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Jupiter Builder Wins Two Aurora Awards


July 24th, 2007 - JUPITER, FLA ó A Jupiter custom home builder has received two Aurora Awards from the Florida Home Builders Association during its Southeastern Building Conference in July.

The AURORA Awards are presented each year to builders, developers, architects, planners, interior merchandisers, landscape architects and other disciplines actively in projects in a 12-state southeastern region who have demonstrated building and design excellence.

The John McDonald Company won one of the awards for a private residence in the Loxahatchee Club and the other for a kitchen, also in the Loxahatchee Club.

"The British Colonial style home, at under 4,000 square feet was brilliantly designed by the architect, Fairfax & Simmons. Because it takes many of its design elements from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, it was important that we, as the builder, created a home that was well-proportioned with exceptional detail," said Dennis McDonald, president of the company. "This home was the first detailed Classical home I've ever built, and it was a joy to construct this home, despite the fact that we went through three hurricanesówith no structural damage."

The award-winning kitchen was a combination of spare, yet elegant design, and McDonald said that to achieve this clean, airy space, the builder used simple Shaker-style inset cabinets, white statuary marble tops, and stainless steel appliances.

"The windows, however actually make this kitchen special," said McDonald. "They are evenly spaced and line up both horizontally and vertically and the custom upper cabinets were designed to align identically with these windows."

The John McDonald Company is a custom home builder, creating residences throughout Jupiter, especially in the Loxahatchee Club, and in South Florida for 25 years.