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Home in Sarasota, Fla., Recognized in National Design Competition

Home in Sarasota, Fla., Recognized in National Design Competition

Washington, D.C. – January 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Lotus on Orange in Sarasota, Fla., has been selected as the South Atlantic regional winner of the 2015 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The home was designed by Leader Design Studio of Sarasota. The home’s builder, Josh Wynne Construction of Sarasota, and interior designer, SAWA Design, also of Sarasota, were recipients of the same award in 2014 for their work on a previous project.

The styling of Lotus on Orange combines European-modern with California-modern, featuring cypress wood detailing, terrazzo tiles and bamboo panels. Abundant natural light flows through large expanses of thoughtfully placed windows, while large sliders and casement glass allow for passive ventilation through the home.

The home boasts three courtyards: an entry court with a koi and lotus pond; an L-shaped rear court designed around the pool, outdoor fireplace and kitchen area; and a private courtyard that is accessible only through the master bath.

BALA judges commented on the home’s creative use of elevation that make it more eye catching than most other single-story homes. Judges also applauded the home’s bright and serene atmosphere, noting the wood accents and other beautiful finishes throughout.

In its 32nd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at, including the 2015 BALA Portfolio, featuring a review of design trends and project photographs.

Stephanie Pagan
spagan (at) nahb (dot) org

NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large. Contact: Ann Marie Moriarty 202-266-8350