Interior Design, Stories

Wine Storage Solutions with

By Emily Black


Chief Architect has been working with since 2012 to offer their wine storage product line. Their USA made wine storage solutions provide a unique design for any small or large project. is located in New York’s Hudson Valley and has been serving their customers since 1992.  Over the years, their product selections have expanded to include a wide range of small capacity wine racks, wine accessories, cooling units and lighting for wine cellars.

With the goal of providing the very best customer service and product quality, is manufacturing their own wooden wine storage units within the US with environmentally responsible raw materials.

I had the chance to speak with Jeremy of to dive deeper into what makes a great wine cellar.


What are the current wine storage trends?

“More homeowners are looking to add wine storage in their homes and home buyers are looking for homes with wine storage already in them. Here are some stats:

    • Over 120 million Americans are drinking wine weekly
    • Sales of wine bottles $50 and higher are on the rise
    • 78% of wine sold in the U.S. are in retail stores”


What should we consider when designing a wine cellar?

“From a consumer perspective, they need to inventory how much wine they have as well as their purchasing patterns. Having this understanding will translate into a solution that meets their current and long-term storage needs. They also need to understand that possibilities are limitless when it comes to both design and space so do your homework. Gather photos of designs you like using channels like social media but also talk to friends and family.

“For professionals, it’s important to support this ‘limitless’ theme for design by considering all types of racking when designing a solution. Some may prefer a traditional route, others more contemporary or maybe an integrated approach. It’s important to show your client photos and discuss options because there’s a lot there.  Understanding a client’s preference is key. Also, remember that a wine storage solution no longer has to be in the basement. There are a number of spaces throughout a home that can be used for wine storage, so consider a few options and discuss them with your client.

“With respect to design and spacing, professionals need to balance form and function for any solution. Use racking that not only shows off someone’s collection but makes it easy for them to access it as well as add to it when needed. Also, keep in mind, 95% of traditional racking has no stain, but if staining is part of your design, make sure to choose water-based stains to reduce gases and ensure your provider uses non-aromatic wood. This is critical because odors from non-water based stains can get caught in the air handling system or in the corks and kill the wine.

“For space selection, make sure you use spaces that are environmentally friendly to wine (55 degrees with humidity levels of 60-70%). If they do not already exist, a professional should consider incorporating a cooling/humidification system into the design. With that in mind, spaces that support access to an adjoining room or the outside should be used in a design so a system can be implemented.  Lastly, avoid direct sunlight (from a window) and vibrations (from a laundry room) as both will hurt the longevity of the wine.”

Find more resources through on Choosing A Wine Rack & How To Build A Wine Cellar.


What do you value most about wine cellars?

“That if done correctly, they become an extension of a homeowner’s style and personality and as a result, not only compliment a home but also add value to it. I also love how realistic it is to have wine storage in a home or business due to the number of reasonable options that are now available. There are also options for those just starting to collect and as a result, you no longer have to be an avid collector to justify a storage solution.”  

Learn more about Creative Home Wine Storage.‘s catalog has been updated to include their wine cellar combos as well as their VintageView line! Download the Catalog to use in your next wine cellar project. Also, connect with Jeremy to set up your next wine storage solution.


Jeremy Miller

(845) 658-7181


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Events, Professional, Stories

Chief Academy 2018 Recap

By Dani Walker


Last week Chief Architect held the 2018 Chief Academy near our headquarters in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. There were over 100 attendees who came for the 2 ½ days of in-depth training, 1 on 1 support, and networking events. Over the course of the event, Users were able to soak up the last few days of summer in Coeur d’ Alene through morning events and evening receptions.

Day 1 kicked off with a Welcome and Company Update from our CEO, Greg Wells. Shortly after, Users headed to their class to start training. Classes ranged from Introductory to Advanced, each taught by a certified Chief Architect Instructor. The day was full of tips, tricks, and techniques to help Users utilize Chief Architect within their business.


Chief Architect customers gathered at the 2018 Chief Academy ready for a training.


After a full day of training, Day 1 was wrapped up with a relaxing cruise on Lake Coeur d’ Alene. The cruise started at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and took Users, Guests, and the Chief Team to the famous Floating Green Event Center for a disc toss game and a delicious dinner.


Night scene of the Lake Coeur d'Alene cruise boat during the Chief Architect training event.


Day 2 started out with a beautiful hike around Tubbs Hill. Users had a chance to network while taking in the incredible scenery of downtown and Lake Coeur d’ Alene.


Chief Architect customers gathered for a morning hike at Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.


After a morning full of training, the Chief Team set up a room for Hands on Product Testing of X11, Room Planner & 3D Viewer, a Virtual Reality station, and 1-on1 support for more learning and interactive experiences. This gave Chief the chance to show users firsthand what we are working on and how they can incorporate these new features into their business.


Chief Architect customer experiencing the Virtual Reality headset.


As Day 2 came to a close, many Users were ready to relax at our evening reception at Le Peep on the Spokane River. Over dinner, our team was able to connect and network with many attendees and receive feedback from the event. Below is an interview from sisters at Harby + Points and Morris Carey with On The House.



Throughout Chief Academy, raffle tickets were sold for an HP Designjet T-120 ePrinter series, where all proceeds from the raffle would be donated to Saint Vincent De Paul. Huge thanks to everyone who participated and raised over $2,300! And a big congratulations to Joel Oolman of Minnesota Cabinets for winning the HP printer!


Chief Architect customer wins a printer.


The last day of Chief Academy was dedicated to focus-based seminars and 1 on 1 support.  If you would like to see more photos from the event, you can view the Chief Academy album on Facebook.

“The Chief Architect Training Academy is always one of our top training events since we host it in Coeur d’Alene.  Our resort town atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for a relaxed learning environment.  And what makes this event so popular, is the ability to have a large majority of our staff attend the event from both a customer experience and education perspective.  With full access to our staff, we can actually offer personalized 1-1 training in addition to the class room training.  The days are filled with training and education and the evenings with networking and social interaction at some pretty spectacular Idaho venues.  One of the most popular outings is at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Event Center and Golf Course were we have the famous Potato Martini and we host our long drive / closest to the pin DVD disc toss.    Finally, we preview future technology and products for early feedback in our development process.  It’s a great event, and we hope you can make it to one soon!” – Scott Harris, Vice President of Chief Architect Software 

Mark your calendars because 2019 Chief Training Academy and User Group will be here before we know it!

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Professional, Residential Home Design, Stories

Fine Homebuilding California House Collaboration

FHB California House Watercolor Rendering by Chief Architect

By Adrean Stephenson


Taunton Press’s Fine Homebuilding Magazine has been the gold standard reference, covering quality home design and construction for over 30 years. I remember as a youngster sifting through the stacks of my dad’s coveted back issues, soaking up the details and anticipating the next “Great Moments in Building History” featured on the last page. It wasn’t long after I purchased my first fixer upper that I started an archive library of my own. Continue reading…

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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. Continue reading…

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Residential Home Design, Stories, Student

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. Continue reading…

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