The Chrysalis Awards program, which was established in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best remodeling and design work in 16 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the U.S.

This year, 81 remodeling and design companies were honored as winners of the 2011 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The winning projects were selected from more than 400 entries, which were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

There are a host of companies on the winner’s list that have achieved Chrysalis Awards in the past. These are companies that challenge themselves every year to reach even higher. Winning in multiple years is the earmark of a company that doesn’t stand still even in a challenging environment and is able to demonstrate excellence consistently over time.

In addition, there are 30 first-time winners this year–new and established companies that have decided to enter competitions to market their talent and enhance their corporate culture. These first-time winners are a reflection of the vitality of the industry.

This year, our judges were Oma Blaise Ford, Better Homes and Gardens; Louis Joyner, former editor of Southern Living; and Steve Mickley, executive director of the American Institute of Building Design, Washington, D.C. The judges represent decades of knowledge and experience in all aspects of residential design and construction, including cutting-edge trends and new materials that influence the industry.

It’s always a cause for celebration to know the industry is full of remodelers who excel by taking risks and not compromising on quality. More than any other segment of the residential housing industry, remodeling showcases the synergies of imagination and craftsmanship, and this year’s Chrysalis Awards winners are prime examples.

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