Chief Architect version 10 Findings

I have purchased a copy of Chief Architect 10.0 Enterprise. This version costs about $2,300 and comes with the CAD, renderor and a huge number of video training guides. My goal is to learn enough about home design to assist my father who is a general contractor specializing in small remodels.

Currently the remodel plans are done by hand and he would like to make the process easier and provide more capabilities such as 3D views for design purposes. Unfortunatly I am not a draftsman or architect. Fortunatly I do have extensive background in computer 3D drawing although mostly with spline based modelers. All drawings will be reviewed by my father’s engineers for structure as appropiate. Many times the remodel is non structure such as a bath or kitchen remodel.

The immediate goal is the design of my remodel; a stairway for the rear deck, a new kitchen, paint and flooring thoughout. About 90% of the design effort will be getting the look and feel extactly the way I and my lady want it. For this reason you will probably see a lot of notes regarding rendering.

Let the experiment begin …