Ryan Perrone Sarasota Business Observer 40 Under 40 2019

Ryan Perrone Honored as Business Observer’s 40 Under 40

Each year, the Business Observer recognizes business leaders from Tampa to Naples who shine brightest among their peers, from entrepreneurs to medical administrators to bank executives. The Business Observer’s Annual 40 Under 40 Awards recognize the region’s top young entrepreneurs and professionals who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service.

Who do they choose? They are looking for business community leadership- the people who, if you are new to town, you need to meet. They also look for career success, and in general people who are going places- the “most likely to succeed.” They seek people who have taken leaps or risks in their careers to start or run a business. Those that have overcome obstacles or hard times to rise above. Those who inspire. These are the chosen business leaders make up the 40 Under 40 list.

Nautilus Homes is pleased to announce the President and Co-founder, Ryan Perrone, has been chosen as an honoree for the Business Observer‘s Sarasota-Manatee 40 under 40.

This year, the awards had a “Top 40 Hits” theme and did a fun photo and video shoot for all honorees at Burnt Orange Sound Studio.

Ryan Perrone Sarasota Business Observer 40 Under 40 2019


Check out the article from the Business Observer on all honorees here and the read more fun facts and specifics about Ryan here. The Business Observer also put together an entertaining and insightful video on the honoree’s lessons learned and even more entertaining, their karaoke skills.

Wondering a little bit about why they chose Ryan? Let us enlighten you a bit on how he got here.

Ryan, a Sarasota native and President and co-founder of Nautilus Homes has spent most of his life taking on challenges before his time. By age 11, he was beginning his summer days at dawn on job sites learning the details of home building from the bottom up.

Ryan Perrone

After being promoted to VP at another construction company at age 25, Ryan decided it was time to make his own stamp on Florida architecture and home building. Nautilus Homes was born.

The company grew in 3 months to 3 employees, a downtown office, and $200,000 of work in place per month.

Today, Ryan and his team have been honored with four regional Aurora Awards, Best of SRQ Best Contractor 2016-2019, SRQ magazine HOTY, Best of Houzz Design Award 2018-2019. They have also been Featured in Veranda Magazine, Florida Design, Style Magazine, SRQ Magazine, Venice Magazine, Luxury Home, and Luxe Magazine.




He is a board member of the General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board of Sarasota County, as well as an Ace Program mentor where he leads high school students in architecture, construction management, engineering on a weekly basis. He recently was chosen to give the keynote address at the final gala. Last year, Nautilus also gave a scholarship and internship to a promising young student.

Nautilus Homes Team Presents Scholarship to Venice High School Student ACE Program

He works hard everyday to ensure he is conducting business with the highest levels of excellence and integrity and we are proud that he is part of our team!

Honorees were celebrated at the awards reception on October 17. Check out the full list and article here. Congrats, Ryan, on being one of West Florida’s brightest professionals!

Ryan Perrone Brittany Perrone and Ricky Perrone 40 Under 40 Sarasota

Rick Mountjoy VP Client Experience Best Sarasota Home Builder

Our VP of Client Experience on “What makes our client experience so special?”

If this is your first time building a home (or even fifth), you want to know that your builder is going to take care of business. There are many moving parts when it comes to creating a living or working environment. Our job is to take to all of these moving parts and handle them behind he scenes so you can focus on the fun part – watching your dream home or work place come to life! We have spent years developing and systematizing our processes to make this not only possible but easy. Having a single point of contact during the building or renovation process is paramount to the success and ease of a project. One of these developments is Rick Mountjoy’s role – VP of Client Experience – is your single point of contact through the entire project from first phone call to warranty.

Rick has been in the building business for over 20 years and is one of the most likable people you’ll ever meet! Rick is fully dedicated to client comfort and success during the project. He will guide you through the step-by-step process of bringing your vision to life from the initial meeting to move in day! In his free time, he enjoys being out on the boat with his wife and “fishing buddy” Theresa.


Rick Mountjoy VP Client Experience Best Sarasota Home Builder


We sat down with Rick to dive deeper into what the Nautilus Homes client experience really looks like.

