Nautilus Homes Voted Sarasota’s Best Contractor and Top Home Builder

best of srq 2018Nautilus Homes was voted winner of Sarasota’s “Best Contractor” category in SRQ Magazine‘s 2018 “Best of SRQ” April issue. As a second-generation luxury home builder in Sarasota, Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone and vice-president Ricky Perrone, along with the entire Nautilus team, are honored and appreciative of the votes for Nautilus Homes as “Best Contractor” by so many in the community. Our company also won second-place in the “Best Home Builder” category.

Creating relationships with our clients and with our partners in the design and construction community is an honor. Building finely crafted custom homes in a place as truly magical as Sarasota is a privilege. Being voted Sarasota’s Best Contractor and one of Sarasota’s top home builders is a highlight of our year.

According to the editors at SRQ Magazine, “Nautilus Homes boasts a reputation among our readers for custom, ambitious contract work.” And, these words about us from Patty Dittman, quoted in the magazine, back that up: “Very cutting edge and accommodating to all styles of homes.” We appreciate the very kind words.

The editors also wrote, “There’s no home sweet home without homebuilders in town laying the foundations of this community.” We agree — and that’s why these words from former client Steven Hagan, quoted in the magazine, mean so much to us: “Quality of product and attention to detail and customer satisfaction is always the highest priority. That professionalism is not typically found in this industry.”

We noticed many of our colleagues and friends in the community mentioned in the magazine’s “Best of SRQ” rankings. Our legal eagle friends at Berlin Patten Ebling were voted “Best Legal Firm.” The talented Mark Sultana and April White of DSDG Architects were voter favorites pulling in “Best Architect” and “Best Interior Designer,” respectively. And, super Realtor Kim Ogilvie of Ogilvie Luxury Real Estate was voted 1st Finalist in the Best Real Estate Agent category. Our congratulations go out to these phenomenal professionals! Click below to read more about many other amazing local favorites among all that Sarasota has to offer — from top restaurants to outdoor adventures.

Nautilus Homes Winner

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Perrone Joins Sarasota County General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board

Ryan PerroneSarasota luxury home builder Ryan Perrone of Nautilus Homes has been appointed to a three-year term serving on the Sarasota County General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board. Perrone will contribute his experience and expertise as a second-generation home builder to the Board, which is tasked with examining applications and qualifications for general, building, residential, roofing, pool and spa, and specialty contractors doing business within Sarasota County. The Board also conducts disciplinary hearings and other licensing and examining related functions.

The 13-member Board meets monthly and is comprised of contractors, citizen representatives, trade members, and an architect and a civil structural engineer. “I look forward to serving with this Board to help create a more professional and reliable construction industry in Sarasota County through tight adherence to the rules and regulations,” Perrone said.

Riverview High School Ace Mentor Program Students

Ryan Perrone’s Ace Mentor Students Present Design Projects at Sarasota Riverview High

Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone recently attended Sarasota Riverview High School to watch Ace Mentor Program of America/Sarasota Affiliate students present their design projects. Ryan is a Mentor for the group, which inspires high school students to pursue careers in construction, design, engineering, and architecture.

“What a great night watching these incredible students present the projects they had worked so hard on,” Ryan said. “I am very proud of my team for creating a great design that met all of the requirements.”

Riverview High School Ace Mentor ProgramThroughout the school year, Ryan has visited Sarasota’s Riverview High School once a week to meet with students and give them real-world insights into the hard work and opportunities of the design and building industry. “The program introduces students to construction and design careers, and encourages them to investigate and understand all the different roles involved in building and design,” Ryan said. “It gives them an opportunity to get real-world insights into what areas of the building industry they might want to pursue.”

“One of the things I enjoy sharing with the students, is the inspiration and example that they can go into this industry and, with hard work and focus, they can make a great living while having the freedom of their own business and the pride of having a craft they enjoy.”

Nautilus Homes Nabs Best of Houzz 2018 for Design

Southwest Florida luxury home builder Nautilus Homes has been recognized with a “Best Of Houzz 2018 Design” award from Houzz, Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design. Houzz announced the awards on Jan. 17, after Nautilus Home’s Houzz portfolio of design images and projects was voted “most popular” by the Houzz community of over 40 million monthly users. The Nautilus Homes Houzz portfolio, which offers product ideas and building and design constructed by Nautilus president Ryan Perrone, may be viewed at houzz.com/pro/ryan-perrone/nautilus-homes.

