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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Kitchen Design, Professional

Vianney Baltazar wins 1st with her kitchen design

This bachelor’s kitchen remodel consists of multiple points of interest throughout the space. Details such as the wine cabinet, coffee shelf bar, glass doors, and even island on casters truly make the design come to life. By opening up a few walls we transformed this small kitchen into a coastal dream.

By Kendra Dorosh

Vianney Baltazar wins 1st place in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest. She has a skill for bringing her clients’ visions to life, as seen in this bachelor’s kitchen remodel.

“Personal touches make our design process incredibly moving for clients and create excitement for the next steps in their home remodel” – Vianney Baltazar

“A career in home design has been an obvious choice for me from my childhood. My parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States, and I grew up in the small border town of Calexico, California. Growing up, my father worked full-time while my mother and I planned our dream home. We would watch design shows together, completely fascinated by all the details contributing to the showcased design. Eventually, my parents purchased our own home, where all my sketches, boards, and space planning was put into use! As time passed, I realized first-hand how much I enjoyed the design process and the effect an interior space can have on a homeowner.

“I then moved to the closest city near me and graduated from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited Interior Design program at the Design Institute of San Diego. I have been working in the interior design industry for almost five years now, and as technology progressed, so did my yearning for knowledge of the best way to communicate a design. I’ve previously worked with other 3D building modeling programs, but by far, Chief Architect is the most user-friendly I have come across. Chief Architect has all the tools to help you succeed in creating the most personalized design. The program has challenged me to get as creative as possible when bringing a client’s vision to life.

Chief Architect has been the perfect fit for what our company stands for.

“I was introduced to Chief Architect when I started working at Lars Remodeling and Design. I am fairly new to the program, but the rendering that won the Kitchen/Bath Interior Design contest has been my favorite thus far! The client was amazed by all the details that were replicated from his current condo. At Lars, we find it’s important to show the client homes current character and charm, so I built in 3D his existing custom dining room table, art gallery, and even staged the home with his furniture while adding some creative ideas. These unexpected personal touches make our design process incredibly moving for clients and create excitement for the next steps in their home remodel. Our company is extremely committed to bringing our client’s vision to life; Chief Architect has been the perfect fit for what our company stands for. I look forward to the future challenges I will come across and pushing my creative abilities with Chief Architect software.”

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Professional, Residential Home Design, Stories

Robert Padgett brings his home design sketches to life

Robert Padgett's hand drawn elevation view of a home design.

By Dani Walker

Residential Designer, Robert Padgett, shares how he takes his design process from hand sketches to 3D renderings. Learn more about Robert’s story and why he chose Chief Architect to help his customers visualize their projects.

“I am a residential designer located in the Metro Atlanta area. I do a lot of work for builders – almost like a design-build situation.  A typical project would be 4,000-5,000 square feet, in the $880k to $1.2 million range. Our area is also experiencing a lot of remodeling projects.

“I have been in the home design profession since 1990. When I started, everything was still drawn by hand with ink or pencil on vellum paper. I started using a 2D CAD program in the mid-nineties and gradually went 100% CAD by 2000. When Sketchup was introduced, I started using it to show clients 3D representations of their projects, the feedback was very positive and I used a combination of my 2D CAD program and Sketchup for several years.”

Robert Padgett's hand drawn elevation view of a home design.

“Using two programs was not ideal, and I wanted to try and take advantage of the features that more sophisticated (bim-type) programs offered. So a couple of years ago I started researching CAD programs. I purchased one program and used it for a year or so, but never really felt comfortable with it, and was not happy with how some of it operated.

“Last year (August or so) I purchased Chief Architect, played around with it a little bit, watched some videos, and worked through the tutorials. At the beginning of this year, I felt ready to use it for a real project, so I made a commitment and began doing almost all of my work with Chief Architect.”

3D rendering of a home design created within Chief Architect software.

“As far as my design process goes, I still do a lot of my initial design sketches by hand, my clients seem to like the look and the fact that it appears to be a “creation” by me. I typically sketch out the floor plans and a conceptual front elevation for the customer. Upon their approval, I move to the computer and begin working out the plans via the computer from that point on.”

Elevation view of of a home design created within Chief Architect software.

“Thanks to TV shows on channels such as HGTV, customers have become much more aware of the technology available to our profession, and most expect some sort of computer-generated plans, so I have been utilizing the Chief Architect 3D Viewer product with very good feedback from them. They like the ability to see a project in various ways, and I like the fact that I maintain control over the file. The 3D Viewer is also easy for a customer to operate.

