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Hey, everyone! Welcome to the Designers Show by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art — it's a profit center!

Join us each week as Dan Baumann, John Schrader, Rene Rabbitt, Robin Rigby Fisher and Kevin Transue share their experiences and interview top industry experts. You'll get actionable tips and strategies for the real world of design in construction to help you take your design and contracting business to the next level.

The Designers Show by Chief Experts Chief Experts Dan Baumann, John Schrader, Rene Rabbitt, Robin Fisher & Kevin Transue

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Hey, everyone! Welcome to the Designers Show by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art — it's a profit center!

Join us each week as Dan Baumann, John Schrader, Rene Rabbitt, Robin Rigby Fisher and Kevin Transue share their experiences and interview top industry experts. You'll get actionable tips and strategies for the real world of design in construction to help you take your design and contracting business to the next level.

    Your Design Dimensions: Size Matters! - Designers Show #127

    Your Design Dimensions: Size Matters! - Designers Show #127

    Welcome to The "Designers Show" by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art—it's a profit center!

    Join our hosts Robin, Kevin, and Renee as they dive deep into the world of design dimensions, NKBA standards, and the latest features in Chief Architect X16. This episode is packed with insights on precision in dimensioning, setting up default dimensions, using manual and auto dimensions, and advanced techniques to streamline your design workflow. Perfect for both Chief Architect beginners and experienced Chief Architect users, this episode offers valuable tips and expert advice to elevate your design projects.

    What You'll Learn:

    The importance of accurate dimensions and common misinterpretations
    NKBA standards for kitchen and bath design
    How to set up manual dimensions for different plan views
    Precision levels in dimensioning and customizing default settings
    Advanced dimensioning techniques to minimize clutter
    New features in Chief Architect X16, including 3D dimensions and automated callouts
    Proper usage of different arrowheads in technical documentation
    Tips for automating annotations and converting text to notes

    Hosts:

    Robin - Expert in kitchen and bath design, sharing insights on NKBA standards and manual dimensioning.
    Kevin - Design professional discussing precision in dimensioning and the importance of following industry standards.
    Renee - Specialist in Chief Architect, demonstrating new features in X16 and providing advanced dimensioning techniques.

    Episode Highlights:
    Introduction and Overview of Dimensions (0:00 - 14:47)


    0:00 - Welcome and introductions
    0:14 - Importance of understanding dimensions
    1:20 - Technical issues and temporary setups
    2:10 - NKBA standards for kitchen and bath design
    3:05 - Setting up manual dimensions according to NKBA standards
    9:03 - Manual vs. auto dimensioning
    11:02 - Setting up dimensions for different plan views

    Precision and Default Dimension Settings (14:47 - 28:10)


    14:47 - Precision levels in dimensioning
    15:13 - Customizing default dimensions for efficiency
    15:50 - Q&A: Measuring windows and corners
    17:00 - Updating templates during a project
    17:48 - Importing default settings and adjustments
    19:05 - Tips for precise dimensioning and template saving

    Advanced Dimensioning Techniques (28:10 - 41:42)


    28:10 - Clarifying surface vs. main layer
    30:09 - Using default sets for different projects
    31:10 - Advanced dimensioning techniques
    32:32 - Q&A: Auto interior dimensions
    33:44 - Efficient manual dimensioning strategies
    34:59 - Minimizing clutter in dimension lines
    38:04 - Viewer comments and additional tips
    39:09 - Aligning exterior dimension offsets

    New Features in Chief Architect X16 (41:42 - 55:43)


    41:42 - Overview of new X16 features
    42:09 - Practical applications of 3D dimensions
    43:02 - Automating callouts with XY position feature
    45:00 - Linking callouts to CAD details
    46:11 - Automating annotations with the new tool
    47:30 - Converting text to notes for documentation
    49:07 - Custom annotations and practical tips

    Arrow Types, Global Changes, and Wrap-Up (55:43 - 62:37)


    55:43 - Different arrowheads and their uses
    56:05 - Proper usage of half arrows
    56:47 - Common arrowheads in technical documentation
    57:35 - Creating and using custom arrowheads
    59:03 - Global changes to arrowheads
    60:06 - Submitting feature suggestions to Chief Architect
    60:33 - Finding industry-standard references
    61:13 - Expert consultation and support
    62:19 - Final wrap-up and summary

    Resources Mentioned:


    Chief Architect X16



    NKBA Standards



    Chief Experts website



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Plan Review - Designers Show #126

    Plan Review - Designers Show #126

    Welcome to The "Designers Show" by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art—it's a profit center!

