The 40th Anniversary BALA Awards season is almost here – are you ready to be part of its history? 

Celebrating its Ruby Anniversary and 40 years of design excellence, the Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA Awards) is the building industry’s premier residential design awards program. The BALA Awards spotlight the most creative and talented building industry professionals who have redefined design excellence for homes and communities across North America. Winning projects across a variety of categories showcase how  building industry professionals can set their products apart and hit the right marks with today’s highly educated and discerning home renters and buyers.

Although the entry portal doesn’t open until July 10, it’s not too early time to start thinking about which projects to submit and gathering the necessary documents for an award-winning application. Because a good entry takes time and a little advanced planning, will highlight different aspects of the BALA Awards submission process over the next several weeks to help you get ready to submit projects that showcase your best design ideas, hopefully wow the judges,  and secure a place in the BALA history books.

Tips for Award-winning Entries:

  • Select homes and projects that have a good story. What makes it special or unique?  What challenges were overcome? How it is different from the other projects the judges will see?
  • Tell the story through photography. When planning and selecting photos, scout the project first to identify the best shots and lighting; staging may be required to move or remove unwanted distractions or add props; choose the right angle to tell the story; and add ambiance to make the pictures pop.
  • Tell the story through clean, easy to read presentation drawings. Start with a simple black and white floor plan. Remove all identifying information, add color and other enhancements, such as furniture to add scale, realistic floor finishes and landscaping.  Be sure to identify the spaces with room names. Do NOT submit working drawings.
  • Tell the story through the description/design statement. Consider a series of bullet points that reveal the key components of the story instead of a run-on paragraph. Avoid overused phrases such as “blur the lines between inside and out” and flowery adjectives. Make it easy for the judges to identify special features and the character of the project.

Surely, you have done something unique, award worthy and history-making. Start planning your 40th Anniversary BALA entries now!

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