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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.


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Featured Student – Jennifer Allen

2017 NKBA Student Competition. Jennifer Allen Elevation for her 3rd Place design.

By Kendra Dorosh

Jennifer Allen won 3rd place for her kitchen design at the 2017 NKBA Student Design Competition. Jennifer studied Computer Aided Drafting and Design at Front Range Community College and used the Chief Architect Student License to complete her design.

Jennifer was born and raised in the town of Boulder, the heart of Colorado’s Front Range. For much of the 2000’s, she lived in Arizona where she raised three amazing stepchildren and had a daughter of her own. After moving back to Colorado in 2012 she decided to go back to school while continuing to raise her children. She graduated in December 2017 with an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, a Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design, a Certificate in Fundamentals of Interior Design, and a 3.8 GPA.  She also took several architecture classes and was able to participate in a design and build class constructing a tiny house which was auctioned off with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently awarded her 3rd place kitchen for the 2017 Student Design Competition awarded at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. Her winning design is showcased below.


“Participating in the National Kitchen and Bath Association Student Design Competition was such an amazing learning opportunity. It was the first time I worked on a space for an actual client. Working through the design problem and creating a functional space is an experience that will do nothing but help me grow my career. Being able to use the National Kitchen and Bath Auto Dimensions function within Chief Architect helped me become very proficient at dimensioning and helped get to the point of making sure my graphics standard for the competition were perfect.”



2017 NKBA Student Competition. Jennifer Allen's Layout for her 3rd Place design.


See Jennifer’s full plan here: Jennifer Allen- NKBA CD Set

“I absolutely love Chief Architect! I love how user-friendly it is and the ability to see and show clients 3D views with the drop of a camera. I have been doing freelance work since September of 2017 and being able to show clients what their space will look like sells the job every time. When I am working in Chief Architect it never feels like work!!! While at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show I was able to take one of the courses on the capabilities of virtual reality within Chief Architect and have already started using them for jobs. I am excited to keep learning more and being able to immerse my clients in their actual spaces!

When I am working in Chief Architect it never feels like work!!!

“I would like to thank the National Kitchen and Bath Association for offering this competition as an opportunity for students and Chief Architect for creating such an amazing design software!!”


Currently, Jennifer resides in Windsor, Colorado with her daughter and is working on several freelance projects, creating 3D renderings for kitchens and baths so clients can more easily visualize their new spaces.


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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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Pamela Tamaddon places 2nd with her Traditional Kitchen design

The kitchen was designed by Glen Head Kitchens & Baths for Anray Custom Builders, Inc. And yes the homeowner had a Labrador retriever. We are a Wood-Mode Custom Cabinetry/ Brookhaven Dealer on the North Shore of Long Island NY, specializing in Custom Kitchens and Baths, as well as offering Interior Design-Space Planning services. We have been using Chief Architect starting with X6, this traditional kitchen design project was executed in X9 Interiors.

Pamela Tamaddon placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest. Her vast knowledge of interior design and an eye for 3D renderings come together seamlessly in her projects.

Pamela Tammadon has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and is a design consultant for James Mozer, the owner of Glenn Head Kitchens and Baths, in the Greater Metropolitan Area. They are a Wood-Mode/Brookhaven dealer specializing in custom kitchens and baths, as well as offering interior design space planning services.

For more than 37 years, Glen Head Kitchens and Baths has been transforming homes. Their showroom continues to beautify the homes of the North Shore area of Long Island, New York.

Pamela is a founding member of the New York State Board of Interior Design. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), School of Architecture and Design. Among her other accomplishments, Pamela is the owner of Mellon Design Studios Ltd., where they specialize in design-build for turnkey residential and commercial projects.



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(516) 676-8300


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