    Join Chief Experts Dan Baumann, John Schrader, Kevin Transue, Rene Rabbitt and Robin Rigby-Fisher as they dive deep into the essentials of plan review and dimension management. This episode is packed with professional insights aimed at enhancing the skills of architects and designers through precise and efficient architectural planning.

    Episode Timestamps:


    Introduction and Overview (0:00 - 1:50)
    Introduction of the plan review session (1:50 - 2:26)
    Detailed Plan Review: Kitchen Design (2:26 - 6:09)
    Improvement Suggestions and Title Block Tips (6:09 - 9:04)
    Responsibilities and Disclaimers in Construction Plans (9:04 - 10:56)
    Dimension Management and Best Practices (10:56 - 17:59)
    Elevation Views and Accurate Camera Settings (17:59 - 19:59)
    Effective Visualization and Rendering Techniques (19:59 - 27:33)
    Detailing Cabinet Scheduling and Dimensioning (27:33 - 30:15)
    Managing Notes and Annotations in Design Plans (30:15 - 33:05)
    Numbering and Label Management within Design Plans (33:05 - 36:36)
    Advanced Techniques in Managing Schedules and Dimensions (36:36 - 39:08)
    Roof and Structural Adjustments (38:14 - 44:26)
    Using 3D Tools to Adjust and Perfect Building Models (44:26 - 49:53)
    Step-By-Step Process for Creating A Complex Staircase (49:53 - 55:07)
    Advanced 3D Modeling Techniques and Material Handling in 3D Models (55:07 – 1:00:26)

    What You'll Learn:



    The Importance of Thorough Plan Reviews


    Learn why detailed plan reviews are crucial for successful project outcomes and how they help avoid costly errors.



    Mastering Dimension Management


    Explore techniques for accurate dimensioning in architectural plans, focusing on both interior and exterior measurements.



    Live Plan Critique


    Experience a real-time critique of a submitted kitchen plan, with experts discussing common mistakes and suggesting improvements.



    Advanced 3D Visualization Techniques


    Discover how to use Chief Architect's 3D tools to create realistic visualizations and solve design challenges.



    Interactive Q&A Session


    Gain insights from an interactive Q&A where experts answer live audience questions, providing solutions and tips tailored to real-world design issues.



    Featured Guests:


    [Expert Name], Chief Architect Specialist
    [Expert Name], Design Consultant

    Episode Highlights:


    Real-world applications of theoretical design principles.
    Practical demonstrations of software tools in action.
    Audience engagement through a live question-and-answer segment.

    Resources Mentioned:


    Chief Architect software tutorials
    Upcoming training sessions and workshops for further skill enhancement.

    Call to Action:


    Subscribe to our podcast for more in-depth discussions and expert advice on architectural design.
    Visit our website for additional resources and full episode access.

    Contact Information:


    Share your feedback and questions via email at dan@chiefexperts.com.
    Connect with us on social media for daily updates and tips.

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    😊 Dan's Social Accounts


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    About John Schrader

    Kevin Transue's website

    Robin Rigby Fisher's Website

    Rene Rabbitt's Website

     

    • 1 hr
    Optimal Steps to Create a Plan - Designers Show #125

    Optimal Steps to Create a Plan - Designers Show #125

    Welcome to The "Designers Show" by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art—it's a profit center!

    This episode of The Designers Show dives into the intricacies of home renovation and remodeling, featuring host Dan and guests Robin and Renee. The discussion spans from initial project planning to effective client interactions and the integration of technology in managing renovation projects.

