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2023 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home 6,001 - 8,000 sq. ft.


Island Breeze


Sarasota, Florida

Architect/Designer | Zobrist Design Group

Builder | Nautilus Homes

Landscape Architect/Designer | Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.

Interior Designer | Jett Thompson Interiors

Photographer | JESSICA GLYNN

Island Breeze, situated on the bayfront of Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Fla., epitomizes an unparalleled balance of style, craftsmanship, sustainability and low maintenance. Drawing inspiration from the Abaco Islands, the home gracefully unites historical elegance and modern simplicity to create a luxurious waterfront retreat.

The exterior’s radius roof lines, adorned with cedar shake, hand-bent copper roofs, and Carolina brick, resonate with timeless craftsmanship and a family’s cherished memories. Inside, spaces such as the great room, with a soaring fireplace and hand-carved coral mantel, exude elegance. The kitchen stands as a beacon of sophistication, adorned with Calcatta gold marble countertops and custom cabinetry.

Environmental stewardship interweaves throughout, with features such as a geothermal HVAC system, sustainably sourced cedar shake roof, spray foam insulation, certified green framing lumber and windows/doors, and a community solar program. These elements synergize to create a high-performance, low-maintenance and stunningly beautiful home.

Every detail, from the light blue louvered shutters to the antique mirrors and brass lattice, reflects a meticulous focus on design and functionality. Island Breeze transcends traditional home building, embodies a perfect blend of luxurious aesthetics, innovative design, unmatched craftsmanship and responsible sustainability, and sets a new benchmark in custom home design.

From the Judges
This home is architecturally flawless. From a detail standpoint, it’s gorgeous. The attention to trim and millwork stands out, and it respects the style without seeming repetitive. It’s a really genuine, classic home.

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