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The Walnut Cottage- A Charming, 1st Place Design

Walnut Cottage water color rendering

By Kendra Dorosh

The team at Lake + Land Studio, LLC, has won first place in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest with their charming Walnut Cottage. The home’s quaint features like a wrap-around porch, exposed rafters, and exterior trim details conjure thoughts of rest and relaxation.

Located in South Mississippi, and operating since 2015, Lake + Land Studio focuses primarily on designing lake houses, boathouses, and retreats. They operate as a small business and take great pride in each project they design. They believe in designing spaces that are inspiring, resonate with their clients, and evoke a sense of calmness.

We pride ourselves in creating unique, one of a kind designs for every client we work with.”

Lake + Land Studio, LLC

“Every time we are able to walk our clients through their future home or project with Chief Architect 3D Software, it’s a success.  Many of our clients are not visual. Chief Architect helps bridge the gap between the 2D floor plan and grasping what the finished project will look like.  We hear constant feedback on how impressive the capabilities of being able to see the scale of the spaces, customize materials, try different cabinet configurations, etc.  We are able to save them so much headache and heartache in the design phase vs. going through a change-order process in the field.  Being able to offer the 3D aspect for our projects has truly set us apart from our peers.”

“We’ve been designing with Chief Architect software since 2010. We do high-end residential design, and we felt this software best optimized our needs for a program to design residential structures.

“Our Partners Luke Sippel and Bill Holloway were already using Chief Architect from their previous employer. Luke Sippel originally starting using Chief Architect in 2010 and trained exclusively through online training videos, Chief Talk Professional Forum, and the Reference Manual. We now employ 5 staff who all utilize Chief Architect daily.”

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See more renderings of the Walnut Cottage plan below.

We’re inspired by the feelings of harmony with Lake + Land Studio’s designs. It’s an honor to share their story and we’ll look forward to seeing more of their work!

Team photo of the designers at Lake + Land Studio, LLC.
Lake + Land Studio, LLC Design Team

Lake + Land Studio, LLC is based out of Hattiesburg, MS. They’ve been operating since 2015 and have multiple custom homes featured in publications such as Southern Living Magazine, Art Food Home, Coastal Living, and Hattiesburg American. You can even see their work on HGTV’s hit series “Home Town”. They’ve been using Chief Architect software since 2010.

Connect with Lake + Land Studio on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Email: lakeandlandstudio@gmail.com

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More Renderings of the Walnut Cottage Plan

This plan was designed exclusively for Southern Living Magazine. You’ll find the full plan here.

Photography and 3D images by Lake and Land Studio, LLC
Color rendering by Adam Trest

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MODERN LAKE HOUSE DESIGN PLACES 1ST BY BRENT JULIUS

Modern two story home with rooftop balcony, and lots of natural light.

By Kendra Dorosh

Brent Julius’ 1st place modern lake house in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest is a stunning example of turning clients dreams into reality.

Brent Julius with 306 Drafting and Design.

“I started designing while in college as an architectural student. Shortly after, I worked at an architectural firm learning a lot about the construction and design industry. A few years later, I transitioned to a job specializing in residential design. It was there that I started using Chief Architect. Fast forward a few more years. I now own a residential design firm, 605 Drafting + Design

“I have been using Chief Architect for 8 years. Influenced by the user-friendliness and capability to help clients visualize their homes, it was a no-brainer to use Chief Architect over other design software.”

Chief Architect has helped me successfully assist in the new construction, remodel, and renovation projects for over 200 clients.

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Brent is a very talented designer and we’re grateful to have him in the Chief community! You can see more from 605 Drafting + Design on their website here.

Kitchen Design Options image

If you’d like to learn how to create design options for your clients, like Brent has demonstrated below, check out our training video on the process…

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Kitchen Design Options

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Award Winning New England Coastal Inspired Home, by Joey Martin

New England coastal style home, complete with multiple decks and patios, stonework and shake siding.

By Kerry Hansen

New England Coastal Inspired Home by Joey Martin of Martin Design and Planning, places second in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest.

Portrait of Joey R. Martin, 2nd place winner in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest.
Joey R. Martin of Martin Design and Planning

“Born and raised in Elwood, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, I knew from a young age that residential architecture and construction were what I wanted to do.

My first design project, to layout a new home for my family, took place in an advanced drafting class at Elwood High School. Working with the drafting instructor, and a local architect, that I ended up interning with, I created a set of plans and we built the home the next summer.

“I was fortunate enough to attend the University of South Florida for architecture school and to work in the greater Tampa Bay area for a while before returning to Indiana. Martin Design & Planning was started in 2004.

