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Comparing Chief Architect Premier and Chief Architect Interiors


The covers of both Chief Architect Premier and Chief Architect Interiors.

Webinar Series – Building the Austin Sample Plan


Exterior Chief Architect Rendering of the Austin Sample Plan House

Phillip Gibney Profile Image By Phillip Gibney

Chief Architect live webinars are a great way to further your knowledge in the software.  The current weekly webinar series is focusing on the process used to design the Austin Sample Plan. These webinars allow attendees to ask questions to Chief Architect staff and hear questions from other Chief Architect users. Sometimes a sneak peek of new features coming to the next version of Chief Architect is provided.

See the full webinar schedule to sign up. Can’t attend the live session? Sign up and we will email you a recording of the presentation.

If you are new to Chief Architect or using an older version, a free trial is available for download. 

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Winners of the 2021 Design of the Year Contest


Collage of the winner's designs

DIY Kitchen Remodeling with 3D Home Design Software


A kitchen with navy blue base cabinets, white quartz countertops, and oak flooring.

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

Dan and his family wanted to remodel their kitchen. They turned to Chief Architect to visualize the design and help with material selection.

When the time came for a kitchen upgrade, Dan Absalonson, a 3D artist on the Chief Architect content team, used Chief Architect’s flexible cabinetry features and the wide range of objects and materials available in the 3D Library. Together with his wife Kadi, they set their sights on a kitchen remodel. The tile and grout countertop on the island is what brought them to remodel. “My wife was not a fan.” With a budget set, the couple brainstormed all of the updates they could make to enhance the look and usability of their kitchen. “We got excited about replacing the laminate countertops and adding some new full height cabinets at the end of the kitchen as a pantry.” The previous owners had a large desk there, and as it was, the kitchen ended abruptly. The space felt empty and awkward. Dan and Kadi decided to paint the cabinets, replace the countertops, expand the island, add full-height cabinets, install new fixtures, and incorporate a few other touches.

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Designing with Color in Chief Architect


A collage of photos of a house with various color options.

Phillip Gibney Profile Image By Phillip Gibney

The color and material selections of a space is about more than how it looks. It reflects the charisma of the occupant and how we feel in the room. Whether the occupant is serious and formal or loose and relaxed, crafting a design to the client’s desires while maintaining functionality is an art. In a world with an endless and ever-changing selection of colors, materials, fixtures, furnishings, and more, perfecting a design requires high attention to detail. Design trends are constantly evolving. The fundamental concepts of color theory and how material and color selections affect our emotions have stood the test of time. This serves as a guide for crafting the perfect space. 

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Winning Designs – November’s Residential Design Contest


Modern home design rendering

2021 Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest Finalists


Exterior rear rendering view of a modern farmhouse.

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Every year Chief Architect has monthly design contests where customers can show off their work. People with various backgrounds and design styles can compete in the Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors, Remodel and Additions, and Residential categories.

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An Interior Designer and World Traveler


Living space with nanawall

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Well-traveled designer, Judi Lee-Carr, settles in the United States and launches her business. She shares her journey becoming an Interior Designer and how Chief Architect helps her business thrive.

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Chief Architect Interior Design Student Wins Gold Medal in National Competition


A Chief Architect rendering of the living and dining room area in Hallie O'Higgins design.

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

Hallie O’Higgins, a senior at Boerne-Champion High School in Boerne, Texas earned a gold medal in a national Interior Design competition. This year the event, put on by the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), took place in Nashville, TN. 

Hallie has been involved with the interior design program at Champion High School since her freshman year. She was first introduced to Chief Architect during her sophomore year. Hallie credits her love for architecture and design to Chief Architect. “Once I began using the software, I discovered a love for architecture. Designing functional floor plans and decorating multiple spaces became so enjoyable with the Chief Architect software.”

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Winning Designs – September/October’s Kitchen, Bath, and Interior Design Contest


Kitchen space with large island and full backsplash