Chief Architect

Chief Architect

5 / 5 8 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Chief Architect software is designed for professionals, designers, architects, and remodelers. And Home Designer software is designed for the consumer DIY home design market.


Average Ratings

8 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Chief Architect
  • www.chiefarchitect.com/
  • Founded 1992
  • United States

About Chief Architect

Chief Architect Software is a leading developer and publisher of 3D Architectural home design software for builders, designers, architects and home DIY enthusiasts. For professionals, we publish the Chief Architect software product line; the most popular product for residential home design. And, for the consumer DIY home design market, we publish the top-selling and best-rated Home Designer product line.


Chief Architect Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Modeling
  • BIM Modeling
  • Client Management
  • Contract Management
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Project Management
  • Proposal Management
  • Visualization / Presentation

Chief Architect Reviews Recently Reviewed!

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Awesome product and interesting competitor for software that costs thousands.

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Awesome product and interesting competitor for software that costs thousands of dollars. I use it when Datacenters will be moved to new locations and waiting for floorplans it's impossible. The results are stunning.

Overall: It adds an extra touch to my proposals. IT managers appreciate it when I include a rendering of the server location.

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This is a very good software for architecture or home design. It has helped me in several projects

Oct 17, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I'm a small business of property management and short-rental, I use the Home Suite version for my projects when preparing new properties. It's a very complete and versatile product. It helps to redesign the space you have in several version and choose the best of it.

Cons: It's not a very user friendly tool and for the version I use, I think the catalog could be better.

Overall: Very useful for my property management business

Easy program to use

Sep 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is a great program, even for users that are beginners (like myself). They have great tutorials and the program is very inexpensive.

Cons: There is not much bad to say about it, you do have to buy additional modules if you want to do more; however, overall this is a great piece of software.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on September 06, 2017

Thank you, Riccardo!

poor software

Mar 24, 2017
3/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I purchased an updated version chief architect X6. I have used previous versions for years on a PC and was assured it would run great on a Mac. I downloaded the software to my Mac which was running the minimum system requirements (Mavericks) listed on the chief architect website. I had issues with this software working from the start, i.e. when I would open or try to edit a dialog box it would open a new window behind all previous open windows. Since this computer was a few years old I mistakenly thought it was an issue with my computer. I purchased a new Mac to run the software and ran into the same issues as before. I put up with these problems for more than a year before I contacted chief architect looking for a fix for their software. I was informed by a chief architect tech that this was a known issue that their software developers were aware of and had fixed in later versions and that the only solution to this issue was to upgrade the software. After being transferred to a sales associate I was informed that I would have to pay over money to chief architect to get a version of the software that would work. I told him that I have already purchased software from chief architect and that they need to fix the issue with the version I have or they should stand behind their product and upgrade it for free. I made a complaint with the senior supervisor/manager who informed me that since they could not re-create the issue in house and that I am now currently using an updated Mac with the (Sierra) operating system they would not stand behind there software. Under system requirements for X6 it lists that you need a minimum operating system of (Mountain Lion / Mavericks) nowhere does it say if you have a newer operating system that their software will not work. I would like to see chief architect stand behind the product I've spent thousands of dollars on. So far this has been one of the worst customer experiences I've ever had and I definitely feel I have been ripped off by chief architect.

Chief Architect use

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use builder friendly

Cons: You have to train

Overall: Small construction business values Chief Architect everyday. Great software for everyday simple easy to use.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on February 24, 2017

Thank you Ray!

The only software for custom home design

Dec 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've used Chief for the last 10 years. It's the only program I know for designing clear and concise building plans that show the clients in vivid 3d, what the finish product will look like. All to often clients use terms and descriptions that don't convey to the plans. Chief shows them what they are getting for a complete understanding before a shovel hits the ground.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on December 27, 2016

Thank you for your loyalty with us, Charlie!

Best I've tried

Aug 21, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I have tried a lot of other design programs but keep coming back to Chief , I have found it to be the best overall.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on August 22, 2016

Thanks Fred! We're so glad to be a part of your design process.

Best Software for Residential Design.

Feb 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After researching over a year. I know I made the right choice. Chief Architect just keeps getting better and better. 3D is great.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on February 16, 2016

Thanks Edgar!