Hear what Rick had to say below!

1.) What drew you to work for Sarasota luxury home builder, Nautilus homes?

Well, I had been made aware that the expectations at Nautilus were very high.  At first, I was intimidated, but the more I thought about that, the more I realized that these are the same expectations I place on myself and of the loved ones around me. It was a challenge I could not shy away from and was drawn to the premium level of work that was expected.

2.) Describe what your role does and how clients can expect to with you process from beginning to end?

My role is to guide our clients through the process and facilitate great communication. It starts with great design. We specialize in aiding the clients in selecting and contracting with the architect and designer that is the best fit for their style and vision. Once we have the plans and specifications, we load all of the documentation into our project management cloud application and I educate the clients on how to use the program. We love to show them how powerful and easy it is to use. Before we start construction, we look for opportunities to surprise the client with little touches like sending special, personalized gifts and our champagne “Ground-Breaking Ceremony”! Once construction begins, I keep the clients informed regarding the progress of the home by the way of our “Weekly Reports”. Beautiful photos and colorful commentary make the process fun and enjoyable. If there are construction questions from any party, I invite the client to walk the home to get clarification and then distribute the information to all parties affected. Lastly, once the home is complete, I maintain communication for all warranty related activities. This way there is never a “handoff” and the clients truly have a single point of contact through the entire process.

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3.) What makes the client experience with Nautilus different from what you’ve experienced in your career in the past?

Much of my career has been in the production home building realm. We attempted to create a first-class client experience when we developed a semi-custom division, but nothing compares to the one on one attention that we can give our Clients in the fully custom home building realm. In my previous position, I managed the people and the process who executed the Client experience, whereas at Nautilus Homes our personal touch on every selection and decision creates not only a friendly atmosphere but a fun and enjoyable one. I am able to bring the efficiencies and processes that I had developed in my previous role into my role with Nautilus, and that has proven to be a winning combination for client satisfaction. 


4.) What are some signature Nautilus special touches that clients love?

a. The use of Pinterest, Houzz, and other digital board-based platforms for helping Clients create and refine the vision of what speaks to them in everything from the home as a whole and down to every little selection. Sharing our visual ideas with them, and them sharing theirs, creates a bond and trust.

b. Clients love our commitment to weekly reports, drone footage of the client”s home being built, and even onsite cameras showing every minute of what we do. Embracing honesty and transparency in the home building process makes the clients feel comfortable and allows them to trust and enjoy the process.

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5.) What kind of clients do we work with at Nautilus?

Our goal is to work for Clients who value a stress-free professional experience. We want to work for clients who understand that they are members of the Team. That Team is going to work hard and bring their dream a reality in a new home while making it as easy as possible on them.

Check out one of our recent client projects and testimonials below!

Sarasota Modern Architecture

What is Sarasota Mod Weekend

“There’s a reason a handful of communities in the world stand out for architectural innovation. Sarasota’s one of them. You really do have to see it to believe it.”

— Carl Abbott FAIAAmerican Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture


Sarasota MOD Weekend 2019 Sarasota Architectural Foundation


What is SarasotaMOD?

Sarasota architecture truly has something special.

SarasotaMOD Weekend 2019 gives us a highly unique opportunity to bring a 21st century encore to the Sarasota Modern movement, which flourished from 1941-1966.

Featured in the New York Times, Dwell Magazine, and Architectural Digest, the 6th annual event is presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, which brings awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture (also known as Sarasota Modern) movement “helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.” The organization works with government leaders, awards scholarships, and presents ongoing films, lectures, and tours educating the community.

Learn more about the foundation here.

The Sarasota School of Architecture is a regional style of post-war modern architecture that emerged on Florida’s Central West Coast, specifically focused in Sarasota, Florida. A Sarasota Modern home is often “characterized by open-plan structures, often with large planes of glass to facilitate natural illumination and ventilation, that address the unique indigenous requirements of the regional climate”. Several of the Sarasota Modern pioneering architects’ careers were launched by this style and several important buildings remain today.

Check out more on the Sarasota School of Architecture below!


What are the must sees?

