Excellence in Design Awards Category Overview

Architectural Design: Traditional
This award recognizes outstanding design by an architect or design builder who most creatively achieves the homeowner’s goals of emphasizing their home’s special character. 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. 


Architectural Design: Modern
This award recognizes outstanding design by an architect or design builder of a new or renovated modern home that best achieves the homeowner’s goals in a creative and functional way, using new and innovative construction technologies. 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. 


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, etc.), cabinetry and other millwork, fixtures, furnishings and accessories in a creative, aesthetically pleasing way.


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:

  1. High-energy efficiency through conservation and renewable energy sources.
  2. Integration of the energy systems with the overall design of the building and site. Traditional and contemporary architectural styles will be given equal consideration.
  3. The quality and sustainability of the overall project.

Historic Restoration
This award recognizes the restoration of a home 50 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.

Interior Design
This award recognizes outstanding work by an interior designer on a new or renovated home. Submissions, judged on concept and creativity, may include either a portion of a home (see categories below) or an entire home, and consideration will be given to projects in a variety of styles.

  • Whole House Design
  • Children’s Room
  • Specialty Small Space (entry, mudroom, laundry, etc.)
  • Home Office
  • Primary Suite or Bedroom
  • Living Space

Kitchen Design: This award recognizes a kitchen in each of the three categories below whose design creates a beautiful and functional space in which the workspace, storage and traffic flow meet the homeowner’s needs. Further consideration will be given to the materials (tile, stone, glass, etc.), cabinetry and other millwork, fixtures, furnishings and accessories that are used in a creative, aesthetically pleasing way.

  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Transitional

Outdoor Design
This award recognizes well-designed and aesthetically pleasing outdoor living spaces. Submissions are invited for the following categories;

  • Outdoor Living Space (including patios, decks, pools, kitchens and dining areas, along with their hardscape (site work and stone work), furnishings, and other decorative items and accessories.
  • Landscape With Pool
  • Landscape Without Pool
  • Garden Design/Best use of plant materials

Remodeling/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.


Small Home Design
This award recognizes outstanding design of homes with fewer than 2,500 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, aesthetically pleasing ways.


One to Watch: Up and coming talent under 40
New this year, New Hampshire Home will recognize an individual within the architecture, design and landscaping community that excels in their industry and shows dynamic leadership. There is no fee for this nomination. To nominate an emerging talent under 40 years of age, please use the submission form here.


Home of the Year
Submissions are not taken for this award. Rather judges evaluate all the submissions to determine the winner based on 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.