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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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Connect with Leila:

Tuuli Studio (previously known as Leila Laskujarvi Design)

Website

 

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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! Continue reading…

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Lawrence J. Jaworski won 3rd with his rustic home addition

Remodel/ Addition design by Strongwood Log Home Company. The client was looking to build a hunting cabin; however, the new structure had to attache to the existing garage. The new structure is a 5,677 sq. ft. ranch style design with 12x12 heavy timber structure with a bark siding. The exterior of the existing garage is going to be renovated to match the new structure along with adding a living space above.

Lawrence won 3rd in the Chief Architect Remodel-Addition Design Contest! He has been drawn to design from a young age and is now impressing customers with 3D home designs created using Chief Architect.

 

“I had an interest in designing at a young age and took designing classes in school. In high school, took all the classes they had, and my senior year they had to create a class for me to take. I went on to college and got an associate’s degree in architecture. Continue reading…

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Ciara Cuddihy-Hernandez won 2nd with her complete home remodel in Portland, Oregon

This remodel is for a home in Portland, Oregon. Our client actually grew up in this home and wants to do a complete remodel. We are adding an addition to the front on the house to gain extra space for a larger master bedroom with en suite master bath. We are also opening up the main floor completely to have an open plan kitchen and living space. Finally, we are changing the roof style from flat to a shed roof with vaulted ceilings in the living/kitchen area to add a greater sense of space and utilize the natural light as these rooms are south facing.

Ciara won 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel-Addition Design Contest! Originally from Ireland, she is now the project designer for John Webb Construction & Design in Eugene, Oregon.

 

“I am originally from Ireland and moved to Eugene, Oregon 5 year ago. I started designing in school and attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland where I received a Bachelor of Design specializing in glass.  I started interior design about a year ago and have been working for John Webb Construction and Design June of 2017.

“I have been using Chief Architect for 3 months. Our company decided to start using Chief Architect because of the great features it has.” Continue reading…

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Paul Fread wins 1st place with his Kitchen Addition

Grey home design with white trim and a recent kitchen addition.

Paul Fread won 1st place in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Paul and his crew have a passion for working on vintage character homes and bringing them new life. This Kitchen Addition was a great example of their work.

 

“First, everyone at Original Roots is here because we love what we do and we enjoy working with each other and serving our great clients.  We work on Design+Build projects ranging from bathrooms and kitchens to major additions and pop-tops – and anything in between.  We focus on Denver’s old character homes and we have an intimate working knowledge of the history and typical challenges that these awesome vintage homes present.  The fun part is working through those challenges to consistently create beautiful, well-designed, and solidly built finished projects.  It’s really hard work and we love it.

“Several things make us unique from other companies in our industry beyond the typical claims of quality, timeliness, and ability to stay on budget.  First, we are truly a Design+Build firm with professional/degreed Designers under the same roof as our field crew of Carpenters and Project Supervisors.  Secondly, we offer a completely honest and realistic construction cost range after an initial consultation. We do this for a few reasons:  we want our clients to get a realistic sense of costs early on in the process to help guide their decision making and ensure that we are designing – and ultimately, building – something within their means.  Also, we want to foster an atmosphere where we’re able to do what we say we can from the beginning, leaving folks happy in the end.

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