Winners of the 2022 Design of the Year Contest


Design of the year winners, collage of each winning design

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Congratulations to the Chief Architect Design of the Year Winners!

Each year Chief Architect holds monthly design contests for customers to showcase their work. Designers with various styles and backgrounds compete head to head in the following categories: Kitchen/Bath and Interiors, Residential, and Remodel/Additions.

Every month, designs are voted on through the Chief Architect Facebook page. In December, the winners are entered into the Design of the Year Contest. Voting was open until January 11th, and the results are in!


Grand Prize Winners

Watch the video announcement on our Facebook page.

Kitchen/Bath and Interior Design Category

Grand Prize Winner – Shelly Wood

A portrait of Shelly Wood

“This project is a kitchen remodel! This particular kitchen was an odd shape with a long length to it, and one of the existing walls was a curved wall with a built-in indoor grill. The kitchen had an awkward breakfast nook area that was fairly unused because the geometry of the area with the curved brick wall and existing cabinets were placed in locations that just functionally did not provide adequate space for a kitchen and breakfast nook area.

The kitchen did not have a decent flow for guests and homeowners to entertain or maneuver through to other areas of the house. In fact, if one was coming in the front door to the house, to get to the kitchen, one had to walk all the way around and through the living room and into the awkward breakfast nook area, and then into the actual kitchen area.

Our design process was to utilize the entire kitchen and existing breakfast nook area to create a large, welcoming kitchen that functioned nicely as a kitchen but also dually served as an entertaining space with seating. We focused on leaving utility hookups in generally the same locations to keep costs down from having to relocate appliances but utilized these appliances as focal features that helped balance the kitchen and the space.

The flow of the kitchen was another important design criteria in that there needed to be space for traffic from neighboring rooms (utility room, living room, etc.) to pass through and not bottleneck in the kitchen. We added a new entrance in the kitchen from the front door so that there are multiple entrances and exit points throughout this kitchen. The design left an area of the existing curved wall but straightened it out, and we have added some old Chicago brick to it to provide some texture.

The style of the kitchen is fairly simple and neutral in color, with accents of gold hardware and a clean and simple waterfall island that serves as a functional storage space for kitchen items as well as a seating space for entertaining. The quartz material on the island was also utilized as the backsplash all over the kitchen. One major design aspect of this space was hiding electrical outlets. Outlets are to be located on the underside of the upper cabinets, and the island outlets are hidden behind drawer panels. There are areas on the island where it appears to be a drawer face, but it will fold down to reveal and expose outlets for use!

An existing window was replaced with double back doors to provide a better functional flow to the kitchen and neighboring rooms as well as provide more natural light to the kitchen. The flooring of the kitchen is dark hand-scraped oak, with matches the hand-scraped floors in the rest of the house, which helps provide the seamless transition from neighboring rooms into this kitchen. The overall design helps open the kitchen up to the rest of the house, making it more of an open feel and really focusing on the kitchen being the heart of the home that everyone has functional access to!”

Kitchen design with waterfall counter and full height cabinets for additional storage.

Residential Design Category

Grand Prize Winner – Janel Joppie

Janel Joppie Profile Image

“I have been with Chief Architect Software for a few years and use it daily. I upgrade every chance I can. This project was designed to replace an old cottage on a river. I named it “River of Dreams.” The goal was for every room to have an amazing view to be able to look out the window and daydream and enjoy life at a slower pace.”

Three story residential design with curved roof and back porch

Remodel/Addition Design Category

Grand Prize Winner – Andy Banks

“The overall project is a total remodel/renovation of a mid-1850s Cape Cod house in severe disrepair. This specific section is the living and dining room which are being expanded, a new staircase added, and then a bump out added where a current bay window lives. The focus is on bringing a new life to the space as a place for our family and building out the first floor as a more transitional area.”

Remodeled kitchen and living space with fireplace

Thank you to everyone who shared designs with us in 2022. We are excited about a new year of design contests beginning in February. Learn how to share your designs and enter our upcoming contest.


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