Residential Design

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!


Winners of the 2022 Design of the Year Contest

Design of the year winners, collage of each winning design

Winning Designs – March/April Residential Design Contest

Rendering of Mediterranean style home with three car garage

Best Practices for Entering to Win a Home Design Contest

Grandview watercolor rendering with line drawing

Author's Portrait by Kendra Dorosh

Each month we receive a great selection of renderings created by our users for the Chief Architect Design Contests. We’d like to share some ideas and suggestions for how you can craft a great design contest entry that Facebook voters respond positively to. These techniques can be applied when entering a Chief Architect Design Contest, or any other home design contest you might be considering. Let’s get started!

One of the best, and most obvious, aspects of a great design contest entry is a nice rendering. However, it’s also important to supplement the rendering with a well-written description along with your contact information; this is a perfect chance to show off your skills and share your story! We then recommend sharing the post on your own social media channels for the best exposure, we’ll get to this part in a bit.


Comparing Chief Architect Premier and Chief Architect Interiors

Phillip Gibney Profile Image By Phillip Gibney

Update January 10th, 2023: Chief Architect Interiors has been discontinued. All of the features in Chief Architect Interiors are available in Chief Architect Premier. The main differences between the two programs were that the Interiors version didn’t include features for framing, decks, outdoor living, terrain, and landscaping. If you have a legacy license of Chief Architect Interiors and are interested in upgrading to Chief Architect Premier, this blog article covers the features gained in Chief Architect Premier.


Winners of the 2021 Design of the Year Contest

Collage of the winner's designs

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.


The Ultimate Interior Design Duo

Open concept kitchen rendering

Profile image of Danielle Schroeder By Danielle Schroeder

Kendra Steinhaus and Kerra Schroeder are a unique and fun interior design team. Their exceptional communication skills, love for design, and hard work have led them to where they are today!


Winning Designs – July’s Residential Design Contest

Modern Mountain home with a brown wood exterior.

Winning Designs – April’s Residential Design Contest

French Country style exterior with a brick exterior and segmental dormers.