Category Insights, Entry Tips and
1. Kitchen Remodel:
Understand that the kitchen is all the judges
will look at. While other rooms adjacent to the kitchen may be
in the photos, the kitchen itself is what matters.
2. Bath Remodel: This is a straightforward category.
Our only format suggestion would be to have your photography
show as much of the room as possible in as few shots as
possible. Small rooms are tough to photograph due to size and
lighting issues, so consider this as you put your entry
3. Addition: Additions can be either horizontal add-ons or
second story additions. They can also be sunrooms.
4. Residential Interior:
A project that is done within the existing walls of the
5. Residential Exterior:
Alterations to the exterior of a residential
building that do not include the addition of heated or cooled
livable space to the home.
6. Detached Outbuilding: Structures that are not attached to the main
home. It can include pool houses, detached garage, potting shed,
guest house, and we've even had a dog house win this category.
7. Outdoor Living:
This category can include porches,
decks, outdoor kitchens, hardscape, pools, or any combination of
things that create a beautiful and practical outdoor living
8. Residential Specialty Item:
This includes any project, or part of a project, that is not
included in it's own Chrysalis category. Examples would be:
entryways, cupolas, wine racks, fireplaces, stairways, cabinetry
9. Whole House Remodel: This can include either or both
exterior and interior remodeling. Involving multiple rooms. Our suggestion is that it should
include at least one key room such as a kitchen or bath, but
that is not a requirement.
10. Residential Historic Renovation:
Typically, the entries in this category represent the
remodeling of a home built before 1930 to update it for 21st
11. Residential Universal Design:
A key element of this category is to show a project that
combines great design with Universal Design principles.
12. Best Green Remodeling Project:
This entry should address energy
efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, durable construction and
sustainable material use. It should also include any
certifications or test results that support the project.
13. Residential Insurance Restoration: In addition to the
"before and after" photography, you should include information
on adhering to time and budget schedules, and highlight the
challenges of the project.
14. Commercial Insurance Restoration:
In addition to the "before and after" photography, you
should include information on adhering to time and budget
schedules, and highlight the challenges of the project.
15. Commercial Remodel:
This is a very broad category. Keep in mind that our judges
are not influenced by the sheer size of a project, but by the
16. Basement Remodel
Please submit printed photographs only. No
transparencies, slides or digital images can be used in the
judging. Photographs should not be larger than 8' X 10'. Try to
avoid printing text directly on the photographs themselves. YOU MAY USE
AS MANY PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS NECESSARY TO BEST REFLECT THE
While Chrysalis does not require that you send a
CD with digital images, it is suggested. Winning entries that
provide digital images along with the photography will have more
photos on the website than entries for which we need to scan the
FLOORPLANS, DIAGRAMS, DRAWINGS:
Any floorplans, diagrams and
drawings that will assist the judges in understanding the
project should be included.
Projects on property that you or your company own
should reflect the retail price available to a client.
Chrysalis does not disqualify entries due to format, but for
those of you who would like a suggestion about how to present
your materials, here is one idea.
After the cover page, insert a large format photo of the best
"after" shot on the first right-hand page, just to lead off with
a "wow" photo.
After that, insert the pages with your text about the project.
The text should be as concise as possible to be sure the judges
will read it all.
After the text, begin your "before" and "after" photos. If the
photos are large, put the "before" on the left page and the
corresponding "after" on the right. If they are smaller format,
put the "before" on the left side of the page and the "after" on
the right. If you're going vertical, put the "after" on top and
the "before" on the bottom.
You can place text next to, or below, the photos if you wish.
Please do not place text ON the photo. That can distract the
judges from the image you want them to see.
If you are including floorplans (which never hurts), put them at
the end of the entry.
Keep the number of photos reasonable. For instance, if you're
addressing multiple rooms in a Whole House entry, focus the
photography on the most dramatic rooms. Rooms not impacted
dramatically should not receive equal space to the ones that
were. "During" construction photos do not receive a lot of
attention unless they display a significant challenge that was
overcome. "Before" photos serve to help the judges understand
the scope of the project, but you do not need one "before" for
ASK US FOR HELP:
We are always available to answer questions. We
are happy to provide suggestions about category selection or
entry format. If you submit your entries early, we can even look
them over to see if there is anything we would suggest related
to format. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible.
Call me, Ken Kanline, at 888-263-5687, or you can email me at