This year’s theme is Sarasota in the Sixties instead of highlighting on architect, they are entertaining a broader range of features of that decade. The weekend is chock full of fun events. Here are some of our favorites!

SarasotaMOD Weekend Opening Party, $50

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  • The Sarasota Modern (map)

Kick off SarasotaMOD Weekend at The Sarasota Modern, a downtown luxury boutique hotel. Capture the spirit of “Sarasota in the Sixties” at our poolside party with music by The Shindigs, a Beach Boys tribute band. You and your guests will enjoy a fun, hip 1960s vibe and decor, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and valet provided by The Sarasota Modern Hotel, the Official Hotel of SarasotaMOD Weekend. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early.


Saturday Morning Program: “Sarasota in the Sixties”, $50

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  • Holley Hall (map)

*Includes Breakfast

Join SAF as it explores Sarasota’s development in the 1960s. The morning begins with the screening of a wonderfully retro promotional short “David of Sarasota,” produced by the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1965. Native Floridian John McCarthy, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point, will provide a colorful overview of the town during this this decade, followed by a panel of architects and historians moderated by Christopher Domin, co-author of “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses.” The morning will finish with a talk by Sarasota School architect Frank Folsom Smith, providing insight into his work of the 1960s. Special thanks to SAF’s educational program partner, the Sarasota Art Museum.

Sarasota Modern Architecture

Lido Shores Self-Guided Walking Tours $50 (can also be bundled with the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio for $75)

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  • Lido Shores (map)

After a hiatus in 2018, this tour is back by popular demand, with returning favorites and new gems to explore. Lido Shores was developed by Philip Hiss, who designed many of the early houses and also commissioned local architects such as Tim Seibert, Ralph and William Zimmerman and Paul Rudolph. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Lido Shores as you stroll through the neighborhood, a midcentury modern gem itself. Interiors of many private homes will be accessible to ticket holders.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note: timed tours of the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio must be purchased with ticket bundle.

The Nautilus Homes team will be volunteering to help out with these as well so come and say hello to us! Also, check out our brand new build at 1240 Westway Dr. right in the middle of the tour!


Yoga at the Umbrella House $30

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  • Lido Shores (map)

Experience a rare opportunity to salute the sun at what Architectural Digest named “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century.” Yoga practice led by Kris Galea, Yoga From The Heart.

Yoga At the Umbrella House Sarasota, FL

“Making Your Mid-Century Modern an Architectural Gem” Sunday AM Panel Discussion, FREE EVENT

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  • BOTA Center (map)

Join SAF and visit our friends at Hive Architects at the BOTA Center in the Rosemary District, as we provide ideas about how to save a mid-century modern structure and bring it up-to-date. The panel will include the BOTA Center’s developer and architects, as well as local homeowners who have updated their homes with today’s tastes in mind. Learn about the architectural gems of Sarasota — the celebrated structures we know and love, as well as the hidden treasures. What are the features that characterize mid-century modern homes in southwest Gulfcoast Florida? How can these homes be adapted for today’s challenges without compromising their original designs? Learn how to preserve your architectural treasure from homeowners, architects and builders who will share their stories as well as offer ideas and practical advice.

“Sunset at Plymouth Harbor” MOD Closing Party $100

As the sixth annual SarasotaMOD draws to a close, join us at the innovative Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay. Plymouth Harbor, designed in 1966 by Frank Folsom Smith and Louis S. Schneider, serves as a fantastic backdrop for the SAF’s “Sarasota in the Sixties” closing party. A great opportunity to end SarasotaMOD Weekend and enjoy an amazing sunset on Plymouth Harbor’s pool terrace. Light bites, drinks, 1960s entertainment, tours of Plymouth Harbor and more await at this landmark piece of architectural history in Sarasota.

There are tons of tours including trolley tours around downtown, Siesta Key, Southgate, tours of the Cocoon House and the Revere Quality House. There is truly something for everyone interested in Sarasota history and architecture.


How do I sign up?

You can get your tickets here!

We want to thank the Sarasota Architectural Foundation for putting on this event, and we really look forward to putting our time and energy into honoring the history and unique architecture of Sarasota.

