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Contest Winners, Featured Customers, Professional, Residential Home Design

Edgar Pena Places Third with His Spanish Style Texas Home

Layout page featuring Edgar's winning spanish style residental design

By Jake Murray

Edgar places third in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! Edgar’s achievements have led to his own business, Pena’s Drafting & Design, located in his hometown.

“I am from McAllen, a small town in south Texas, where I started technical drafting in High School. I obtained my Architectural Drafting Associates Degree at South Texas Community College and have designed homes since 2003. After months of planning and researching, I decided to go with Chief Architect. I have been using Chief Architect since 2013, and am glad I made the right choice. Besides customers being amazed to see their home in 3D, I love being able to do a preliminary floor plan in just hours instead of days. Now I can complete a full set of construction drawings in two to three days.”

Chief Architect has changed my life completely.

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Thank you, Edgar, for sharing your design with us in the Residential Design Contest. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!  If you want to learn how to use Chief Architect to complete a full set of construction documents, like Edgar, check out this training video: Creating Layouts and Construction Documents.

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Contest Winners, Featured Customers, Kitchen Design, Professional

Paul Machado Wins 3rd with His Open Concept Kitchen Design!

I had free reigns on this design. Done with a few hours of Ray Trace.

By Emily Black

Paul placed third in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Design Contest. He has been using CAD programs since his architectural drafting shop days at the local vocational school.

 

Chief Architect customer, Paul Machado., standing in front of his finished kitchen design

Paul Machado, Design Manager at Southcoast Kitchen Designs

“I have been in the kitchen industry for just over six years using the same software all my other competitors were using. I started my career in 2012 at a big box store as a kitchen design salesperson, then got more into the technical end of it in the more recent years.

“I currently transitioned to a team with similar long-term aspirations to become a premier Massachusetts Design Build Firm. I knew that making the switch of software to Chief Architect would be essential for our growth. Not just because the scope of the work we were about to take on required much more detailed plans to achieve smooth project flow, but also to separate ourselves from any competitors.

“I’ve been using the software full time now for about five months. Chief Architect seemed to be quite the hybrid of the other software (i.e. 2020 design and Auto-CAD) from my professional experience. Along with a greater ease of use.

“I watched a few Chief Architect webinars that have been very helpful and started using it a lot sooner than I thought thanks to the ease of use of the program in general.”

 

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Congratulations to Paul for his success in our Kitchen, Bath & Interiors Design Contest! We enjoyed hearing about your kitchen design journey and learning about the role Chief Architect has played in your latest designs.

Connect with Paul at Southcoast Kitchen Designs and view the full winning design below.

 

Layout page including a rendering of an open kitchen with an eat at island, white cabinets and hardwood floors.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how Chief Architect can help you streamline your kitchen design process and separate you from the competition, download a trial version and attend one of our webinars.

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Design Contest, Professional

Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest 2018

Modern home design with a shed roof, balcony, and large windows.

Throughout the year, Chief Architect holds a monthly design contest for our customers to showcase their work. This year, we had over 175 renderings submitted for our Kitchen/Bath/Interiors, Residential, and Remodeling Design Contests.

These inspiring designs have been shared on the Chief Architect Facebook page and we are excited to combine the winning designs into our Design of the Year Contest. Discover more about the contestants through our Featured Contest Winner stories.

Enter:

Each winner (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) of our monthly design contests have automatically been entered into the corresponding category (Kitchen/Bath & InteriorsResidential, & Remodel/Addition).

 

Design of the Year – Kitchen/Bath & Interiors

Cast your vote on Facebook

Vote for Kitchen, Bath and Interior Design Contest

 

Design of the Year – Residential

Cast your vote on Facebook

Vote for Residential Design Contest

 

Design of the Year – Remodel/Addition

Cast your vote on Facebook

Vote for Remodeling Design Contest

 

Winner:

  • There will be one Design of the Year Winner per category (Kitchen/Bath & InteriorsResidential, & Remodel/Addition).
  • 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 Grand Winner.
  • The winner will be announced January 9, 2019.

 

Prize:

  • Design of the Year Award Plaque
  • Chief Architect Jacket
  • Design of the Year Winner graphic
  • Featured Facebook Album
  • Featured on Chief Architect’s websites

 

Vote for Kitchen, Bath and Interior Design Contest   Vote for Residential Design Contest   Vote for Remodeling Design Contest

 

**Purchasing “Likes” or “Shares” is not permitted.**

Questions?
Send inquiries to submissions@chiefarchitect.com

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Contest Winners, Featured Customers, Professional, Remodel-Addition

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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Contest Winners, Featured Customers, Professional, Remodel-Addition

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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