    Episode Timestamps:


    0:00 - 0:27 - Introduction and Greetings
    0:28 - 0:56 - Viewer Shoutouts
    0:57 - 1:46 - Discussion on Client Projects and Planning
    1:47 - 2:52 - Educational Class Promotion
    3:44 - 13:05 - In-depth Discussion on Project Planning and Preparation Tools
    13:06 - 39:14 - Effective Project Documentation and Client Meetings
    39:15 - 52:27 - Practical Insights on Client Interaction and Project Initiation
    52:38 - 61:55 - Final Tips and Episode Wrap-Up

    Key Topics Covered:


    Client Project Planning: Approaches to starting projects and planning considerations for various types of renovations.
    Professional Development: Upcoming classes and collaborations with professional organizations aimed at leveraging home design software.
    Safety and Gender Considerations: Personal safety measures and experiences shared by Renee, focusing on the challenges faced by women in the field.
    Economic Impact on Renovations: Discussion on how economic factors like interest rates influence renovation decisions.
    Technology in Renovation: Using digital tools for site measurements, project documentation, and enhancing client interactions.

    Featured Guests:


    Robin: Shared insights on preliminary research and client interactions.
    Renee: Discussed safety measures and the utilization of digital tools in fieldwork.

    Resources Mentioned:


    Google Earth and GIS data for property research.
    Chief Architect Software: For project planning and documentation.
    Canvas and Matterport: For scanning hard-to-access areas and documenting spaces.

    Upcoming Events


    Check out the upcoming educational classes in Rockville, Maryland

    Closing Thoughts: This episode offers a comprehensive look into the world of home renovation, with a focus on preparing, planning, and executing projects with precision and client-focused strategies. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the field, these insights will enhance your understanding and approach to home remodeling.

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    Upcoming Episodes:


    Stay tuned for more in-depth discussions on architectural design software, featuring expert guests and live demonstrations.
     



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chief Architect Plan Review with Chief Experts - Designers Show #124

    Chief Architect Plan Review with Chief Experts - Designers Show #124

    Welcome to The "Designers Show" by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art—it's a profit center!

    In this engaging episode of the Designers Show, join Chief Experts John and Robin as they delve into the nuances of terrain modeling using Chief Architect software. From basic elevation adjustments to complex terrain integrations, this episode is a treasure trove of insights and practical advice for architects and designers.

    Participants:


    John Schrader
    Renee Rabbitt
    Robin Fisher

     

    Shownotes:



    00:00-02:00: Introduction


    Welcoming remarks and personal updates.
    Overview of the episode’s focus on terrain modeling.



    02:01-20:00: Terrain Modeling Demonstration


    Step-by-step guide on importing and adjusting terrain data.
    Detailed discussion on setting terrain perimeters and elevation lines for architectural designs.



    20:01-35:00: Advanced Terrain Techniques


    Practical examples of manipulating terrain for specific architectural features.
    Techniques for creating realistic driveways, pool areas, and retaining walls.



    35:01-45:00: Q&A and Problem Solving


    Interactive session addressing viewer questions.
    Solutions to common and complex terrain modeling challenges.



    45:01-end: Closing Remarks


    Recap of the key strategies in terrain modeling.
    Teaser for future episodes and concluding thoughts.



    Key Learnings:


    Understand the fundamentals of terrain modeling in Chief Architect.
    Learn how to effectively integrate terrain with building designs.
    Discover advanced techniques for creating realistic and functional terrain features.

    Connect with Us:


    Visit our website for more resources and tutorials on Chief Architect.
    Follow us on social media to stay updated with the latest in architectural design and software tips.

    Upcoming Episodes:


    Stay tuned for more in-depth discussions on architectural design software, featuring expert guests and live demonstrations.
     



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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Chief Architect Q&A with Chief Experts - Designers Show #123

    Chief Architect Q&A with Chief Experts - Designers Show #123

    Welcome to The "Designers Show" by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art—it's a profit center!

