Additional design categories include best kitchen, best bath, best specialty room and best detail.
Entries are judged on: exterior design/curb appeal, interior architecture and interior design, sales success of the product, construction quality and cost efficiency, and the site plan.
Entrants are advised to submit good photographs along with their entry notebook so that the judges can evaluate architectural elements of the project.
Floor plans are evaluated for their livability; considered are such elements as accessibility of the kitchen from the garage, the flow of the traffic in the home, the relationship of formal to informal space and how adult areas relate to those for guests or children.
Entrants are also asked to identify their market; judges consider the plan within the context of the identified market to ensure it makes sense for the region and has market acceptance.
Builders, developers, architects, land planners, designers and those working through cooperative public/private efforts to expand homeownership opportunities are encouraged to enter.
The registration deadline for the awards is July 1, and entries are due by July 15.
For information, eligibility requirements and application forms, visit www.housingzone.com, or call NAHB at 800-368-5242 x 8309 or Professional Builder at 630-288-8184.
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