Winning Designs – August’s Remodel/Addition Design Contest
From adding completely new accommodations, to breathing fresh life into outdated designs, we’ve had some outstanding entries in the August Remodel/Addition Design contest. Join us in congratulating the finalists on their award-winning designs!
Design Contest – Remodel / Addition
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.(more…)
TheBuild.tv Launches for DIY Home Renovation Education
Dreaming of renovating your home, but not sure what to expect? Thebuild.tv by Anthony Carrino may just be the new series you’ve been waiting for.(more…)
Two-Time Design of the Year Contest Winner, Nathan Ensminger!
By Jake Murray
Congratulations to Nathan, who has won the Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest for two years running! What will he design next?
In 2018, Nathan placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest in September and won the 2018 Design of the Year Contest in December with his backyard getaway. Nathan wasted no time and entered into the Kitchen/Bath and Interior Design Contest in June of 2019 where he took 1st place with his Kitchen design. Nathan then went on to win the 2020 Design of the Year Contest in December. He’s certainly on a roll and we look forward to seeing what he’ll submit next year!(more…)
Winners of the 2019 Design of the Year Contest
Congratulations to the 2019 Design of the Year winners!
Throughout 2019, Chief Architect held monthly design contests for our customers to showcase their work. Designers from all around the world, with vastly different backgrounds and design styles, competed head-to-head in the following three categories: Residential, Remodel / Additions, and Kitchen/ Bath & Interiors.
Each month our Facebook fans were asked to vote for their favorite design. The winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) were entered into our year-end Design of the Year contest in December. Voting was open until January 9th and we are pleased to announce the winners! Discover more about the contestants through our Featured Contest Winner stories.
Watch the live video for the announcement of the winners on our Facebook Page here.(more…)
Taking Chief Architect Beyond Home Design
Placing 3rd in our Remodel/Addition Design Contest, Mark Supanchick’s story proves Chief Architect is capable of a lot more than Home Design.
“I started designing when I worked for Patterson Dental from 2001 – 2017. During that time I had an idea that if we could show the dentist one of his existing exam rooms with all new equipment in it with updated colors and flooring in a period of 5 minutes, it would be a great sales tool. So I started modeling all of the various dental equipment in 3D using AutoCAD. My problem was I didn’t have a program that I could draw the room with existing windows and doors fast enough to put the new equipment in within 5 minutes. Without that ability, my idea was useless.(more…)
Capturing As-Built Measurements for Remodel Projects
How do remodeling professionals capture as-built measurements? Paper, Napkin, App, or Laptop software? Chief Architect software surveyed remodelers and found 75% measure as-built homes by hand using paper and pencil. The compounding effects of repetition have made this an efficient process. If the system works, why change?
What is an As-Built plan?
The As-Built plan refers to the original condition of the house before remodeling. Remodeling projects and home additions start with as-built measurements, also called red-line drawings or record drawings. It’s vital to map out the as-built plan as precisely as possible.(more…)
August’s Remodel/Addition Design Contest Winners
Congratulations to our three Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest Winners!
Thank you all for sharing your designs with us and our community.(more…)
Jerry Heckendorn Places First with His Craftsman Style Addition
By Emily Black
Jerry wins 1st place in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. His level of detail and craftsmanship show his passion and experience.
“Soon to be 63 years old, I was born and raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. After high school, I attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1980 from the School of Architecture with my Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Shortly after graduation, I married my beautiful and brilliant high school sweetheart, Debbie, who often helps me when I’m struggling with project designs… and is also my best critic (soon to be celebrating our 39th anniversary!).(more…)