Design Article, Interior Design

Caesarstone Custom Furniture Design with Chief Architect

Caeserstone coffee Table with multiple stone materials.
By Adrean Stephenson

Custom furniture pieces like this coffee table are easy to create with Chief Architect’s modeling tools.

Additionally, 3D models from other sites can be imported into the program to create an endless selection of furnishings, accessories, and fixtures for your design projects.

Good design is always a great catalyst for more ideas; a concept we’ve made an example of in a Quick Tip video featuring this shiny coffee table. The sleek and modern version caught our eye in Design Milk‘s article, and I felt inspired by Caesarstone’s and Dor Carmon Studio’s collaboration.

In the video, I use Chief Architect’s Polyline Solid tool, 2D CAD tools, and the Caesarstone catalog (available for download from the 3D Library) to get the look. Follow along to see the process and by the end we’ve transformed shapes into a virtual piece of furniture that can be stored in the Library Browser and used in new designs. One great thing about this project is the concept can be tweaked and adjusted to fit so many other ideas.

Watch the video, and try your hand at some furniture design.

 

We’d love to see what you come up with! Post renderings of your creations on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #chiefarchitect. Join the conversation on ChiefTalk to share your approach to this type of design, or share your pieces for others to use.

 

 

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Bathroom Design, Design Contest, Interior Design, Kitchen Design

Design Contest – Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design!

Bight open kitchen with large eat at island, duo tone cabinetry and barn doors.

The Chief Architect Design Contest is a fun way to share your work, build credibility and expose your brand. Share one of your Kitchen/Bath or Interior Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear and more! Use any Chief Architect software product to create your original design.

Submit:

  1. Email a single image or a 360° image of your design to submissions@chiefarchitect.com
  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.

Winner:

Submissions 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.

Prizes:

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Rules:

  • Use any Chief Architect software product to create your original design.
  • One submission/file per person (can be single view, collage, or 360° image)
  • Chief Architect reserves the right to refuse any contest entry.
  • Purchasing “Likes” or “Shares” is not permitted.
  • Submission Deadline is May 17, 2017

Send inquiries to submissions@chiefarchitect.com

View Home Design Submissions

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

Featured Customer – Justin Link

Justin Link-Living room

Justin Link placed 2nd in our Design Contest – Remodel/Additions in March. He is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, and owns a small drywall business called LX Drywall.

“My wife, Helen, and I are really just home renovation enthusiasts, but I’ve had an interest in design and remodel as far back as I can remember. As a young child, I remember looking through Sears catalogs not at toys, but at the furniture and home décor imagining what my home would look like when I became a “grown-up.”

Justin Link“I received my first design software as a gift in high school. It was great except for the lack of library content and the difficulty of attaining ceiling details. I just couldn’t get over the fact that the final result never looked professional.

“I stumbled upon a trial version of Chief Architect’s Home Designer Pro about a year ago and loved it! The libraries in the trial version were way better than the software I had previously used, plus not only were ceiling details a breeze to compose, but the entire program was much easier to navigate and the final result truly looked professional! I purchased Home Designer Pro shortly thereafter and it was exactly what I was looking for! The possibilities are truly endless.

“I designed the remodel of my entire home using Home Designer Pro. It was a huge help in determining what ideas worked and what ideas didn’t work. It was also a great aid in determining colors; if a color didn’t work I simply chose another one until I found one I liked. I enjoy designing homes and spaces just for fun as well. I have designed a couple renovations using Chief Architect and it always impresses customers!”

 

Connect with Justin

LX Drywall

justinlink@lxdrywall.com

705-257-1608

Here are a few more of his designs:

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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Remodel-Addition

Featured Customer – Tara Pike

Tara Pike tied for 1st in our Design Contest – Remodel/Additions in March.

“Ever since I was young, when I saw an abandoned house that was in disrepair, I’d automatically start thinking about what I’d do to make it beautiful again, if it were mine. It became a joke between my father and me. If we were out in the car driving somewhere, and we happened to pass an old shack, often in unison and with excitement we’d say, “there’s a fixer-upper!” Eventually, my husband continued on with the humor. However, since he was very handy in all areas of home construction, it soon became more of a goal of ours than a silly joke.

