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Florida Architect John Henry blogs on a variety of subjects, from personal thoughts about state of the art architectural design and historical examples to motivational topics, local Orlando and Florida statistics and general information, and humorous stories.
These are extraordinary times.  And in such times, extraordinary measures may be necessary to get the job.It doesn't need to be during a time of crisis to gauge a potential client's potentially hidden fears vs. overt needs/interests.When you are interviewing with a potential client you should be ...
This is the first sketch of a design for a custom home to be built in Jacksonville, Florida on the Atlantic backwater.  The owner is concerned about rising water and swells during hurricanes and decided that they wanted to be 11 feet above natural grade.How to do this without it looking like it i...
Yup, that's me above.  At the Pig Floyd's restaurant on a Saturday afternoon -- about 2 o'clock -- photo was sent to my relatives who decided to move to the hills of North Carolina and were posting sub-freezing temperatures and rain for several days in January. This winter we have turned on our e...
Doubt entered my mind the other day...I wondered its meaning.  I knew what it felt like and did not like it want to face it...again.My inner conscience thought it was a result of negligence, of being unprepared.Here is the definition from Merriam-Webster:    1a: a lack of confidence : DISTRUSThas...
Let's cut to the chase shall we?  I believe that fame should come before fortune, although it works the other way around as well.  In other words, reputation should propel success.  Ponder this:TEN WAYS BLOGGING ON AR WILL MAKE YOU RICH AND FAMOUS  Blogging is an activity requiring mental prepara...
Only something quite thought-provoking or spectacular would motivate me to write about a film.  If you haven't seen this movie, NOW is the time to stop reading or just skip down and read 'The Moral of the Story'.  I recommend it and do not want to spoil the film for you. (unfortunately, language ...
We've seen many fence-sitters over the last few years and you wonder what it is that is keeping them from moving forward?You've given them a great presentation, you've shown your interest and attention, you have exhibited your professionalism and know-how.  So, what is holding them back?Well, it ...
I keep coming back to encounters at restaurants to make analogies to business services... I can't forget the first time I set foot in a Waffle House.  Everybody shouted out hello!That's a great way to feel your patronage is appreciated.Does a server come up to you as soon as you enter a restauran...
often we have only one chance to 'do good' We were frequenting a great breakfast sweet shop for several years until one day all three of us got ill from the food.  We didn't go back for three years.  We found another spot and while the food wasn't top quality, we did not get sick at all.  Finally...
Why I am surprised about this, I should have known.  But I have been brainwashed under the digital marketing system.How important is a solid referral and from where does it originate? A referral from a prominent player is worth its weight in gold.  It nearly negates your marketing effort to reach...

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We have been designing luxury homes for over thirty years in not only Florida, but Texas, Tennessee, California, Delaware, Mississippi, Lousiana, North Carolina, Maryland, Utah and Alabama. We have also created custom homes in Sweden, China, and the Middle East.