The Best Of Houzz awards are the result of Houzz’s annual survey of users’ preferred home builders, architects, interior designers, landscapers, and residential remodeling professionals. Users cast votes in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography, and the result is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the best of the best in design and home renovation across the nation.

In its press release announcing the awards, Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz, stated, “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

Nautilus Homes is a preeminent luxury custom home building company based in Sarasota, Florida, serving discerning clients throughout southwest Florida. Known for its trademark Jewel Box® homes and concierge-level construction, Nautilus Homes was founded in 2010 by Ryan Perrone. For more information, call 941.366.3650 or click here.

Nautilus Homes Names New Project Superintendent

Sarasota luxury home builder Ryan Perrone of Nautilus Homes has promoted Kendall Ellis to the position of Project Superintendent. Mr. Ellis has worked with Mr. Perrone for two years, learning the luxury residential construction trade and acquiring the skills of project supervision and management through both in-field and in the office experience.

Mr. Ellis volunteers in his community as a head coach for Florida Storm Elite Basketball, a U.S. amateur basketball league that travels and plays competitively throughout Florida; he coaches the sixth grade elite team. He moved to southwest Florida in 2001 and is the father of three children.

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BuilderFest 2018 Tackles Effect of New Tax Law on Building a Home in Sarasota

Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone was a panelist during the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s second annual BuilderFest event, held Saturday, February 23, 2018. This year’s event focused on the effects of the new federal tax laws and was titled “Home Building (and Owning) in a New Tax Climate.”

The panel was moderated by Harold Bubil, former real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune, who frequently writes, lectures, and gives tours celebrating real estate and architecture in southwest Florida. (Read Mr. Bubil’s column about the event, here.) Mr. Bubil posed many questions of this panel and several other panels held on varying topics throughout the day-long event. Topics covered included whether or not the new tax law will heal or hurt local property values, and whether it might motivate residents of New York and other high-tax states to move to Florida (which does not have a state income tax).

During Ryan’s panel, Mr. Bubil posed questions about the cost of construction in the southwest residential market, and as part of a larger conversation Ryan commented that “Cost is the difference between value and expense … our clients are essentially developers and we can help guide them to create valuable projects.” Recognizing the tremendous investment homeowners make in their residences, and helping clients maximize the fullest value for that investment, is a Nautilus Homes specialty.

The audience was encouraged to ask questions as well, and when one audience member asked how builders deal with the current labor shortage being experienced by the construction industry at large, Ryan talked about his experience with the local chapter of the ACE Mentor Program of America, which inspires high school students to pursue careers in construction, design, engineering, and architecture.

Ryan, who visits Sarasota’s Riverview High School once a week to meet with students and give them real-world insights into the hard work and opportunities of the design and building industry, told the BuilderFest crowd, “I work with the ACE program to inspire young people to go into this industry and to show them that they can make a great living while having the freedom of their own business and the pride of having a craft.”

Nautilus Homes Adds Office Manager to Team

Sarasota-based luxury home builder Nautilus Homes has added Jennifer Ricks to its office staff in the position of Office Manager. Throughout her career, Jennifer has held positions in human resources and office management, frequently within the construction industry. In her role at Nautilus Homes, she will manage the front office as well as handle bookkeeping for the construction company.

Jennifer is the first point of contact for most people when they contact Nautilus Homes. “She is in charge of keeping everything in the office running smoothly so the rest of the team can do what we do best – build luxury homes throughout Southwest Florida,” said Ryan Perrone, president.

Jennifer enjoys contributing to the community, and has served on the Board of Directors – several years as its president – for her neighborhood Homeowners Association. Jenn grew up in Long Island, New York, and is a first-time mother to five-year old son Alex as well as a step mother to her other three children. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, network, scrapbook, and do crafts, as well as run her eBay business.

Sarasota Remodel Historic Burns Court Featured in STYLE Magazine

Photography by Greg Wilson / STYLE Magazine

The award-winning Sarasota remodel by luxury home builder Nautilus Homes is the subject of an in-depth feature profile in the January 2018 issue of the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s STYLE magazine. The story examines the planning, passion, and talent it takes to bring a historic Burns Court home back to its full Mediterranean Revival best — in form and function. Read the full story here, beginning on page 32.

