Recommendations/ Awards

In French, we say: dix sur dix!, meaning, PERFECT! We have no words to describe how pleased we are with it so far!  Awesome!!! We like the simplicity in the lines, yet the elegance of this design.  The house is a compilation of all the elements we like.  Congratulations! You did a wonderful job with the elevation! 

The schematics arrived this afternoon. We also received the latest color option, which I like a lot. Thank you again for all your hard work this far. We are really impressed with your work ethics as well as your talent!                                        

Yveline and Ferry, Bradenton 7/12/2004

I saw your web page, you included many interesting projects. As I could see, one of the strongest architectural firms in united states.

Daniel Almada Ibarra. M. Architect, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. Mexico, 6/18/2004

"I can speak from first hand experience, it is a wonderful home"

"thanks, the house is gorgeous no question about it"

"I am most impressed by your
extraordinary talent in your attention to detail "

"We love your work and you have done a beautiful job making our dream home reality, on paper"

We like your drawing a lot. In fact, your drawing is near perfect!  We are very pleased with the layout of the rooms, the flow, the privacy, the little details that are already coming out, such as curved railings, niche, etc.  We love the placement of the master bath and the way it opens out into the upper deck.  We love the way both the master suite and sitting areas have a view and cross ventilation. We love what you did with the staircase throughout the three floors. We love the judicious use of space you made for the guest bathrooms.  We love the idea of the two side garages rather than the front garages.  If no changes were to be made, we could live in that house very happily.                                                                            

Kelvin and JoAnn, San Jose/ Sacramento 7/15/2004

"I tip my hat to you for pursuing period quality & authenticity"

"I am amazed with your work"

"God you're quick"

"Beautiful, graceful work!"

"it's so refreshing to meet
somebody who obviously is so passionate about their work!"

"your work is incredible"

"immensely impressed by his architectural style and beauty of designs"


French Style lakefront property in Orlando, Florida.  Featureed on abc news.  13,800 SF on two levels with natural stone finishes, period style detailing, porte cochere, grand staircase, and double high spaces.  Photos here.

1991 Professional Builder, Chateaux Marseilles
1991 Florida Home Builder, Viscaya
1991 Sun Coast Architect, Viscaya
1991 Southeast Home Builder, Viscaya, Villa Verona
1991 Orlando Sentinel, "Million Dollar Estate, Mere Belle"
1991 Orlando Sentinel, "The Southeast's Best", Viscaya
1992 Professional Builder, Intellinet System, Mere Belle
1992 Florida Design, Viscaya
1992 Unique Homes, "Descombes Residence", Mere Belle
1992 Orlando Sentinel, Villa Verona
1992 Metro, Villa Verona
1993 Naples Daily, "The New Traditionalism"
1993 Orlando Magazine, Showcase/Bio
1993 Master Plan, Master Custom Builder's Council, Villa Verona
1993 Orlando Sentinel, "Winner Style", Mather Residence
1993 Florida Design, Villa Verona, Descombes Residence
1993 Luxury Homes, Villa Verona
1993 Custom Builder, Siding Choices
1993 Master Plan, "The New Traditionalism"
1994 Orlando Sentinel, "Traditional Architecture"
1994 Florida Design, Miami Herald, Tampa Tribune , 'Maison Grande'
1995 Orlando Sentinel, "21st Century House"
1995 Luxury Homes, Professional Builder, Florida Homebuilder, 'Maison Grande''
1995 Orlando Magazine, 'Dyer Residence''
1995 Southern Living, Wall Street Journal , ' 21st Century House'
1995 Wall Street Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Business Journal, Progressive Architecture: 'A Wrinkle in Time' 
1996 Wall Street Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Houston , Disney's Celebration
1998 Unique Homes, Christie's Great Estates, duPont Registry of Fine Homes, Payne Stewart residence
1998 Orlando Sentinel, The New Traditionals
1998 Contemporary Stone Design, Mere Belle
1998 Homes and Land, 'Classical Renaissance'
1998 The American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, Designated Entry, Levy Residence
2000 Design Build Business and Entablature. 'The Future of the American Luxury Home'
2000 Good Morning America, "Chateaux des Reves" feature 
2006 Orlando Magazine, Mediterranean Contemporary
2007 Orlando Homebuyer, Multi-Generational House


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Marie Cullen

Relationship: He offered his assistance and guidance in helping us get our plans done

Project Date: November 2017

Most wonderful person to work with. Amazing mind with great ideas, very honest with integrity easy to talk to, and reasonably priced for his professional services. Wealth of information and extremely helpful. He put the importance of you project above personal gain . His focus is your project and with his guidance you won't be disappointed.

July 11, 2018


Michael Young

Relationship: Colleague

Project Date: December 1999

I have been doing business with John for 30 years and have always been more than pleased with the results. I am a builder/Realtor in the Orlando area and have referred him many times over the past 30 years and always received favorable response from my clients. He has an outstanding reputation and his designs each a one of a kind.

January 26, 2016


Bo Julian

Relationship: Colleague

Project Date: January 2000

John Henry and I have known each other for more than 2 decades. John has been a constant professional and has world class knowledge and experience. Many of my international and local clients have worked with John and continue to praise his skills and his work. His level of experience is rarely found and it is a true a privilege to work with one of the worlds finest.

January 24, 2016



Charles Clayton Construction Inc

Relationship: Client

Project Date: November 2011

Project Price: $2 - 4 Million

John Henry is an excellent architect who is well travelled, bringing a diverse background of world class ideas and architecture to the table, and is a great storyteller! We have worked on several projects with John Henry and two in particular focused on courtyard style homes; incorporating outdoor lanais and pool sightlines throughout the home. Great focus on strong elevations, attention to details, and delivers the WOW factor every time. Listens to customers visions and is very creative!! 
Paul Pistulka, CEO, Charles Clayton Construction, Winter Park, FL

September 25, 2013


Comment from Dream Home Design USA

Thanks for your kind words Paul. Our Project Range has actually been for houses between 4-9,000 SF or about $800,000 to $2.5M. Hope to work together again on another great project.

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Relationship: Client

Project Date: November 2006

Project Price: $3 Million

If you traveled the world and have marveled at the beauty of local architecture and have said to yourself - "Wow - I wish I could live in a place like that...", then, John Henry AIA is one of the very few elite professional architects out there who can design your home beautifully, proudly, and, most importantly, appropriately + acccurately. I know - I went through ALL of them, trying to find somebody with a base of historical appreciation/knowledge combined with a heavy dose of talent. Just as the previous client had a picture of a Venetian canal-front villa as their dream home, in our case, we wanted a Franco/Russian style chateau/"dvorets" - as I am of Russian descent and love the architecture of 16th century St. Petersburgh, Russia (which was highly influenced by the French). John didn't balk at our request - in fact - he is as passionate about history as he is about architecture- and thus, he zeroed in on elements of the period style which was precisely what we had in mind. We basically changed nothing from his first renderings - it was that good!! (his hand-drawn framed sketches hang in our library!)
Our house is built, we now live in it , and we love it every day. There is NOTHING that we would change. His concept of space and volume is PERFECT. - even smaller rooms are GRAND with high ceilings and decorative architectural elements. Yes, we too, have a steady stream of photographs taken from land (and water!). My kids have gotten used to people stopping on the street to admire his work! Bravo, John Henry, Bravo!


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Comment from Dream Home Design USA

Thanks very much and always happy to know that you and your family are enjoying your Czar inspired mansion! I am waiting to see your handiwork on the frescos and custom painting work. Best, JH

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