CharlesVolz

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  1. Howdy Justin,

    I can help you! Just email me or give me a call at 210 744-7489. I am in north San Antonio with a daughter at UT Austin (so trips to Austin are cool). BTW, David Potter (512 518-3161) is another local knowledgeable designer/trainer who is in Austin.

    Here is some information about me and how I work:

    I am a creative designer who has acquired unique experiences and perspectives from my collection of work as a designer and builder. I have degrees in structural engineering (BS Rice University) and architectural engineering (MS University of Texas at Austin) and have planned, designed, developed and built various, diverse projects over my 30-year career. 

    I am a member of the American Institute of Building Design ("AIBD"), which provides quality continuing education to ensure its members remain current with technology, materials and building codes. AIBD holds its members to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

    I utilize the latest technology like GoToMeeting to work with customers live online and OBS Live to record "how-to" videos for builders, designers and DIYers, instructing home design using Chief Architect.

    I have worked with owners, builders, designers and architects from all over the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and England. I offer time-saving design assistance as well as expert training in Chief Architect. I am available to design your home from concept to working drawings, assist you in learning Chief Architect and/or improve your existing home design.

    Whether you need a home designer or just a few hours of training, I can accommodate you.

    I work in prepaid blocks of time (20-hour minimum for design work and 3-hour minimum for training). Once I receive payment, I schedule the time. (Training students can use the time in 1-hour minimum blocks of time.) When I complete the time, I will send you the plan or you can purchase another block of time. You keep any time credit left over for future help for up to six months after purchase. This method gives you the flexibility to hire me for the work you desire without a long-term commitment. There is no obligation for you to pay for additional blocks of time. My current hourly rate is $95. I am very fair with my billable hours and do not charge for nonproductive time. I invoice via PayPal with the accounting and design agreement attached. I add a 3% technical service fee (rounded) to pay for online meetings, online file sharing and storage, online 3D viewer, etc. and charge a flat 30 minutes for initial calls, discussions and emails; setting up job file folders, accounting, organizing emails and to do list; sharing Dropbox folder, etc.

    I will send you a 20-hour invoice, if that is acceptable, so we can get started. Just let me know.

    Regards,
    Charles

    Charles K. Volz
    Castlerock Designer Homes
    947 Cheyenne Creek
    San Antonio, Texas 78258
    Phone:  210 744-7489
    Email:   CVRE@sbcglobal.net
    Skype:   CharlesVolz
    Web:     CastlerockDesignerHomes.com
     

  2. Hey Rich,

     

    How do you like you computer with Chief? I am looking to build a new computer. It looks like you have a newer high-end rig.

    Charles

  3. Chief Architect design work

    I would like the opportunity to talk to you about Chief Architect design work.
     
    I am a creative designer with unique experience and perspective from my collection of work as a designer and builder. I have degrees in structural engineering and architectural engineering and have planned, designed and developed various types of projects over my 30-year career. I use Chief Architect X9 (SSA member) and have used Chief Architect since Version 9. I use GoToMeeting and am technologically versed in all types of software that help me in my design business including, for example, creating flash and 3D pdf files.
     
    Thank you in advance for the opportunity to discuss our working together.

    Regards,
    Charles Volz

    Castlerock Designer Homes
    CastlerockDesignerHomes.com
    CVRE@sbcglobal.net
    210 744-7489

  4. Hey Mike!

    What does "Ridge Runner" refer to?

    Charles Volz

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      Ridge_Runner

      I hope your life insurance policy is paid up!

    3. CharlesVolz

      CharlesVolz

      Yessir,  that's why my wife allows it. 

    4. Ridge_Runner