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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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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.

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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Bathroom Design, Events, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories

Winning Spaces from the 2018 NKBA Design Awards

This large kitchen is airy and open, galley style with a long island, warm wood ceiling, and impressive industrial hood.

by Adrean Stephenson

January’s KBIS event marked another success on the books. This year, in addition to manning our booth and hosting the annual User Breakfast, our team was delighted to contribute to one of the favorite KBIS announcements: the 2018 NKBA Design Awards! See the full spread of winners and project information in the January/February issue of NKBA Innovation + Inspiration.

We used Chief Architect’s 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Video Walkthrough Recording tools to replicate the winning designs, then recorded animations that virtually explore the spaces.

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Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories, Student

Featured Student – Jennifer Allen

2017 NKBA Student Competition. Jennifer Allen Elevation for her 3rd Place design.

By Kendra Dorosh

Jennifer Allen won 3rd place for her kitchen design at the 2017 NKBA Student Design Competition. Jennifer studied Computer Aided Drafting and Design at Front Range Community College and used the Chief Architect Student License to complete her design.

Jennifer was born and raised in the town of Boulder, the heart of Colorado’s Front Range. For much of the 2000’s, she lived in Arizona where she raised three amazing stepchildren and had a daughter of her own. After moving back to Colorado in 2012 she decided to go back to school while continuing to raise her children. She graduated in December 2017 with an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, a Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design, a Certificate in Fundamentals of Interior Design, and a 3.8 GPA.  She also took several architecture classes and was able to participate in a design and build class constructing a tiny house which was auctioned off with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently awarded her 3rd place kitchen for the 2017 Student Design Competition awarded at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. Her winning design is showcased below.

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