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Categories and Criteria


During the competition submission period, designers can submit an unlimited number of projects (2-8 photos per project) in any number of the following design categories:

  • Small Kitchen (less than 120 sq ft)
  • Medium Kitchen (120 – 350 sq ft)
  • Large Kitchen (more than 350 sq ft)
  • Bathroom
  • Other Rooms

NOTE: Open plan kitchens should be entered into an appropriate kitchen category, based on sq. footage.

While calculating sq. footage, kitchens, cook, prep and clean-up areas, family desk, casual built-in dining, island dining, and eat-in areas should be included, where applicable.

Projects may be moved to an alternate category, as deemed appropriate by the judging panel.

Other rooms may include Entertainment Center, Library, Den, Office, Master Closet, Wet Bar, Chef’s Pantry, Wine Cellar, Powder Room & Fireplaces. Please note: Showroom displays will not be accepted.


New this year: Ergonomics

Your project will be judged based on this new and important criterion if you have a relevant ergonomic aspect of your design project and enter this into the “Ergonomics” section with your submission.

The competition entries will be scored on the following general criteria:

  • Floor Plan Arrangement
  • Visual Appeal
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Creativity
  • Safety
  • Ergonomics

NOTE: Judging focuses on the project design itself and will not be dependent on the photographic quality of the photo entries; however, focused and well lit photos will assist in accurately assessing project quality.