A Designer’s Journey from Hand-Drafting to Design Software


Modern farmhouse style home with black windows, white siding, and a standing seam metal roof.

Author's Portrait by Kendra Dorosh

Have you spent hours laboring over a drafting table? Remodel/ Addition Design Contest winner Sandra Lukas can relate.


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Sandra’s winning design in the Chief Architect Remodel/ Addition Design Contest caught our attention and inspired us to learn more about her story. It turns out that she hand-drafted designs for high-end spec homes for years before making the jump to Chief Architect’s Home Designer Professional software. Follow along as she takes us on a trip down memory lane from her days of hand drafting to how she discovered and fell in love with design software.

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Winning Designs – July’s Residential Design Contest


Micro-living home with a vaulted living area and a front porch.

Design Contest – Remodel / Addition


Dollhouse rendering of the Bachelor View project by Chief Architect.

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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Mercury Mosaics Handmade Tiles – Now Available in the 3D Library!


Kitchen design featuring handmade tile from Mercury Mosaics.

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

The addition of these handcrafted gems within the Chief Architect Platform bring design-dreams to life.

Mercury Mosaics’ Tile selections are now available in the Chief Architect 3D Library. Their addition to the Chief Architect platform benefits clients by showcasing how the tile will look in their space. The collection will be released in three phases, the first represent tiles available in Mercury Mosaics Fall 2020 Look Book! This collection embraces the simplicity of shape and pattern in order to focus on the soul of their work: exquisite, hand-painted color. Each piece is unique, created by hand-applying glaze that reveals stunning variation and depth.

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3D Viewer App: A New Way for Builders and Designers to Engage and Communicate their 3D design with Clients


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By: Phillip Gibney

Your clients want to see more than a floor plan and elevation, right?  Renderings help; but, what about a 3D model they can experience and virtually interact with?  Export and share your designs using the Chief Architect 3D Viewer.  With the 3D Viewer, they can view the design and model on their phone, tablet or computer – it’s a free app we developed exactly for sharing your designs with your clients.

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The Live-in U-Haul: An Award-Winning Design


Rendering of a remodeled U-Haul converted to living space.

Author's Portrait by Kendra Dorosh

Emma Baumann is a high school student with a passion for interior design who placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/ Addition Design Contest. She’s intrigued by architecture that adapts to the evolving demands of life during COVID-19. Her winning remodel creatively converts a U-Haul into comfortable and stylish living quarters.

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Winning Designs- June’s Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest


Timeless bathroom with a captivating Roman arch and marbled mosaics.

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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Student Designer Wows with ‘Melrose Place’ Apartment Render


Rendering of the Melrose Place apartment complex.

Author's Portrait by Kendra Dorosh

Interior Planning and Design student Gisela Weissman-Everhard’s attention to detail and commitment to learning are driving factors in her early successes.

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As a student at American River College in Sacramento, CA, Gisela seized the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest as a learning opportunity:

“I wanted to really push myself to grow. With previous projects, I had been focused on the interior structure and aesthetics of designs. The ‘Melrose Place’ design was going to be really challenging – how was I going to build an open area that overlooks the pool? I was also nervous about the complexity of the roof, with how it opens up in the middle. This is an apartment, not a house, so I had to build multiple apartment spaces. I watched many Chief Architect tutorials over and over again. I felt really good when it was completed, I learned so much in the process.”

-Gisela Weissman-Everhard

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Winning Home Design With the Perfect Southern Porch


Cottage home with white pillars, a blue front door and a wrap-around porch.

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

“Front porches are where memories are made!”

Bobby McFadden, a photographer from South Carolina, won 1st place in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. His grand front porch design is truly an extension of the home, showcasing Bobby’s passion for indoor-outdoor Southern living.

Bobby McFadden of Ridgeway, South Carolina is a photographer by trade. To Bobby, residential design is a hobby that he picked up about 20 years ago when, as a teen, he bought a copy of Chief Architect’s Home Designer Software at his local hardware store. He recalls the feeling of possibility that owning this software offered him: a feeling that he carries with him today.

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