A Family Tradition of building beautiful homes!
Charlie Johnson, one of Lake County's building pioneers, was known not only for his innovative designs, but for his ability to build beautiful homes at affordable prices. Charlie Johnson started his career designing the first guided missles for the NACA (now NASA) during World War II. He designed some of Lake County's iconic buildings including the "Surfside Six" houseboat on Lake Eustis, located at the entrance to Tavares.
In 1980 Charlie Johnson passed the business to his daughter, Cheryl Johnson Ludecke and son-in-law Carl Ludecke. Cheryl, an award winning designer and Carl a licensed building contractor have grown the business into what it is today. Kristin Beall, their daughter is also a licensed contractor. With more than 3000 houses built throughout Central Florida, they specialize in custom homes at any size and on-your-lot construction.
Charlie Johnson Builder brings a unique perspective to construction and design by combining storm safety, energy efficiency and green building concepts in affordable custom housing. Over the past 60 years CJB has won numerous building and design awards. A focus on safe, affordable housing has led them to be one of the only builders in central Florida to include features such as NSSA (National Storm Shelter Association) certified safe rooms and IBHS (Institute for Safe Living) certifications on home designs and construction. Their Fortified, for safer living® home, won both the Parade of Homes and the coveted Aurora Award, for the best home between $200,000-$300,000 in the Southeast.
Carl Ludecke has been recognized as Florida's Builder of the Year by the Florida Home Builders Association as well as the Central Florida Mortgage Banker's Association. He is a three time past president of the Lake County HBA, and a permanent member of their Board of Directors. Carl has served as a member of the National Home Builders Association Board of Directors, and member of the National Affordable Housing Committee for 20 years. On the state level he has a member of the Affordable Housing Committee, Political Action Committee, Nominating Committee and currently is the co-vice chairman of the Research Review and Advisory Committee specializing in septic tank issues for the Florida Department of Health. Carl is currently the vice chair of the Lake County Affordable Housing Committee and served for 14 years on the Lake County Board of Adjustments. Carl graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in economics then served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corp. Carl served in Vietnam and is the Commander of the local American Legion Post 21.
Kristin Beall Ludecke completed her Bachelors Degree at Stetson University and holds a Master Degree from the University of Central Florida. Kristin has been a licensed contractor since 1998 and is a sought after home improvement expert and speaker. As a result, she has been seen on Inside Edition, ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's TODAY Show, The Early Show on CBS, FOX Business News, the Weather Channel, DIY, HGTVPro, and in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and BUILDER Magazine to name a few. Kristin spent over a year as the Contract-Her on the nationally syndicated morning television show The Daily Buzz, giving homeowners the tricks of the trade in home maintenance, repair, and design. She was the Host and Executive Producer of 'New Homes and Neighborhoods' FOX 35 Orlando, and 'Home Talk TV' on WRDQ TV-27 from 2002-2007. She was selected by Florida Trend Magazine as a 'Rising Star in Business' and in 2011, Kristin was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott as a board member of the Construction Industry Licensing Board which oversees the licensing and discpiline of the 50000 contractors in state of Florida. She served until 2013.
Charlie Johnson's legacy continues as our family builds beautiful homes for family's like yours! Let our experience work for you!