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6 Things You Must Do on Houzz to Grow Your Business You may have heard that Houzz is the largest, most popular website on the internet for people interested in designing, building, redecorating and remodeling their home . . . more

How Much Do You Markup Your Remodeling Costs?
Dan Baumann
How Much Do You Markup Your Remodeling Costs? Depending on how well you know your "True Costs" of doing business you may understand what that markup needs to be. . . . more

How to Easily Display Your Chief 3D Models on Your Website
Dan Baumann
How to Easily Display Your Chief 3D Models on Your Website I've discovered a way to easily display your 3D Building Models on your website and in your social media. . . . more

Top 10 Remodeling Articles in January 2015
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Top 10 Remodeling Articles in January 2015 Top 10 Remodeling Articles in January 2015. I pulled together the most shared articles regarding remodeling in January to make it easy for you to find and read. . . . more

Tip Time LasVegas Trip Info & What's New in Chief X7
Webinar Playback from 1-29-2015 MEMBERS
Tip Time LasVegas Trip Info & What's New in Chief X7 In this webinar you'll get a chance to see what happened in Vegas during the 2015 IBS show and then we'll spend some time discussing the top new features in Chief X7 . . . more

Tip Time Roof Procedures Using Chief Architect X6
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Tip Time Roof Procedures Using Chief Architect X6 Adding roofs to a plan with Chief Architect can be challenging. In this Tip Time I'll show you how I add a roof to a tough house that has multiple pitches, Dormers and other difficult situations. . . . more

Tip Time - Roofs, Dormers and Difficult Roof Situations
Webinar Playback from 9-25-2014 MEMBERS
Tip Time - Roofs, Dormers and Difficult Roof Situations Discover how to add Dormers and do other roof items in this Tip Time webinar. The manual roof tools allow you to really get the results that you want. In this workshop you'll discover the steps to add potentially difficult roof elements to your plan. . . . more

Tip-Time Terrain Modeling DWG Import and Open Forum
Webinar Playback from 9-11-2014 MEMBERS
Tip-Time Terrain Modeling DWG Import and Open Forum Discover how to import DWG files, clean them up, adjust layers and turn the import into a 3D terrain. . . . more

14. Assemble Great Looking Plans Using the Layout
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14. Assemble Great Looking Plans Using the Layout Assembling your plans on the layout is often accomplished when everything else is completed. In this workshop you'll get an understanding of how the floorplans, elevations, sections, CAD detail windows, 3D views and more are setup and assembled onto a layout. You'll also discover the importance of layers and layer-sets and how they work with everything that you do. This workshop includes a complete set of layout templates. . . . more

13, Layers, Layer Sets, Schedules
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13, Layers, Layer Sets, Schedules If you're drawings a simple one view plans then you probably don't need to user layer sets. Anything other than that and you will be able to save a lot of time in the process of creating workings docs with a firm understanding of layers and layer sets. In this workshop you'll discover many uses for layer sets and how to take advantage of them. . . . more

12. Import, Export, Plot Plan and Terrain
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12. Import, Export, Plot Plan and Terrain To truly get an accurate plat plan you'll want to consult with a survey company. But often you're already working with an existing plat plan or you just need something close that displays your building on the property. In this session you'll discover how to create accurate plat plans as well as representations of a plat. You'll also learn how to work with the 3D terrain tools to create a truly exceptions rendering. . . . more

How To Turn More Leads Into Paying Customers with Kyle Hunt
Webinar Playback from 8-27-2014 FREE
How To Turn More Leads Into Paying Customers
with Kyle Hunt If you and your 1 or 2 person sales team are looking for ways to nurture and track all of your prospects and turn them into customers, you'll get some great tips from this presentation. . . . more

11. 2D and 3D Framing, Sections & Detailing
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11. 2D and 3D Framing, Sections & Detailing One of the advantages of modeling your drawing is being able to see how the structure works. With Chief's automatic and manual framing tools you can also see how it's put together. Getting answers to questionable structural issues can save a lot of money in a project. Is this workshop you'll learn how to effectively detail your plan in 2D and 3D. Your plans will fly though inspections and your crews in the field will be able to construct your project in less time with fewer mistakes. . . . more

10. Electrical, Lighting, Graphics & Rendering
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10. Electrical, Lighting, Graphics & Rendering Creating the electrical plan is one of the easier things to do in Chief. There are many built in tools that make adding electrical items a snap. Along with that you'll also discover important steps to setup the lights to get the best rendering results. And while you're at it you might want to add your job sign in your 3D views so brand your project. . . . more

9. 3D Slabs, Moldings, Trim & Solids
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9. 3D Slabs, Moldings, Trim & Solids Just about anything you draw can be a 3D object in Chief. Discovering how to add details to your 3D model allows you to show your clients a much better representation of what they are getting. Your plans will shine about the rest. In this workshop you'll learn the steps to add just about any detail you want. . . . more

8. Automatic and Manual Roofs
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8. Automatic and Manual Roofs The Automatic roof tools in Chief allow you to quickly model many roof ideas. But it's the manual roof tools that allow you to really get the results that you want. In this workshop you'll discover the steps to add virtually any roof system to your plan. We'll start by discussing what the Automatic roof tool really does and then take you step by step thought how to manually add, edit and create the right roof for your model. . . . more

7a. Cabinets and Fireplaces
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7a. Cabinets and Fireplaces Chief Architect gives you the tools needed to plan and present kitchen and bath plans. Included is the ability to do it with the NKBA drawing specifications. In this session you'll discover techniques and shortcuts to help you with your designs. . . . more

Increase Sales with No Cost & Low Cost Marketing Strategies with John Weisenberger
Webinar Playback from 7-24-2014 FREE
Increase Sales with No Cost & Low Cost Marketing Strategies with John Weisenberger John Weisenberger will show you how to attract and retain more high-profit clients that YOU'LL enjoy working with to fuel your business for years to come. See how simple it is to turn people's questions, comments, frustrations, and feedback into smoother running projects and free advertising that will help you get more leads. . . . more

7. Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Fireplace
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7. Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Fireplace Imagine if you had to create every element of your plan from scratch. Fortunately, Chief gives you the tools you need to add these items to your plan with a few clicks. In this session you'll discover how to add, change, customize, group and display these elements for your clients as realistic as possible. . . . more

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Webinar Playback from 7-9-2014 MEMBERS
Top-New-Time-Saving-Features-in-Chief-X6 The release of Chief Architect X6 brings has many new features, and many of these new features can save you a lot of time in the creation of your plans. In this webinar we'll take a look at may of these specific features and how they can make your drawing process faster and more productive. . . . more

6. Tips and Procedures That Work
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6. Tips and Procedures That Work The purpose of this section is to give you an overview of some of the steps that go into creating an accurate plan. A roadmap of the best procedures to start a plan that is full of tips and tricks that will save you a lot of time. While it's not a workshop that demonstrates some of the steps needed to do a complete working drawing, you will discover many procedures not found anywhere else and come away with a better understanding of how Chief Architect works. . . . more

5. Stairs, Ramps, Decks and Porches
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5. Stairs, Ramps, Decks and Porches One of the great things about working with a 3D modeling program is it understands things like floor and ceilings heights. It knows how to make the calculations for stairs and ramps. You just tell it what you want. You can also create detailed decks and porches and in this session you'll discover many tips that allow you to really bring them to life. . . . more

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