    This episode offers a deep dive into maximizing the software's potential, managing project files efficiently, and exploring advanced framing techniques. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to Chief Architect, join us for a journey through expert tips, software optimization, and practical demonstrations to enhance your design workflow.

    Episode Timestamps:


    00:00 – 06:13: Introduction and Recap of the 2024 Summit
    06:13 – 09:01: Chief Architect Software Features and User Interaction
    09:01 – 11:50: Business and Design Considerations
    13:36 – 21:20: Managing Layouts and PDF Navigation in Chief Architect
    21:20 – 26:15: Saving and Managing Camera Views
    26:21 – 34:26: Detailed Software Usage and Troubleshooting
    34:26 – 40:20: Enhancing Floor Plan Visuals
    40:25 – 41:41: File Management and Efficiency
    41:47 – 44:42: Managing File Size in Chief Architect
    44:42 – 48:06: Optimizing Plan Performance
    48:06 – 52:25: Workflow Efficiency and File Management
    52:25 – 54:31: Cleaning and Organizing Layout Templates
    54:36 – 55:21: Final Tips on Cleaning Layout Templates
    55:21 – 58:08: Troubleshooting Duplicated Elements in Plans
    58:08 – 62:51: Framing Details, Material Lists, and Closing Remarks

    Key Highlights:


    Discover strategies for managing large file sizes and optimizing Chief Architect performance.
    Learn how to save and manage camera views for better project visualization.
    Explore techniques for enhancing floor plan visuals and detailed software troubleshooting.
    Gain insights into effective file management and the importance of starting with a clean template.
    Understand how to address duplicated elements and add specific framing details in your plans.

    Closing: Thank you for joining us on this episode of the Designers Show. For more insights and tips, stay tuned to our next episode. Have questions or topics you want us to cover? Reach out to us through our contact page and join us next time for more architectural design insights or Comment Down Below!!!

     

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chief Architect Q&A Live from the Summit - Designers Show #122

    Chief Architect Q&A Live from the Summit - Designers Show #122

    Welcome to The "Designers Show" by Chief Experts, where design isn't just an art—it's a profit center!

    Join us for an engaging live broadcast from the second annual Chief Summit in North Banks, North Carolina. Dive deep into the world of design with about 30 other designers from across the country. This episode covers a range of topics including Chief software tips, design challenges, and business strategies for designers.

    Location: North Banks, North Carolina

    Participants:


    Dan Baumann (Host)
    John Schrader
    Renee Rabbitt
    Kevin and Judy Transue
    Robin Fisher

    Highlights:


    Chief Summit Overview: Discover what the Chief Summit entails, including intensive Chief and business classes, networking opportunities, and an all-inclusive educational experience.
    Venue Tour: Take a virtual walk through the beautiful location of the summit. Features include private suites, gourmet food, and luxurious amenities like hot tubs, saunas, and gyms.
    Participant Introduction: Meet designers from various locations such as the Boston area, Vermont, California, Portland Oregon, Florida, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, the Midwest, Wisconsin, and Canada.
    Live Q&A Session: The hosts address live audience questions, covering topics related to design and business.
    Chief Software Tips: Learn from a live demonstration on how to enhance your designs using Chief Architect software, including tips on stacking moldings and customizing staircases.

    Timestamps:


    Introduction and Greetings (00:00 - 03:00)
    Collaborative Work and Rendering Techniques (03:00 - 12:35)
    Material Editing and Rendering Discussion (12:51 - 17:03)
    Library Organization and Efficiency Tips (17:09 - 25:17)
    Matterport Updates and Practical Use (25:29 - 30:24)
    Chief Summit Promotion and Matterport Application (30:24 - 32:33)
    Callouts and Labeling in Chief Architect Software (32:33 - 37:52)
    Project Labeling Techniques and Callouts (37:56 - 50:38)
    Chief Architect Schedules and Video Cards (50:44 - 1:04:00)
    Final Touches on Schedules and Upcoming Events (1:04:06 - 1:08:44)

     

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    • 55 min

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