This year, the Remodeling Design Awards went digital: From entering to judging, everything was done online. While that did streamline the process, the three judges still spent hours evaluating each entry—looking at photographs and floor plans, reading project descriptions, and deliberating as a group the merits of 162 remodeling projects from across the United States.
They looked for projects that feature ideas others in the industry will admire, be inspired by, and want to emulate. The projects that rose to the top were those that had “warmth and light,” a “connection to the outdoors,” and showed a “definite transformation” from their original designs.
Entries are organized into 11 categories, with an additional 39 subcategories based on price. Judges are not required to award a winner in each category and have leeway in determining which projects show the highest degree of design expertise and craftsmanship. Our judges selected 18 projects out of 162 for distinction: one Best of the Year, five Grand Awards and 12 Merit Awards. The whole-house category had the strongest competition, with 43 entries. Other hotly contested categories: kitchens (33); bathrooms (20) and historically sensitive renovations (17).
- Karman Hotchkiss, deputy director, home design content core at Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media, Meredith Corp., Des Moines, Iowa
- Donald Lococo, AIA, principal, Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.
- Paul Masi, AIA, Bates Masi + Architects, Sag Harbor, N.Y.