Bring In the Sun ☀️

We have posted before about our long-running Residential construction business and separately about our successful Commercial Construction division. Well, in this latest sunroom project, we were able to COMBINE both sides of our design brains to wow our clients! They trusted us to design and build them a sunroom that pushed all their modern design taste buttons and to give them a sunroom that could truly withstand a hurricane if need be…they were blown away!

Our clients were tired of their traditional, worn-out wood deck that is found on most suburban homes. So, we tore off that deck and replaced it with a sunroom that uses commercial grade “storefront” glass that is hurricane rated. We also designed the space with a more contemporary flat roof which fits our clients’ modern architectural esthetics. We opened the sunroom to the rest of the house, with 2 entrances on either side of the fireplace, creating a seamless flow between the spaces. The one-sided fireplace became a two-sided fireplace which enhances the sunroom’s coziness, as does the beautifully finished light oak floors. The room is heated and cooled via a mini-split HVAC unit above the door.

The outdoor areas were finished in composite decking products and vinyl rails, making the whole structure maintenance-free. When you have an unusual idea for your home, we can help show you products and processes to not only meet your remodeling needs but exceed them! Please take time to study the photos below:

A Place to Call HER Own!

Do you have someone in your home that longs to have a space to call their own; A daughter in her own bedroom, a Dad in a man cave, a dear mother-in-law in a safe environment to be close by, or a son who wants a video room? Well, those are the types of places that we specialize in! We’ve built all of those spaces in our 25+ years in residential construction. Take a look at this space we created for a recent customer.

Every Teen girl LOVES to have a place to call her own! Our clients were fortunate to have a one-car garage that housed only their dogs and some HVAC equipment, so giving up this space to fulfill a teen’s dream was easy. We came in and finished the space by adding that large triple door unit to provide views to the outdoors. We flooded the space with lots of LED can lights and painted that beautiful, spa-like blue. T H E B E S T feature was, of course, the 8-foot double-door closet just waiting to be filled with clothes.

BEFORE –This one car garage only housed the dogs and some HVAC equipment
DURING– We finished the drywall, added all those LED can lights, closed in the HVAC equipment in its own closet, and built out the clothes closet.
AFTER–The soothing blue wall color and white base/crown trim gives this room a crisp, clean look.
AFTER — This triple door unit took the place of the original garage door and will bring natural light in as well as provide an outside entrance to the room.
AFTER–What teen girl wouldn’t want an 8 foot closet. Won’t that be fun filling it??
AFTER — A bright LED closet light illuminates the inside.

Home Sweet Home!

When we say we are CUSTOM home builders, don’t let that term deter you from having a sit-down with our team to discuss your dream home project. To us, “custom” only means we are not a tract or package home builder. The homes we build for our clients are homes that come directly from their plans, their ideas, and their dreams. We don’t have to meet sales quotas for a large corporate construction company. We’ve been a family-owned, custom home building company for over 25 years, and we’ve never built the same house twice. We do not operate on a cookie-cutter design model. Give us a call today so that we can plan your home for 2021!

This sweet client had always dreamed of owning her own horse farm. It would be a place that she had worked hard for, where she could raise her son and train her horses. We were thrilled to be selected as the trusted designer and builder to help her see her dreams come true! Check out this tour of the finished project and take in all the dreamy details. What are YOUR dreams for your family home?

20+ Years of Rock Star Experience!

Since we are so well-known for our exemplary Residential work, people don’t often think of us as Commercial Contractors; however, we have 20+ years of experience in commercial construction. Chris Johnson, our President and General Contractor, has a wide variety of commercial projects in his portfolio, bringing an untold amount of experience to EVERY job.

We recently completed this project for the Village of Clemmons, NC. This small but mighty building houses water valves for a large sprinkler system. One thing you don’t want is water pipes freezing in harsh winter conditions, so we made sure the insulation was more than adequate to keep this building’s interior warm. Since this building is in a prominent spot in the middle of a retail area, the standing seam metal roof, custom gutters, professional landscaping, and brick exterior help it look attractive to the public while, at the same time, housing an important part of the local infrastructure.

If you are a business owner or a Municipality manager and want a Contractor that can see your vision while being well-versed in all the codes and regulations of commercial construction, call us today to discuss your project.

A Kitchen Makeover that says WOW!

These clients loved the layout of their old kitchen, and their cabinets were in great shape, so all they needed was a refresh to what was already there! We chose to have our best cabinet painter work their magic on these all-wood cabinets. If your doors and cabinet boxes are in good condition, a professionally applied finish provides a cost-effective update. Our clients custom selected the new cabinet paint color, which complements the new wall color perfectly. We installed a new granite countertop and a bar top and a new tile backsplash. The hardwood floors were also refinished along with all new lighting. A new stainless steel gas stove was added to the existing suite of appliances. Just some simple upgrades, and you have a kitchen that is updated and ready to serve this busy family.

Splish, Splash!

We pride ourselves on being a diversified contractor. We don’t just build houses, or just garages, or just pool houses…we build everything! Our vast construction portfolio is something we take great satisfaction in. We’ve done several pool house projects and this one was certainly up there in the WOW FACTOR category! Take a moment to DIVE into these stunning, meticulous design details in all the following photos: Tennessee Shot Rock that matches the rock used on the house that we built a few years earlier for this family; Western Red Cedar 12 x 12 posts and pergola; 6-inc, tongue/groove cedar ceiling and beams in the pool house; 3700 sq feet of Travertine tile laid in an intricate pattern on the floors and the pool apron; top of the line Wolf Appliances in the outdoor kitchen and bar area; designated “dining” room and “living” room with ledge stone fireplace. We are experts at the design/build concept and pay close attention to the most minute details that homeowners come to expect.

