Contest Winners, Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Glenn M. Travis Places 2nd with His Georgian Colonial Remodel

Second story addition to a ranch rambler home design.

By Emily Black


Glenn placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest! His winning design is a beautiful transformation of the original home design.

Glenn M. Travis, the principal designer and owner of GMT Home Designs, focused on adding a second story and redesigning the first floor to give the clients a large kitchen and open family room. Glenn utilizes Chief Architect to bring his clients into the design with him and open communication for changes.

“Glenn and his team turned our idea into a reality using their incredible 3D design system. For the first time, we could actually see our dream home come to life. Visualizing the space in the 3D Viewer not only showed us what our home would look like but allowed us to make changes to something “we thought we liked” before ever breaking ground.” – GMT Home Design Client


Glenn M. Travis of GMT , a Chief Architect customer.

“I have worked in the design and construction field for the past 30 years and first developed a love for design and construction in my youth growing up in New Hampshire. I came to Boston to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology where I received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. Since 1999, when I founded GMT Home Designs, I have provided residential design services to clients throughout New England and beyond.

“My passion for design and engineering as a young man has translated into the type of work I provide for my clients today. I have a great appreciation for attention to detail, quality design, and for both modern design principles and the traditional architectural styles of New England. Regional chapters of national industry organizations have recognized my work, presenting me with honors for outstanding design. My staff and I, along with our strong relationships with quality builders, provide you with everything you need for your dream to become a reality.

“I started using Chief in 2003. I loved the high-end 3D capabilities of Chief Architect and it is the best at helping me communicate with my clients. They can see what their project will look like better than any other software I’ve seen. I am continually impressed with the realistic views and that Chief has been constantly updating the libraries and what it offers to the designer.”


Thank you, Glenn, for bringing your talent and passion to the home design industry. We are excited to be a part of your design process and hope to see more of your designs in our upcoming Chief Architect Design Contests.


Winning Design

View more of Glenn’s work below, on his website and Houzz!

Residential home design with dormers across the front and a covered entry.



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Chief Academy 2018 is Quickly Approaching!

Chief Architect training event coming Aug 29-31

By Dani Walker


It’s almost that time of the year again when Chief Architect users come from near and far to learn, network, and relax during a 2-day Chief Academy training event.

If you are unfamiliar with this 2-day event, it is packed full of training sessions, networking events, focused seminars, 1-on-1 training, and special insights into new products. Held near our headquarters in beautiful Coeur d’ Alene, ID, there are plenty of social events to extend your learning and relaxation as well.

Group of Chief Architect users attending the Chief Architect Academy.

Chief Academy kicks off with 2-day training classes ranging from introductory to advanced each taught by Chief Architect Certified Instructors. The final half day of this event is designed to build off the previous two days through 1-on-1 Training, Focus-Based Seminars, and a Hands-On New Products Test Drive. Chief Academy is designed to help you grow and learn how to be more productive in the software. We have a great team of trainers and technical support analysts who are here to answer questions and cover topics from annotation sets to rendering. Our goal is to have our users leave more confident in their ability to bring their designs to life.

Chief Architect users gathered at the Chief Architect Academy learning more about the software.

Every year we look forward to meeting and getting to know new and friendly faces. This event isn’t all work; it is filled with plenty of social perks as well!  If you are traveling with a guest, bring them to our networking events.  Chief Academy is an excellent time to meet like-minded, industry professionals. Connect with new and current Chief Architect users during the evening cruise on Coeur d’Alene Lake, build professional relationships during one of our added networking events, or join us for an evening reception on the river. Don’t worry about having to pick and choose what event you would like to attend, all of these are at different times so you can hit each one! View the full schedule here.

Chief Architect customers and staff enjoying a beautiful evening reception next to the Spokane River.

Whether you are new to the area or a returning visitor, you will not want to miss the early morning hike up Tubbs Hill before training on day two. The scenery is beautiful and is a local favorite. Coeur d’ Alene is known for many things with one being the world- famous floating green golf course. Extend your stay and check this course off your bucket list! Sign up early for additional discounts and get ready for an afternoon full of incredible views.

Coeur D Alene resort golf course and floating green.

We are so excited for Chief Academy this year and hope that you will join us August 29- 31st in this beautiful place we get to call home. Sign up by August 10th and SAVE $309. Hope to see you there!

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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Remodel-Addition

June’s Remodel/Addition Design Contest Winners

Congratulations to our three Chief Architect Design Contest – Remodel/Addition winners!

Thank you all for sharing your designs with us and our community.


1st Place

Aaron Swearengin with Oak River Design Group using Chief Architect X10 Premier.


2nd Place

Glenn Travis of GMT Home Designs, Inc. using Chief Architect X10 Premier.


3rd Place

Chace Groves using Home Designer Architectural 2018.


July’s Design Contest is Residential Design. Submit your design!

Bathroom Design, Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional

Shona Griffin places 2nd with her versatile walk-in shower design

This bathroom design features a walk-in steam shower with a sauna, standalone tub, bench seat and a large round window.

By Kendra Dorosh

Shona Griffin places 2nd in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest. She’s based in Atlanta, Georgia and owns a small home-based drafting and permitting service called Key Designs.



“I have an Associate’s Degree in Computer-Aided Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management. I was introduced to Chief Architect Software through an engineering firm that I worked for, at that time they were operating Chief Architect Version X7. I have also learned Revit, but I prefer Chief Architect and have now been using it for 14 years. I operate a small home-based drafting and permitting service, which is growing rapidly.”






My customers absolutely love seeing the renderings of their homes before construction.

We really enjoyed seeing Shona’s work.  Her designs and renderings are truly inspiring.  Check out more examples of her work below!


Winning Design

More from Shona

Connect with Shona

Key Designs

4000 Ferry Heights Dr.

Atlanta, Georgia 30331



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Design Contest, Residential Home Design

Design Contest – Residential Design!

Traditional two story home design with front porch, attached garage and added details like roof returns.

Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Residential Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.


  1. Email a single image or a 360° image of your design to
  2. Include your name, company information, and the software you used.
  3. Describe your design and planning process for your submission including any background information about the project.


Entries will be posted in a photo album on Chief Architect’s Facebook page. Fans of Chief Architect will be asked to “Like” their favorite entry. The entry with the most “Likes” and other reactions will be declared the winner.



1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place



  • Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.
  • One submission/file per person (can be a single view, collage, or 360° image)
  • If you submit a 360° image, it must be exported as a JPG format. Also, please include a standard image for us to add to our ChiefBlog.
  • Chief Architect reserves the right to refuse any contest entry.
  • Purchasing “Likes” or “Shares” is not permitted.
  • A submitted design may not be entered more than once per year. Re-entry of winning designs are not permitted.
  • Entry Deadline is July 23, 2018


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