Here are the descriptions of our four Home Awards categories.

These categories are also listed on the entry form. Please remember to select only one category per entry. If you wish to enter your project in more than one category, you will need to submit a separate entry for each.

Best New Home
We are looking for new construction that was built with character and authenticity in mind and feels rooted in local or regional Southern vernacular. Send us a new home that showcases the best of traditional Southern architecture today. Homes should have a total heated square footage of less than 5,000 square feet, should not have been built before 2010, and should be completely finished including landscaping and interior furnishings. We request that all homes entered be primary or secondary residences that the homeowners frequently visit or use. No show houses, spec houses, rental properties, real estate listings, or development model homes, please.

Best Exterior Makeover
We’re looking for a home that’s been transformed by adding curb appeal and charm. The project can be a renovation, restoration, or simply an exterior face-lift. All projects must come with “before” photos.

Best Kitchen
Send us the perfect Southern kitchen—one that exudes style, function, and graciousness. It can be new or a remodel/renovation.

Best Community/Development
We’re celebrating what we love most about the South: our neighborhoods. We are looking to honor one—either newly developed or recently revitalized—with great architecture, a high quality of life, and engaged and active community residents.