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August’s Remodel/Addition Design Contest Winners

Elevation view showing the as-built and the remodel.

Congratulations to our three Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest Winners!

Thank you all for sharing your designs with us and our community.


1st Place

Design by Gabriele Pizzale of Pizzale Design Inc. using Chief Architect Interiors X9.

2nd Place

Design by Kaylen Eckert of Port City Design & Build using Chief Architect Premier X11. 

3rd Place

Design by Mark Supanchick of 3DSpaceplans using Chief Architect Premier X11.

September’s contest is Kitchen/ Bath & Interior Design. Submit your Design!

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Jerry Heckendorn Places First with His Craftsman Style Addition

Layout sheet of a residential second story addition and interior remodel.

By Emily Black

Jerry wins 1st place in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. His level of detail and craftsmanship show his passion and experience.

Jerry Heckendorn
Jerry Heckendorn

“Soon to be 63 years old, I was born and raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area.  After high school, I attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1980 from the School of Architecture with my Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  Shortly after graduation, I married my beautiful and brilliant high school sweetheart, Debbie, who often helps me when I’m struggling with project designs… and is also my best critic (soon to be celebrating our 39th anniversary!). 

“Debbie and I bought our first home right after getting married, a fixer-upper, where I completed my very first residential reno design.  When I submitted my plans to the St. Clair Shores Building Department for the building permit, the Building Inspector called me and asked who prepared the documents and shared how impressed he was (you may not remember or know that this was before the advent of Computer Aided Design for Architecture, so everything was drawn by hand back then).  Shortly after, I was contacted by several of what became my first ‘paying’ clients.

“Several years later, knowing that a graduate degree would be required if I was to become a registered architect, I was accepted and enrolled in Lawrence Technological University’s unique, graduate-level ‘BArch’ architectural degree program recognized by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) (at the time, LTU’s BArch degree program was the only non-Masters program accepted by the AIA to meet the licensing requirement).  I completed my graduate thesis on the “Design and Development of Comprehensive Health Care Facilities.”

“Graduating with my BArch degree in 1983, I took a job with a local architectural firm where I spent most of my time as a ‘go-for’ for the owner and principal architect.  I was charged with taking a lot of as-built dimensions of existing residential and small commercial structures along with providing a number of as-built drawings for the firm but never was permitted to work on any ‘design’ projects.  Staying in touch with a friend I made in my thesis class, we decided to give it a go together and formed an architectural design firm called Hensel & Heckendorn (my partner won the straw draw, so his last name went first)!  We worked on several projects together before succumbing to an economy that had taken a turn for the worse.  We chose to go our separate ways and I ended up taking a job as an Engineer with General Motors Corporation.

A residential second story addition and interior remodel.
“I was quickly blown away with everything Chief Architect software and customer support had to offer!”

“As architecture, particularly residential architecture, has been and will always be my absolute passion, I’ve had the fortune of a very successful, albeit moonlighting, a career spanning over 38 years.  Everything from residential additions, renovations, new single-family residence projects ranging from small to large (largest to date has been a 4,800 square foot 2-story with, believe it or not, a 2-lane bowling alley located under a 5-car garage, complete with gutters and pinsetters), as well as several small to large commercial projects.  Ironically, at the time I was to lose my father to cancer, I was actually commissioned to design a rather large Funeral Home.  Unfortunately, the timing was such that we lost my father before the project was completed, however, the clients who then became friends took very good care of my family through the process of saying ‘goodbye’.  One of the very unique and wonderful outcomes of the ‘residential’ design profession is the amazing opportunity to meet, and often become friends of the clients we work with!  Though I am currently not a registered architect, when necessary, I will collaborate with one of my college professors as well as my old business partner who are both licensed to practice architecture in Michigan.

“Somewhere in the middle of my moonlight business, Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) software programs began to pop up and caught my intrigue.  As a family-proclaimed tech geek, I saw the potential CAAD had for my architectural work.  AutoCAD was the first program I purchased and taught myself.  Shortly after becoming awkwardly proficient, AutoCAD came out with a 3rd party Architectural add-on.  I thought that was ‘awesome’!  I buried myself into the program and was professing the need for my architect friends to embrace the change.  They were very reluctant to abandon the historically rich and romantic craft of ‘hand-drawn’ designs and construction documents.  But I saw the bright light and believed that CAD would definitely be the way of the future for all architectural practices. 

