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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.
About two weeks ago I was approached by a local custom builder to revamp an existing house design in plan and elevations in order to offer for sale to a client from Miami.  The client liked the builder's model in a smaller high-end subdivision but needed changes to the plan to accommodate him and...
I recently wrote about the effect on superior customer service by local restaurant staff.  As I plowed through some high profile projects in the last 30 days I saw the results of my efforts at doing everything possible to please my clients.Here are my thoughts on this subject.Ten things you can d...
Dedicated to Michael Jacobs.  Those of you on AR who frequent these blogs will know why... This is from the wonderfully creative and clever daily comic strip, Pearls Before Swine.  If you follow it regularly, you will find an even-handed swipe at many social, political and business issues. Recent...
Don't stop thinking about tomorrowDon't stop, it'll soon be hereIt'll be, better than beforeYesterday's gone, yesterday's gone...Fleetwood Mac Tomorrow Never ComesJames Bond Somewhere between these two aphorisms is some truth.  So I started digging some more.... Tomorrow is the most important thi...
How many weeks, months, years, must go by when you realize you have sheltered yourself in a self-constructed box that has: Limited your reach Limited your visibility Limited your availability Limited your goals Limited your potential Limited your income Limited your future It is a scary realizati...
The pizza will feed a family of four...  
A few friends and I have been frequenting a breakfast place here in Winter Park, Keke's.  And we just figured out why this restaurant is most appealing!We were remarking at how well oiled this place was.  And it wasn't centered on the food quality at all. We are greeted and immediately seated. Be...
Syntax, as it relates to language, is the set of rules that we must follow to make a recognizable order and sense of our written communications.In Architecture, there are also 'rules' that must be followed in order to make a clear statement of what you are trying to accomplish artistically in ter...
If you wish to stay alive and viable, the way Barbara Todaro does it is exemplary. “We see you everywhere.”  That’s what our last Free Market Analysis caller said when asked what made her call.  Of course, a mailing had just landed, and it was timed to be there when the local newspaper was delive...
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