Happy SarasotaMOD weekend!

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Our Senior Superintendent on “What makes our jobs run so smoothly?”

When building luxury homes in Sarasota, Florida the difference is in the details. Today, we’re letting you in on some of our secret sauce- what makes Nautilus job sites run so smoothly keeping jobs on time, within budget, and clients (and subcontractors!) happy and confident. Our senior superintendent, Brad describes what it’s like on a Nautilus jobsite.

Brad was introduced to the construction industry at a young age. His father was a general contractor in Central Florida, and expressed the importance of integrity, loyalty, attention to detail and hard work. Prior to starting his construction career, he spent 15 years as the Director of Facility Management for Proffitt’s, Parisian’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue overseeing 300+ stores totaling 19.4 million square feet of operations.


Brad spent 19 years as Director of Construction developing commercial buildings, multifamily developments, and custom oceanfront homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His priority has always been client relations and delivering above expectations.

In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, building custom furniture, and enjoying the great outdoors.

So, we sat down with Brad to get some questions answered for you? How DOES Nautilus run such smooth  and ahead of schedule jobs?

While the processes were developed in the office, the field leadership team is largely responsible for ensuring success for our clients. That’s why we only hire the best!

Hear what Brad has to say below!

1. What drew you to work for Sarasota luxury home builder, Nautilus homes?

The opportunity to work with a builder that understands the importance of details and that quality and efficiency can be accomplished harmoniously while delivering above expectations was what drew me to Ryan Perrone and the team he has assembled here at Nautilus Homes.



 2. What makes the job site experience with Nautilus Homes different from what you’ve experienced in the past?

The job site experience here at Nautilus is one that is well thought out, efficiently scheduled, clearly communicated, taking it to the next level kind of site that will never accept “good enough” workmanship. The Nautilus team is an expansive knowledge base that draws on each of our strengths to delivery a product above all the rest while always looking for ways to improve the process.


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 3. What processes/operations does Nautilus utilize ensure our jobs run smoothly and on schedule?

Nautilus Homes is a top luxury home builder in Sarasota. We have several processes in place that we draw on for daily support that make the difference in being the best. A really solid construction management software is the backbone of our daily operations starting with detailed daily report, integrated scheduling, efficient RFI process and a smooth submittal program to ensure everything is documented and up to the minute information availability. Clearly defined expectations, time tested management practices and the equipment to support the process I believe elevates Nautilus Homes above the rest of the competition. Countless hours have been spent developing the processes that we utilize daily and are always be improved upon as we grow.

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4. What is it like working on a Nautilus job site?

I find working on a Nautilus job site enjoyable because the expectations are clearly defined for not only myself, but for the sub contractors as well. Each Nautilus jobsite is run by the same set of rules so the sub contractor knows when he comes to a Nautilus job site, he needs to come prepared, follow the rules, and step up his game because anything less than that is unacceptable.  We work closely with our sub contractors and have fun doing it with the understanding Nautilus is about taking it to the next level.


 5. How does it feel to be building one of our landmark homes, Shibusa?

Shibusa is the balance of simplicity and complexity and has taken on a life of it’s own.  It’s not just a house, but a piece of art that will be revered throughout the years, but strong enough to protect its occupants. Back in April, I planted a few seeds in the form of grade beams and pilings and each day Shibusa continues to grow with daily care and attention until it will bloom in the summer of 2020. I love how the textures change as the weather changes, early morning is different than mid day and in the evening it changes yet again.  How cool is that.  I am honored to be part of the development of Shibusa.

Sarasota Waterfront Modern Home Best Home Builder



Joe and Gwen Kelly Hive Architects

Inside the Minds of Two Great Visionaries- Interview with Hive Architects

Inside the Minds of Two Great Visionaries- Interview with Hive Architects

Sit back, grab a cup of something cozy, and get ready to go inside the minds of two of Sarasota’s most influential up-and-coming architects. Joe and Gwen Kelly, who struck up a chemistry in…well chemistry class while at University of Florida have spent decades building up their knowledge and experience working with prestigious architects in the area. Just as they promised each other in college, they recently launched their long awaited dream firm- Hive Architects. Nautilus is honored to be bringing their newest vision, Shibusa, to life. We have enjoyed working with and getting to know them on this project and decided to sit down, dig even deeper, and learn a little more about what makes them tick. Keep reading to see our new project and see what brings them their creative inspiration.


