For 70 years the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut has held a Student Home Design contest as part of the Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show. Starting in 1948, the Student Home Design Competition allows students from all Connecticut high schools the opportunity to demonstrate their creative and technical skills and to be recognized for their talents. Additionally, they are provided with the opportunity to win scholarships and awards.
The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut sponsors the Student Home Design Competition for students in grades 10 – 12 that are enrolled in design or drafting courses in public and technical high schools across the state.
Each student must include a scale model home with presentation drawings that meet specific criteria. This year’s criteria are to design a three bedroom home not to exceed 2,000 square feet of floor space and the students must include three National Association of Home Builders Model Green Building Guidelines.
Download the 2020 Student Home Design Competition Rules & Entry Form (PDF) below:
For Instructors: Download the 2020 Student Design Contest Letter to Schools (PDF) below:
Links to help with your design:
You can also download this booklet published by the National Association of Home Builders:
The first place design will win a $1,000 cash prize and a $1,500 scholarship for students pursuing further educational degrees. In April, the winners, their parents, and their teachers will be honored at a special dinner hosted by the HBRA of Central Connecticut.
What You Can Win
All completed entries from each school are to be submitted for official judging. Awards will be as follows:
$1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner and a $1,500 scholarship shall be presented upon evidence of matriculation in one of the programs listed below:
- Construction Management
- Construction Technology
- Structural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
$600 cash prize and a $750 scholarship with the same criteria as above
$300 cash prize
$100 cash prize
Scholarships shall be presented upon graduation from high school and is to be used within two (2) years of that time. The school of the student winning first place shall receive a plaque which includes the name of the school, the teacher and the student.
Additional awards may be given for areas of excellence. In the past, these categories included – at the judge’s discretion:
Thinking Outside the Box
Unique Model Presentation
Best First Time Entry for a School
Each award is $500 and will be given to the student’s school to enhance the department curriculum.