documents. This may entail breaking bad habits and forming good new habits, updating various aspects of the program, or simply learning about unfamiliar tools.


What AI is Saying about Chief Architect

The front exterior elevation of a modern home with a shed roofs

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen & Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere right now and being in the tech industry, we wanted to see what it had to say about Chief Architect Software so we asked ChatGPT, “Why should I buy Chief Architect Software?” and these results which came up in a matter of minutes.