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Review the Chrysalis Award categories and select the most appropriate one(s) for your entry. You may elect to submit a single project for more than one category.

Do not include your company name in the body of your entry. While Chrysalis does not require anonymity in the entries, we strongly advise that you not include your company name in the body of your entry. You may want to use your entry in other competitions that require anonymity, such as the Master Design Awards, and this way you won’t have to go back and make changes.

Use good quality photos and consider professional photography for your entry.

Make sure your entry is in the correct category. Be particularly careful with price categories. The price category should reflect the retail value of the remodeling work that appears in the submission. Putting an entry in its most relevant category is extremely important. If you have the choice of multiple categories for an entry, contact me for help.

Be sure photos are oriented the same way throughout the entry. Judges will not pick up and rotate their computers to see your photos.

You don't need a "before" photo for every "after" photo, but having a few before and after phtos from corresponding views is helpful to the judges in making comparisons.

Floor plans are not required, and some projects don't need them, but for comprehensive projects that involve the addition or repurposing of space, they are helpful as supplements to the photography.

Keep your text concise. Judges typically use the text to supplement and clarify what they see in the photography rather than a stand-alone section.

If you have doubts or questions, contact Ken Kanline at 1-850-544-3773. This is my cell phone so you can call at any time of day.


You may list team members in the entry submission, however there is an additional charge of $20 per team member. Team members will be listed in the published winners list in Qualified Remodeler magazine, and will be listed as team members on the project in the primary entrant’s project page on the Chrysalis website. Only the primary entrant will receive the Chrysalis trophy and corporate page on the Chrysalis website.

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 straight-forward 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 together.
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 original structure that does not include the addition of any heated or cooled livable space to the home.
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 environment.
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 or shelving.
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 century living.
11. 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 creativity displayed.
12. Basement Remodel

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 1-850-544-3773, or you can email me at ken@buildingsongs.com.

Questions??? Call us at 1-850-544-3773 OR EMAIL US AT ken@buildingsongs.com.