MGB: Sarasota’s Luxury Home Builders

My Green Buildings: Quality, Strength and Experience

With more than 200 years of combined experience in building the best in custom luxury homes, MGB is proud to be named as one of the top builders in Florida.

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Take a look for yourself by viewing MGB’s vast portfolio. Consistently top-rated in skill, quality, and standards, MGB receives rave reviews from its customers. Read the testimonials here.

MGB Home Builders
205 N Orange Ave. Suite 102
Sarasota, FL 34236

Five Design Trends You Didn’t Know You Needed in 2017

Think natural materials, wire chairs, and optimal use of space.

Most of us will be relieved to know that some of the pressure of 2016 is off – flawless, all-white rooms, indigo everything and chunky furniture are things of the past. 2017 is about unexpected elements and bringing the outside in, deep, rich jewel tones, and texture, texture, texture.

Here’s what’s new:

Out: oversized, overstuffed furniture

In: wire furniture

Wire furniture has been on the precipice of a trend for a few years now. The simple, clean lines, indoor-outdoor versatility, fresh colors, and minimalistic style are perfect for creating an outdoor feel indoors. The openness of wire furniture also maximizes the available space, rather than crowding your room like chunky, opaque furniture tends to do.

Out: brass

In: warm, muted metals

Brass made a fleeting comeback in 2016, preferred for its ability to give a room a shiny touch at a low cost. However, the metal look of 2017 is gold or bronze, mainly for the chameleon-like ability to accent almost all colors – warm or cool, neutral or bright. A warm metal is also perfect for adding the perfect accent to any room. If you just must have your brass, try it in a satin finish for a softer, more understated look.

Out: monochromatic indigo

In: rich jewel tones

2017 is all about comfort, texture, and grown-up glam. Warm, rich jewel tones like ruby, amethyst, sapphire, emerald layer with one another to create this atmosphere. Deep, dusky colors complement the wire furniture in a unique juxtaposition that balances cozy with efficient.

Out: flat, smooth surfaces

In: texture

2016 was focused on perfection and smooth, clean lines. This year, however, we’ve evolved. Chunky stitching, pleats, folds, velvet, terracotta…again, we’re letting go of polished, sterile environments and focusing on warmth and texture. Think of natural materials such as cork (yes, it’s back!), brick, any textural, warm material with which you feel connected.

Out: sharp edges

In: soft, rounded shapes

While squared corners and clean lines were a thing in 2016, we’re rounding things off for the sake of our comfort and livability. Think upholstered headboards, Moroccan poufs, and curved edges.

Style is a personal, subjective thing; no need to follow a trend just because it’s a trend. Find your own style, then see how you can work a trend while staying true to your own tastes. It’s completely possible to strike a perfect balance between timely and timeless – consider your staple pieces an investment, and then “dress up” the rooms with trendy accessories that speak to you. And keep in mind that trends come and go, ebb and flow, evolve and make comebacks. If you love something, keep it! Bobbilynn Hollifield

Sleek, Sexy & Sumptuous: the Rolf Benz MERA Sofa at Home Resource

For the past 8 years, Michael and Kathy Bush have braved the bitter cold in Cologne to attend the Cologne furniture fair, where the German brands introduce their new collections, in the name of bringing the high-end pieces here to Sarasota.

Their yearly travels ensure that Home Resource represents almost the entire group of high-end furniture brands from Germany including Rolf Benz, COR, Draenert, Spectral, Piure, Interlubke, Dreieck, and Dedon.

Although most brands had something interesting in their new introductions, the Rolf Benz MERA sofa impressed the most with its small proportions and light design. Its slender, high feet and delicate frame make the Rolf Benz MERA seem to float formally above the ground; what’s more, the design makes even small spaces feel big.

