Murray Homes Sarasota Modern Retreat Takes Home Silver, Golden & Grand Aurora Plus Best In Show 2020 In The Southeast Building Conference Competition

Murray Homes is celebrating three SEBC honors and “Best in Show” Aurora! The 3 honors Silver, Grand and Golden, were awarded to a 4,223 SQ FT awe-inspiring Sarasota Modern Retreat designed by the Guy Peterson Office for Architecture and built by Murray Homes.

Sarasota Modern Retreat

4,223 SQ FT HOME


Steve Murray, Murray Homes Inc.


Guy Peterson Office for Architecture Guy Peterson FAIA,
Architect Damier Blumetti, Project Architect
Landscape Michael Gilkey,
Michael A Gilkey Landscape Architects

The iconic modern home centerpieces are a most beautiful old oak tree and a majestic banyan tree, providing both the backdrop and the inspiration for this truly modern classic. The client’s remit was to build a four-bedroom, four-bath main house and adjacent guest house positioned on the two separately platted lots, connected for livability. The end result of the home is stunning, from the polished concrete detailing, open living spaces, and expansive glass walls to the integrated cabinetry, house automation, and lushly landscaped gardens and pool.

Best In Show

Lido Shores Coastal Contemporary

This is a well deserved accolade for an exceptional home and we are honored that our industry peers recognized its design, aesthetic and build.
Steve Murray, President of Murray Homes

The Golden Aurora Award is the Best in Show chosen from the Grand Award Winners. It is the entry that takes the highest point total in the overall event. This year’s competition drew nearly 200 entries in 54 categories for attached and detached housing designs, including interior design, detailing, custom and re-use and renovation work. Also honored are diverse commercial, recreational and specialty buildings, as well as Community honors.


Established in 1979, Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals. Residential and Commercial construction professionals actively involved in projects located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the Eastern Caribbean are eligible to participate.

“Creative ideas in design do not know boundaries”

Judges were impressed by the submissions and stated that The Aurora Awards continues the legacy of excellence and is consistently sustained by innovation, imagination and vitality of the entrants.

Judge Donald Ruthroff, said this year’s competition was exceptionally diverse coming from across the Southeast. “Creative ideas in design do not know boundaries,” he said. “We found the variety and level of excellence to be particularly heartening this year.”