BALA Awards – Get Ready: Start to Assemble Documents

Although the application process for NAHB’s Best In American Living Awards is easy, it does require gathering some documents and information before starting. In addition to submitter and design team information, applicants are;pddkre required to craft a design statement, and upload representative site and floor plans and photographs.

Furnished, marketing-style floor plans and elevations are strongly encouraged. Floor plans should be clear and free of excess notations (for example, lighting plans, construction notations, etc.), and floor plan and site plan uploads should not be longer than six pages if submitting a pdf.

If entering a remodeling category, “before” plan(s) and photo(s) should also be included, if possible.

On-the-board applicants must also submit site and floor plans, along with sufficient renderings and other architectural drawings in lieu of photographs.

For all categories that are not strictly interior architecture or design, sufficient exterior photography should be submitted to demonstrate the design characteristics of the home, residential building or community. Entries without sufficient exterior photography, if applicable, may be removed from consideration.

Importantly, all attachments must be anonymous – meaning that all identifying information must be removed prior to submission. Start gathering the documents and put them in a folder where you can easily find them – July 11 will be here before you know it!

Contact Sherin Sameh by email at or Kiera Gulley by email at or by phone at (202)266-8245 for any questions.

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