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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Interior Design, Residential Home Design

Chace Groves places 2nd and 3rd with his residential and interior designs

This residential home design offers an oversized upstairs patio area, outside storage to the right of the parking spaces, two beds, three baths, and a separate utility room. The downstairs area is an open-concept layout with a generously sized living room, kitchen and full bath.

By: Kendra Dorosh

Chace Groves placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest in April and 3rd in the Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest in May. Chace’s passion for 3D home design and modeling is clearly portrayed in his winning designs.

“I always had an eye for design. Since I was a kid, I always loved testing ideas and reworking current concepts. I started young, sketching plans and inventing various models and machines. I always loved testing my creativity and problem-solving skills, despite being a brain tumor survivor. My fairly poor motor skills and major loss of hearing, due to the radiation removal, were challenged in grade school and throughout life. Anything that involved my motor skills was easily not my shining talent. I’ve always hated coloring, cutting, pasting, and other handcrafting skills. In grade school, I worked my way through various home designing software and used them for much more than just home designs. I made dog houses, forts, playsets, greenhouse, and even a roping cow.

“My last purchase before college was Home Designer architectural 2014, and it became a very big hobby of mine. After high school, I went to work at my dad’s commercial construction business while earning my associate’s degree at a slow rate of just two classes at a time. After graduation, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a licensed architect and started so through the University of Texas at Arlington. Despite my experience, computer aid was not allowed until the junior year and required a fairly high GPA. I got tired of redrawing plans with the required rapidograph pens just because it had one tiny ink smudge the size of a grain of salt. My mediocre motor skills of hand drafting, drawing, and model building skills didn’t seem to impress my architecture professors. As a result, my GPA fell and I left looking for a similar path.

“After leaving architecture school, I enrolled at Texas State Technical College. There I learned AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, and Inventor. I took a machining class as well. I then learned that one of my professors was a user and teacher of Chief Architect at another institute. I progressed quickly and got my first AutoCAD job with a rapidly growing firm in Dallas before I graduated. I was also doing side jobs and worked using both AutoCAD and Home Designer. Looking forward to graduation, I was extremely excited about my future. Things were going great. My short term goal at the time was to grow my customer base and eventually work for myself.

“Everything was great and was going as planned until two weeks before graduation. Everything came to a halt. I had a brain hemorrhagic stroke overnight and instantly became paralyzed on my dominant side at just 29 years of age. After two years of recovering, I had come such a long way. Two years after the stroke, I was hit again with a similar incident and set me back again. My career is on hold for now, but my passion continues. Today, I use Home Designer and AutoCAD for mostly recreational reasons. It keeps me going and my mind active. I one day hope to return to the drafting and design field full-time to carry out my dreams.”

Chase, we’re so glad that you turned to Chief Architect as your creative outlet and that we have had the opportunity to know you, your work, and your story! Thanks for sharing; we look forward to seeing more great things from you!

 

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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Joslyn Brungardt and Caci Pommerehn win 1st place with their 1960’s ranch remodel

With a centralized atrium, this ranch home offers nearly 4000 square feet of main floor living.

By Kendra Dorosh

Joslyn Brungardt and Caci Pommerehn win 1st place in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Their individual talents complement each other in creating unique spaces, such as this beautiful remodel.

“Chief Architect has given us the ability to give our clients confidence in their project before construction has even begun.”- Caci Pommerehn (Left) and Joslyn Brungardt (Right)

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Design Contest, Featured Customers, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional, Remodel-Addition

Alexandra DuBois places 2nd with her mid-century remodel

This kitchen remodel combines the kitchen, dining room, and family room to create one giant space for relaxing and entertaining. The home was built in the mid-century style, and the clients wanted to incorporate this into their new design.

By Kendra Dorosh

Alexandra DuBois places 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest. Her experience with color, tile patterns, and materials is evident in her custom design.

“I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa and moved to San Diego to attend design school ten years ago. I have been around design and remodeling my whole life with my family, my dad always being one to complete all of his own remodeling projects and having my sister and I help all along the way. I graduated from the Art Institute of California – San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design.  My first few jobs in the industry were a color specialist at a paint store, furniture sales, and tile design before I settled at Lars Remodeling and Design. Continue reading…

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Bathroom Design, Design Contest, Featured Customers, 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 since 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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Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories

Elma Gardner – Featured NKBA Study Guide Designer

By Adrean Stephenson

Elma Gardner has only ever drafted her designs by hand, and they are beautiful. A fading art in our digital age, the small details are the most impressive in her style. My personal favorites are the tiny circles that don’t quite encompass the numbers for her Floor Plan Specification labels, eluding to the efficient confidence in speed her hands must take on as they traverse the page.

 

“I just happen to be one of those strange people that actually enjoys hand-drafting and have made a deliberate decision to stick with it. I like the process.”

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