*we did not install the pool, but we can if need be.

In this project, we did not install the pool, but can if need be. We did everything on the project except the pool, including the powdered coated aluminum fence.
Those vaulted, tongue and groove cedar ceilings and cedar beams! A veritable work of art!
The pergola provides much-needed shade for pool users. The Western Red Cedar will last forever!
The dining room will be well lit with this iron chandelier. Those ceilings are stunning in timeless red cedar!
All you need is pool furniture!
The 12 x 12 Western Red Cedar posts that hold up the pergola are anchored in the Tennessee Shot Rock and are built to last forever.
The outdoor kitchen and bar area have all Wolf appliances, including a gas grill, side burners, and TWO refrigerators. The bar is built with ledge stone that matches the fireplace and topped with granite.
The ledger stone fireplace will allow this Pool House to be used year-round!
View from the “living” room through the “dining” room.
Great sightlines here!
We laid almost 3700 sq ft (yes, you heard that right, the size of a nice sized home) of Travertine tile in an intricate pattern! It was an untold number of hours by our best tile installer.
A professional stainless steel vent hood captures all of the grill smoke and vents it away from guests. It’s all in the details!


At CKJ Building & Design, we are designers as well as experienced general contractors. We can take ideas that are scratched on napkins and turn them into blueprints. With our CAD knowledge, we can take existing awkward spaces and redesign them to flow smoothly. Basically, we can take YOUR dreams and build them into reality. We are residential construction experts that you can trust to see your ideas become real places to LIVE!

These clients took advantage of our UNIQUE Design/Build construction service when they asked us to take their dated, lime green master bath and totally redesigned it for modern efficiency and style! Space Planning is one of the ways we are different from other contractors…no need to go to outside sources…saving clients time and money. Removing the large, unused bathtub made it possible to put the toilet in a separate space…and who doesn’t LOVE that? Take your time to absorb all the details that make this a true spa-like master RETREAT! To learn how our Design/Build model can benefit your next remodel, CALL US today!

Let’s Get Outside!

The first day of Summer officially starts June 20, so let’s all get outside! Living in the South in the Summer calls for long, active days outside whether it’s playing on a ball team, swimming in the neighborhood pool, or working in the yard. We all want a place where we can enjoy and relax in a bug-free environment…a place where we can entertain family and friends, grill out a great meal, and laugh away a rainy evening playing board games protected from the weather. We strive to design and build areas just like these for our customers.

These clients wanted to make FULL use of their outdoor space. They wanted to take a tired, worn-out deck and make it into an incredible vaulted screened porch. We were able to create a space that had a dining and sitting area as well as a dedicated grilling deck with its own door. Every material is maintenance-free and built to last forever. Enjoy all the project details outlined in this photo gallery. Let us help you GET OUTSIDE!

AFTER–We used composite decking materials and powder-coated aluminum railings. A quick spray off once a year is all the maintenance needed!
AFTER–The vaulted wall of screens keep the bugs out but lets that natural view in!
BEFORE–The maintenance for this large number of steps, landings, and rails used to consume weeks of labor.
BEFORE–The decking and railings were tired and worn out wood, which required those dreaded bi-yearly cleaning and staining projects.
AFTER–Now, the grill has its own special deck with an all-vinyl storm door, which saves space on the screened porch for the clients and their guests.
AFTER–What a bug-free, maintenance-free view this is!
BEFORE–Guests had to swipe the mosquitos and bees away while they were eating. And the grill took up valuable space that could have been used for people.
AFTER–With the composite deck material and aluminum rail system, an afternoon of spraying with a hose is all it takes once a season to maintain this brand new look from year to year.

Let There Be Light!

If there is one thing, all humans crave it’s light, bright places! These clients bought this home loving nearly all parts of it except their living room. It. Was. Just. Too. Dark. They mused that if they could add a few windows to the space, then not only would light flood in, but the beauty of their wooded lot would be on full display. That’s where we were able to help. We added not one, but two windows in the corner of the living room, and each of those were double windows. Trusting someone to cut two very large holes in your home takes courage. Our clients have confidence that we can carry out these types of projects without damaging the most important investment they own. The result was amazing! Now even rainy days in the living room are bright! 

Coffee with a Cause!

Did you know that in addition to our 25+ years of residential construction, we are licensed COMMERCIAL contractors as well. Chris Johnson, our President and General Contractor, worked for the city of Winston Salem in their Engineering department working on projects like the LVJM Coliseum renewal project. That project was one of dozens in his tenure with the city. Chris also worked for Davie Construction for a number of years as a Project Supervisor on projects that included banks, shopping centers and medical offices just to name a few.

When business owners need new spaces up-fit, existing spaces updated, or brand new stand alone commercial buildings, CKJ Building & Design is able to take all of those projects from design to build.

We were honored to be on the construction team at Moji Coffee + More! Moji is located at 690 Trade Street in Downtown Winston Salem. Not only does Moji serve the BEST COFFEE in town, but they provide meaningful employment to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. If you are interested in donating:

See our Moji Coffee + More Gallery below: