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2017 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo Recap

Chief Architect at the Remodeling Show, DeckExpo and JLC live 2017 in Nashville.

Members of the Chief Architect Team visited Nashville for the combined Remodeling Show and DeckExpo. Chief Architect was an exhibitor alongside hundreds of other top manufacturer’s in the industry. We’ve recruited Scott Harris, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing to share a little bit about the show experience.

  1. Scott, what can you tell us about the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo?

We really enjoyed the location of the show this year, Nashville was great. However, the overall attendance on the show floor seemed low compared to previous years. The attendance just wasn’t as strong as it has been in Baltimore.

It used to be that tradeshows were the best place to get information on the latest technologies. That’s just not true in today’s world. You can find information on nearly anything online.

The show is great for people that want to learn about tools. You can physically see how the new laser saw works. This is one of the greatest benefits of the show, the ability to do a hands-on test drive.


  1. Did you get a feel for how the housing market is doing in this region?

The people I spoke with said housing is strong. The largest issue is the lack of availability of labor which is holding people back with projects. This could be one of the contributing factors to the diminishing attendance at the shows.

Most recently, there’s also the short-term impact of the major hurricanes in Florida and Texas. The devastation of the hurricanes has compounded the labor shortage and has increased material costs.


  1. Did you notice any shifting trends in the industry?

Decks are a larger demographic at the show. We noticed many new lighting technologies for decks such as lighting built directly into railings and stairs. There’s always been a vast amount of technology regarding composite decks; however, we’re noticing more and more new railing technologies evolving.


  1. Did Chief Architect host any events in Nashville?

Chief Architect Software at the Remodeling Show, DeckExpo and JLC Live in Nashville.


Yes, we were privileged to host our Introductory, Intermediate, and Kitchen/Bath/Interiors 2-day training classes. The training attendees were a great group of people. There was a lot of learning that went on and our customers gained valuable tools to help them be more successful in their business.



Johny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville



In addition to the training, we hosted an evening reception and networking event at a Restaurant in downtown Nashville.

Downtown Nashville is vibrant. It’s the music capital of the United States. Every aspiring musician, writer, producer, is down there demonstrating their talents just off of Broadway. It was very exciting to be right in the midst of it all. It also allowed for the opportunity to connect with Chief Architect customers in the area as well as to meet other people that were interested in Chief Architect.




A big thank you to Scott for sharing this with us! It’s always great to get to attend these shows and touch base with our customers. Seeing the new technologies in the industry help to ensure we’re staying on top of the latest trends to help our customers be as successful as possible. Next, we’ll be headed to Orlando for the International Builder’s Show, January 9th-11th. We hope to see you there!

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Robin Rigby Fisher – Featured NKBA Study Guide Designer

By Adrean Stephenson


When you have been designing Kitchens and Baths for 32 years and teaching the process to others for 14 more, it is next to impossible to not know your stuff. Robin Rigby Fisher is no exception, and it shows in the Large Bath she submitted for 2017’s NKBA Design Competition.

“I teach part-time at Portland Community College, an NKBA Accredited College. One of the reasons I continue to teach is to make sure that I stay at the top of my game. I want my drawings to be as meticulous as possible because I expect that from my students.  I think they are synonyms. I’m at the top of my game because my students are at the top of theirs. They are highly desirable, highly regarded. They are easy to hire. That’s what I like about teaching.

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Danielle Burger – Featured NKBA Study Guide Designer

By Adrean Stephenson


It felt a little like cheating when I opened up Danielle Burger’s winning Small Bath plan and began transitioning it for our NKBA Study Guide project.


Danielle has been using Chief Architect since 2015 and made beautiful work of her bath design using the software. I simply asked to start from the plan file and then made some edits that matched her drawings to the drafting style of the other designs in our project.

View NKBA Study Guide Small Bath in Chief Architect’s 360° Panorama Viewer.


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