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Dave Kangas Wins 3rd Place with his Period-Specific Addition to a 1890’s Queen Anne Cottage.

By: Jake Murray

Dave placed third in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. His mission to design spaces that foster bonds between families has contributed to his success as a designer.

Dave, his wife Deanna, and their two daughters

“I’ve been designing on-and-off in an official capacity since 2005 (the design office was using v9.5 at the time), but I started using Chief Architect in 2000 or 2001 using version 6. Before Chief Architect, I started with notebooks full of sketches from age 12 and up!

“For me, Chief checks all the boxes:  a powerful rendering engine for showing client concepts; CAD tools and conversion capabilities for interfacing with engineers; and document setup/layering for our production staff and subcontractors. We do everything on the design side of our company with one piece of software.

“The projects that come out of our office are our success stories. Design/Build is unique because designers are involved in the entire project. It’s great to be able to open a plan file for production staff and show them in three dimensions how to carry out our client’s wishes.

“My most rewarding design projects have been the ones that foster bonds between families. As my parents’ generation retires, I’ve seen a shift from leaving the nest to families reconnecting. Adaptive re-use (Accessory Dwelling Units, for example) not only helps to solve in-fill challenges, but also creates an environment for the family unit to establish itself. From childcare to elderly care, building communities starts inside our own front door.”

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Patrick Martin, General Manager at A-1 Builders, shared that, “building strong families is a core value for Dave. In 2009, he and his extended family designed and built a custom multi-generational home just outside of Bellingham, incorporating Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) best practices to ensure maximum utilization for years to come. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for his daughters’ homeschool co-op.

“In what spare time he has, you’ll see him spinning multiple plates on the home front, implementing his native landscape plan, rescuing a neighbor’s storage shed destined for the landfill and converting it into a rock-star playhouse for his girls, or getting lost in the back-forty with Izzy, the family dog. In the winter, you’ll find him in the basement shop, upcycling another abandoned furniture piece for the family’s heirloom collection. If there’s time for travel, you’ll see Dave and Deanna on the other side of the mountains, finding respite from the rain or researching the newest cidery.”

We want to thank Dave for sharing his winning design with us and his thoughts on the importance of inclusive design! If you would like to learn more about creating accessible spaces using Chief Architect software, check out this blog post.

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Leslee Spade Wins 1st Place with a Conch House Remodel in the Keys!

A small conch house on a gorgeous lot in the Keys with plenty of room to go up and out with this build.

By Jake Murray

Leslee placed first in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest! Her winning design is a showcase of the potential for concrete structures in the Keys.

Leslee grew up knowing she’d be an artist of some sort. As soon as she began to write, she began to draw.  As a child, she would sit and watch “Picture Pages” with Bill Cosby and according to her family was very accurate in her early efforts. She also painted her dad’s brand new leather jacket he got for Christmas with nail polish when she was 4 years old. Leslee’s mother, Roberta, knew right then her daughter would grow up to be an artist. Her passion led her to win many art competitions while in school.

Leslee holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Specialized Technology along with many certifications, numerous diplomas, and many awards for her work over the last 28 years in the broad design field. She is a Professional Member of Designers Society of America, as well as many other organizations. She says what drives her is waking up and trying to be better than she was yesterday. She loves seeing her ideas come to life, to her it’s exhilarating and she loves a challenge.

“I have only been using Chief Architect for 9 months steady. My company has a success story with the renderings; the company listed one of their new homes with just the renderings and ray traces I provided, Realtor Sam Williams of Coldwell Banker was able to sell the home for 60k OVER the asking price, if that’s not crazy enough IN ONE DAY! We also got contracted to do an additional enclosure under the reinforced concrete stilts of the home! See coral color house, this is our standard home.”

Leslee gives most of her credit to her boss, Andrew George, for believing in her, supporting her sometimes over the top ideas, and letting her shine at work with creative freedom. She also credits Chief Architect by saying, “None of this would be possible for any of us if it wasn’t for the staff at Chief Architect, their constant developments and innovative minds behind the scenes are what keep the program cutting edge for their users!”  She was pleased with the brilliant users she felt lucky to meet while attending the 2018 Chief Academy in Idaho. She hopes to attend again next year.

Leslee is the Design Director and Office Manager along with many other hats she wears while working at the Design Center. She believes there is no I in ”team,” they are like a family here at the Design Center. Their motto is if you can dream it, then we can build it. Their slogan; Locals Building for Locals. Chris Nolan E.I., Project Manager for the Design Center says, “Leslee is an extremely talented and hardworking Interior Designer. She is very knowledgeable about the design programs she uses and how to use them to create a design the customer falls in love with. Leslee is a very diligent worker as she takes the time to figure out every little detail needed to make her designs work and does not stop working until the project is finished to her high standards. She pushes everyone to succeed as a team.”

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Contest Winners

October’s Residential Design Contest Winners

Congratulations to our three Chief Architect Residential Design Contest winners!

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


 

1st Place

Reuben Chirnside & drawn by John Kramer of Cove Design, the architecture side of Land & Structure, using Chief Architect Premier X9.

 

 

2nd Place

Thomas Kretz using Chief Architect Premier X10.

 

 

3rd Place

Edgar Pena of Pena’s Drafting & Design using Chief Architect Premier X8.

 

 

November’s Design Contest is Kitchen/Bath & Interior Designs. Submit your design!

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Amanda Mattson Wins 3rd Place with Her Spacious Beach Inspired Bathroom

By Jake Murray

Amanda placed 3rd in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Design Contest! Her ability to learn from different design perspectives has contributed to her success as a young designer.

“My interest in design all started in high school when I decided to focus on art and design classes. I grew up in Massachusetts where I attended college in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. As a young designer, I am always curious about “what’s the new thing.” I am always wanting to learn from a different design perspective. For example, my last co-op I worked with architects and got to understand more about the structure. These advantages help me understand what I am designing and what I need to improve on as a young designer.

I was introduced to Chief Architect during my stay at one of my co-ops. Chief Architect has been the easiest program to work with. I am using Chief Architect at my current job and the program works well to create designs that the clients can see before it comes to reality. It also makes the material selections easier for the clients to see how they come together.”

 

The program works well to create designs that the clients can see before it comes to reality.

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Thank you, Amanda, for continuing to use Chief Architect Software throughout your work experience. We hope to see more of your great design work in our future contests!

 

If you are using Chief Architect Software to help make material selections easier for you or your clients like Amanda, check out the additional content available in the 3D Library.

 

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