Sarasota home builder nabs three awards from Southeast Building Conference

Murray Homes nabs three awards; Ross Built of Bradenton also wins multiple Aurora awards.

John Hielscher
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Murray Homes of Sarasota led the way among a number of residential and commercial properties in Southwest Florida that were honored at the recent 41st annual Aurora Awards.

The 2020 Southeast Building Conference 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. It also honored diverse commercial, recreational and specialty buildings.

Murray Homes nabbed three awards, including the best-in-show “Golden Aurora” for its 4,233-square-foot Sarasota Modern Retreat designed by the Guy Peterson Office for Architecture.

Ross Built Construction of Bradenton also won multiple awards.

The Murray home also received a grand award for best custom house in the 4,000- to 6,000-square-foot category, and a silver award in the competition.

Murray said the modern home centerpieces an 

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