MERA leather sofa with chaise lounge

Just like all ROLF BENZ functional furniture, MERA offers concealed comfort options for sitting, reclining and relaxing. When the backrest is flipped up, the back is transformed into an extra-high, ultra-comfortable backrest that can be adjusted for maximum relaxation. The head section can also be adjusted to suit a preferred position. And if you push out the side and fold down the side component, there is room to elevate your legs. As this foot section is precisely the same height as the seat, concealed spaces can be integrated. The adjustable side components offer the option to lie across the sofa for lounging comfortably.

MERA offers plenty of opportunity for personalized design. Thanks to the small seating units, clients will find the right solution for virtually any room layout, from compact individual sofas to spacious modular groupings. The all-round frame is an individual design element combined with the base and is available in a range of surfaces. It goes without saying that Rolf Benz offers sumptuous fabrics and buttery leather covers for MERA, which feel simply wonderful.

These design and function features have Michael and Kathy amped up, so much so that they have ordered a MERA for the display in their showroom. It’s expected to arrive in April. Bobbilynn Hollifield

Product characteristics Rolf Benz MERA:

Individual sofa – 78 inches (105 inches with fold-down side components) or multi-part modular sofa

Comfort functions in backrest, seat and side components for optimal sitting and relaxing position

2 seat heights: 16 and 17.5 inches

All-round steel frame with steel base painted in RAL 9017 traffic black, RAL 7022 umbra grey and high-gloss chrome

Optional extra cushions in different designs

Made in Germany

Design: Beck Design

Source: Michael Bush

The Concession Residences Wins ‘Best Overall’ Community at the 2017 Parade of Homes Awards

Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association Honors Luxury Golf Community, Team of Elite Builders and Subcontractors

The Concession Residences was awarded “Best Overall” at the 2017 Parade of Homes, as well as “Best Entranceway” and “Best Amenities.” In addition, The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association awarded The Concession’s team of builders and subcontractors several categories, including:

  • Lee Wetherington Homes (Windsong) – Best Floor Plan (tie)
  • Arthur Rutenberg Homes (Santa Monica) – Best Curb Appeal and Master Suite
  • Arthur Rutenberg Homes (Santa Monica) – Best Kitchen, Floor Plan, Architectural Detail and Overall Winner (tie)
  • Anchor Builders of S.W. Florida (Marquesas) – Best Curb Appeal, Kitchen, Master Suite, Floor Plan, Architectural Detail and Overall Winner
  • John Cannon Homes (The Victoria) – Best Curb Appeal, Kitchen, Mater Suite, Floor Plan, Architectural Detail and Overall Winner
  • Coast to Coast Pools (The Victoria)
  • ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance and Design (The Victoria)

“The Concession is honored to receive the ‘Best Overall’ Community Award from the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association,” says Mark Bruce, Director of Sales at The Concession Real Estate. “We’ve partnered with the top builders and subcontractors in the Florida Gulf Coast region, and we’re thrilled to see their prestigious work and top-tier products become recognized.”

The 2017 Parade of Homes proved to be a success with buyers, as the sales team contracted five home sites over the 16 day period. The available home sites within The Concession is now 33 units, less than 15% of total lots for sale.

The Concession offers one-half to full acre home sites.

For more information, visit or call 866.951.6484.

About The Concession Residences

The Concession is a private, gated community featuring 236 home sites. Its centerpiece is the nationally-ranked Concession Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin, and named for the famous putt Nicklaus conceded to his European counterpart in the 1969 Ryder Cup, resulting in the first tie in Ryder Cup history.

Starting at $1 million, home and lots are accented by lakeside vistas, golf course views and wooded preserves. Four separate neighborhoods create distinct residential enclaves: Birkdale includes both one-acre and half-acre lots, highlighted by Jack Nicklaus Cove fronting the golf course; Nicklaus Manor is a private village of 33 half-acre home sites accented by brick-paved streets and classical architecture; Lindrick is comprised of three streets’ housing lots ranging from one to almost two acres, with 50-foot setbacks; Parkstone Estates is a private enclave for one acre plus home sites for high end luxury residences.

Residents are invited to join The Concession Golf Club, with its 7,474-yard tournament-caliber layout winding through over 500 acres of live oaks, magnolias and pines and access to the many amenities offered at the clubhouse.

