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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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 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.

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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 .


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Old Grove Chosen to be Featured in Houzz Editorial

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. 

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Check out the article for inspiration from five of the top laundry rooms in North America, and follow us for more ideas to come!

Rio Vista Estates

Nautilus Homes Named to Exclusive Preferred Builder Team

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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
Best Home Builder in Sarasota FL“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 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.

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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.

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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.