Every spring, HGTV selects stand-out outdoor spaces created by talented designers and builders from across the country, and showcases them as part of the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards. When we were contacted by HGTV in December and encouraged to enter our work for the 2017 competition, we didn’t think much could possibly come of it; this is a nation-wide competition, and our new little firm’s portfolio can’t compare to those that have had the time, exposure, and resources to take on the impeccable projects typically featured on the well-known website. Despite our odds, we loved that they’d reached out to us, so we decided to go for it. We perused the categories to find the right fit: Gorgeous Gardens, Curb Appeal, Outdoor Escape, Outdoor Architecture, Art of Outdoor, and Water + Design. We spent a few minutes on the submission form, added a handful of photos, and voila! The art studio we built for a client last year was entered in the Outdoor Architecture category, and we shifted our focus back to the day-to-day of starting up a small business, with no expectation that we’d be hearing any more from HGTV about the competition.
We were fairly surprised when we found out a month later that we’d made it through the first round, but we were completely shocked when we were notified in February that our project was nominated as one of the six finalists in our category. Now here we are, with our art studio displayed among some truly stunning spaces, all vying for the top spot as a panel of judges and the public alike vote on their favorites in each category. We’re so thrilled and honored to be a part of this competition, and we’re incredibly impressed by the caliber of work that is being generated in our field. Please visit the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards website to view all of the spectacular landscapes (including ours!), and cast a vote for your pick in each category, once a day through April 11th. We appreciate your support, and we can’t wait to hear the final results!