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22nd September 2017
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Taking time out for training: the Counter Interiors experience
York-based Counter Interiors is run by Luke Counter. A kitchen fitter by trade, he ran his business successfully from home using the ArtiCAD design software on a laptop - until he hurt his back. This demanded a change of lifestyle - and the opening of his first showroom in partnership with his wife just over two years ago.
The company now employs three designers using the ArtiCAD software for both kitchens and bedrooms. Typically Counter Interiors installs about eight kitchens each month.
Although Luke had used the ArtiCAD software for about seven years on a self-taught basis, the time was right to improve his skills. He signed up for ArtiCAD's Level 2 training course and followed this quickly with Level 3 at the beginning of June 2016. Although many smaller businesses find it difficult to justify the time away from their business (and sometimes the cost) of taking training courses, Luke is absolutely certain he made the right decision.
"The training has paid for itself already," he reveals. "The speed of design has improved, as I have learned how to do shortcuts and other such techniques. I probably design three times faster than before the training. The quality of the visuals, which now look like photographs, are a world apart from what I produced previously. And, our order value is higher."
Being able to make changes instantaneously in front of the customer is also very powerful...
"We used to suggest they went off for something to eat - but now we do the changes whilst they are in the showroom, which ensures we don't lose the momentum of the sales process," he adds.
Luke is also a keen user of Pan360, ArtiCAD's panoramic viewer, as he explains: "Customers tend to ask more questions about the design because they can see so much more detail, from every angle, but this gives them a huge amount of confidence to go ahead with the purchase."
ArtiCAD produces simple, fast and flexible kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design software and online planning and patented styling tools. ArtiCAD's design software produces accurate working plans which automatically generate elevations, multiple 3D perspectives, photorealistic impressions, VR presentations, detailed parts lists and costings - all in less than ten minutes from scratch.
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