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Submit a CotY – Deadline is September 20th!

Welcome to the 2019 CotY Submission Page

The NARI Minnesota CotY Awards entry program is now live. All projects completed between December 1, 2017, and September 20, 2019 are eligible to enter as long as they have not been entered in a prior year’s CotY Award contest (local or regional/national). To access the entry program you will need your User Name with NARI National and your password. If you are unsure what the login and password would be, contact NARI National at or call 847-298-9200. The deadline to submit is Friday, September 20, 2019 at midnight.


Click HERE to enter your CotY submission.


National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Minnesota

2019 Contractor of the Year Awards Guide

Welcome to the 23rd Annual NARI of MN CotY Awards

Review the MN rules below (also on the NARI MN website), then the National rules at

You are invited to compete for the 2019 NARI Minnesota Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards. The CotY Awards recognize excellence in remodeling.

Companies from one-person shops to the largest remodeling firms have reported that winning this award is a major factor in enhancing their image within the industry and with prospective customers, and is a major morale booster for their employees. These guidelines will help you understand the categories for entry into the CotY competition, the judging procedure and the criteria on which entries will be reviewed.

Remodeling project entries are judged on the basis of meeting clients’ objectives, functionality, problem solving, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty. Entries can be resubmitted if the entries have never won in any capacity in the Minnesota competition, including Silver, and they still fall within the project completion guidelines for that year.

Whether you are a seasoned participant or a first-time entrant, thoroughly read these easy steps for submitting an entry to the NARI MN Contractor of the Year Awards competition.

The project finish date must be between December 1, 2017 and September 20, 2019.

Important to know for local entrants in 2019:

  • Only NARI contractor members in good standing are eligible to enter. Entries must be submitted on or before September 20, 2019. All entrants’ membership records will be checked to verify their classification as a contractor member. Projects not meeting this requirement may be brought to the CotY Committee for submission approval. Projects can only be from Minnesota or a border state. Therefore, only projects from MN, WI, IA, ND, and SD will be accepted. The fee for the first entry purchased is $175. The fee for additional entries is discounted to $125 per entry. Fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be carried over to subsequent years.
  • Single Entrant Winner – A single entrant in a category may receive an award based on the overall average scores for the year’s submissions.
  • A contractor member company may enter multiple projects in multiple categories and may enter a maximum of two projects in the same category. If applicable, a project may be entered in multiple categories.
  • If you have a large, multi-area project, and would like to enter just a portion of it, you may break it out and/or enter the entire project. For example, if your project included the remodel of a kitchen, family room, and two baths, you can enter a kitchen category, an interior category, two bathroom categories, and/or a whole house category. New this year - national entries may be submitted in the same manner.

Updates for 2019 for local entrants:

This year, local categories will be different from national categories, in that some local categories will now be combined. You will see the combined categories only on this rules page and the NARI MN website. See below for the Minnesota Categories.

  • NARI of MN does not offer a team option. Please follow the National Team Member process for your local entry if you are planning to roll up any of your local entries to National. Call the NARI National office with questions about team entrants – 847-298-9200.

The “Summary of Project Section” in the online submission is where you can add language for your Master of Ceremonies Script to be read at the CotY Awards Banquet – In the event your project is chosen as a winner, the Master of Ceremonies will read a brief description of your project to the audience. Please provide a description of your project in 100 words or less. Descriptions may be edited without your approvalYou are encouraged to include information about critical staff or business associates that contributed to the success of your project. Please include a pronunciation key for all names, products, and companies mentioned in your MC script. DO NOT ADD THIS LANGUAGE TO YOUR PDF submission.

NARI of MN – Local Categories:

The NARI of MN Chapter/Local awards is using the National platform for 2019 but will combine the following categories in blue/highlighted below. For example,

  • Residential Addition Under $100,000 and Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000 are combined into one category.
  • Please be aware that if you intend to enter the Regional/National competition these two Addition Categories will be separate. Please contact the NARI of MN office with any questions – 612-332-6274.


Category 1:

Residential Kitchen Under $30,000

Category 2:

Residential Kitchen: $30,000 to $60,000

Category 3:

Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000

Category 4:

Residential Kitchen $100,001 to $150,000

Category 5:

Residential Kitchen Over $150,000

Category 6:

Residential Bath Under $25,000

Category 7:

Residential Bath $25,000 to $50,000

Category 8:

Residential Bath $50,001 to $75,000

Category 9:

Residential Bath $75,001 to $100,000

Category 10:

Residential Bath Over $100,000

Category 11:

Residential Interior Under $100,000

Category 12:

Residential Interior $100,001 to $250,000

Category 13:

Residential Interior $250,001 to $500,000

Category 14:

Residential Interior Over $500,000

Category 15:

Residential Interior Element under $30,000

Category 16:

Residential Interior Element $30,00 and Over

Category 17:

          Residential Addition Under $100,000
         Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000

Category 18:

Residential Addition Over $250,000

Category 19:

Residential Exterior Under $50,000

Category 20:

Residential Exterior $50,000 to $100,000

Category 21:

Residential Exterior $100,001 to $200,000

Category 22:

Residential Exterior Over $200,000

Category 23:

Residential Detached Structure

Category 24:

Entire House Under $250,000

Category 25:

           Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
          Entire House $500,001 to $750,000

Category 26:

         Entire House $750,001 to $1,000,000
         Entire House Over $1,000,000

Category 27:

Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration under $250,000

Category 28:

Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,000 and Over

Category 29:

           Commercial Interior
           Commercial Exterior
          Commercial Specialty

Category 30:

Landscape Design/Outdoor Living Under $50,000

Category 31:

Landscape Design/Outdoor Living $50,000 to $100,000

Category 32:

Landscape Design/Outdoor Living $100,001 to $250,000

Category 33:

Landscape Design/Outdoor Living Over $250,000

Category 34:

Basement Under $100,000

Category 35:

Basement $100,001 to $250,000

Category 36:

Basement Over $250,00

Category 37:

          Green – Residential Interiors

         Green – Residential Exteriors

         Green – Entire House/Addition Projects

Category 38:

         Universal Design – Kitchen

        Universal Design – Bath

        Universal Design – Interiors

        Universal Design – Exteriors

        Universal Design – Entire House

Category 39:

Residential Project under $25,000

Category 40:

Associate of the Year (contact the NARI of MN office to learn more. This is not part of the online submission process).


To visit previous years’ winning entries, please click here to visit our Winning CotY Projects page.