Contest Rules

New for 2021 - Individual Professional or Group / Individual Student or Group

New for 2021 - What We Need From You


Scaled 2d plan, rendered with media of choice. 

There will be a major emphasis plased on the presentation & detail of the 2d plan this year.

  At least 1 form of a perspective rendering. ** 
   At maximum, 8 supporting graphics rendered with media of choice.  ***


A paragraph detailing your design process and/or explanations of solution details.

Optional Items for Consideration:


A two minute maximum video (.mp4 or .mov format) flythrough.


3d physical model or other unique presentation support.

* Limited to 4 Individuals or Teammates

** Entries will not be judged on amount of renderings, but quality of workmanship​   and effective/unique design usage for the clients wishes.

​ *** The Designer & Company will remain anonymous to the judges until the initial judging process is completed.  Please do not have names your plans or perspective renderings.  Design & videos will be co-property of “The Million Dollar Pool Challenge” once submitted and can be distributed to electronic and print outlets.  Owner of design can also distribute design materials.

The judges panel will consist of 6-8 "industry experts" using a point based system using the following criteria:

            1. Aesthetic Quality

                     - Rate the overall look & technique executed on the 2d plan.  Does it display everything in a clear & effective way while                                    presenting as something a high end client would expect?

                     - Rate the 8 supporting graphics / Video/ Presentation Material.  Does it present as something a high end client would expect?                           Do the graphics effectively communicate detail that the 2d drawing does not have the ability to?

            2. Differentiation

                     - Do you Like The Designers Use & Mix Of Materials?  Is the color scheme effective for the client?  

                     - Did the designer use a mix of high end & resort like elements?  Do these concepts seem new and fresh?

                     - Are Project Areas Unique? Putting Green; Pool Entry, Kitchen, Fire Features, Topo Usage

                     - Rate the Designers Usage & Vision with the Dolphin Waterslide.

                     - Rate the Designers Usage & Vision with the Ledge Lounger Furniture & Color Schemes.

                     - Rate the Designers Usage & Vision with the Mosaic Glass Tile Artistry.  Does the design fit the space & architecture? 

            3. Functionality

                     - Does the Pool & Home Architecture Flow Seamlessly?

                     - Do the outdoor spaces flow well together & are they to scale?

                     - Is the design high end feeling, but not too over the top for a group never larger than 20 People?  

                     - Does the project incorporate the customers main wants & needs in an effective manner?

                     - Did the designer effectively solve the topography of the space using it as an architectural asset?


            4. Realization Possibility

                     - To the best of your knowledge, would this design meet national and local safety & construction codes?

                     - Would an engineer stamp off on the design & execution?

                     - Overall, would this presentation be able to sell a client that is spending north of $1 million on a backyard?


Judging Criteria