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Central Florida's Masterpiece Design Group Captures 5 Major Design Awards At Annual Builder's Conference

The Winter Park firm was honored for design and merchandising excellence at the 38th Annual Southeast Builder's Conference in Orlando

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA (FL), UNITED STATES, November 16, 2016 / -- Masterpiece Design Group (MDG) of Winter Park solidified its reputation as one of the country’s most versatile design firms by winning five major industry awards for design and merchandising excellence – including a prestigious Grand Aurora – at the 38th annual Southeast Builder’s Conference (SEBC) in Orlando.
The full-service design firm, which has been serving the country’s homebuilding industry for nearly two decades, showcased its versatility by earning top honors in the categories of Kitchen Design, Interior Detailing and Model Merchandising for residential homebuilding projects in the Greater Orlando and South Florida markets.
In addition to its Grand Aurora, the 18-year-old privately-owned company also earned two Aurora and two Excel awards at the SEBC to cap off what has been a very active and successful 2016 campaign, says Masterpiece President and COO Christy Scanlon, whose company has been providing professional design and merchandising services for some of the biggest names in the homebuilding industry.
The SEBC is an annual showcase that features hundreds of the best and most distinctive designs from builders and industry professionals from 11 Southeast states and the Eastern Caribbean.
Masterpiece also scored well on the local front, as well, garnering two Major Achievement Awards for model merchandising at the Greater Orlando Builder’s Association annual gala that salutes outstanding member achievement.
The seven awards capped an extremely active and rewarding year for the company. With the latest additions to its portfolio, Masterpiece now has earned 50 separate industry awards since its inception in 1998.
The crown jewel for 2016, however, was its Grand Aurora. Masterpiece took the top prize the $1-2 Million/Best Interior Merchandising category for the Edge B model in the community of Alton in Palm Beach Gardens built by well-known South Florida builder Kolter Homes.
It was one of five awards in which Masterpiece and Kolter Homes collaborated. They also won Aurora’s for Best Interior Detailing ($1-2 Million) for the Edge D model at Alton; Best Kitchen ($1-2 million) for the Edge D; an Excel in Best Model Merchandising ($1-3 million) for the Edge B; and a MAME in Best Model Merchandising Single-Family ($1-3 million) for the Edge B.
Masterpiece also teamed up with industry heavyweight M/I Homes to win two awards at separate residential communities in Winter Garden. It won an Excel in Best Model Merchandising (Under $500,000) for the M/I Homes’ Rutland model at Summerlake Groves and another in Best Model Merchandising Multi-Family (Under $500,000) for the builder’s Coventry model at Hickory Hammock. The Excel awards were presented at the SEBC by the Florida Homebuilders Sales & Marketing Council honoring Florida members.
Scanlon says the Aurora Awards are regarded as the industry’s gold standard for which industry professionals ranging from builders to architects to interior designers strive toward.
“Winning an Aurora, let alone a Grand Aurora, is a major achievement in itself because you are competing against hundreds of the very best and talented design professionals from not just Florida but 10 other states and the Caribbean,” says Scanlon. “We will savor this for a little while and will get back to work looking forward to next year’s SEBC conference.”
Scanlon says being recognized for its design is always rewarding but she takes greater satisfaction in getting recognition for her builder clients such as Kolter Homes and M/I Homes and contributing to their sales and marketing success.
“Our primary objective – particularly in the area of Model Merchandising – is to not just make the homes look appealing and captivating but also to help drive sales,” she says. “If we’re successful doing that, we’re doing our job. The awards and outside recognition are simply an added bonus.”
Since its inception in 1998, Masterpiece has become one of Florida’s premier design companies with a diverse clientele in most of the state’s major metro markets, including Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota-Bradenton, Jacksonville and south Florida, as well as key market areas in the Southeast and Midwest. Over the years it has provided professional design and model merchandising services for a long line of industry leaders, including Homes by WestBay, Standard Pacific/Cal Atlantic Homes, Silliman Homes, Royal Oaks Homes, AV Homes, Lennar Homes, DR Horton Homes, Ryland Homes, Taylor Morrison and Chicago-based Crown Development Group.

John Jolinski
JHJ Communications
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