Excellence in Design Awards category overview




Excellence in Design Awards Category Overview

Excellence in Architectural Design
This award recognizes outstanding design by an architect or design builder of a new or renovated home, in an effort to help the homeowner achieve his or her goals in a creative and functional way. Submissions may include either a portion of a home or an entire home, and consideration will be given to projects in a variety of styles.


Excellence in Bath Design
This award recognizes baths that go beyond function to become beautiful rooms in the home. Consideration will be given to bathrooms that use materials (tile, stone, glass and so on), cabinetry and other millwork, fixtures, furnishings and accessories in a creative, visually pleasing way.


Excellence in Green Design
This award recognizes the home that best integrates high-performance energy systems with the building’s architecture and site design.  Consideration will be given to all certified projects including LEED, Build Green, Passive House and Energy Star, as well as to independent projects that can provide evidence of the building’s energy performance.
Judging will take into account the following factors:
A. High-energy efficiency through conservation and renewable energy sources.
B. Integration of the energy systems with the overall design of the building and site. Traditional and contemporary architectural styles will be given equal consideration.
C. The quality and sustainability of the overall project.


Excellence in Historic Restoration
This award recognizes the restoration of a home fifty years or older in a way that preserves the building’s original design. Consideration will be given to the successful integration of new materials to:

  1. Make the home more energy efficient, such as new energy systems, new windows or insulation;
  2. Reduce or eliminate toxic materials, such as asbestos or lead paint; and
  3. Update the building systems.

Excellence in Interior Design
This award recognizes outstanding design by an interior designer of a new or renovated home, in an effort to help the homeowner achieve his or her goals in a creative and functional way. Submissions may include either a portion of a home or an entire home, and consideration will be given to projects in a variety of styles.


Excellence in Kitchen Design
This award recognizes a kitchen whose design creates a beautiful and functional space in which the workspace, storage and traffic flow meet the homeowners’ needs. Consideration will be given to both new construction and renovated kitchens in a variety of styles, as well as to the materials (tile, stone, glass and so on), cabinetry and other millwork, fixtures, furnishings and accessories that are used in a creative, visually pleasing way.


Excellence in Outdoor Design
This award recognizes well-designed and esthetically pleasing outdoor living spaces, including patios, decks, pools, kitchens and dining areas, along with their hardscape (site work and stone work), furnishings, and other decorative items and accessories. Consideration will be given to the use of materials, furnishings and decorative accessories in creative, visually pleasing ways.


Excellence in Renovation Design
This award recognizes outstanding remodel or redesign by an architect or builder of a home or portion of a home. Consideration will be given to projects that have achieved a noteworthy measure of transformation in order to help clients achieve their goals and make “before” spaces more functional and aesthetically pleasing.


Excellence in Small Home Design
This award recognizes outstanding design of homes with fewer than 2,000 square feet of finished living space, including kitchen, full bathroom and bedroom(s), and excluding porches. This category also includes very small homes (fewer than 1,000 square feet) and tiny homes (fewer than 400 square feet). Consideration will be given to overall design that helps clients achieve their goals, as well as to projects that use materials in creative, visually pleasing ways.


Excellence in Specialty Building or Room Design
This award recognizes outstanding design of specialty buildings or rooms, including pool houses, garages, sheds, tree houses, home offices, laundry rooms, mud rooms, play rooms, nurseries and so on. Consideration will be given to buildings and rooms that are creatively designed to function in a particular manner, and use materials and finishes in an esthetically pleasing way.


Home of the Year
This award recognizes overall excellence in residential design, considering the architecture of the building as well as its interior design and landscape design. Homes built or renovated within the last five years in a variety of styles will be considered.

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