 

Residential Designer, Robert Padgett

“I am pleased with the results that I have been able to attain with minimal effort, and I look forward to learning more features and capabilities of the program. I anticipate being able to work with some of my design-build customers to assist them with cost estimation, pricing, material lists etc. as well as helping to show customers realistic perspectives of interior and exterior views, color selections, fixture selections and so forth.”

Want to see more of Robert’s work? Follow and connect with Robert through Houzz or Instagram!

 

 

 

 

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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Leila Laskujarvi places 3rd with her basement remodel design

This Airbnb is located in a basement that used to be very small and dark in a residential home that had previously been a rooming house (5 kitchens, anyone). The home is located in a trendy part of Toronto, close to several large film studios, upscale restaurants and boutiques. I had to plan a layout for an awkward space since there was a support pillar in the middle of the main area, as well as one in the bathroom and several levels of bulkheads. The homeowners wanted this to be a relatively affordable renovation since they plan to renovate the entire house a few years down the road. I had to make space for a welcoming entry area with storage, revamp the kitchenette (to which I added a 2 seater bar), create a dining area that was separate from the main living area and create a space for a double bed that wasn't the first thing you saw when you entered the space. The bathroom was revamped a little as well, with a new shower, flooring, toilet and vanity.

By Kendra Dorosh

Leila Laskujarvi places 3rd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Her creative and caring personality translated directly into her beautiful and authentic design for her clients.

“I’m Leila Laskujarvi, a designer, artist, amateur photographer and all around crafty girl! I currently live in Toronto, Canada with my husband Mike. I first moved here to go to art school at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), where I studied commercial design (advertising/graphic design). I then freelanced at some ad agencies in Toronto and got a job as a junior art director in Helsinki, Finland. Eventually, I came back to Canada and started working in graphic design, working for The Financial Post newspaper and Rogers Publishing (at Canadian Business, MoneySense and PROFIT magazines), both in the Creative Services department. I really enjoyed the creativity and teamwork and I actually met a lot of my friends at work.

“When it first came on television, I got totally hooked on watching HGTV shows about interior design. Then the idea struck me, I could learn to do it myself. We had recently bought a house, that needed work (the bathroom was totally scary) and I was feeling like I needed a change in my career, so I decided to go back to school for 4 (very long) years. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into, but I have no regrets. I got my Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Ryerson University, a top-rated school here in Canada. I’ve been working independently for several years doing mainly residential design and occasionally collaborating on projects with an architect friend of mine. I’m thinking of branching out into hospitality design since I’d love to design a restaurant! But, first, I’ll have to take a crack at the building code books.

“As a kid, I was very artsy and spent a lot of time drawing and doing creative things. Taking photos also became a life-long hobby when I got my first camera at age 11 or 12. I’ve shown my photography work at several group shows, a café, and a summer craft show. I continue to be inspired by the medium of photography (there’s always something interesting to capture on camera, regardless of where you are) and have also taken up some new hobbies like doing Japanese shibori, among others.

One of my favorite things about Home Designer is that I can add my own artwork and patterns

“I first started using Chief Architect’s Home Designer Architectural software at the end of 2016 and find it’s so much more fun to use and design with than typical CAD programs. I love seeing the 3D views of the spaces I design and so do my clients! After doing research on my options, I decided that Home Designer Architectural had the elements I needed in a design software and the price was very reasonable and it gives you the ability to upgrade anytime. I had looked at other software programs like ArchiCAD, Room Sketcher, and Autodesk Homestyler, but none had the ease of use and features I was looking for. Previously, I had used SketchUp to do 3D views but found it time-consuming. At first, I jumped right in and I struggled a bit, but then I watched the videos and I got the hang of it. I still have a few to go, including creating decks, terrain, and landscaping. One of my favorite things about Home Designer is that I can add my own artwork and patterns into materials—it’s great to be able to personalize.

“I think that the best interior spaces come about when the design concept is an authentic representation of a client’s personality and satisfies their needs, desires and adds a little extra they might not have expected. My job is to create a functional, beautiful and relaxing interior that fits their lifestyle and that they will absolutely love! It’s very satisfying to know that your work makes a real difference in people’s lives.”

 

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Tuuli Studio (previously known as Leila Laskujarvi Design)

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Bathroom Design, Events, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories

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.

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Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories, Student

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.

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