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: https://www.mojicoffee.org/#donate

See our Moji Coffee + More Gallery below:

Termites are For Real!

On a rainy Monday, a good, solid Southern front porch is essential, but when termites 🦟 move in, they threaten the integrity of the structure. We replaced the original all wood (termite food) porch supports with all-aluminum posts that are designed to be structural as well as beautiful! They are powdered-coat painted in the factory guaranteed not to rust…or to become termite dessert!!

These posts were on their way to becoming a hazard.
The new aluminum factory finished porch supports will now last forever.


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