“For a number of my friends, all I had to do was show them how I could flip a completed plan over by drawing a simple line down the middle and all annotation presented itself as if it was always drawn that way, they were hooked.  I can’t tell you how many times that request was presented by a client when I had invested hours in annotating the documents, only to bring out the eraser and get to work removing all of that text only to re-draw it on the backside of the sheet, all the while hoping I did not bore a hole through the sheet… which also happened more than once!  Thank goodness for the ‘power’ erasers we had to work with back then… I still have mine!

Though I saw ads for the Chief Architect program, I did not think it would be advanced enough to use in my business… boy was I wrong.

“Over the years I’ve watched a number of architectural CAD programs hit the marketplace, becoming more and more useful and user-friendly.  In the early nineties, I even had the opportunity to teach CAAD at a local community college for several years using AutoCAD and a new (at that time,) 3rd party add-on called ASG.  Though I saw ads for the Chief Architect program, I did not think it would be advanced enough to use in my business… boy was I wrong.  I started using what I believed to be a high-end architectural software program but was seriously struggling, trying to come up with macros and shortcuts to help speed up my productivity.  I began to dig deeper into researching programs that were geared more to residential work as that is where my true passion lies.”

Large covered entryway with a patio area for outdoor living.

“It was in late 2014, to early 2015 that I thought I would give Chief Architect a try… I believe it was with Version 6.  I was quickly blown away with everything the program and the company (customer support) had to offer!  The very expensive, very difficult and unyielding ‘high-end’ program that had taken me several years to learn and become proficient, paled in comparison to what I could do with Chief Architect!!!  I quickly and literally cut my turn-around time on projects by more than half what it was taking me before and I was able to do things, provide additional types of information, and bring much of the lost, what I like to call, ‘romance’, of the ‘hand drawing’ era of construction documents.

“I continue to be hugely impressed with the updates and additional tools and routines, new functions, and improvements Chief Architect regularly does with their program.  The ‘User Center’ is incredible, and the customer support, who I seem to challenge often as I am always seeming to try something out of the ordinary, is outstanding.  I’ve yet to stump them, and I promise I’m not trying to do that, I just seem to have clients that ask me to do some unique or different from normal-type things.  Chief Architect always seems to come through.”

Dollhouse view of a residential home design that features a large kitchen, family room and library.

“Years have gone by using Chief Architect now.  I’ve completed numerous fun projects and I seem to be getting much better at using many of the program’s productivity and fun functions.  I have even received a collection of outstanding compliments from contractors, builders, but most importantly, several municipalities Building Department Chiefs & Inspectors complimenting me as much about my ‘design’ as the look and content of the working drawings I produce using Chief Architect.  I absolutely give all the credit to the program. 

“As I get ready to retire from my day job working for a large company, I am very excited to dive back into my architectural business full-time.  I mean this sincerely when I say that Chief Architect has provided me the ability and desire to do so.  Thank you to everyone at Chief for what you have and continue to create… and thanks to those of you who ‘liked’ my project entry.”

Winning Design

Thank you for sharing your journey with us and including Chief Architect in your work! For more of Jerry’s wonderful designs, see the projects listed below.

Rumble Design


Osiecki Design


Babisz Remodel


Wyklige Design


Beaulac Addition


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Modern Remodel Design by Eric Hoff

Modern home design with metal and brick siding, roof top patio, and two car garage.

By Emily Black

Eric, an Idaho native, places third in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. His artistic talents were a perfect fit for a career in home design.

Picture of Eric Hoff
Eric Hoff

“I was born in Pocatello, Idaho and then moved to Idaho Falls and lived on the family farm and worked with my father who flew airplanes and was a metal fabricator. I took on a job as a laborer that placed me in the building industry framing houses and building cabinets. I was very intrigued by the plans that we worked from. I am an artist and planned to go to college in Boise, Idaho to study Art, Advertising and Design. To pay my way through college, I worked construction at various levels including building houses.

“I eventually started my own company and found myself enjoying the designing process and started hand drafting our projects. Clients would often rely on me to help explain what they were looking at when we were studying the floor plans and elevations. I realized that most people I worked with had a difficult time understanding what they were looking at when viewing 2D plans and elevations. I started trying to hand draw in 3D but the time involved was prohibitive.”

Front elevation view and renderings of a single story home design.

” I discovered Chief Architect’s 3D Home Architect product in the early ’90s… which later became Home Designer. At first, learning the program seemed daunting, but as time and practice moved forward, so did the skill set. It was amazing to see clients understand what they were looking at. I HAD to master 3D design – visual graphics. I started creating my own textures and objects so that I could better portray what I wanted our clients to see. Chief Architect is nearly the perfect platform to do this.  We now know that if clients can see it…they will do it once you align design with a budget.

