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Zak Rathgeber Wins 1st Place with His Modern Inner-City Kitchen Design!

By Jake Murray

 

Zak placed 1st in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Design Contest! A start with Lego houses has led to a long career and successful company of his own, Livara Design Inc.

 

Zak, his wife, and two children. With a passion for design that began at an early age, his work is the product of an experienced and talented designer. Congratulations on winning 1st place!

“I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a small stint in British Columbia.  I always knew I wanted to design homes.  I can remember sitting on the floor as a kid building Lego houses and hotels, and I always gravitated to drawing sprawling dream homes over all the other topics little kids usually draw! I was gifted my first drafting table when I was 13 or 14, and I was off to the races.  I had a great Drafting & Design program in my high school and it definitely solidified my want to do this for a living.

“I worked for a couple of small architects once I finished College but was lucky enough to get hired when I was 20 with a top builder in Calgary.  I spent 15 years there, 8 of those as the Drafting & Design manager.  The company built all over Canada and the US, so I had the opportunity to work on a lot of different kinds of projects and visit a lot of cool cities.  Three years back I moved to an award-winning renovation company, where I was introduced to Chief Architect!  I was worried that I would have issues learning a new program as I’d used the same one for 15+ years, but it literally only took around 2-3 weeks before I was proficient enough to start taking on new clients.  What an amazing program, I loved it from day one!  The ease of use and online tutorials are awesome, any issue I’ve ever had could be solved in a matter of minutes.

“After almost 2 years, I left that company to start my own, Livara Design Inc. (named after my daughters Olivia (Livvy) and Clara) and have been working hard to grow it for the last year with my extremely supportive wife Laura and my diligent project manager Sulley (the dog).  It was a no brainer for me to purchase Chief for myself, as I’ve found it is hands down the best program to be able to present a vision to a client and have them actually be able to walk through and see the potential of their project, not just a 2D floorplan.  I don’t remember ever getting a crying hug from a client saying, “I can’t believe this is what my home is going to look like!” when I showed them a 2D floorplan!”

I brag about Chief Architect all the time and can’t wait to see what they will come up with next!

Thank you Zak for showcasing your work in our Design Contest and using Chief Architect to present your vision to your clients! To see more work from Zak, check out the design gallery at the bottom of the page.

 

Winning Design

Connect with Zak

(403) 863-5618

zak@livaradesign.com

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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Residential Home Design

Jennifer Lazarus Places 2nd with Her Stone Tudor Home Design

Dream Home that has evolved over many years,

By Emily Black

Jennifer placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! Her passion for design began when she was 10 years old and has flourished in her career as a home designer.

Jennifer Lazarus

I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.

“Unofficially, I started drawing house plans on graph paper when I was 10 years old, and I knew that designing was something I wanted to pursue as a profession.  Officially, I started designing in 2005, when I began working for and training with a local designer in my hometown of Memphis, TN.  In 2010, I began doing freelance residential design while also pursuing a career in another field.  I founded Ideal House Plans, LLC in 2017 and am currently working on growing the business.

“I’ve been a Chief Architect customer since May 2018.  Earlier in the year, I knew that I would need quality 3D renderings to post on the new website, so I began my search for the right software to use.  I downloaded several trial versions of various software to determine what would work best for me. In the end, I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.”

 

We really enjoyed seeing Jennifer’s work. To see more examples of her designs, visit idealhouseplansllc.com/shop. We wish Jennifer the very best with the launch of her new website.

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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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