The Auroras were presented to MDG for two model homes in the Tampa Bay area by builder Homes by WestBay and highlighted what has been a banner year for the full-service, Winter Park, FL, design firm that provides a broad spectrum of services for both builder and private clients throughout the country..
Besides the Auroras, the second straight year the 15-year-old company has captured the industry’s top award for distinctive design, Masterpiece teamed up with Homes By WestBay and two other Tampa area homebuilders to win eight awards during this year’s Parade of Homes, including two Grand Awards.
In terms of industry recognition, it was one of the most productive years to date for the company which has earned dozens of awards and accolades for design and merchandising excellence in serving some of the homebuilding industry’s biggest names, says Masterpiece President Christy Scanlon.
The Aurora Awards, however, are considered to be the gold standard for which industry professionals ranging from builders to architects to interior designers strive, says Scanlon.
Masterpiece received an Aurora for Best Kitchen/$225,001-$
The two Auroras were among six awards overall on which MDG and Homes by WestBay collaborated. They also won a Parade of Homes Grand Award for Key Largo III at Live Oak Preserve in New Tampa, and Merit Awards for the Nantucket at MiraBay, the Calusa at Lakeshore Ranch in Land O’ Lakes in Pasco County and the Gasparilla at Fishhawk Ranch in Lithia in east Hillsborough County.
Local area builders Standard Pacific Homes and Mobley Homes also were in the spotlight, each winning key awards in this year’s Tampa Bay Builders Association Parade of Homes for models designed by MDG.
Standard Pacific Homes, a Fortune 500 company that has been building in the area for several years, earned Merit awards for its Venetian model at Live Oak Preserve and Chelsea model at Watergrass in Wesley Chapel in Pasco County.
Mobley Homes, a staple in the Tampa Bay area for more than three decades, won a Grand Award for its Nantucket V model at K-Bar Ranch in New Tampa and a Merit Award for the Briarwood, also at K-Bar Ranch.
Scanlon says being honored for outstanding design is always rewarding but she takes greater satisfaction in getting recognition for her builder clients and contributing to their sales success.
“Our objective is to not only make the homes look appealing and captivating but also to help drive sales,” says Scanlon. “If we’re successful doing that, we’ve done our job. The awards and outside recognition are simply an added bonus.”
Since its inception in 1998, Masterpiece has become one of the state’s premier design companies with clients throughout Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota-Bradenton, Jacksonville and south Florida, as well as parts of the southeast and Midwest. It has provided professional design and model merchandising services for a long line of industry leaders, including Homes by WestBay, Standard Pacific Homes, Silliman Homes, Royal Oaks Homes, Lennar Homes, DR Horton Homes, Ryland Homes, Taylor Morrison and Chicago-based Crown Development Group.