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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.
Try this.  Amazing results are possible!  I think this admonition is more compelling than many of the standard motivational phrases.  I was just thinking of doing something I don't normally do and this adage is exactly correct to get me out of my box.  For those of us floating around, knowing wha...
Ahhh, nothing like a truth-to- established-wisdom slap of reality on a Monday morning! My Greek uncle had a saying: "Seeing and Doing".There was always something to these aphorisms.  His take, who knows, may have been a quote from an ancient Greek philosopher, not sure.But the general idea was th...
I've been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots.  Apparently, you can't go there alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone. And I've never been in Cognito.  No one knows me there anyway. But I have been in Sane.  Since they do not have an airport, you have to be driven there.  Over ...
There are about 80 brands of coffee listed worldwide and 200 brands of ice cream. There are approximately 1.6 million Realtors listed in the United States alone.  There are an estimated 2.7 million architects working world-wide.If you are swimming in a field full of like-competitors, a unique nam...
Well, we all know Michael Jacobs.  Like one or two other AR philosophers, Michael posts head scratchin' notions that leave us all... pondering.Michael comes out of left field with inspiring posts!  We don't know what to expect...Pondering has its positives, very few negatives.  Too often we take ...
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...

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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.