2010 Master Design Awards Application

The 32nd Master Design Awards competition honors outstanding remodeling projects completed between January 1, 2009 and May 28, 2010.

  • Register by May 28, 2010 and receive a discount on each entry.
  • Final deadline to register is July 16, 2010.
  • Completed binders must be received by July 23, 2010.

Competition and Entry Information

The Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards competition was initiated 32 years ago to recognize remodelers, architects, builders, kitchen and bath specialists and other professionals for outstanding project design and construction.


  • Projects considered for QR Master Design Awards in 2010 must have been completed by a professional contracting firm between January 1, 2009 and May 28, 2010.
  • Previous QR Master Design entries may not be re-entered.
  • Entry of a single project under more than one category is permitted as long as each entry meets each of the category standards. (For example, you may enter a whole house remodel in the whole house category and then enter the kitchen in the kitchen category as well.)

The 22 award categories in 2010 include:

  1. Whole House $500,000 and above
    Project to affect an extensive amount of the home. May include but is not limited to the following: An addition, interior remodeling of more than one room, exterior remodeling, window replacement, structural improvements, etc. Scope of total project cost to have exceeded $500,000.
  2. Whole House $200,000-$500,000
    Same as #1 above. Scope of total project cost to have been between $200,000 and $500,000.
  3. Whole House below $200,000
    Same as #1 above. Scope of total project cost to have been less than $200,000.
  4. Room Additions $100,000 and above
    To include an addition, add-a-level or attic build-out which increased the liveable space of the home. Total project cost to have exceeded $100,000.
  5. Room Additions below $100,000
    Same as #4. Total project cost to have been below $100,000.
  6. Kitchens $100,000 and above
    Total project cost to have exceeded $75,000.
  7. Kitchens $50,000 to $100,000
    Total project cost to have been between $50,000 and $100,000.
  8. Kitchens below $50,000
    Total project cost to have been below $50,000.
  9. Residential Specialty
    This category recognizes a single element in a remodel. Examples include custom cabinetry, masonry work, railings, glass block, fireplaces, etc.
  10. Bathrooms $50,000 and above
    Total project cost to have exceeded $50,000.
  11. Bathrooms $30,000-$50,000
    Total project cost to have been between $30,000 and $50,000.
  12. Bathrooms below $30,000
    Total project cost to have been below $30,000.
  13. Finished Basement
    Remodels of basements to add living space.
  14. Room Remodel
    An interior remodel that does not involve an addition or work done to a kitchen, bathroom or basement.
  15. Deck/Porch/Outdoor Living
    Includes decks, porches and outdoor areas that extend the living area beyond the home, including pools and landscaping areas that incorporate decks, porches and free-standing structures.
  16. Exterior Facelift
    Remodels including but not limited to siding, window replacement, door replacement, roofing, trim, etc.
  17. Conservatory/Sunroom
    Addition of a conservatory or sunroom to a home.
  18. Detached Structure
    May include but not limited to free-standing garages, sheds, offices, pool buildings, etc.
  19. Historic Renovation
    Any project where work was done on an historic home.
  20. Light Commercial
    Remodeling of a commercial structure which may include interior work, exterior work and additions.
  21. Universal Design
    Any project with strong aesthetics built to enhance the lives of aging or disabled individuals.
  22. Green Remodel
    Provide a brief explanation of the scope of the project and how your philosophy about green remodeling affected the work. Summarize the green aspects of the project. Include any certifications or test results.

Entries will be judged upon all of the following factors:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal
  2. Construction Techniques
  3. Handling of Unusual Situations
  4. Attention to Detail
  5. Functionality of Space
  6. Financial Success
  7. Overall Impression


Deadline for submissions is July 16th, 2010.

Deadline for completed binders is July 23th, 2010. Please send completed binders to:

QR Master Design Awards
Attn: Heidi Riedl
1233 Janesville Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Phone: (800) 547-7377 ext. 1316 • Fax: (920) 563-1707

jon.minnick@cygnusb2b.com heidi.riedl@cygnusb2b.com

Awards and Recognition

Winning entries will be selected by a panel of experts. Awards are to be made for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the 22 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. Entries will be judged upon all of the following factors: Meeting project objectives, overall impression, aesthetic appeal; construction techniques; handling of unusual situations; attention to detail; functionality of space; and financial value of the project.

First place award winning entries will be featured in the September 2010 issue of QR. First place award winners in the kitchen and bath categories may also be featured in Kitchen & Bath Design News (a sister publication of QR) and on the KBDN Web site. All award winners will be recognized with a plaque and a news release, and featured on the QR Web site (www.qualifiedremodeler.com). Awards will be presented at a special reception September 14 in Baltimore, the evening before the Remodeling Show. All entries are also evaluated for possible use in QR editorial features.

Create winning entries

Entering an outstanding project is the most important part of winning a QR Master 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 plans, and that you and the photographer have dated and signed the release forms. Important: Do not put your name or company name on photos, plans or project descriptions in order to ensure that the judges remain impartial when judging entries. Also double-check that the entry has been entered under the proper competition category.

  2. Think like a judge
    QR Master Design Award judges review many entries, so make it easy for them by keeping descriptions brief and to the point. Focus on the best points in your project. Type or clearly print all information.

  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.

  4. Include “before” photos
    A big part of the judging is the transformation achieved by the remodel. If at all possible, take photos of what the project looked like before remodeling started. Before photos do not have to be of professional quality or even in color, but they should show enough details to help the judges evaluate your accomplishments.

  5. Use professional-quality photos
    Professional-quality photos of the finished project improves an entry’s chances of winning (color photocopies are not acceptable). If possible, have the finished project photos taken from the same perspective as some of the “before” photos. Before you hire a professional photographer make sure he or she understands that the photos are to be used in a professional competition and that a signed photographer release is mandatory for all entries (even if you took the photos yourself).

  6. Include floor plans
    If the project involved changes in room layout(s) or configurations, or an addition to the home was made, include before-and-after floor plans to help the judges easily see what changes have been made. Make sure the plans are no bigger than standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Simplify them by eliminating unnecessary details.

  7. Have your entry proofread
    Before mailing your entry make sure forms and information are compete and all required releases are signed and dated. Have someone proofread your entry critically – like a judge would.

    NEW! Submit your 2010 Master Design Awards Application Online

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