Frequently asked questions

Can I edit the home?

For 2021, you are not allowed to edit the home other than furnishings & Interior Finishes. No major manipulations of the inside or outside as the home is already built.

Can I remove vegetation?

The canvas is yours, but remember part of the judges criteria is if you listened to the client. Part of these solutions will be the give & take of new elements vs. existing elements just like real world projects. Design with purpose!

How many people are signed up and do I have a chance to win?

We are expecting to receive well over 60 entries this year. This doesn't mean that it should discourage you to enter. If you feel overwhelmed, team up and come up with a project for a group a 4 or less. Our goal is that everyone can put together a solution and come to our class to compare and contrast how the finalists solved design vs. your own solution. Remember the top 8 designers will be ranked and put into print so even if you are not a finalist, you may have a good shot and being named one of the top designers in the country!

What if I have other questions?

Go to the forum below and ask away. We will do our best to respond quickly and it could be a question that others have so do not be shy.

Can we go over a million dollars for the budget?

Although the name of the project is "The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge", you are welcome to exceed $1 million dollars with the design as there will be no need to prepare costs. Keep in mind that the judges will be judging on practicality and if the construction could actually be achieved in a real life situation. Keep it somewhat reasonable.