“During downturns in the building industry, I have kept busy teaching algebra in high school, and also worked in the engineering department for Chrysler. I am always drawn back to design and creating construction documents.” 

I have two American Residential Design Awards on my resume, both won using Chief Architect Software.

“I have two American Residential Design Awards on my resume, both won using Chief Architect Software, and hope to add another this year! One of the winning designs is currently featured on the Chief Architect Samples Gallery. With one son at Ball State University, one in High School, and one entering Jr. High School, I will need to keep designing for many years to come!

East Elevation of the New England Style Home that won 2nd place in the Chief Architect residential Design Contest.
East Elevation of New England Style Home

“This project, I love!” The client wanted the look and feel of a New England coastal home, complete with multiple decks and patios. You can find homes like these all along the Eastern coast. The only catch was that this is Indiana. The client didn’t want an overdone kitchen or extravagant baths. They wanted to invest in the details that made their home feel exactly the way that they wanted it to feel. The design includes lots of stonework, shake siding, plenty of outdoor spaces, and a functional floor plan with convertible flex spaces that allow them to change as their needs change.

“I love the results, and so does the client!”

Thank you, Joey, for sharing your stunning New England Coastal style home design. For more information about Joey Martin and his design and planning firm, find them on Facebook at Martin Design & Planning.

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Take a closer look here at the full plan set for this home.

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Modern Mountain Rustic- An Award-Winning Design by Todd Wilderman

Modern mountain rustic home with timber framed accents and cooperating materials.

By: Kendra Dorosh

With a long history of experience in construction, Todd Wilderman creates a top design in Chief Architect’s Residential Design Contest.

Todd Wilderman hiking in the mountains.

“I started doing residential drafting at about the age of 12. My father was an industrial arts teacher at the local high school but drew plans on the side to supplement a meager teacher’s salary. I walked by his drawing table one day and said: “I could do that, doesn’t look that hard”. The next day, there was another drawing table in the room and I had a garage plan to draw.

“After that, I eventually went on to do many other things… construction trades, sign-making, welding, and carpentry. I also managed to get a BA in Art with studies in Math and Physics, a Construction Management certificate, a diploma in Surveying, and a Masters in Architecture. 

“I started my own design company, Wilderman Designs, LLC in 1990. I started out drawing everything by hand, then I ‘graduated to CAD’. 

“I was always frustrated with the CAD because it was limited in 3D designing. Also, I felt like software should be able to do the more mundane things (like dimensioning) in a more automated fashion.

“I had experience with DataCAD, AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, etc. but it seemed to me that Chief Architect was a better solution for me since I focus on residential design. I find the software relatively easy to learn and usually very user-friendly. I say this from of perspective of NOT being a computer-type guy.” 

…Chief helps me get it done faster. I think it probably has reduced my drafting time to about 30% of what it used to take.

“I like that I can do everything 3D, all the time. The fact that I can send clients the 3D model to browse on their own time, helps me find more time to do other things and the designs get communicated more clearly and more quickly. Changes are usually quick and easy, and the client is generally more satisfied with the direction of the design from the first rendition.

“I have a pretty steady workflow of about 15-25 jobs at a time and Chief helps me get it done faster. I think it probably has reduced my drafting time to about 30% of what it used to take.”

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More from Todd

We’d like to thank Todd for taking the time to share his journey with us and our community!

We were happy to learn about how he’s leveraging the use of the Chief Architect 3D Viewer! If you’re interested in sending your clients 3D models to browse on their own time, like Todd has mentioned he’s doing, you can learn more about sharing Chief Architect 3D Viewer models here.

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Stylized Home Designs Offer Options for Paradise, CA Residents

Farmhouse with front porch, dormers, and gullwing roof.

By Adrean Stephenson

An Idea

Allen Tatomer, of Blue Collar Builders TV, has an idea. He plans to use his experience in construction project management, and his history as a home show TV producer, to provide rebuilding options to property owners devastated by last year’s Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.

The Blue Collar Builders are pursuing product sponsorships, along with the television series, Paradise Rises. They hope to bring down construction costs and help make the transition back into normal life easier for Paradise residents. Among the project challenges will be adapting construction techniques for disaster awareness, including features like rooftop sprinklers, fire resistant exterior materials, and designs that reduce the buildup of natural debris on and around the structures.

After seeing Chief Architect’s illustration work on Fine Home Building’s 2018’s California House, Allen approached us to help as contributors to his project’s vision.