Take Back Your Garage

Is your garage a dumping zone? If you answered yes, you’re in good company with many other homeowners in the same predicament. Seriously, having a garage you can’t even park your car in is not only a safety hazard, but when you are ready to sell your home, it will negatively affect your sale price. Perhaps it’s time to invest in a change that will undoubtedly increase the value of your home.

So where do you begin? Start by sorting your garage contents into piles and by categories – tools, decorations, sports gear, cleaning items and others. Now, where do they need to be? Low to the ground? Somewhere in the middle or is high up okay? This will help you determine the variety of organization you need relative to drawers, low cabinets, tall cabinets, open spaces, etc. Don’t rule out using your garage ceiling for storage. Adding hooks can help store bikes, beach equipment and more. Finally, you can jazz up your garage by painting the floor a bold color or add mix and match colored floor tiles to create a patterned floor.

When it comes to organizational products, shelving, and cabinets, if you really want to do it right and get the max out of your investment, have it designed and installed by a professional. Not only will it help you get your money back when you sell your home, but the life of you and your family will be easier, safer, more convenient and less stressful. Talk to store manager Brent Irish at California Closets’ new Downtown Sarasota showroom at 1411 1st St. (941.366.1315) – what better place to start?

True Reflection

Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? Why it’s the woman who is looking at herself through an electric mirror, of course!

You’re at The Breakers in Palm Beach for the weekend and just want to pamper yourself, enjoy a night out, and feel relaxed and beautiful. Looking at yourself in the lighted bathroom mirror you think wow, I look great. I wish I had this lighting at home. Well, wish no more.

Electric mirrors, such as the one in the bathroom at The Breakers, are no longer just found in posh hotels, but they are also popping up in homes for the pleasure of discriminating amenity seekers. Want to catch up on the news while getting ready? Your electric mirror can come with a TV inside that becomes invisible when you turn it off. How much more time do you have to get ready? Don’t guess. Integrate a digital clock into your mirror. So where can you go locally to see this very cool, must-have home luxury?

John Smithman, owner of The Plumbing Place, Sarasota’s premier kitchen and bath showroom (5678 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941.378.5678), is the man who carries a broad range of electric mirrors and I am sure he and his staff would be happy to show you the many style options, both custom and standard.

Handcrafted in the USA, these mirrors with LED lighting feature touch controls, dimming, and natural-looking lighting, are beautiful and practical, and come with or without the disappearing TV option. Lighting options ranging from subtle mood lighting to bright, useful task lighting. 

With an electric mirror, it’s easy to make your reflection one you’ll love looking at – the real reflection of you. And there’s no time like the present to make it all about you.

Rug Rage

If you’re hooked on HGTV’s wildly popular show “Fixer Upper” like I am, then you certainly know Joanna Gaines, who stars on the show along with her husband, Chip. This amazingly talented mother of four is also co-founder and lead designer of Magnolia Home.

Magnolia Home features furniture, accessories and eye-catching room elements all designed by Joanna in several styles including Industrial, Modern, Traditional, Primitive, French-inspired, Boho and Farmhouse. But it is Gaines’ latest collaboration with Loloi Rugs that is creating the biggest buzz.

The result is a collection of rugs, pillows and throws with a simple, fresh and timeless style matching a wide variety of styles that you can mix and match with different pieces in the collection to create unique spaces bringing warmth and texture to any room in the house. Best yet? You don’t have to go far to see them. Sarasota’s fabulous Rugs as Art on S. Tamiami Trail (941.921.1900) is now carrying her entire line of rugs.

Gaines loves what rugs can do for a room and so do I. You can change the feel of an entire space by toning down a colorful room or bringing a monochromatic room to life with color. If you have neutral furniture, add a showstopper rug. If your furniture is bold, a neutral rug will blend well and add texture. The Loloi rugs are truly a work of art, are hand woven, and are high quality.

Rugs have come a long way. Be sure to stop in at Rugs as Art to check out the latest rage sure to stand the test of time.