Joe and Gwen Kelly Hive Architects

Interview With Nautilus Homes How did you get started in your career?

When we were in college, we both had majors in the medical field. We quickly realized that we were
lacking passion for this academic branch so we decided to seek another path and took an aptitude test
to determine what we would be best at. Our test results were identical with architecture at the top of
the list. With almost no knowledge about architecture, we both enrolled at the University of Florida
College of Design, Construction, and Planning in Gainesville. Passion for architecture struck us the first
day we attended our Design 1 class. We looked at each other and agreed that one day we would have
our own architecture practice.

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Joe Kelly Hive Architects

Gwen Leroy-Kelly Hive Architects

Interview With Nautilus Homes What about your career gets you out of bed every day?

There are so many facets and scales to creativity in architecture. From problem solving, to the
conception of 3D spaces, to structural composition and its constructability, to the coordination of
materials and finishes, they are all part of a thought process that started from an idea that one day will
become a concrete habitable structure. It’s rewarding when a project is completed and you see your
Client enjoying the spaces you’ve designed for them.



Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Interview With Nautilus Homes What do you foresee as the next trend or movement in your industry?

Over the past 20 years designing residential projects, we have seen an ever increasing demand for
interior square footage and larger footprints. The home owners’ demand for additional interior floor
area is not necessarily because people need more space. It is usually based on the false perception
that more space equates to a better life. However, contrary to the northern climate where people
spend most of their time indoors due to poor weather, Florida’s climate contributes to people living
outside as much as inside. The patio, courtyard, or backyard become an outdoor room and an
extension of the interior spaces blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. A trend within
our office is to conceive designs that are efficient in all aspects of space planning utilizing less area,
and promoting continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition, an efficient foot print is
more economical, sustainable, and practical.


Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL



Interview With Nautilus Homes Tell us about the new project you’ve been working on with Nautilus Homes.

Shibusa is a Japanese concept related to the aesthetic philosophy of simplicity and modesty with
refinement in the details. Hive’s design for this residential project embodies this notion with a balance
between the simplicity of form and the complexity of the details. The main structure is a simple
elevated L-shaped volume that is articulated by the application and composition of different materials
and architectural elements such as board-formed concrete, wood siding, and powder coated vertical
sun-screens. During the initial dialogue about Shibusa, Nautilus immediately understood the integral
importance of the conceptual idea and the resulting built environment. Prior to construction, Ryan and
his team assisted us in researched materials and construction methods that would best suit the
resulting outcome. It was evident to us that the relationship between Hive and Nautilus was symbiotic
in the desire to bring Shibusa to life.


Sarasota Waterfront Modern Home Best Home Builder

    Shibusa Sarasota Best Builder


Interview With Nautilus Homes What is one thing that clients building a new home frequently overlook?

There is a sequence of steps that is part of the design and construction process that have to take
place for any project to become reality. Most clients that are not familiar with the fields of architecture
and construction overlook the importance and the time involved in developing a comprehensive and
accurate set of plans. The construction documents are a road map and communication tool for the
contractor to configure the construction of the project from the foundations, to the structural
framework, to the finish materials, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and so many more
elements. Not only it is important for the contractor to have a complete set of plans, it is also
important for the clients as the plans document everything that will be included in their new home
and also will help determine the accurate cost of the project prior to construction.


Hive Architects Sarasota, FL


Interview With Nautilus Homes Where do you get your creative inspiration?

