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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.
I have heard the phrase "If not now, when?" several years ago.  It came up recently in a conversation as well.  I had worked out a custom home design with a client that he loved but the subdivision review board rejected it for various reasons.  Crushed after several months of work, the project la...
I have been flying Southwest for several years and have always enjoyed their humor on board and at the gate (this last trip to see grandkids they staged a paper airplane contest with a bottle of wine to the winner).  Even going down the 'gangplank' there are posters of witty SW ads.  The paper ai...
It was at the beginning of my second year here in Orlando after having moved from Texas in '87 (after OPEC ruined the economies of the gas producing states).I had taken over a very large luxury home and we were discussing the details of the plans on site when out of nowhere......this older, saggi...
M Y    D E N O U E M E N TI am often at a loss for words and immobilized after reading several of the fine posts here every day.  Why?  Because the accumulated wisdom from everyone overwhelms me to the point of rigor mortis.  What follows is the first AR M.O.A.B. --The Mother Of All Blogs!!  The ...
I always wanted to say that: piece de resistance.  The moment is coming.  I will either become a hero or the goat.I think I will be a little of both depending on your point of view!  My head is exploding with information and I don't know what to do... so I plan on regurgitating most of the salien...
In no particular order...things that come to mind while taking out the pups.ITEM: Did you know that valedictorians rarely become rich and famous. The average millionaire's IQ is 2.9.  Whew, glad I was not one of those folks.  I have a chance now!ITEM: If you brush your teeth twice a day you will ...
High density and world business center cities have naturally high costs of living, especially when it comes to housing.Hong Kong has been trying to find solutions for this and their idea of transitional is something that is not quite a 'house' but a place to have basic services BEFORE getting a '...
The issue here is what is real and what is not.  George Washington built his venerated house on Mt. Vernon in 1796.But, for many who do not know this: he faked a few things.  And some of what was 'counterfeited' endured for over 200 years.Examine this photograph of his house:Do you notice the sto...
We have all heard about Feng Shui by now.  It is a pseudoscience developed by the Chinese, based on natural energy and earth/star orientation to induce harmony and happiness.  Several years ago I read about Feng Shui experts directing their clients away from purchasing houses and high rise buildi...
The beautiful ochre and stone houses that dot the Italian countryside sit by themselves on acres of green fertile fields and cypress trees.  The same building techniques are used for houses in the towns and villages.  Thick stone walls hold up wood beamed roofs and ceilings.  Stucco is the favori...

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