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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Sarasota School of Architecture Ness House

We had the rare opportunity to make substantial improvements to one of Siesta Key’s original dwellings in The Sanderling Club. This home, coined the Ness Home after the owners that worked with Tim Siebert, a Sarasota school of architecture pioneer, in the early 70’s, is modest in AC sf yet boastful in history and design. It was originally built in 1958 in what was a cutting edge technology of the time “lambolithic”, solid poured concrete, construction technique pioneered by the original builder John Lambie. We removed all of the epoxy floors from inside and replaced them with 4’x4′ Kerlite tiles. These are 1/8″ thick porcelain tiles with a 1/32″ grout joint. The final product is a seamless, perfectly white floor. While we were doing that we replaced all of the baseboard trims with brushed aluminum. This made for a clean look in keeping with the overall design. Tim Siebert has been a driving force in the Sarasota School of Architecture since the early 1950’s.

The real changes were to the outside though. The landscaping had not been updated for years, the pool deck was all cracked apart and there were some major parts of today’s living that needed updating. The addition of a covered full outdoor kitchen, a new hot tub and a landscape/hardscape that is as artistic as the home and client it serves. All of the concrete elements were created using shells that were artfully spread into the concrete while it was setting. There were no second chances! This space will serve as a home to a beautiful and loving family for many years to come.

Here is an article about the history of the home.


# Sarasota school of architecture #Ness house #Siebert architects

The front of a white mid century modern home with a new modern landscape to match

Renovations of a Sarasota Modern Icon, The Ness House

Modern outdoor kitchen with Kalamazoo grill and other appliances

Full outdoor kitchen with all Kalamazoo appliances and custom made concrete countertops