Official Contest Rules

Remodel, Blog & WIN!

"Remodel, Blog & WIN!" Online Contest

Sponsored by: ("Sponsors")

  1. Introduction: is offering the "Remodel Blog & WIN!" Online Contest ("Contest").

  2. Eligibility:
    Contest entrant must be 18 years of age as of March 1, 2007. For the cash prize, entrant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, or a legal resident of Canada, excluding the residents of the Province of Quebec, or any other country, province or state where any contest rule, prize, award or entry is NOT prohibited by law or decree. Any entries not eligible for any reason will be disqualified from winning any award or prize and the subject entry will be deleted within 24 hours of Sponsor(s) becoming aware of ineligible entry, prize or award. Any entry that is awarded a prize and is later determined to have been ineligible, will be required to return any prize of monetary or material value within 7 days upon notification of disqualification and ineligibility.

    Home improvement projects and related blog and/or website posts that began BEFORE the contest begin date are FULLY ELIGIBLE.

    Employees of;, 3RingStudios Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, agents, and their immediate family (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents) of each such employee or employee of associated companies, and all those with whom such employees or associated individuals are domiciled, are NOT eligible.

  3. Timing:
    Contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, March 1, 2007, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 30, 2007. Contest Winners will be announced on Friday, December 7, 2007. Public voting of contestant websites and automatic entry into the random voter draw will begin at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, May 1, 2007, OR, once we reach 100 contest entries, whichever comes first.

  4. How to Enter:
    To enter the "Remodel, Blog & WIN! Online Contest please completely fill out the online form here to register as a contestant; CLOSED TO ENTRIES,
    or send your name, e-mail address, mailing address, and entry website URL address to contest @ Each entry from any person or e-mail address will void all subsequent entries from that person and/or e-mail address. All voters are automatically entered into the random voter contest when they register to become a contest voter.

  5. Judging Criteria:
    Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. The prize winners in each category will be determined by the following criteria:

    Grand Prize - $5000 US
    Judging Panel will consist of 6 judges; 3 will be blogging experts, 3 will be home-improvement experts. Judges to be announced at least 30 days prior to the deadline for entries.

    Winning entry will be judged on the following criteria:


    1. Best Use of Space (Layout)
      • Does your new design enhance or make better use of the available space(s)?
      • Does your use of the space 'speak' your design?
      • Did you come up with a creative new idea for your space?
    2. Best Use of Materials (Design)
      • Did you use your materials creatively?
      • Did your choice of materials serve purposes other than design?
      • What motivated your choice of materials, colors?
    3. Best Use of Budget (Savings)
      • Were you creative with your budget?
      • Did you introduce any cost saving ideas?
      • Did you get lots done for a little?

    4. All rooms, interior and exterior, as well as upgrades, including additions, siding, roofing and utilities, qualify for this contest.

    5. Teams (families) or individuals who do work on the remodeling project may be entered, but only one entry per team project is allowed. This also means only one blog/web space is allowed per project. The second or more entries from one team or project will be disqualified - only the first entry will count.

    6. Project may be completed by professional contractors or yourself and team.

    7. Budget and/or size of project is NOT an issue or part of judging criteria. No project is too big or too small for this contest.


    1. Best Use of Blog/Web space (story)
      • Is your story captivating and easy to read?
      • Did you include pictures, or videos? 'Before and After' pics are great!
      • Did you clearly explain your 'best use of space', 'best use of materials', and 'best use of budget'?
      • Do you tell your readers how/where you got your design inspiration from?
      • Did you tell readers about funny little anecdotes - or nightmares - that happened during your project? Any side stories?
      • How often did you update your blog/web space? (Did it need it - re: small projects?)
      • Did you describe your budget, how you stuck to it, how you got creative with it, where you saved money?
      • Do you offer how-to or cost saving tips in your story?
      • Do you link to and explain 'what and how' about resources you used from
      • Do you offer your readers links to other resources you feel are helpful for their home improvement projects?

    2. Contestant’s blog or web space must link to at least one resource on that is considered helpful to your blog or website visitors. Link(s) must be in a post, web page or navigation bar within 15 days of entering the contest, or notification of this rule change/addition made on August 12, 2007. Link(s) will be considered INELIGIBLE if it points to the following page(s):
      • RemodelingMySpace home page -
      • RemodelingMySpace ideaBlog home page -
      • any contest related page other than the list of entries page at (← this page IS eligible)
      • Vote For Me! Buttons and related links to any page on are NOT eligible as resource links

      Any website or blog that does not create a link to an appropriate eligible page on within the 15 day alloted time period of entering this contest and/or notification of this rule change will be disqualified, removed, and deleted from the list of contest entries, as well as an individual entry.

