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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 .
“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.
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.
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.
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”.
Nautilus Homes was recognized with the honor of being on the front page of the popular home improvement and interior design site Houzz. The article, “New This Week: 5 Great Laundry Room Ideas” featured outstanding design in laundry rooms around the the US and Canada. We appreciate the article highlighting a room that is often forgotten but a great opportunity to utilize space creatively in a home.
The home that was featured was Old Grove – a grand Charleston style estate recently finished by the Nautilus team. This home is full of well-thought-out design details, so check out the portfolio for more images!
Nautilus Homes along with the Atlanta based designer, William B. Litchfield of William. B. Litchfield Designs were featured among some of the best including Soda Pop Designs, Beautiful Chaos Designs, and Amrami Design Group.
Nautilus in the News
Nautilus Homes Named to Exclusive Preferred Builder Team
Nautilus Homes is honored to have been chosen among the exclusive, preferred builders to construct homes in Rio Vista Estates, the third and final phase of the award-winning The Islands on the Manatee River community.
The Best of The Best
The Islands on the Manatee River is renowned for its homes of architectural excellence. In the last four years, the community has garnered award-winning accolades for its model homes from Parade of Homes, as presented by the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry. In being named among the exclusive builder team for Rio Vista Estates, Nautilus Homes has been recognized as a local, experienced and talented custom home builder that understand and share the vision of The Islands as a community of elegance, style and exceptional quality.
What to Expect
With 65 estate-sized waterfront homesites, Rio Vista Estates boasts picturesque harbors and navigable access to the Manatee River and onward to the Gulf of Mexico. Adding to the appeal of Rio Vista Estates is the architectural flair of the Caribbean. Each of the preferred builders will offer custom-suited homes in varying shades of white, with metal and barrel tile roofs, tropical landscaping and distinguishing architectural details. All homes will carry a Spanish Colonial and traditional or modern West Indies design.
In Ryan’s Words
“We are thrilled to be among the sought-after homebuilders trusted to ensure the most innovative, distinguished neighborhood of The Islands on the Manatee River comes to life with the vision, refined style and quality of its developers,” said Ryan Perrone, owner of Nautilus Homes. “We take pride in our craftsmanship and attention to detail, and look forward to working with homeowners to make the construction process both seamless and enjoyable.”
Nautilus 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.
Sarasota 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.
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.”
Throughout 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.”