Photography by Greg Wilson / STYLE Magazine

Written by Marty Fugate, the profile describes the “creative dream team” assembled by the owner: builder/design consultant Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes; and New York interior designer Ellen Hanson (Pansy Bayou is her local office).

Ryan’s expertise, Fugate wrote, would be needed in the special project of bringing this charming 1920’s historic home back to life. He’d need, Fugate wrote, to “Repair, restore and redefine, with 21st-century craftsmanship and the same standard of quality. And to prove that they still build houses like they used to.”

Apparently, they do.

The story is chock full of the nuances that bring a home together — from stripping out the unusable to repurposing original doors and hardware to the installation of custom kitchen cabinetry by master cabinetmaker Anthony Aguilar of Elite Woodwork.

Read the full story at STYLE Magazine online (beginning on page 32) and see these gorgeous photos — and many more — from STYLE magazine photographer Greg Wilson.

Photography by Greg Wilson STYLE Magazine.

Photography by Greg Wilson STYLE Magazine.

How to Select a Qualified Contractor for New Home or Remodel

In Today’s Hot Real Estate Market, Free Guide Helps Owners Research and Choose Reliable Contractors for Home Building & Remodeling Projects

Ricky Perrone, vice president of Sarasota luxury home builder Nautilus Homes, has created a consumer guide, “Choosing the Right Contractor.” The concise and informative guide offers valuable advice and tools for researching and selecting  qualified, ethical, and professional building contractors. The guide gives tips on how to spot red flags that might indicate inexperienced or unscrupulous builders, and also provides a detailed questionnaire form that can be used as a basis to start the interview process with contractors.  The free guide is available for download at the home page of nautilus-homes.com.

With the current hot real estate market in Southwest Florida, more property owners than ever before are considering building a new home. “Choosing the Right Contractor” was created in order to support home owners in realizing their dream an enjoyable building process resulting in a home that will provide years of pride of ownership while giving them a tool to help them build as wisely and safely as possible.  The guide is also available in print, upon request, to real estate agents, lawyers, and interior design professional who may interact frequently with property owners wishing to build.

“Over the years there have been a number of high profile stories locally involving unscrupulous builders” said Ricky Perrone. “We’ve been approached to take over projects that these contractors had abandoned as recently as last year. I’ve seen, firsthand, the heartache and turmoil caused and for two years now, I’ve been thinking about how to help people ask the right questions and ultimately wind up with a team they can feel confident in because they’ve done the work to truly understand the company they are hiring.”

“I take a lot of pride in my industry,” said Perrone.  “My family has been building in Sarasota for forty years and it bothered me that these contractors could operate like this not only to the detriment of their clients, but to the detriment of our industry. The guide encourages people to begin talks with three or more contractors and narrow that down to one using the questionnaire and referral forms. I want people to ask the right questions so they are able to make the right choices and have the best experience in building their home.  My goal is to help them feel informed and confident and most importantly, to help them avoid the pitfalls of choosing the wrong contractor.”

To request a print copy of “Choosing the Right Contractor,” please call  941.366.3650.

Sarasota Luxury Home Market Outlook Strong

“Bonaire” – a Nautilus Homes luxury home on Siesta Key

The Sarasota luxury home market, Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone discussed in a recent Sarasota Herald Tribune article, continues to be on a hot streak, with available waterfront properties and Sarasota luxury home building sites in prime neighborhoods being snapped up at a very fast rate.

Quoted in an article titled “The Lap of Luxury: Market for High-End Residences in Sarasota Robust,” Ryan suggested that would-be waterfront home site buyers and luxury home site buyers expand their options to include Sarasota County communities such as nearby Osprey and Nokomis. Those areas still provide interested buyers of Sarasota County waterfront home building sites with opportunities, Ryan said, where “half-acre bay-front sites can still be found for under $1 million and the location is becoming more and more desirable.”

Venice Beach, Florida – Nautilus Homes.

Nautilus Homes builds custom luxury homes throughout Southwest Florida, including recent projects in the Venice beach community and along the Manatee River waterfront in Ellenton.

The article, written by Herald Tribune Real Estate Editor Chris Wille, examined the current state of the luxury home market in Sarasota County, and included insights from local real estate sales experts such as Kim Ogilvie of Ogilvie Luxury Real Estate/Michael Saunders & Company.

Read the full article here: “The Lap of Luxury: Market for High-End Residences in Sarasota Robust.”