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2021 REX/T-REX Awards Entry Rules & Form

Deadline for Entries

Completed entry packets must be submitted by Friday, March 5, 2021, 1 p.m. PST. Due to time constraints, no entries will be accepted after this date.

Event Date

June 12, 2021, 6–8 p.m.
Virtual Awards Ceremony
Presented by ERNwest

Overview

The Remodeling Excellence (REX) and Trades Remodeling Excellence (T-REX) Awards are presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the oldest Remodelers Council in the nation. This annual event is a celebration of craftsmanship and superior remodeling expertise. Festivities traditionally include a cocktail hour, dinner, and awards ceremony. REX/T-REX is a combined awards celebration; trades partners and designers are recognized alongside REX winners.

Entrants are urged to attend and to invite staff, subcontractors, and homeowner clients, as well as friends and business partners. T-REX recipients are especially encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to show appreciation and support to all involved in a project. Winners will be announced in advance.

New this year: You do not have to have attended or participated in any Remodelers Council events/programs in the past 12 months to be eligible to enter.

REX Judging Criteria

  • Aesthetics—visual appeal
    • Does the remodel look attractive?
    • Does the craftsmanship look professional?
  • Special or unique design solutions—space planning, livability
    • How does creativity work into the remodel?
    • Is the remodel functional beyond the previous design?
  • Quality—special crafting, exceptional features
    • What are the outstanding features of the project?
    • Is there attention to detail?
  • Use of appropriate building materials—complements existing structure and design
    • Did the remodeler use materials that enhance the design?
    • Were there excess materials?
  • Budgetary consideration—solutions to budgetary constraints
    • How did the project keep within the budget and still deliver client expectations?
    • Were there any measures to cut costs?
  • Challenges and obstacles—unique challenges the entrant faced in completing the project
    • Were there any unexpected obstacles that called for adjustments?
    • Were there unusual circumstances that created additional challenges?

Judging Specifics

All entries are judged on their own merits by a panel of professionals from various fields of expertise. Each of the six judging criteria are assigned a maximum number of points. The project in each category with the most points will receive the award. The judges’ decisions are final.

Our judges reserve the right to withhold an award in a category if the projects submitted do not score adequate points or do not meet the definition of the category.

Categories with six (6) or more entries will have a first and second place award to honor the diverse projects submitted by our members.

Multiple Entries

A maximum of ten (10) REX entries are allowed per company.

Entries can be entirely separate projects with different addresses. Applicants are also allowed to enter the same project in more than one category, i.e., a full main floor remodel may be entered independently in both the Major Remodel and Kitchen categories.

Any project entered into more than one category must have a unique project description and photos isolating the individual room. Entries that do not conform may be disqualified and will have only one (1) entry eligible.

REX Entry Categories

Please review the categories carefully and enter the category that best represents your project. MBAKS and our judges reserve the right to recategorize any submission to a more appropriate category.

Categories 1–5 are open only to RC builder members.

Categories 6–11 are open to all RC members, including designers and trades.

Category 1: Bath Excellence

  • Less Than $35,000
  • $35,000 to $55,000
  • $55,000 to $75,000
  • More Than $75,000

Category 2: Kitchen Excellence

  • Less Than $70,000
  • $70,000 to $90,000
  • $90,000 to $125,000
  • $125,000 to $145,000
  • More Than $145,000

Category 3: Residential Remodel Excellence—Addition

Includes but is not limited to additions, add-a-levels, and attic build-outs. Entries must include increased square footage to the home.

  • Less Than $200,000
  • $200,000 to $325,000
  • More Than $325,000

Category 4: Residential Remodel Excellence—Major Remodel

Projects that remodeled or renovated a substantial portion of a building's interior and/or exterior, including complete re-builds using existing foundation.

  • Less Than $250,000
  • $250,000 to $350,000
  • $350,000 to $500,000
  • More Than $500,000

Category 5: Residential Remodel Excellence—ADU & Basement

Projects created expressly for a basement area and/or to create a dedicated accessory dwelling unit.

Category 6: Aging in Place & Universal Design Excellence

Projects that include universal design features such as, but not limited to, one-story living, elevators and lifts, and widening hallways and doorways.

Category 7: Green Remodel Excellence

Projects that incorporate green building features and principals, such as high-efficiency heating systems and appliances, recycled or reclaimed materials, low- to no-VOC finishes, and locally sourced products. Entries must be Built Green certified or actively seeking certification.

Category 8: Exterior Remodel Excellence

Best residential exterior project. Includes, but is not limited to, alterations to the exterior of a residential building, such as porticos, porches, windows, dormers, roofs, and exterior resurfacing such as siding or stucco.

Category 9: Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

Projects including swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub areas; outdoor kitchen and gathering spaces; outdoor fireplaces and fire pits; specialty lighting, etc.

  • Less Than $100,000
  • More Than $100,000

Category 10: Get Away Room & Specialty Space Excellence

An exclusive place to hang out, take refuge, and enjoy what you love, including but not limited to specially-equipped garages, media rooms, billiard rooms, smoking rooms, and wine cellars. Projects must be located within the existing home or an addition; DADUs do not qualify.

  • Less Than $90,000
  • More Than $90,000

Category 11: Design Excellence

Projects in this category showcase the details that make remodeling projects truly amazing, as well as innovative designs and techniques.

  • Interior Design 
  • Specialty Details & Finishes
  • Architecture

REX Entry Requirements

Eligibility

Remodeler members and associate members in good standing of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties may enter projects. Email rc@mbaks.com if you are unsure of your council membership status or otherwise need assistance.

