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.

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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.

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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.

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Chief Architect Brand Partner Spotlight: Moso Bamboo Products


A deck on the ocean made using Moso Bamboo products.

Dani's Profile Image by Dani Forbush

In today’s world, sustainability is a top priority for many consumers, especially when it comes to home building and renovations. The market for environmentally friendly and sustainable construction materials is increasing, and Moso Bamboo Products is at the forefront with its inventive range of building materials made from bamboo.

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Ryan from Moso Bamboo Products over an Instagram live, where he discussed the company, products, and what it’s like to be a Brand Partner with Chief Architect. Moso Bamboo Products is a company that specializes in creating eco-friendly and sustainable products made from bamboo. Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource that is incredibly strong, durable, and versatile, making it an ideal material for a wide range of products.

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Design Contest – Remodel / Addition


3D rendering with line drawing of a modern coastal home

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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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.

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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.

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2023 Design Contest Winners


Modern home space with extended patio space.

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

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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Designing Your Dream Home? Top 5 Reasons You Need Home Design Software


3D rendering of a Mediterraneanhome with pool

Derek's Profile Image by Derek Pedersen

Are you ready to start designing your dream home? With the right home design software, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Use advanced tools to bring your vision to life and ensure you stick to a budget. Home design software will automate the design process making it efficient and easy for you to navigate each step of the way.  Keep reading to discover five key reasons to consider using home design software when planning your next home project.

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Designing Custom Homes: An Intricate Puzzle with a Few Surprises


The exterior rendering of a large home with grand entrance, stone work, and wooden shutters.

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

Karen Hamilton has been a Chief Architect Home Designer customer since the early 1990s, designing custom homes in the greater Houston and Upper Texas coast since 1978. Recently, Karen won an international design contest, and her tool of choice is Home Designer Professional.

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