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Deadline to register has been extended to June 2, 2023.

Deadline for completed entries to be submitted has been extended to June 9, 2023.

Entry Process

There are two steps in the entry process. The first step is registration where you will select your project categories and pay for your entries. The second step is where you will submit information about the project which includes the items below:

  • Project Background Information
    • Project location
    • When the project began
    • When the project was completed
    • Total square footage
    • Total project cost
    • Project scopes and objectives (250 words or less)
    • Project challenges (250 words or less)
    • Project solutions (250 words or less)
    • Green elements, if any
  • Project Floorplans
  • Project Photos - Maximum of 15 photos. High-res .jpg files with minimum pixel dimensions of 2400 x 3000 (that equals 8x10 inches at 300 dpi.)
  • Products and Materials Used
  • Entrant Release Form
  • Photographer Release Form

Awards and Recognition

Winning entries will be selected by a panel of experts. Awards are to be made for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each of the 11 award categories. Judges may elect to award fewer than three awards in a category. They may also make special merit awards. The decisions of the judges are final. 

Winning entries will be featured in the August 2023 issue of KBDN. All award winners will be recognized with a plaque and a news release, and featured on the KBDN website (KitchenBathDesign.com). All entries are also evaluated for possible use in KBDN editorial features.

Entries will be judged upon all of the following factors:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal
  2. Functionality of the Space
  3. Attention to Detail
  4. Handling of Unusual Situations/Challenges
  5. Originality
  6. Selection of Colors and Finishes
  7. Overall Impression 

Create winning entries

Entering an outstanding project is the most important part of winning a Kitchen & Bath Design Award, but so is presenting that project in its best light. Here are some suggestions to help you make sure your entry meets competition requirements and improves your chances of winning:

1.    Provide complete information.
Make sure you have completed all sections, provided photos and floor/site plans, and that you and the photographer have submitted the release forms. Important: Do not put your name or company name on photos, plans or project descriptions to ensure the judges remain impartial when judging entries. Double-check the entry has been entered under the proper competition category. Each entry must be entered individually if you are submitting the same project in multiple categories. Any entry missing any information will immediately be disqualified.

2.    Think like a judge.
Kitchen & Bath Design Award judges review many entries, so make it easy for them by keeping descriptions brief and concise. Your answers for each question should not exceed 250 words. Focus on the best points in your project. The use of bullet points is recommended.

3.    Put a proper value on the project.
Projects placed in a category based on the dollar volume must be valued completely. The project cost must include all your labor and materials, the value of all products and services supplied by the customer or other contractors, materials supplied by the homeowner, and the value of work done by the homeowner. Please note any special circumstances or factors affecting the project value. If the judges deem that the project appears to be more expensive than what is indicated on the entry form, they have the right to disqualify that project.

4.    Use professional-quality photos.
Professional-quality photos, in vertical and horizontal shots, of the finished project improves an entry’s chances of winning. Before you hire a professional photographer, make sure he or she understands the photos are to be used in a professional competition and that a photographer release is mandatory for all entries (even if you took the photos yourself). If you cannot afford a professional photographer, consider hiring a student photographer from a local college.

5.    Include floor plans.
Simplify them by eliminating unnecessary details.

Questions about the competition or entries should be directed to Heidi Riedl, Projects Manager, Heidi@solabrands.com.