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Contractor of the Year Awards

NARI members are encouraged to compete for the prestigious CotY Awards, recognizing achievements for remodeling projects.

What Are the CotY Awards?

NARI Atlanta contractors and their team members vie for the prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards on an annual basis. Remodeling improvements, additions or elements added to an existing home, historical or commercial structure can be submitted in 48 Categories.

An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, select winners based on each entry presentation, which includes “before and after” photography, project details, client needs analysis, design, and technical descriptions. Judging focuses on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and quality of entry presentation.

NARI Atlanta CotY entrants also have an opportunity to enter their projects for NARI Regional and National awards. The Atlanta competition project completion dates are: July 1, 2018 - October 19, 2020. (The NARI National competition project completion dates are: December 1, 2018 - November 30, 2020.)

How Do I Enter?

  1. Create a presentation (max 30 pages) that outlines the project goals and highlights the transformation you achieved.
    • Include architectural drawings, before and after photos and any other relevant project information.
  2. Write a project summary in 100 words or less.
  3. Complete and upload the Client-Contractor Agreement and Photo Release forms.
  4. Submit your presentation, project summary, entry fee and additional supporting documents to NARI Atlanta by the Oct. 20th deadline. 
    • Fees: $175 per entry; $75 per Team Member, per entry
    • Watch this video on how to use the submission portal.

Detailed requirements, submission instructions, helpful tips, and required forms can be found on the submission portal homepage

The submission period is August 1 - October 20, 2020

What is the Judging Process?

  1. After your completed entry has been submitted and entry fees paid, Atlanta Chapter staff will audit your entry to confirm that all the necessary forms/information are included and to ensure that nothing has been included that might disqualify your entry. *You will be contacted if you need to add or remove something from your entry. If you do not hear from the NARI Atlanta office after submitting your entry and before judging begins, then your entry has passed the audit stage.
  2. Only Active NARI Members can serve as judges and chapter members are not allowed to judge entries from their own chapter. This year, our judges come from chapters in Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, and New York.
  3. Each entry will be judged by a minimum of 3 judges and the same judging panel will review all the entries in a category. Judges do not discuss entries with each other and they do not see other judge's scores. 
  4. The judges scores are tallied and the highest average score determines the winning entry. If the higgest average score does not meet the minimum requirement for the category, then no winner is selected. Categories with only one entry are judged following the same process.
  5. The judging period is Oct. 24 - Nov. 5, 2020.

This is the judging process for the Atlanta Chapter CotY Awards. The judging process for Regional and National CotY Awards, administered by NARI National, may differ.

Making a Great CotY Submission

Here are some helpful tips on submitting an entry worthy of receiving a CotY Award. You want to take the judges on a journey of your remodeling project through your presentation. Include all elements to allow the judges to fully understand the details of your remarkable remodeling transformation.

Be sure to include:

  • a project statement describing what the client wanted and what was done
  • before and after pictures (best from the same angle)
  • good quality photos (pay attention to detail)
  • diagrams and plans (clean and legible)
  • succinct and concise descriptions or captions

So you want to enter but you're overwhelmed with all the details and requirements? Watch this quick video highlighting how to include the most important pieces of your presentation, from NARI Atlanta member Sourced.