The Planning

The idea is to leverage a base floor plan, then derive from it multiple options in square footage and architectural style. This technique will make the construction process easier to manage and more cost efficient, while preserving individual identities for the homes. Home owners can choose their favorite style and home size, and even include a matching Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) as temporary living quarters during construction then future use as guest house, studio, or rental option.

There are 6 floor plan options available, ranging from 1200 sq. ft. to 2400 sq. ft. Each option can be modified to adapt a different architectural style. I use Chief Architect to create the initial plan footprint, then save off copies for each subsequent design. We decide to focus on variations of these styles: Coastal, Colonial, Cottage, Craftsman, Farmhouse, Tuscan, and Victorian. Flip through the full selection of the latest revisions.

 

Implementation

Using Chief Architect Premier makes it easy to quickly adapt different roof attributes for the plans. Updating default attributes for things like windows, cabinets, and even material colors helpes to streamline the process even more.

We leverage websites like Houzz.com and Pinterest to search out inspiration for each house style. Simply using a search term like “Modern Farmhouse Exterior” returns results that help identify architectural features, scaling, and massings that are typical to a design style.

After I wrap up the floor plan options and style concepts, our team begins producing illustrations and animations that bring the designs to life. Kerry masters interior design and aesthetics, generating stills using the various library catalogs and rendering techniques available for Chief Architect.

Bailey follows up using the automatic walkthrough tools to generate navigation paths that can be recorded as movies; some of these have been shared on the Paradise Rises Facebook page. One of the great things about using design software is the ability to reuse these elements and controls for multiple designs. With a quick copy-and-paste-in-place, the walkthrough paths are ready for the next house; we can even set them up to run on a different computer so that the processing time has less impact on our workday.

Results

Once the process is complete, we’ll have created a huge selection of content that will help with the visualization of this project. Because these designs have all been generated in our drafting software, we can simply hand off the files to an Architect and Engineer to finalize for permitting and construction. They can continue on with the work using Chief Architect to add structural details, code compliance, and plot information, then produce a set of permit ready documents for breaking ground.

If this project for the people of Paradise, CA resonates for you, reach out to Blue Collar Builders TV to learn what you can do to participate.

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Jim Shallman Wins 3rd Place with His Story and a Half Log Home

By Emily Black

Jim places third in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. His log home design maximizes space with a light and spacious feel.

“This is the home my wife and I built in Crosslake, Minnesota, which is the second home I have designed for our family. We have lived in Crosslake for most of late spring, summer, and fall. We also have a townhome in Maple Grove, Minnesota that we stay in for most of the winter.

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Jim Ducharme Wins 2nd with His Dream Log Home Design

Two story log home design with large deck and outdoor living.

By Emily Black

Jim places second in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. He is a home enthusiast who is making his dreams of living in a log home a reality!

Picture of Jim Ducharme
Jim Ducharme

“My wife and I are from Somersworth, New Hampshire and are in the process of building our dream/retirement home in Berwick, Maine. We have always dreamed of living in a spacious log home with visions of our kids, their kids, and our extended family enjoying time together. We have been designing this home in our minds for decades and a couple of years ago we decided to move ahead and make it happen.

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Jeff Burns is the 2018 Residential Design of the Year Contest Winner

2018 Design of Year Contest Winnning Design: Residential Category

By Jake Murray

Congratulations Jeff for taking 1st place in our Design of Year Contest – Residential Category! Jeff was also a finisher in our Residential Design Contest back in July.

Jeff and his wife Julie
Jeff and his wife Julie

“I am a father of 4 awesome children Jacob, Jordan, Jackson, and Jude, and I married my high school sweetheart Julie. And yes, we are all J’s!! “The girls are J.A.B’s and the boys are all J.R.B’s which does get tricky at times! I was born in Fort Walton Beach Florida, being in a military family we moved several times before settling back in Alexandria, Louisiana where I reside today.

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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.” Continue reading…

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Thomas Kretz Wins Second Place with His Custom Home Design, BrückenHaus, Featuring Bridges and Cantilevers.

By Jake Murray

Thomas placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! After retiring as a Production Art Manager, Thomas continues to showcase his design abilities through a remodel and custom home design.

Thomas pictured on his recent wedding day.

“I grew up on the farm my family settled in 1852 in the small town of Cedar Lake, Indiana. I had always gravitated towards art and drafting in high-school, but it was a field trip to Chicago that truly inspired my fascination with architecture. So much so, I broke with family tradition and spent the summers of my Junior and Senior year working as an artist for a graphics company. I then attended Ball State University for the first year of their Architecture program. Continue reading…

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