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I've been tinkering with Chief Architect more, honing my craft ;) .  I swear it's ridiculous what can be done with this app.

I thought I'd create a separate page to showcase final renders, where I've created 10+ pass ray-trace of Elevation N.

This render showcases some new enhancements I previously hadn't developed.


  • Gable Brackets.  Other than the double-gable roof, the gable decor, and gable brackets are probably the next most distinguishing characteristic about Elevation N.
  • Newel Brackets.  Previous renders did not have accurate newel brackets on the front porch.
  • Windows Casing.  Previous renders did not have proper window casing.  I created the lintel for the second floor left-most 3 windows using a custom molding.
  • Exterior Trim.  New trim has been added around much of the perimeter.  Still though, more to go.
  • Pony Wall.  The front of the house has a 48" pony wall with a sloped brick ledge.  This first floor Sitting Room window is 30/62 and also has this brick ledge for its sill.  The white molding above the ledge is 5", but it may actually be 6" in real life.
  • Boxed Eaves.  The roofs were rebuilt with boxed eaves.  Elevation N actually has a different type of boxed eave which I wasn't able to easily figure out.
  • Brick-to-Grade.  To get an 8" brick-to-grade perimeter, I used a pony wall throughout, and aligned the exterior to the outer surface.  I had to break the wall on both sides of the house to achieve extending the vinyl lower toward the back of the house when the terrain begins to descend.
  • Scenic Background.  I wish my Rome was being built on a lot like the render showcases, but it's not.  The background image I chose, however, really allows this craftsman cottage-style home to sit well.

Ryan Homes - Rome - Elevation N
12x14' Deck
The Porch - A Sanctuary for Observation & Thought

Interior Kitchen:

  • GE appliances
  • Kholer faucet
  • Luna Pearl granite counter tops
  • Hickory pre-finished wood floors

The kitchen image below was fun to make, and there are a lot of DWG CAD artifacts online one can download to bring things to life, such as the GE appliances, available right there on GE's web site.  Though I admit, the appliances are cool, they lacked layers, so I was unable to apply textures to various parts w/o hacking it in and faking it (like the black glass on the ovens).  Also, I don't think my faucet will be Kholer, but so what, Kholer also had CAD drawings for download.  I'm not sure if my door handles will be knobs or vertical (as shown).  Adding the hickory floor really warmed it up!  I am very excited about the color selections, and it's cleverly sneaky to be able to visualize it in this way.  I might be adding some faux pine shrubs around the plate decorations on top of the cabinets. some bar stools, glasses for the hutch, and anything else to snazz up the kitchen.

The Kitchen
The Morning Room
Family Room:

The family room renders below are a work in progress as I attempt exploring ways to create custom cabinetry.  Recently posted Elevation modifications, I discussed an idea about moving the wall you see in the next photo, closer inward, which then allows an entertainment center to be nestled into a recessed wall.

Later on, I developed a fireplace, added crown molding, chair rail, and some additional art (creepy art at the moment >:) but all in the name of fun!

Family Room
Half Duct Wall - No Alcove
Alcove - Recessed Wall
Alcove - A Little Brighter

Stair Well

Sitting Room:

I call the Living Room, the Sitting Room.  I don't know why, since I grew up with a Living Room.  This room, however, I originally envisioned being quite bright and cheerful, with a buttercup colored sofa.  That's all changed now, since I've colored the room a Burnt umber, and added a coffered ceiling. 

Sitting Room

Dining Room:

Visit my Dining Room post to read up on discussion about this room.  Most notably is the artwork performed by the following artists:
Dining Room

Dining Room

Daughter's Room:

Starting this room was a challenge, and the first couple passes definitely looked amateur, but now I'm really liking the result.  My daughter is 7, she'll be 8 before I get the project finished, yet she should get a handful of years worth of enjoyment out of this motif.  I think what I've got looks good, but still has some dimensional flaws I fudged here or there to get things to fit (gets harder with smaller spaces).  Taking this POC though, and passing through it again with better (more accurate) dimensions in mind might help me to create something a little more modular, and scalable so she can get more years out of it, unless of course life happens, and another comes along to make use of it (ya never know).

Daughter's Room

Daughter's Room

Daughter's Room

The Loft:

The Master Bedroom:


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