While we were in college, we took a seminar to study the mid-century Case Study Houses program
developed in California. This post-war experimental movement for modern residential architecture
utilized new construction materials and methods with simplicity of form and expression of structural
systems. During the same era, the Sarasota School of Architecture movement emerged in a parallel
manner but was differentiated by its adaptation to Florida’s subtropical climate. Some of these midcentury
structures were so well conceived that they are still relevant today and therefore timeless. We
take inspiration on the architectural concepts engendered by these modern movements. These
include simple volumes and lines with a strong emphasis on the expression of the structural systems,
as well as, architectural components that respond to the Florida’s climate like deep overhangs
shading large expanses of glass, slatted brise-soleil, windows and sliding doors strategically located
to provide cross ventilation, and the continuation of materials from inside to outside to stretch the
space beyond the limit of its physical boundary.


Hive Architects Sarasota, FL

Hive Architects Sarasota, FL  Hive Architects Sarasota, FL


Interview With Nautilus Homes Tell us about your own dream home? What would be important to you?

It is our dream to design a house for ourselves that would be inspired by the Sarasota School of
Architecture movement but adapted to today’s way of living. We prefer a smaller and efficiently
configured home that can be opened up to the outdoors. It is important to us to have an open floor
plan for the main “public” spaces such as the kitchen, living room, and dining room, but we believe
the open floor plan concept should extend outwards and encompass portions of the outdoor spaces.
Large operable windows or moving screen walls can help define such spaces and control or filter
natural light and outside views. The idea behind this configuration is that the habitable structure
should not stand by itself as a foreign object in the landscape, on the contrary, it should be
completely integrated into it with an interplay of “push and pull” utilizing architectural and landscape


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Nautilus Homes Named Grand Aurora Winner at the Southeast Building Conference

The Nautilus Homes team was recently honored by the Southeast Building Conference with two top awards, including the coveted Grand Aurora Award for the highest achievement in design. The event, which took place on August 2 in Orlando, honors the region’s most outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals. The Aurora Awards competition drew nearly 400 entries in 60 categories within the 12-state region stretching west to Texas and Louisiana, north to Virginia, and also including the eastern Caribbean.


Grand Aurora Award Winner Nautilus Homes Sarasota Florida Home Builder


We were honored with Grand Aurora Award for Best Interior Detailing (for a home valued over $2 million) and a Silver Aurora for Best Custom Home (for a home sized 4,000 to 6,000 square feet). We received these awards for “Old Grove,” an antebellum-style estate the company built for a renowned musician on the Manatee River in Ellenton. The clients selected William B. Litchfield as the project architect, a Philip T. Shutze award-winning designer based in Atlanta. The design team was led by William B. Litchfield and Heather Kurtzer of William B. Litchfield Designs while the owners coordinated the impeccable interior decoration.


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Abbie Forrest III, Nautilus Homes’ VP, says “the project was a labor of love. To create a forever home for a young family to grow up in is extremely satisfying.” He explains that the family purchased “seven gorgeous acres of Spanish moss-draped, Florida riverfront” 15 years ago, and spent a decade envisioning their dream home. “They requested an antebellum-style estate, resembling the neoclassical style characteristic of Drayton Hall, the iconic 18th-century estate in the South Carolina Lowcountry—with the conveniences and bright, open feel of a new build.”

Great Room Traditional

Southern Formal Den

To prepare for construction, the Nautilus Homes’ team visited Drayton Hall. They studied the structure and came away with a deep understanding of the period’s building techniques. That knowledge would ensure the historic integrity of the new residence, which the family christened “Old Grove.”

Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder

Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder

“Old Grove was designed with a historic, handcrafted touch seldom seen today,” says Forrest, who adds that it’s filled with “playful touches,” including painted striped floors, a swinging diner door in the pantry with a porthole window, a rolling ladder in the laundry room, antique hardware throughout, gas lanterns, brick floors, reclaimed wood, and secret doors. The combined effect is a grand yet unpretentious space full of warm and welcoming details.

Southern Plantation Music Room

“We were thrilled to build this home, and deeply honored when we received these two prestigious Aurora Awards for our work,” says Ryan Perrone, owner and co-founder of Nautilus Homes. “Old Grove truly captures the owners’ personality and character. It will stand as a testament to their family and their passion for the classical arts for generations to come.”

Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder

Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


“Nautilus is honored to be an integral part of Sarasota’s celebrated architectural legacy, and proud to see it recognized as a top achiever on a national level,” says Perrone.

Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


In 2017, we were honored with two Aurora awards as well. The first was a Grand Aurora for our Shifting Shores project for Best Kitchen between $1-$2 million as well as a Silver Aurora for our Venice Beach Cottage for Best Custom Home between 4,000-6,000 sq ft. Staying at the top of our craft is of utmost importance to us, so being nominated and winning again this year was really special to us and signifies the work that the team has put into this very special project.


2019 Winner Kitchen Aurora Awards Shifting Shores Nautilus Homes


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Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table

Creating Art with Local Talent, Ryan Trembley

As a home building company, impeccable design is not just important for the houses we construct, but also in our everyday lives. We believe that “wellness within our walls” starts with well-thought-out design. We strive to ensure our Nautilus Homes family enjoys coming to the office everyday. We remodeled the space a couple of years ago top to bottom to ensure it was a zen, mindful place for our team, clients, subcontractors and partners in interior design and architecture to enjoy. You can see the photos of our office here!


Since then, we have been taking our time creating the right pieces to fill the space. One of these items we have been dreaming about is a custom drafting table for our team to enjoy. After much searching, we discovered local talent in woodworking, Ryan Trembley.

Once we saw the following quote on Ryan’s website, we knew we had to meet him.

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist” – Louis Nizer

ryan tremblay sarasota woodwork

Trembley is incredibly passionate and skilled at what he does. You may have seen some of his unique signs around town. He started out with a two story tree house fort and a makeshift woodworking slingshot as a boy and his passion for woodworking grew from there into fraternity coats of arms in college. After some construction management experience, he took on his own house.  Through bartering, blood, sweat, and two hands, he framed his own back porch, and shed, and renovated nearly every square inch of his 1957 home.


He was so intrigued by the woodworking craft, and after realizing there was so much many mass produced pieces, he knew it was time to dedicate his time to the creative process of woodworking creating one of a kind pieces of art.


The Nautilus team worked with Trembley to create a one-of-a-kind Mid-century Modern drafting table on which the teams could review plans. “We wanted something unique and perfect for the space. Something our team would truly enjoy using in the office. We wanted a table that tilted for easy plan viewing, that had a tray for tools and was glass topped. He seamlessly met each demand and the result is a gorgeous addition to our office!”


The pair of Ryans worked together over the course of a couples of months refining plans and getting the details just right. “It’s been great working with Ryan P.,” says Ryan Trembley.  “Knowing someone is going to appreciate the details leads to a better product. It’s a function based design, yet nearly every surface is visible, so form and proportion were also paramount.”


We are excited to share the progression below along with the final outcome that you can see in the photos below.


Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table


Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table

Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table


Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table

Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table

Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table

Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table

Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table


Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table


Ryan Trembley Wood Art Sarasota Nautilus Homes Drafting Table




Nautilus Homes Team Presents Scholarship to Venice High School Student ACE Program

Nautilus Executives Involved in ACE Mentorship Program

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is an national program that mentors high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. The mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry. More than 9,000 students from 1,000 high schools annually participate in ACE. ACE not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student’s continued success through scholarships and grants.


President of Nautilus Homes, Ryan Perrone, and Vice President of Client Experience, Rick Mountjoy are closely involved in the program. They volunteer each week to assist the students in their ACE classes as well as to provide guidance on the final project which is to design, budget for, and present a building or community center. At the end of the year banquet, the teams present to a panel of industry leading judges including home builders, architects, engineers, etc. that choose the winning project.



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At the banquet, the ACE Sarasota Mentor Program distributed scholarships to the Venice High School‘s Engineering CTE students: Matthew Stutzman, Wyatt Ehrhardt, Andrew Bui, James Wardlaw, and Luwel Fe Abarintos.

For the first time since ACE Sarasota’s inception, a scholarship was given out by the Banquet’s Keynote Speaker, Ryan Perrone. In addition to a scholarship of $2,000.00, Nautilus Homes offered Matthew Stutzman, the winner of the scholarship, a summer internship at the company shadowing and working alongside of the company’s executive and field team.


