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Winning Spaces from the 2018 NKBA Design Awards

This large kitchen is airy and open, galley style with a long island, warm wood ceiling, and impressive industrial hood.

by Adrean Stephenson

January’s KBIS event marked another success on the books. This year, in addition to manning our booth and hosting the annual User Breakfast, our team was delighted to contribute to one of the favorite KBIS announcements: the 2018 NKBA Design Awards! See the full spread of winners and project information in the January/February issue of NKBA Innovation + Inspiration.

We used Chief Architect’s 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Video Walkthrough Recording tools to replicate the winning designs, then recorded animations that virtually explore the spaces.

The Physically Based Rendering Technique, new to Chief Architect X10, proved to be our favorite tool for this project with its ability to mimic realistic light play on metal and shiny surfaces in the rooms. Visit our What’s New page to learn more about this, and the other new features in our latest release.

Congratulations to the NKBA Design Award winners! The skill and effort leveraged to create the spaces in these submissions is easy to appreciate. We had so much fun delving in more deeply as we studied each design for the animations; we are excited to see the next level of trends and creativity designers like you bring this coming year.

Learn more about Chief Architect’s work with the NKBA here.


National Kitchen & Bath association


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2017 Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest Winners

Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Chief Architect Design of the Year winners!

Throughout 2017, Chief Architect has held monthly design contests for our customers to showcase their work. Over 140 renderings were submitted into our Kitchen/Bath/Interiors, Residential, and Remodeling Design Contests.

Each month our Facebook fans were asked to vote for their favorite design. The winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) were entered into our year-end Design of the Year contest in December. Voting was open until January 9th and we are pleased to announce the winners!

  • Debra Purvis – Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Category
  • Jorge Arreola – Remodel/Addition Category
  • William Woody – Residential Category


Kitchen/Bath & Interior Catagory

Grand Winner – Debra Taylor Purvis of DesignHouseInc

She develops house plans and has been a Chief Architect customer for almost 20 years!

“The client wanted something unique with an “elegant rustic” feel. This bathroom includes a large rustic shower with extra shower fixtures, including a rain shower head keeps the space open with a tempered glass panel. The free-standing tub is placed at an angle for easier access to the shower and added visual interest. The client didn’t want a toilet closet so it is placed behind a wall for privacy. The beamed ceiling gives this room an extra accent. Stone, washed pebbles and old shiplap add to the rustic feel. Raised sink vanities, glass, large mirrors and a freestanding tub adds an elegant touch.”

Read more about Debra and her designs


Remodel/Addition Catagory

Grand Winner – Jorge Arreola of Greymark Construction Co.

“After meeting with the client, their need was to create an open kitchen without losing the definition between the kitchen and living area, while integrating with the original house. We created this kitchen concept by eliminating a wall, relocating the fridge and oven to a new cabinet wall, maintaining the areas definition with an island and a sitting area as an extension of this island with a wood countertop to tie with the existing wood floor. We also created a new arch access to match the existing on the formal dining and study areas.”


Residential Catagory

Grand Winner – William Woody of Hearthstone Log Homes

He’s in Newport, Tennessee and has eighteen years of design experience.  He’s been using Chief Architect since Chief Architect v6, but really dove in around Chief X2.

“This cabin is a stacked 6×12 log on log featuring two bedrooms, a large centered fireplace in the great room, an upstairs open loft, heavy timber beams, and heavy timber rafters. Finished with hand hewing, this rustic cabin will nestle in nicely in the Great Smoky Mountains, and look as if it has been there for over a century. Adorned with rounded cedar tree posts on the porches, this home will have wonderful mountain views from those porches, and be a relaxing place to sit and watch the sunset. This home is replacing one destroyed in the Cobbly Nob area, just outside of Gatlinburg, TN burned by the wildfire’s that ravaged the town late in 2016, transforming the landscape forever. The production and manufacture of this home has already begun as the rebuilding continues for one more of these homeowners.”

Read more about Williams 18-year design journey


We enjoyed viewing everyone’s design this last year and want to thank you all for sharing with us and our community! We are excited about another year of design contests starting in February.

Learn how you can share your designs and enter our upcoming contests.

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Ciara Cuddihy-Hernandez won 2nd with her complete home remodel in Portland, Oregon

This remodel is for a home in Portland, Oregon. Our client actually grew up in this home and wants to do a complete remodel. We are adding an addition to the front on the house to gain extra space for a larger master bedroom with en suite master bath. We are also opening up the main floor completely to have an open plan kitchen and living space. Finally, we are changing the roof style from flat to a shed roof with vaulted ceilings in the living/kitchen area to add a greater sense of space and utilize the natural light as these rooms are south facing.

Ciara won 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel-Addition Design Contest! Originally from Ireland, she is now the project designer for John Webb Construction & Design in Eugene, Oregon.


“I am originally from Ireland and moved to Eugene, Oregon 5 year ago. I started designing in school and attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland where I received a Bachelor of Design specializing in glass.  I started interior design about a year ago and have been working for John Webb Construction and Design June of 2017.

“I have been using Chief Architect for 3 months. Our company decided to start using Chief Architect because of the great features it has.” Continue reading…

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