Design Contest, Residential Home Design

Design Contest – Residential Design!

Craftsman home design with natural elements, privacy fence, and fall background.

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.

 

Enter:

  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.

 

Winners:
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.

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Prizes:

1st Place

 

2nd Place

 

3rd Place

 

 

Rules:

  • 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” with goods, services, or monetarily is not permitted.
  • A submitted design may not be entered more than once per year. Re-entry of winning designs is not permitted.
  • Entry Deadline is October 22, 2018

 

Send inquiries to submissions@chiefarchitect.com

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Contest Winners

September’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.


 

1st Place

Leslee Spade of Design Center Inc using Chief Architect Premier X10.

2nd Place

Nathan Ensminger of Heartland Home Improvements Inc. using Chief Architect Premier X10.

3rd Place

Dave Kangas of A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design Studio using Chief Architect Premier X9.

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

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Featured Customers, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional

Zak Rathgeber Wins 1st Place with His Modern Inner-City Kitchen Design!

By Jake Murray

 

Zak placed 1st in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Design Contest! A start with Lego houses has led to a long career and successful company of his own, Livara Design Inc.

 

Zak, his wife, and two children. With a passion for design that began at an early age, his work is the product of an experienced and talented designer. Congratulations on winning 1st place!

“I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a small stint in British Columbia.  I always knew I wanted to design homes.  I can remember sitting on the floor as a kid building Lego houses and hotels, and I always gravitated to drawing sprawling dream homes over all the other topics little kids usually draw! I was gifted my first drafting table when I was 13 or 14, and I was off to the races.  I had a great Drafting & Design program in my high school and it definitely solidified my want to do this for a living.

“I worked for a couple of small architects once I finished College but was lucky enough to get hired when I was 20 with a top builder in Calgary.  I spent 15 years there, 8 of those as the Drafting & Design manager.  The company built all over Canada and the US, so I had the opportunity to work on a lot of different kinds of projects and visit a lot of cool cities.  Three years back I moved to an award-winning renovation company, where I was introduced to Chief Architect!  I was worried that I would have issues learning a new program as I’d used the same one for 15+ years, but it literally only took around 2-3 weeks before I was proficient enough to start taking on new clients.  What an amazing program, I loved it from day one!  The ease of use and online tutorials are awesome, any issue I’ve ever had could be solved in a matter of minutes.

“After almost 2 years, I left that company to start my own, Livara Design Inc. (named after my daughters Olivia (Livvy) and Clara) and have been working hard to grow it for the last year with my extremely supportive wife Laura and my diligent project manager Sulley (the dog).  It was a no brainer for me to purchase Chief for myself, as I’ve found it is hands down the best program to be able to present a vision to a client and have them actually be able to walk through and see the potential of their project, not just a 2D floorplan.  I don’t remember ever getting a crying hug from a client saying, “I can’t believe this is what my home is going to look like!” when I showed them a 2D floorplan!”

I brag about Chief Architect all the time and can’t wait to see what they will come up with next!

Thank you Zak for showcasing your work in our Design Contest and using Chief Architect to present your vision to your clients! To see more work from Zak, check out the design gallery at the bottom of the page.

 

Winning Design

Connect with Zak

(403) 863-5618

zak@livaradesign.com

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Events, Professional, Stories

Chief Academy 2018 Recap

By Dani Walker

 

Last week Chief Architect held the 2018 Chief Academy near our headquarters in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. There were over 100 attendees who came for the 2 ½ days of in-depth training, 1 on 1 support, and networking events. Over the course of the event, Users were able to soak up the last few days of summer in Coeur d’ Alene through morning events and evening receptions.

Day 1 kicked off with a Welcome and Company Update from our CEO, Greg Wells. Shortly after, Users headed to their class to start training. Classes ranged from Introductory to Advanced, each taught by a certified Chief Architect Instructor. The day was full of tips, tricks, and techniques to help Users utilize Chief Architect within their business.

 

Chief Architect customers gathered at the 2018 Chief Academy ready for a training.

 

After a full day of training, Day 1 was wrapped up with a relaxing cruise on Lake Coeur d’ Alene. The cruise started at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and took Users, Guests, and the Chief Team to the famous Floating Green Event Center for a disc toss game and a delicious dinner.

 

Night scene of the Lake Coeur d'Alene cruise boat during the Chief Architect training event.

 

Day 2 started out with a beautiful hike around Tubbs Hill. Users had a chance to network while taking in the incredible scenery of downtown and Lake Coeur d’ Alene.

 

Chief Architect customers gathered for a morning hike at Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

 

After a morning full of training, the Chief Team set up a room for Hands on Product Testing of X11, Room Planner & 3D Viewer, a Virtual Reality station, and 1-on1 support for more learning and interactive experiences. This gave Chief the chance to show users firsthand what we are working on and how they can incorporate these new features into their business.

 

Chief Architect customer experiencing the Virtual Reality headset.

 

As Day 2 came to a close, many Users were ready to relax at our evening reception at Le Peep on the Spokane River. Over dinner, our team was able to connect and network with many attendees and receive feedback from the event. Below is an interview from sisters at Harby + Points and Morris Carey with On The House.

 

 

Throughout Chief Academy, raffle tickets were sold for an HP Designjet T-120 ePrinter series, where all proceeds from the raffle would be donated to Saint Vincent De Paul. Huge thanks to everyone who participated and raised over $2,300! And a big congratulations to Joel Oolman of Minnesota Cabinets for winning the HP printer!

 

Chief Architect customer wins a printer.

 

The last day of Chief Academy was dedicated to focus-based seminars and 1 on 1 support.  If you would like to see more photos from the event, you can view the Chief Academy album on Facebook.

“The Chief Architect Training Academy is always one of our top training events since we host it in Coeur d’Alene.  Our resort town atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for a relaxed learning environment.  And what makes this event so popular, is the ability to have a large majority of our staff attend the event from both a customer experience and education perspective.  With full access to our staff, we can actually offer personalized 1-1 training in addition to the class room training.  The days are filled with training and education and the evenings with networking and social interaction at some pretty spectacular Idaho venues.  One of the most popular outings is at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Event Center and Golf Course were we have the famous Potato Martini and we host our long drive / closest to the pin DVD disc toss.    Finally, we preview future technology and products for early feedback in our development process.  It’s a great event, and we hope you can make it to one soon!” – Scott Harris, Vice President of Chief Architect Software 

Mark your calendars because 2019 Chief Training Academy and User Group will be here before we know it!

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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Residential Home Design

Jennifer Lazarus Places 2nd with Her Stone Tudor Home Design

Dream Home that has evolved over many years,

By Emily Black

Jennifer placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! Her passion for design began when she was 10 years old and has flourished in her career as a home designer.

Jennifer Lazarus

I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.

“Unofficially, I started drawing house plans on graph paper when I was 10 years old, and I knew that designing was something I wanted to pursue as a profession.  Officially, I started designing in 2005, when I began working for and training with a local designer in my hometown of Memphis, TN.  In 2010, I began doing freelance residential design while also pursuing a career in another field.  I founded Ideal House Plans, LLC in 2017 and am currently working on growing the business.

“I’ve been a Chief Architect customer since May 2018.  Earlier in the year, I knew that I would need quality 3D renderings to post on the new website, so I began my search for the right software to use.  I downloaded several trial versions of various software to determine what would work best for me. In the end, I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.”

 

We really enjoyed seeing Jennifer’s work. To see more examples of her designs, visit idealhouseplansllc.com/shop. We wish Jennifer the very best with the launch of her new website.

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