 

Featured Customer - Tara Pike“I studied Visual Merchandising Arts in college, and have spent my career working in different fields related to visual design. I’m passionate mostly about interior decorating and design, but I have also worked in graphic design. It was, however, during my career as a design consultant for a home builder, where I gained most of my knowledge about floor plan layout, and construction processes.

“Approximately two years ago (in May of 2015), my husband and I finally found our “fixer-upper”, and to our joy, it was located on waterfront property, and only an hour outside the city of Toronto. It had been on the market for quite a while. Apparently, a lot of people were frightened away because it needed so much work. We fell in love with the property, and knew that we could fix the rest of it with hard work and patience…I’m still trying to master the patience part.

 

“The project involves extensive renovations to an old cottage, originally built in the 1920s, while living on the property full-time. We plan to turn it into a functional modern house that still has the look/charm of a cottage. We decided to keep the concrete foundation (crawl space) that was added to the cottage in the ‘70s. However, to bring the building up to current building code requirements, we had to replace the existing 2×4 exterior walls with 2×6 construction. That basically meant that the entire cottage (except for the foundation) needed to be rebuilt.

“I remembered hearing some great things about Chief Architect’s design software. I researched its capabilities and decided that it would be the perfect tool to design our new home. It seemed very user-friendly, it wasn’t too expensive, and there were a lot of educational tutorials available online. I spent my first winter in the old cottage watching tutorials and experimenting with floor plan layouts and different roof options, etc. I wanted the design of the house to be very simple. I’m a huge advocate of the “less is more” design principle — Plus, I had to design to the current foundation footprint, which was very basic. It didn’t take long before I felt proficient in the use of the software. By the end of last winter (2016), I had finalized the plans and we had a building permit in hand.

“Once spring arrived, my husband started replacing the main floor exterior walls. Then, on July 1st, with the help of family and friends, we very aggressively began demolishing the place by hand. When the roof came off it was a sight to see! We were still using the kitchen and bathroom inside the cottage but had moved our beds into an old Airstream trailer (it will eventually be a restoration project too). The summer of 2016 was crazy!

 

“We had made huge progress. However, once winter arrived we started working inside the house running the plumbing, electrical and heating ducts to the second floor (while living on the main floor). It’s a very slow process without any visual satisfaction. Our goal is to fully complete the second floor (with two bedrooms, a large washroom, and a laundry room) and then move upstairs. Once we’re residing on the second floor, the main floor will then be fully gutted and renovated. It will have one bedroom with a washroom, and an open concept living/ dining/ kitchen area. Hopefully, very soon I’ll be able to start snapping and posting more progress photos.

 

“I couldn’t imagine taking on this project without being able to visualize its outcome. Chief Architect has allowed me to do that. I can calculate all of the materials we need and have exact measurements and references throughout the building process. Being able to visualize each room in 3D allows me to show my family and friends what the house is going to look like when it’s complete. Showing people the images helps me reassure them that we haven’t lost our minds.

“After the house is done, the next project is to build a new garage. I’ve almost finished the plans for it — using Chief Architect software of course!

“I recently started my own design consultation business called Williams Point Design. I use Chief Architect as a tool to design other people’s projects and guide them through their renovations. Once this project is done our house will be the studio for my business. If you’d like to see some of our demolition and construction photos that I’ve posted on my Houzz user page.”

 

Connect with Tara

Houzz

Here are images from her design:

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Events

JLC Live Recap

Chief Architect at JLC Live 2017 in Providence

Chief Architect was an exhibitor at the 2017 JLC Live in Providence last week and we have Scott Harris, our VP of Sales and Marketing, here to fill us in about this event.

  1. What can you tell us about this show?

The Chief Architect booth was located on the main exhibitor floor, Booth #7.  We had a large 10×20 booth and the CA staff was very busy throughout the show answering questions and providing informational presentations and software demonstrations for show attendees.  Many of the presentations were centered around the new features in X9 which was officially released Feb 15.  There was a lot of great feedback on the new X9 version including a significant buzz about the new Virtual Reality features for 360 Image & 3D Viewer export and the new enhancements for supporting touch screens with gestures. Continue reading…

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