Because he could see, because he could visualize it, he changed his mind from a no, to a yes.

“When I worked with Strite Construction in Boise, Idaho, I spent nearly 3 months on an 18,000sf project and we were very close to presenting the final design and proposing the numbers to sell the job… just before the proposal I received a call that my father died unexpectedly… I had to leave and could not be there for the meeting.  My colleague said that the client did not like the cost and decided not to move forward.  The client stood up and noticed my plans sitting on a table behind him (which they did not use in the meeting).  They were in the corner, 20+ sheets printed 36” x 48” just sitting there.  I had them printed before I left town.  The client opened the plans and slowly reviewed every single page…everyone sat quietly, waiting…watching.  Finally, after an eternity the client said, “you have really spent a lot of time on this, it is very detailed… you guys are serious about this project.” Everyone nodded.  Then he said, “What the heck, let’s do it!” Because he could see, because he could visualize it, he changed his mind from a no, to a yes.”

Winning Design

Eric’s work is truly outstanding. Make sure to connect with him at Hoff Design Build and view more of his designs below.

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Nathan Ensminger is the 2018 Remodel/Addition Design of the Year Contest Winner

Nathan's 2018 Remodel/Addition Design of the Year Contest Entry.

By Jake Murray

Congratulations to Nathan placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest in September and won the Remodel/Addition Design of the Year Contest in December with his backyard getaway.

Nathan and his family at the beach

“My name is Nathan Ensminger from Wichita Kansas. Back as far as I can remember I watched and mimicked my father as he designed interiors for Lear jet.

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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! Continue reading…

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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. Continue reading…

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Glenn M. Travis Places 2nd with His Georgian Colonial Remodel

Second story addition to a ranch rambler home design.

By Emily Black

 

Glenn placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest! His winning design is a beautiful transformation of the original home design.

Glenn M. Travis, the principal designer and owner of GMT Home Designs, focused on adding a second story and redesigning the first floor to give the clients a large kitchen and open family room. Glenn utilizes Chief Architect to bring his clients into the design with him and open communication for changes.

“Glenn and his team turned our idea into a reality using their incredible 3D design system. For the first time, we could actually see our dream home come to life. Visualizing the space in the 3D Viewer not only showed us what our home would look like but allowed us to make changes to something “we thought we liked” before ever breaking ground.” – GMT Home Design Client Continue reading…

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Robin McCarthy and Heather Brewer win 2nd Place with their Craftsman-Style Design

This large remodel and major addition was designed around an active lifestyle of a family of five who have outgrown their current home. The style of the home is primarily a mix of farmhouse and craftsman elements. The timber beams, shingles, and stone accents highlight the craftsman style, while the board and batten farmhouse style windows bring out the farmhouse style.

By Kendra Dorosh

Architect Robin McCarthy and Junior Designer Heather Brewer placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. See how their projects have come to life with Robin’s passion for design and Heather’s skill with 3D Modeling.

Robin McCarthy (Left) and Heather Brewer (Right)

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Joslyn Brungardt and Caci Pommerehn win 1st place with their 1960’s ranch remodel

With a centralized atrium, this ranch home offers nearly 4000 square feet of main floor living.

By Kendra Dorosh

Joslyn Brungardt and Caci Pommerehn win 1st place in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Their individual talents complement each other in creating unique spaces, such as this beautiful remodel.

“Chief Architect has given us the ability to give our clients confidence in their project before construction has even begun.”- Caci Pommerehn (Left) and Joslyn Brungardt (Right)

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Alexandra DuBois places 2nd with her mid-century remodel

This kitchen remodel combines the kitchen, dining room, and family room to create one giant space for relaxing and entertaining. The home was built in the mid-century style, and the clients wanted to incorporate this into their new design.

By Kendra Dorosh

Alexandra DuBois places 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Her experience with color, tile patterns, and materials is evident in her custom design.

“I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa and moved to San Diego to attend design school ten years ago. I have been around design and remodeling my whole life with my family, my dad always being one to complete all of his own remodeling projects and having my sister and I help all along the way. I graduated from the Art Institute of California – San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design.  My first few jobs in the industry were a color specialist at a paint store, furniture sales, and tile design before I settled at Lars Remodeling and Design. Continue reading…

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