Design Contest, Featured Customers, Residential Home Design

Joni Anderson places 3rd with her Southern-Living house plan

Residential home design with large wrap-around front porch, white siding and a gable roof.

By Kendra Dorosh

Joni Anderson places 3rd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. Creating 3D models of home designs is one of Joni’s greatest passions and stress releases. You can see her love for design in the details of her dream retirement home.

“I became interested in computerized home design back in the year 2000 when it became available for the consumer market. As the technology changed, I continuously upgraded to stay compatible. Eventually, with each subsequent home computer, I was led to Better Homes and Gardens software developed by Chief Architect. I then graduated to their aptly named Home Designer Suite.  Of all the different home designing software programs I’ve tried, I’ve found Chief Architect products to be the most computer friendly, affordable for budget-conscious consumers, and versatile. I’ve basically stuck with them since 2005.  And the visuals are absolutely stunning, almost life-like.

“I hail from Indiana, born and raised there, but have resided in Southern Maryland for the past 22 years.  I actually had my first custom home built here that I’d planned for six years, waiting for the opportunity to bring it to life.  All I needed was a more permanent place to stay since there had been uncertainty with my husband’s government job back then. Both the property and the house plan coincided with my six-year vision.  After locating the property, it took only 24 hours to modify the house plan, add an extra bay window,  pick out all the colors, countertops, placement of outlets, windows, etc. that functioned effectively for my family. I created these plans on paper, all without the use of home designing software so you can imagine my joy when that became available!

Whenever I feel agitated, I turn to Chief Architect Home Designer Suite to calm me.

“I’m a self-taught computer operator (mostly so my children couldn’t pull a fast one on me if I hadn’t taught myself).  I learned everything by trial and error using Windows-based systems.  My husband, who is a computer engineer, said I was a natural when it came to running different kinds of software programs, basic graphic design, and learning HTML code all from the comfort of my home.  Home design has been one of my more constant hobbies over the past 18 years.  Whenever I feel agitated, I turn to Chief Architect Home Designer Suite to calm me.  It’s my number one go-to stress reducer.  It rejuvenates my creative juices as well.”

 

Winning Design

 

More from Joni

“I’ve been sharing a few of my projects on my Facebook page and one of my friends asked if I could design a barn with living quarters so she could check on her horses while wearing her pajamas! I told her, not a problem. Although I’d yet to design something like that, I knew it could be accomplished using Chief Architect Home Designer Suite and importing 3D farm objects. I found a barn house plan that included living quarters and went to work.  She absolutely loved it and hopes to one day build it.  I’ll be charging for the next project!”

Four bedroom barndominium.

 

“Here’s another project I created with Chief Architect Software. It’s a Bed and Breakfast that was inspired by Calamity Jane and an ancestor of mine, Colorado Charlie Utter. Colorado Charlie was best friends with Wild Bill Hickok. Both of them knew Calamity because she rode on the wagon train to South Dakota with them! I call the design Calamity June B & B for my granddaughter, June! It features three exteriors of the four-bedroom Victorian house (many who’ve seen it love the porch feature) and three rooms of its interior: the kitchen, dining room and one of the bathrooms, which are included in each suite.”

Colonial bed and breakfast residential design.

 

Connect with Joni

jganderson58@comcast.net

 

We want to congratulate Joni again on her winning design and to thank her for sharing her story with us and our community! You may have noticed that Joni features a number of imported 3D symbols in her plans. If you’d like to learn more about how you can import 3D objects from an outside source into Chief Architect Home Designer Software, we have a Knowledge Base Article available here with step-by-step instructions.

 

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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Robin McCarthy and Heather Brewer win 2nd place with their crafstman-style design

This large remodel and major addition was designed around an active lifestyle of a family of five who have outgrown their current home. The style of the home is primarily a mix of farmhouse and craftsman elements. The timber beams, shingles, and stone accents highlight the craftsman style, while the board and batten farmhouse style windows bring out the farmhouse style.

By Kendra Dorosh

Architect Robin McCarthy and Junior Designer Heather Brewer placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. See how their projects have come to life with Robin’s passion for design and Heather’s skill with 3D Modeling.