    3. Contestants will have access to - and are recommended to make posts to - ‘The ideaBlog’ at in order to promote their blog or website entry into the contest by making an entry that offers ideaBlog visitors a remodeling idea that was used during the entrant project” Contestants can start making posts by registering for The ideaBlog here.

    People's Choice Award - $1000 US
    The People's Choice Award will go to the contestant who attains the highest number of votes as collected by the online voting system function within this online contest. In the interest of fairness, we ask that voters take the above-mentioned criteria into consideration when making their vote as this is a "Remodel & Blog" contest, not a popularity contest. (It is due to the potential and high risk of tampering that this function does not determine the grand prize.)

    Random Voter Award - $250 US
    The random voter award will be selected by random drawing from a list of registered and eligible contest voters.

    The contest will take place under the supervision of management.

    Participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decision of the judges, whose decisions are final. Potential winners will be notified by e-mail or mail by September 5, 2007. If a potential winner cannot be contacted and does not reply with appropriate affidavit and contact information (as mentioned in point 9 and 10 below) within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

  6. Prizes:
    The following prizes will be awarded:

    Official Prize Schedule:

    Entry Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2007.

    Grand Prize:
    $5000 US Dollars payable by check to contest winner.
    Number of Prizes: 1 (one)

    People's Choice Award:
    $1000 US Dollars payable by check to contestant with most votes from public.
    Number of Prizes: 1 (one)

    Voter Award:
    $250 US Dollars payable by check to random registered contest voter.
    Number of Prizes: 1 (one)

    Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No substitution may be made, except by Sponsor(s) in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Sponsor(s) will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner.

  7. Decisions:
    Decisions made and announced by the judges are final, unless overturned by the judges for any reason deemed necessary.

  8. Copyrights:
    By entry into this contest, each contestant agrees to grant and it's owners/operators permission to copy and publish to any and all copyrighted or uncopyrighted written material, textual and/or graphic content, including images, owned by the contestant and from the contestant's blog posts or web pages that are generated for all or part of an entry into this contest. agrees to note full author credits for all materials and link to author website from any page containing copyrighted materials.

    By entry into this contest, contestant also certifies that any written copy, textual and graphic content, including images used as all or part of an entry into this contest, is their sole property and does not contravene any provisions of the Copyright Act, including the educational fair use provision.

  9. Other Terms and Conditions:
    Potential winners will each be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release, and where lawful, a Publicity Release, within fourteen (14) days of notification, failing which the potential winner will be disqualified and another winner selected in the place of the disqualified person at random from all entries received. If any prize or prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner will be disqualified and another potential winner will be selected in the original potential winner's place. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees that the Sponsor(s) and those acting under the Sponsor's authority, may use winner's name, picture/portrait likeness and/or voice, for advertising and promotional purposes without further consideration, unless prohibited by law. BY ACCEPTING THE PRIZE, THE WINNER AGREES THAT THE SPONSOR(s), [ITS/THEIR] SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND ALL OF THE SPONSOR'S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND WILL BE HELD HARMLESS BY WINNER FOR ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, AND PROPERTY, DUE IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZE OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST OR PRIZE RELATED ACTIVITY. Subject to all federal, state, provincial and local laws. Void where prohibited.

  10. Miscellaneous:
    All contest entries become the sole property of Sponsor(s) and none will be returned. In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. The "authorized account holder" is deemed the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, service provider or other online organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. A potential winner may be requested to provide Sponsor(s) with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, human error or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor(s) reserve(s) the right in [its/their] sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor(s) [is/are] not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Sponsor(s) on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Contest. Sponsor(s) [is/are] not responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, stolen, or misdirected entries. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR(S) RESERVE(S) THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

  11. Winners List:
    The winner(s) shall be announced at on Friday, December 7, 2007 - or can be notified by sending an e-mail to If winner requests confidentiality, only a first name and state will be provided.

  12. Sponsor(s):
    The Sponsor(s) of this Contest are, owned and operated by 3RingStudios Inc., Canada, and can be contacted at or by regular mail c/o 3RingStudios Inc., 15105 Chinguacousy Rd. Caledon, ON Canada L7C 3H8.

  13. Have Fun and GOOD LUCK!


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