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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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Students at State University of New York Delhi take first

SUNY New Delhi wins first at the NAHB Student Competition

By Emily Black

A team of five students earns first place in the Residential Construction Management Competition.

The NAHB student competition was held at the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orland, FL. The opportunity to apply the lessons from the classroom to the real world of residential design drew 56 teams from across the country to participate. Each team had to follow strict guidelines from the design criteria through to the final working drawings and estimates. The residential design projects were presented in front of a panel of judges who were residential building industry professionals.

“Chief Architect gave us the competitive advantage that we were looking for and we were crowned National Champions,” says Alan Smith, the associate professor/program director for the State University of New York at Delhi‘s Residential Construction program.

SUNY Delhi team presenting to the judges.

“We have been competing in the Residential Construction Management Competition for the last 4 years. We are given rough floor plans and we need to provide working plans, an estimate, and a scheduleIn our short time we have been having encouraging results, top 5 a couple times and top ten the rest. But I was looking for the top prize.

“So while walking through the Builder Show last year, I happened upon the Chief Architect booth, saw the demo and was impressed. I thought that Chief Architect could give us the boost we needed to get to the top.  I explained to the sales rep who I was and what I wanted to do and he gave me a full version demo to try out. While I was trying it out, I realized all the benefits and how user-friendly it was.

“When we were putting our team together, I made the push for our team to move away from AutoCAD and go with Chief Architect. We purchased the student version and completed the plans using it without much instruction from faculty. I encouraged the students to use the how-to videos as they were informative for me. We were going to use this as a test, to see if we should be teaching the Chief Architect program as part of our curriculum.”

Join us in congratulating the SUNY Delhi team for their great achievement!

Winning Design

State University of New York Delhi accepting their first place trophy at the 2018 Awards Ceremony in Orlando.

 

Chief Architect offers special options for schools and students. Learn more about our academic program.

 

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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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Steve McCloskey places 2nd with his Clerestory Home Design

This house was designed from the ground up using Chief Architect X9. Our customer was looking for a modern style home with a lot of windows and open space. They wanted to take advantage of the sloped site and the mountainous views around them.

By Kendra Dorosh

Steve McCloskey placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. His dedication to the business shows through in the realistic detail of his designs.

“I am from Altoona, PA. Our company, McCloskey Builders, is currently celebrating 30 years in business.  We specialize in custom homes and also commercial construction.  About 10 years ago we started to incorporate a design process into our way of doing business. Continue reading…

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