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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.
Orlando has six Historic Districts.  Any new construction or remodeling has to be presented to the Historic Preservation Board for review in order to judge compliance with regulations on style, colors, massing, setbacks, permeability ratio, fenestration, etc.John Henry was asked to design a 2,800...
Oh yes, like a drug addict, I couldn't wait another day.  The craving wouldn't stop.  I had to ease the pain.Have you ever sat in front of a dinner partner and after the ordering and small talk are over, they pick up their cell phone and look through messages, a dozen feeds, and start playing a g...
I received a call from a friendly builder several years back.  He had a hot prospect for a substantial custom home.  It was a hush-hush project.  Usually, this means a celebrity or some kind of political figure.  He wanted to get a meeting going right away in order to determine the exact requirem...
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."  It was in the middle of the last recession...The first call was interesting.  Strong British accent, very knowledgable, name-dropper, affable.  He wanted a 60,000 SF house near the Atlantic coast north of Daytona.He knew building methods a...
Architects: John Henry & Jeana BurtGarage: 3 Car,  Bedrooms: 4+, Flex Room: Office | 5th Bedroom, Bathrooms: 4 Full , 1 Half A/C Sq. Footage: 4,956 Developed for a beautiful lot on the Winter Park chain of lakes, Architect of Record John Henry has created two elevation/facades based on the same f...
For those who have the time and stamina, and possibly a flexible budget, designing and building a custom home can be a joy and a proud achievement.If you don't wish to go through months of planning, thinking and imagining, starting from zero, and not seeing what you are getting in the end, then y...
I grew up walking on terrazzo floors before I even knew what they were.  Solid, beautifully colored, typically on a black or light ground with specks of stones embedded, and completely moisture resistant.  Smooth, shiny, easy to maintain, nearly impossible to mar. Spills easy to clean up.  As tou...
Interesting motivational point in the new Terminator movie.This series is about the future coming to the past to prevent a person from affecting their future...In the 'now', the characters in this movie see a potentially devastating future.  We also need to look at our potential futures... what a...
Four months ago I drove through the high end of Winter Park, just north of Orlando, to see in what style the latest construction was more prevalent and to write down the names of the builders for future contact.There were two builders of note whose names started with Z.  One advertises his busine...
... about to walk out the door, he says it's the best menu item at the restaurant there, but then looks down on my plate and I'm working on a tuna salad.So what should I do?1.  Tell him to mind his own business2.  Tell him that I prefer tuna to chicken3.  Ignore him completely and watch the TV on...

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