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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Leila Laskujarvi places 3rd with her basement remodel design

This Airbnb is located in a basement that used to be very small and dark in a residential home that had previously been a rooming house (5 kitchens, anyone). The home is located in a trendy part of Toronto, close to several large film studios, upscale restaurants and boutiques. I had to plan a layout for an awkward space since there was a support pillar in the middle of the main area, as well as one in the bathroom and several levels of bulkheads. The homeowners wanted this to be a relatively affordable renovation since they plan to renovate the entire house a few years down the road. I had to make space for a welcoming entry area with storage, revamp the kitchenette (to which I added a 2 seater bar), create a dining area that was separate from the main living area and create a space for a double bed that wasn't the first thing you saw when you entered the space. The bathroom was revamped a little as well, with a new shower, flooring, toilet and vanity.

By Kendra Dorosh

Leila Laskujarvi places 3rd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Her creative and caring personality translated directly into her beautiful and authentic design for her clients.

“I’m Leila Laskujarvi, a designer, artist, amateur photographer and all around crafty girl! I currently live in Toronto, Canada with my husband Mike. I first moved here to go to art school at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), where I studied commercial design (advertising/graphic design). I then freelanced at some ad agencies in Toronto and got a job as a junior art director in Helsinki, Finland. Eventually, I came back to Canada and started working in graphic design, working for The Financial Post newspaper and Rogers Publishing (at Canadian Business, MoneySense and PROFIT magazines), both in the Creative Services department. I really enjoyed the creativity and teamwork and I actually met a lot of my friends at work.

“When it first came on television, I got totally hooked on watching HGTV shows about interior design. Then the idea struck me, I could learn to do it myself. We had recently bought a house, that needed work (the bathroom was totally scary) and I was feeling like I needed a change in my career, so I decided to go back to school for 4 (very long) years. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into, but I have no regrets. I got my Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Ryerson University, a top-rated school here in Canada. I’ve been working independently for several years doing mainly residential design and occasionally collaborating on projects with an architect friend of mine. I’m thinking of branching out into hospitality design since I’d love to design a restaurant! But, first, I’ll have to take a crack at the building code books.

“As a kid, I was very artsy and spent a lot of time drawing and doing creative things. Taking photos also became a life-long hobby when I got my first camera at age 11 or 12. I’ve shown my photography work at several group shows, a café, and a summer craft show. I continue to be inspired by the medium of photography (there’s always something interesting to capture on camera, regardless of where you are) and have also taken up some new hobbies like doing Japanese shibori, among others.

One of my favorite things about Home Designer is that I can add my own artwork and patterns

“I first started using Chief Architect’s Home Designer Architectural software at the end of 2016 and find it’s so much more fun to use and design with than typical CAD programs. I love seeing the 3D views of the spaces I design and so do my clients! After doing research on my options, I decided that Home Designer Architectural had the elements I needed in a design software and the price was very reasonable and it gives you the ability to upgrade anytime. I had looked at other software programs like ArchiCAD, Room Sketcher, and Autodesk Homestyler, but none had the ease of use and features I was looking for. Previously, I had used SketchUp to do 3D views but found it time-consuming. At first, I jumped right in and I struggled a bit, but then I watched the videos and I got the hang of it. I still have a few to go, including creating decks, terrain, and landscaping. One of my favorite things about Home Designer is that I can add my own artwork and patterns into materials—it’s great to be able to personalize.

“I think that the best interior spaces come about when the design concept is an authentic representation of a client’s personality and satisfies their needs, desires and adds a little extra they might not have expected. My job is to create a functional, beautiful and relaxing interior that fits their lifestyle and that they will absolutely love! It’s very satisfying to know that your work makes a real difference in people’s lives.”

 

Winning Design

 

Connect with Leila:

Tuuli Studio (previously known as Leila Laskujarvi Design)

Website

 

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Bathroom Design, Contest Winners, Design Contest, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Ciara Cuddihy-Hernandez won 2nd with her complete home remodel in Portland, Oregon

This remodel is for a home in Portland, Oregon. Our client actually grew up in this home and wants to do a complete remodel. We are adding an addition to the front on the house to gain extra space for a larger master bedroom with en suite master bath. We are also opening up the main floor completely to have an open plan kitchen and living space. Finally, we are changing the roof style from flat to a shed roof with vaulted ceilings in the living/kitchen area to add a greater sense of space and utilize the natural light as these rooms are south facing.

Ciara won 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel-Addition Design Contest! Originally from Ireland, she is now the project designer for John Webb Construction & Design in Eugene, Oregon.

 

“I am originally from Ireland and moved to Eugene, Oregon 5 year ago. I started designing in school and attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland where I received a Bachelor of Design specializing in glass.  I started interior design about a year ago and have been working for John Webb Construction and Design June of 2017.

“I have been using Chief Architect for 3 months. Our company decided to start using Chief Architect because of the great features it has.” Continue reading…

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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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Bathroom Design, Interior Design, Professional, Remodel-Addition, Stories

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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