Projects completed after January 1, 2019 and not previously entered into REX are eligible for entry.

Entry fees & payment

$200 per entry.

Upon completion, the form will direct you to a payment screen. Select "cheque payment" from "select payment method" dropdown. A box will appear with a link to pay on mbaks.com. Open that link, pay, then click confirm to submit your entries in Judgify.

You will also receive a payment link in an order acknowledgement email, once you have submitted your entries. Online payment is due at the time of entry. Unpaid entries will be disqualified.

Project Descriptions

  • Provide a project description in the entry form for each project you submit.
    • Registrants must submit a unique project description for each category entered.
  • Limit each description to 400 words (2,500 characters).
  • Do not include company or client names in your project description or project titles. MBAKS staff will remove names from descriptions and titles as necessary to keep the judging process impartial.
  • MBAKS staff may edit and shorten descriptions for use in awards ceremony voice overs, press releases, promotions, and other publicity.
  • Recommendations:
    • Project descriptions are used by the judges in evaluating your entry. Keep the judging criteria in mind. Describe the challenges of the project and the benefits of the end product.
    • Outline any features specific to the category you are entering. For example, when applying for the Green Remodel Excellence category, be sure to outline any environmentally friendly features included in the project.

Logos & Other Files

Upload the files listed below through the Judgify entry system.

  • Company logo
    • Logos must be submitted as a vector file (EPS) or as a high-resolution PNG or JPG file (minimum 1200 pixels tall or wide, at least 150 KB)
  • Corresponding before and after floor plans for each project submitted.
    • After floor plans are required for categories 1–5.
    • Limit each entry to one page for before plans and one page for after plans.
    • Floorplans may be submitted as a PNG, JPG, or PDF with a maximum file size of 30 MB; PNGs and JPGs are preferred for virtual judging.
    • Remove client and company names, logos, and addresses from floor plans before submitting, including in floorplan file names.
    • If multiple floor plan pages are submitted for a single entry, MBAKS staff will select up to two pages that best represent the project's state before and after the remodel. MBAKS staff may also remove names and addresses from floorplans as necessary to keep the judging process impartial.
    • Recommendations:
      • While before floorplans are voluntary for categories 1–5 and both before and after floorplans are voluntary for categories 6–11, entrants in all categories are strongly encouraged to submit both a before and after floorplan, as they help judges reach a complete understanding of each project.
      • Entrants in categories where before and after floorplans aren't as common, such as outdoor living and specialty details & finishes, may submit other preliminary drawings, such as custom cabinetry plans.
  • Signed photo release form by each photographer used for your entries.
    • Work with your photographer on appropriate and relevant copyright and photo release permission. Photos of projects may be used by MBAKS in press releases, promotions, and other publicity.
    • If you worked with multiple photographers for a single entry, merge multiple photo release forms into one file.

Photography

  • Use different photos for each submission, specific to the category entered.
  • For each entry, submit no more than 12 photos, including a minimum of:
    • Two (2) before photos.
    • Two (2) after photos, including one (1) horizontal after photo.
      • Only horizontal photos will be used on project canvasses. Canvasses are displayed at the awards ceremony and distributed to REX entrants and T-REX winners after the event.
    • The first four required photos must be uploaded before additional photo entry fields will appear.
  • Photos must be submitted as a high resolution (4600 x 2600 pixel minimum, typically at least 10 MB file size) PNG or JPG file.
  • All photos are to be single-image (no collages) and in color.
  • Do not include any form of logo, watermark, or photo credit on your photos.
  • File names are visible to the judges, so do not include company names, client names, or addresses in your project photo file names.
  • Exterior shots are required for projects that involve additions.
  • Recommendations: It is important to convey the scope of your project clearly. Create a presentation for the judges to describe the spirit of the remodel. To best illustrate your project:
    • Take before and after photos from the same location and angle.
    • Use a professional photographer.
    • Submit multiple after images showing the remodeled area as a whole, as well as close-ups of key features.
    • When a photo illustrates a special feature or particularly challenging aspect of a project noted in a description, it can be helpful for judges when entrants use photo file names to call out those features or challenges. For example:
      • Description: The homeowner is an avid baker and wanted a large island for rolling out dough. To make space and improve flow, walls were removed between the kitchen and dining room and the back of the house was extended.
      • After Photo 2: large-bakers-island.png
      • Before Photo 1: before-dining-room-walls.jpg
      • Additional Photo 3: addition-exterior.jpg

Entry materials will not be returned. Save additional copies for your files.

Project Information

  • You may enter your own home, however, you must state the actual market price of materials, labor, appliances, etc. Self-performed labor must be included if it is your own home to keep categories and price ranges realistic and apples to apples.
  • Total cost of projects should include materials supplied by homeowner.
    • When submitting a project to multiple categories, calculate the cost separately for each category. For example, a $200,000 major remodel could also be submitted as a $70,000 kitchen remodel.

Trades Remodeling Excellence (T-REX) Awards

REX entrants are asked to identify two tradespartners, designers, vendors, or suppliers per submission who contributed to the success of the project. Only nominees who are current MBAKS members or who join MBAKS by March 30, 2021 are eligible for the T-REX awards.

Designers and trades entrants who enter categories 6-11 are encouraged to thank all involved parties on award projects, including builder members.

In the event your project wins in any of the eligible REX categories, eligible T-REX nominees you put forward will be called to the stage with you. You will have an opportunity to thank them and present them with their award. Please ensure that you and your trades partners are able to attend the awards ceremony if selected as a winner. 

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