As a residential designer, Bernie D. Johnson is proud of his ability to create classic structures that withstand the test of time. “I’ve been passionate about producing original architectural solutions. Combine that with a final successful realization of the clients’ desires and needs, and you’ve met the challenge of making a home fun. lasting, classic and timeless,” says Johnson. Johnson has owned his own business in Central Florida since 1983. “This is my 30th year in the busi­ness,” he says. “Before going on my own, I worked with several different architectural firms including working with Bob Harris.” Johnson says his design process is what differentiates him from other designers. “I try to quickly ascertain the scope of what’s involved in the design and try to understand at the core what the client is after—which isn’t always what he or she tells us,” he says. “So we have to get to know the client very well. I take a very personal approach and work directly with the client throughout the entire process.”

Johnson Estate Designs Inc. specializes in custom home designs. The firm has been responsible for design­ing homes in some of Central Florida’s best-known communities, such as Lake Nona, Isleworth. Alaqua, Alaqua Lakes, Heathrow, Heathrow Woods and many others. “Perhaps I’m best known for my work on the 2004 Street of Dreams home Casa Bienvenida in Lake Nona,” says Johnson. “It was a fun-loving house where you walk in and you’re right back outside again. People still talk to me about that home.”Johnson works with many builders, primarily Charles Clayton Construction, Maroon Fine Homes Inc. and Dave Brewer Homes. “It’s so hard to find a team of people who share your passion, but each of these builders has that passion. They understand what’s involved in building and designing a home.”

 “I try to Americanize classic architecture to make it include historic and modern elements. It makes for a more consistent. picturesque design.”Johnson says, “The relationships we build are the most important things. We have lots of repeat cus­tomers and even some “threepeats” with whom we’re working on their third homes, and that means a great deal to me. That shows that what we’ve designed had relevance and meaning.”