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An exterior view of the award-winning CompassHaus.

Image: Ryan Gamma

Builders from all over the Southeastern U.S. submitted 400 entries in 55 categories for the 36th annual Aurora Awards, sponsored by the Southeast Building Conference.

At a glittering awards ceremony in Orlando, the top residential design award went to Josh Wynne Construction for the CompassHaus, a modern custom home on a Sarasota bayfront peninsula designed by architect Jonathan Parks. 

CompassHaus garnered six other awards: A Grand Aurora for Best Custom Home 4,000-6,000 square feet; a Silver Aurora for Best Kitchen Over $2 Million; a Silver Aurora for Best Bath Over $2 million; a Silver Aurora for Green Construction; and Grand Auroras for Water-Wise and Energy-Efficient. (The residence is LEED Platinum certified.)

Here are the local winners of 2017 Aurora Awards:

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The CompassHaus kitchen.

Image: Ryan Gamma

Home Design (Golden Aurora Award)

Best Custom Home — 4,000 to 6,000 sq. ft. (Grand Aurora)

Best Kitchen — Over $2 million (Silver Aurora)

Best Bath— Over $2 million (Silver Aurora)

Green Construction (Silver Aurora)

Water-Wise (Grand Aurora)

Energy Efficient (Grand Aurora)


Longboat Key

Builder: Josh Wynne Construction                           

Architect: Jonathan Parks                            

Interiors: Pamela Holladay           

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Venice Beach Cottage by Nautilus Homes.

Image: Ricky Perrone

Best Custom Home — 4,000 to 6,000 sq. ft.

Silver Aurora

Venice Beach Cottage   


Builder: Nautilus Homes                              

Architect: Harrell & Co.  Architects, Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker Architects 

Best Single-Family Detached Home — 3,000 to 3,499 sq. ft.

Silver Aurora

Artistry Sarasota


Builder/Developer: Kolter Homes                            

Architect: Architectural Studios Inc.        

Designer: Design Environments Inc 

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The award-winning Shifting Shores kitchen by Nautilus Homes.

Image: Ricky Perrone

Best Kitchen — $1 million to $2 million             

Grand Aurora                   

Shifting Shores 


Builder: Nautilus Homes                              

Architect: Randy Paul Sample    

Interiors: Maurice Jennings Architecture, Walter Jennings             

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The Bay Shore residence in Nokomis.

Image: Ryan Gamma

Best Kitchen — $1 million to $2 million (Silver Aurora)

Best Interior Detailing — $1 million - $2 million (Silver Aurora)

Bay Shore


Builder: Josh Wynne Construction                           

Architect: Mark Sultana/DSDG, Inc.                         

Interiors: April White     

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The Talia by John Cannon Homes.

Best Interior Merchandising of  a Home — $1 million to $2 million

Silver Aurora                     


Lakewood Ranch                             

Builder: John Cannon Homes                     

Developer: Schroeder-Manatee Ranch and Starwood Land Ventures, LLC                              

Interiors: Kay Green Design, Inc. 

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The Victoria by John Cannon Homes.

Best Interior Merchandising of  a Home — over $2 million

Silver Aurora                     


Lakewood Ranch

Builder: John Cannon Homes                     

Developer: The Concession Land Development  LLC                        

Interiors: Kay Green Design, Inc. 

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The Chagall model at Kolter Homes' Artistry community.

Best Interior Detailing — $500,000 to $1 million

Silver Aurora                     

Chagall  at Artistry


Builder: Kolter Homes  

Architect: Architectural Studio,  Inc                         

Interiors: Masterpiece Design Group



Silver Aurora

Mirabella Florida


Builder: Synergy Building Corp./ Propel Builders                 

Developer: Koral & Gobuty Development Co. LLC                              

Architect: Justin King Designs                     

Interiors: Meg Carson

Best Commercial Project —under 20,000 sq. ft.

Grand Aurora                   

R.E. Crawford Headquarters       


Builder: R.E. Crawford Construction, LLC                

Architect: Douglas Whitney, WBRC Architects Engineers                

Interiors: Utahana Smith              


Category 05C Best Interior Renovations — Tenant Improvements

Silver Aurora                                     

Dental Implants Today   


Builder  Boyette & Miller Construction & Development – Robert  A. Miller                              

Architect: Osborn Sharp Associates – W.T. Osborn                           

Interiors: Interior Motives Design – Tina Prizament, Owner

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