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

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

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

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

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

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

Nautilus Homes Winner

Riverview High School Ace Mentor Program Students

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

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

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

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

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

Nautilus Homes Nabs Best of Houzz 2018 for Design

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

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

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

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

Nautilus Homes Names New Project Superintendent

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

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

Nautilus Homes Partners with William B. Litchfield Designs

Nautilus Homes is honored to be collaborating with William B. Litchfield Designs, Inc., of Atlanta, in the design and construction for one of our current outstanding projects: “Southern Charm” — a 5,500-square-foot private residence situated along the beautiful Manatee River in Ellenton, Florida. Litchfield Designs was recently awarded two prestigious Philip T. Shutze Awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southeast Chapter, one award for its Regency-inspired Georgian renovation of a single family home in Buckhead, Georgia, and another for a smaller remodel project.

Regency-inspired Georgian Renovation by William B. Litchfield Designs, Inc. (photo courtesy of LitchfieldDesigns.com)

“We’re thrilled to be working with an architect of Bill Litchfield’s renown and caliber on one of our projects here in Florida,” said Ryan Perrone, president of Nautilus Homes. “Bill’s sensitivity to site conditions, clients’ desires, materials, and period detailing is perfectly suited to our own vision at Nautilus Homes, and it’s a privilege to collaborate with his firm on ‘Southern Charm’.”

Designed to capture the essence of the architecture and lifestyle of Charleston, South Carolina, “Southern Charm” is carefully sited to take full advantage of the property’s expansive 7 acre grounds that extend to the shores of the Manatee River. The home is detailed to recreate historic craftsmanship and features a separate pool house and water’s edge gazebo. In the planning stages of this project, Ryan Perrone and members of his construction team traveled through South Carolina, visiting some of the oldest, grandest estates and plantation homes in our country, including Charleston’s famous Drayton Hall.

Nautilus Homes was also recognized recently with a “Home of the Year” award for its own work on an historic renovation project in Sarasota’s historic Burns Court neighborhood. SRQ Magazine cited Nautilus Homes as being one of the Sarasota Florida top home builders who “pulled out all the stops” in their work in the magazine’s annual design competition.

Designing Your Sarasota Home For Resale

It’s a Sarasota design question we are almost invariably asked. It goes something like this: “We don’t foresee ever selling this home but if we decide to we want to make sure we are building it to be marketable. Is there something we should be doing that we are not? Is there something we are doing that we shouldn’t?”

 

To create a home that is marketable on the high end isn’t difficult but does take experience. You want to understand the family that would consider the home, you also want to think about how tastes may change over time. There is a formula that we have followed and our clients have been very successful with. If you track the homes that we have built which have gone up for resale you’ll find that they beat the market, significantly in most cases. The same goes for the homes we’ve built on speculation, there’s a formula that just works.

 

Purchasing a desirable piece of land is important, not just in terms of the property itself but the location, the desirability of the area and the appeal of the neighboring properties on the street. This takes some local knowledge but it also takes some experience. When we seek out properties for our own company we seek out properties which are special in one way or another. Recently we purchased a single parcel of land on Bird Key, we divided it into two lots because a single canal front property on Bird Key had never sold for the price we needed to get for it. The property was special because it looked directly down the canal rather than across a narrow canal at another property, Bird Key has been very sought after for a long time now and these things combined with the price we were able to get it for made it a winning situation.

Design is critical though, and in the scheme of things equal to if not more so than location. I know this is counter to the commonly held belief but hear me out. I keep pretty close tabs on the real estate market here. Location is of little consequence if you choose poor design. Good design will always have a tough fight against a poor location. The synergy of a great design in a great location pays off not just when you go to sell but in the general enjoyment of your home.

 

So, design is important, we get it. Well, choosing the right design style and engaging the right architect is critical as well. At the end of what I like to call the “Mediterranean era” we would have clients come into our office and when we’d ask them what they wanted to build the consensus was “anything but Mediterranean”. Now for the record, I find the Mediterranean style beautiful in all of its subsets, done right I think its one of the most adaptable and fun architectural styles there is. The problem is, these people were referring to the “bastardized” Mediterranean style, the ones that were being built by track homebuilders who really didn’t take the time to understand the architectural style, the details or anything else about the homes they were building. Because they aren’t timeless, they age. They were a trend and now they are difficult to sell. Some of their hallmarks were a skip troweled stucco finish, large every fake looking and almost always out of scale foam “gingerbread”, aluminum soffits, poorly scaled and designed entryways the list goes on and on. When you can tie a home to a decade, it becomes hard to sell, when a home is timeless its very easy to attract buyers.

 

For resale, especially if its a long way off design needs to be timeless and I cannot stress enough the value of a talented architect. There are things that can be done to create a home that makes it easier for a future buyer to decide on. We’ve made accommodations for future elevators in homes where the owners had no intention of ever having one. We’ve made homes handicapped compliant. We’ve built 3 bedroom homes for clients who never planned on having guests stay the night. The idea is to envision the potential future buyer. They probably aren’t that different from you but perhaps you may want to add another bay in their garage for what may be their car collection, the extra space isn’t going to hurt you! And definitely research and hire a great architect for a great Sarasota design. The people who are putting it all together have to be great too so make sure to give us a call!

Sarasota Luxury Builder Nautilus Homes Celebrates New Headquarters

Sarasota luxury builder Nautilus Homes hosted over 75 guests during the Saturday, December 3, ribbon-cutting and celebration event for the company’s new headquarters located at 7126 Beneva Road, in Sarasota.

Nautilus Homes purchased the 5,285-square-foot, two-story property on Beneva Road in April and has remodeled 2,115-square-feet of the building’s second floor to accommodate day-to-day operations and staff for Nautilus Homes.

“Mad Men” Design for New Headquarters with Office Space Available for Lease
Known for luxury home-building, Nautilus incorporated a high-fashion, mid-century modern, “Mad Men”-influenced design scheme in its new headquarters. Special design features include Granyte® stone finish on walls, LED lighting throughout, walnut trim moldings and custom cabinetry by Elite Woodwork of Sarasota, and interior design by Space as Art and interior architect Randall Paul Sample. The building has an additional 3,100 square feet of Class B office/medical office space available for lease.

Spice Bay Home on Siesta Key – Plans Unveiled
During the celebration, Nautilus Homes also unveiled plans and images for its latest Spice Bay home, on Siesta Key: the 4,827-square-foot Shearwater model, designed by architect Clifford M. Scholz. The project breaks ground in January 2017.

The celebration included celebratory mimosas and al fresco dining on the property’s shaded outdoor lounge area, followed by the ribbon-cutting, tours of the Nautilus office space, and a champagne toast.

Sarasota Luxury Home Builder Nautilus Homes
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, president; brother Ricky Perrone, vice president; and their father, esteemed luxury home builder Richard Perrone. For more information, call 941.366.3650.