Robin McCarthy (Left) and Heather Brewer (Right)

“My name is Robin McCarthy, my company, Arch Studio, Inc., was founded in 2004 and we are a California Licensed Architecture firm located in San Jose, Ca.  Our projects include custom residential remodels, additions, and new construction throughout the Bay Area.  We have also completed many commercial projects, such as restaurants, salons, and fitness facilities.  We have a passion for design at our company and look forward to each and every project.

“I am the CEO and Founder of Arch Studio, Inc.  I am a licensed Architect in California and began my passion for design in college at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Heather Brewer, one of our architectural designers, and 3D Modeler did all of the 3D Modeling for the project submission.  She graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas with a degree in Construction Management.  She, too, has a passion for design and architecture.  She joined my firm 2 years ago and has been working in Chief Architect ever since.  She learned it basically from scratch with the help of the online training videos.  We now use Chief Architect for basically every project.

“I have been an architect for about 25 years, and for 20 of those years primarily used 2D software for design and drafting.  About 6 years ago, I decided that I wanted to find software that would better-assist my clients with visualization of our designs, and also find a product that eased with the mass amount of work involved with the preparation of construction documents.  A colleague had mentioned Chief Architect and I immediately signed up for the free trial.  I discovered during the trial period that the software was user-friendly.  In addition, I found that I could start working immediately, and take any of my 2D digital floor plans and start snapping wall lines.

“Fast forward, I have been a Chief Architect customer for about 5 years, and what influenced my decision to purchase the software was the quality of the product and the superior graphics.  I also was impressed that the product was designed for people in the design industry.  I spent about 6 months researching various 3D software packages and ultimately found that there was no other product out there that matched my checklist for ease of use, quality, and price.”

Winning Design

More from Robin and Heather

Connect with Robin and Heather

Arch Studio, Inc.
1155 Meridian Avenue, Suite 207
San Jose, CA 95125
Office : (408) 662-6305

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Bathroom Design, Contest Winners, Design Contest, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional

May’s Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Winners

Chief Architect Kitchen, Bath and Interiors design contest

Congratulations to our four Chief Architect Design Contest – Kitchen/Bath & Interiors winners!

Thank you all for sharing your designs with us and our community.


 

1st Place

Brian Bone with Future Homes of Hampstead using Home Designer Professional 2019.

 

2nd Place

Shona Griffin of Key Designs using Chief Architect X10 Premier.

 

3rd Place

Chace Groves using Home Designer Architectural 2018.

 

June’s Design Contest is Remodel/Addition Design. Submit your design!

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Design Contest

Design Contest – Remodel/Addition Design!

Accessible kitchen design.

Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Remodeling or Addition Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.

Enter:

  1. Email a single image or a 360° image of your design to submissions@chiefarchitect.com
  2. Include your name, company information, and the software you used.
  3. Describe your design and planning process for your submission including any background information about the project.

 

Winners:
Entries will be posted in a photo album on Chief Architect’s Facebook page. Fans of Chief Architect will be asked to “Like” their favorite entry. The entry with the most “Likes” and other reactions will be declared the winner.

 

Prizes:

1st Place

 

2nd Place

 

3rd Place

 

Rules:

  • Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.
  • One submission/file per person (can be a single view, collage, or 360° image)
  • If you submit a 360° image, it must be exported as a JPG format. Also, please include a standard image for us to add to our ChiefBlog.
  • Chief Architect reserves the right to refuse any contest entry.
  • Purchasing “Likes” or “Shares” is not permitted.
  • A submitted design may not be entered more than once per year. Re-entry of winning designs are not permitted.
  • Entry Deadline is June 18, 2018

 

Send inquiries to submissions@chiefarchitect.com

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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Residential Home Design

Angela Barnes wins 1st place with her fusion of Modern and Traditional home design

Fusion of modern and traditional home design, blue siding with white trim, large front porch and gable roof lines.

By Kendra Dorosh

Angela Barnes wins 1st place in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest. She and her husband Chris have been building custom homes together for over 20 years.

“I use Chief Architect every day and am always learning something new that improves my designs!!!” -Angela Barnes

“I am originally from Raleigh, NC but have lived In Hampstead, NC for 22 years with my husband and three sons. I graduated in 1992 from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. My husband and I have been building custom homes for over 20 years and just recently added the design element to our business, CLB Custom Homes, Inc., thanks to Chief Architect. Continue reading…

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