Nautilus Homes Team Presents Scholarship to Venice High School Student ACE Program

During his keynote speech Mr. Perrone emphasized the importance of preparing today’s high school student for the job market with real job experience. Mr. Perrone sited his own experience with at his father, Rich Perrone’s, construction firm, Perrone Construction, as the catalyst for his own business, Nautilus Homes. His father, serving as one of the judges for the evening, watched his son deliver the Keynote address, beaming with pride.

The other scholarships were given out by sponsors Stantec, Sweet Sparkman Architects, and TMPartners, PLLC. Since inception, ACE has awarded over $15 million nationally in scholarships to promising participants.

Best of SRQ Graphic 2019- Best Contractor in Sarasota

Nautilus Homes Honored with Best Contractor and Home Builder of SRQ for 4th Year in a Row

Nautilus Homes was voted as a Gold winner of Sarasota’s “Best Contractor”  and “Best Home Builder” category in SRQ Magazine‘s 2019 “Best of SRQ” April issue. As a second-generation luxury home builder in Sarasota, Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone , along with the entire Nautilus team, are honored and appreciative of the votes for Nautilus Homes by so many in the community.


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“We are thrilled that doing what we love resonates so well in our community. Our vision and privilege is to uphold the highest ideals in both architecture and home building to keep Sarasota beautiful. We could not do this without our relationships with our clients and partners in the design and construction community.”

Being voted one of Sarasota’s Best Contractor and  top home builders is a highlight of our year, and it has been for the last 4 years since we were named as finalists for the fist time in 2016.

We noticed many of our colleagues and friends in the community mentioned in the magazine’s “Best of SRQ” rankings. Our 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. Our congratulations go out to these incredible professionals! Click below to read more about many other amazing local favorites among all that Sarasota has to offer — from best “staycation” to top companies that give back .


Best of SRQ Graphic 2019- Best Contractor in Sarasota

Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder

Presenting Old Grove

“This New Old House”


The Old Grove was brought to life as a forever home for a violinist and his ballerina wife. The family, having traveled to orchestral halls around the world has very distinct architectural taste and expectations.

Antebellum Charleston Style Estate

Old Grove


They purchased the 7 acres of Spanish moss draped, Florida river front landscape over ten years prior to this build, slowly drawing their dream home. The lot was a part of the Gamble Sugar plantation, Florida’s only surviving plantation home built in 1840. They requested a home resembling the longest standing structures in north America such as Drayton Hall built in 1747 with the conveniences and bright, open feel of a new build.




The family drew their style inspiration from classic and traditional architecture, taking inspiration from Beaufort, South Carolina and Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. Designed for airiness and coolness, the “Beaufort Style” incorporated elements of Georgian and Colonial architecture as well as those of Greek Revival and semi-tropical Spanish.



Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


The family chose Philip T. Shutze award-winning designer, William B. Litchfield of Atlanta. In preparation for construction, the Nautilus Homes team traveled to visit Drayton Hall to understand the architectural building techniques of the period to ensure the home would hold historic integrity.


The home was designed and crafted to maintain the historic, traditional feel yet filled with playful and creative details. Some of these include painted striped floors and swinging diner door in the pantry, rolling ladder in the laundry room, antique hardware throughout, gas lanterns, brick floors, reclaimed wood, and hidden storage. The home features authentic materials including Loewen windows, Signature mahogany entry doors, Timberlane shutters, coffered ceiling, solid oak flooring, gas lanterns at the front entry, an elevator, conventionally framed roof with a huge attic for the kid to play in, custom cabinetry and millwork creating elaborate, grand spaces.





Old Grove Southern Plantation Sarasota Luxury Home Builder


The home is so historically accurate, most guests will ask when the renovations started or how old the plantation is. They are shocked to hear that it is brand new which is a testament to the teams diligence in maintaining historic integrity in the build.

One of the most interesting aspects of the home is that it is exquisitely complex, yet creates a sense of calm. This is due to the depth of care that all parties involved put into the home. In a time where simple, clean structures are the fad, we are bucking the norm and embracing the talented craftspeople that we have in this area.





The Old Grove home truly captures the clients’ personality and character and will stand as a testament to their family and their passion for classical arts for generations and has been affectionately been referred to as “the new old house”.