A New Chapter…

A New Chapter…

We are excited to announce the formation of the newly formed design firm of Thomas and Melhorn Architects. After several years of collaboration with Christian Thomas Construction, John Melhorn and Christian Thomas have merged to create a new architectural partnership. Based in Jupiter, Florida the firm is built on a common philosophy of applying the […]

Every detail matters…

Every detail matters…

Between the design and the actual construction of a house, each unique element needs to be detailed to ensure it is built with functionality, materiality, and beauty, utilitas, firmitas, venustas… also translated as ‘unity in the face of difference’.   Beyond the look of the design, proportion, and arrangement of the elements, is the balance against how to […]

Historic Additions…

Historic Additions…

This is a charming but modest house built in 1925 on South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  The owner’s approach is that of a curator, a custodian, of old Florida’s heritage.  The main living spaces open east onto a large lot overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Palm Beach beyond.   The owners had the all too familiar need for more […]

Sum of its parts?

Sum of its parts?

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is attributed to Aristotle.  Custom or catalog – bespoke or boilerplate?   What is the measure of our capacity as architect?  What goes into making your home uniquely yours?  This sheet details how the hand drawn plaster surround encases the door, how it merges with the mouldings of the water table […]

Valencia Residence

Valencia Residence

The difference color makes.  The owner elected to repaint this historic house and she chose well.   Before During After And landscaped with a new brick walk