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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.

Winning Design

 

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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Wine Storage Solutions with WineRacks.com

By Emily Black

 

Chief Architect has been working with WineRacks.com since 2012 to offer their wine storage product line. Their USA made wine storage solutions provide a unique design for any small or large project.

WineRacks.com is located in New York’s Hudson Valley and has been serving their customers since 1992.  Over the years, their product selections have expanded to include a wide range of small capacity wine racks, wine accessories, cooling units and lighting for wine cellars.

With the goal of providing the very best customer service and product quality, WineRacks.com is manufacturing their own wooden wine storage units within the US with environmentally responsible raw materials.

I had the chance to speak with Jeremy of WineRacks.com to dive deeper into what makes a great wine cellar.

 

What are the current wine storage trends?

“More homeowners are looking to add wine storage in their homes and home buyers are looking for homes with wine storage already in them. Here are some stats:

    • Over 120 million Americans are drinking wine weekly
    • Sales of wine bottles $50 and higher are on the rise
    • 78% of wine sold in the U.S. are in retail stores”

 

What should we consider when designing a wine cellar?

“From a consumer perspective, they need to inventory how much wine they have as well as their purchasing patterns. Having this understanding will translate into a solution that meets their current and long-term storage needs. They also need to understand that possibilities are limitless when it comes to both design and space so do your homework. Gather photos of designs you like using channels like social media but also talk to friends and family.

“For professionals, it’s important to support this ‘limitless’ theme for design by considering all types of racking when designing a solution. Some may prefer a traditional route, others more contemporary or maybe an integrated approach. It’s important to show your client photos and discuss options because there’s a lot there.  Understanding a client’s preference is key. Also, remember that a wine storage solution no longer has to be in the basement. There are a number of spaces throughout a home that can be used for wine storage, so consider a few options and discuss them with your client.

“With respect to design and spacing, professionals need to balance form and function for any solution. Use racking that not only shows off someone’s collection but makes it easy for them to access it as well as add to it when needed. Also, keep in mind, 95% of traditional racking has no stain, but if staining is part of your design, make sure to choose water-based stains to reduce gases and ensure your provider uses non-aromatic wood. This is critical because odors from non-water based stains can get caught in the air handling system or in the corks and kill the wine.

“For space selection, make sure you use spaces that are environmentally friendly to wine (55 degrees with humidity levels of 60-70%). If they do not already exist, a professional should consider incorporating a cooling/humidification system into the design. With that in mind, spaces that support access to an adjoining room or the outside should be used in a design so a system can be implemented.  Lastly, avoid direct sunlight (from a window) and vibrations (from a laundry room) as both will hurt the longevity of the wine.”

Find more resources through WineRacks.com on Choosing A Wine Rack & How To Build A Wine Cellar.

 

What do you value most about wine cellars?

“That if done correctly, they become an extension of a homeowner’s style and personality and as a result, not only compliment a home but also add value to it. I also love how realistic it is to have wine storage in a home or business due to the number of reasonable options that are now available. There are also options for those just starting to collect and as a result, you no longer have to be an avid collector to justify a storage solution.”  

Learn more about Creative Home Wine Storage.

 

WineRacks.com‘s catalog has been updated to include their wine cellar combos as well as their VintageView line! Download the WineRacks.com Catalog to use in your next wine cellar project. Also, connect with Jeremy to set up your next wine storage solution.

 

Jeremy Miller

WineRacks.com

jeremym@wineracks.com

(845) 658-7181

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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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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Interior Design, Residential Home Design

Chace Groves Places 2nd and 3rd with his Residential and Interior Designs

This residential home design offers an oversized upstairs patio area, outside storage to the right of the parking spaces, two beds, three baths, and a separate utility room. The downstairs area is an open-concept layout with a generously sized living room, kitchen and full bath.

By Kendra Dorosh

Chace Groves placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest in April and 3rd in the Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest in May. Chace’s passion for 3D home design and modeling is clearly portrayed in his winning designs.

“I always had an eye for design. Since I was a kid, I always loved testing ideas and reworking current concepts. I started young, sketching plans and inventing various models and machines. I always loved testing my creativity and problem-solving skills, despite being a brain tumor survivor. My fairly poor motor skills and major loss of hearing, due to the radiation removal, were challenged in grade school and throughout life. Anything that involved my motor skills was easily not my shining talent. I’ve always hated coloring, cutting, pasting, and other handcrafting skills. In grade school, I worked my way through various home designing software and used them for much more than just home designs. I made dog houses, forts, playsets, greenhouse, and even a roping cow. Continue reading…

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