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Home Addition 2017 Star Award Winner

This home addition project was part of a whole house renovation by Craftsmanship By John. It is a Texas Association of Home Builders 2017 Star Award Winner in the category of Remodeler- Best Addition over $500,000.  The Texas Association of Builders Star Awards is a statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.   This home addition Houston project[...]

2017 Star Awards Finalist

The Texas Association of Builders Star Awards is the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.  We are proud to have three of our projects named 2017 Star Awards Finalists in this prestigious award program in the categories of: Remodeler – Best Addition – Over $500K   Remodeler – Best Whole House Renovation-Over[...]

Outdoor Entertaining Spaces Add Warm-Weather Flair

Our Outdoor Entertaining Spaces article contains an interview with John Gillette and was published in Houston Chronicle March 25, 2017- House to Home Section. When spring rapidly transforms into summer, it’s time to think about how to get your home ready for ample time spent entertaining outdoors. If your home has a porch, pool or[...]

Remodeler of the Month NAHB Feb 2017

Remodeler of the Month NAHB. This is an article of an interview with John Gillette published in Qualified Remodeler Magazine Feb 2017  Technology Improves Service John Gillette recognizes that gaining trust is a key ingredient in producing a better project. QR: When and how did you choose this career? JG: When I was 14 years[...]

John Gillette featured in Texas Builder Magazine

We are proud to have been featured in the Nov/Dec Issue of Texas Builder Magazine.    The photos pictured on the cover and on the index page feature award winning projects by CBJ. The article is titled “Craftsmanship by John Delivers on the Promise of Its Name.”   We invite you to read more on page[...]

Modern Kitchen Houston Chronicle Article

Excerpt of an article “Whats cooking in today’s modern kitchen?” that appeared in the Houston Chronicle on October 6, 2016 featuring modern kitchen Houston project photos from Craftsmanship By John.  Interior design trends change over time and when remodeling your home, planning for function is important. Even if you think you may not stay in[...]

2016 Remodeling 550 Recognition

Craftsmanship By John, Inc. placed #47 on Remodeling magazine’s annual list of  top full service remodelers from all over the country. These are companies that are leaders in the home improvement industry.

2016 Star Award Winner

Craftsmanship By John is honored to be a 2016 Star Award Winner in the following category: Best Kitchen Renovation $100K – $250K The Texas Association of Builders Star Awards is a statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.

3D Design Remodeling

“The 3 C’s of 3D design revealed” was written by Aaron Lytal, Craftsmanship by John and published in the Houston Chronicle on July 1, 2016. With the advances of modern technology, building has become a more technical field, increasing the knowledge gap between clients and contractors. This is where 3D designs come into play. 3D[...]

2016 Star Awards Finalist in three categories

Craftsmanship By John  is honored to be a  2016 Star Awards Finalist in three categories.. The Texas Association of Builders Star Awards is a statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry. The categories are as follows: Best Whole House Renovation $500K-$1M Best Kitchen Renovation $100K-$250K Best Whole House Renovation over $1M

Aaron Lytal Selected as 2016 30 Under 30 Award Recipient

Aaron Lytal of Craftsmanship By John has been selected as one of the 30 Under 30 recipients by The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2016 (KBIS®), to be held January 19-21 in Las Vegas. The goal of the NKBA 30 Under 30 Program is to acknowledge outstanding[...]

CBJ Award Winner 2015 Houston’s Best PRISM

Craftsmanship By John is honored to have received a 2015 Houston’s Best PRISM Award in the category of Whole House Remodel over $750,000. This award honors the Greater Houston Builders Association’s finest in the building industry.

CBJ won a 2015 Star Award for Outdoor Living Project

Craftsmanship By John has been named a winner of a 2015 Texas Association of Builders’ Star Award for Best Outdoor Living Space between $40,000-$60,000!  The Texas Association of Builders annual Star Awards competition showcases the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, and sales, marketing, and construction professionals in Texas. See Project Photos

CBJ named Finalist in the Star Awards

Craftsmanship By John has been for named finalists for the 2015 Texas Association of Builders’ Star Awards! The Texas Association of Builders annual Star Awards competition showcases the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, and sales, marketing, and construction professionals in Texas. We are finalists in the following categories: Remodeler of the Year Remodeler – Best Website Best Bathroom[...]

Home office should be planned carefully

A home office is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity with more people telecommuting or running their own businesses from their homes. The number of Americans who work from home is in the millions, and with the rising cost of gas and increased traffic causing longer commutes, that number is likely[...]

What to ask before you begin your remodeling project

  If you’re planning a home remodel, hire a professional remodeler with excellent credentials. According to the Greater Houston Builders Association, the best remodeling results are achieved when qualified remodelers do the work. Ask about these credentials when hiring a professional remodeler:     Insurance All professional home remodelers should be insured and able to[...]

Planning Space for Outdoor Living

Excerpt for an Article in Texas Home and Garden John Gillette, of Craftsmanship By John notes “When it comes to cabinetry, outdoor options are more limited. The best options are stainless steel, marine-grade polymer, and teak. Desirable for their classic good looks, teak cabinets must be custom built for the space and sealed and resealed[...]

Hot Housing Trend: Outdoor Kitchens

Many home owners enjoy the summer months—and sometimes spring, fall and winter, too—with the sizzle of their outdoor grill. But running back and forth between the kitchen and the barbeque can get old quickly. Outdoor kitchens make life easier for those who enjoy grilling their meals and entertaining outdoors, making your deck or patio an[...]

Make Your Home Safe for All Ages

Use these tips to avoid accidents. Your 80-year-old aunt is coming to stay for a few days. You’re looking forward to the visit, but realize your home may not be entirely “older-generation” friendly. To help enhance the safety and comfort of your visitor, especially one who may have some of the physical challenges that come[...]

Universal design and aging in place

Universal design, aging-in-place remodeling article written by John Gillette and published in the Houston Chronicle on Jan 27, 2013 entitled  Universal design and aging-in-place feature differences. Homeowners wanting to customize their homes for their needs and comfort have a variety of products and design elements among which to choose. Two of these concepts, aging-in-place and[...]

New Year’s Remodeling Expectations

Happy New Year! Now is the time for us to make our home remodeling resolutions come true. No matter where you are in the home remodeling planning process, it’s important that you set your expectations for your home as well as the professionals you will be working with.  Although it’s best to lay out your[...]

Builder Architect Article

The following is an excerpt from an article by Angie Yurch  that originally appeared in Builder/Architect Magazine: “Many of us relish in the fact that we are still living in the same home where our children grew up. As you pour that cup of coffee, you look around and remember all the occasions the family spent[...]

GHBA 2014 Remodeler Grand

John Gillette won the Grand Remodeler 2014 Prism Award at the Greater Houston Builders Association on October 5th. This award honors the Greater Houston Builders Association’s finest in the remodeling industry. John Gillette, CGR, GMB, GMR, CAPS, owner of Craftsmanship by John was a recipient of a Remodeler Grand Award.

Houston’s Best Prism Award 2014

Craftsmanship by John won a Best Prism award from the Greater Houston Builders Association for Remodeled Bathroom under $50,000. Craftsmanship by John was also named finalists for Best Specialty Room, Remodeled Bathroom over $50,000 and Remodeled Kitchen over $100,000.

Craftsmanship by John named 2013 Top 500 Remodelers

Craftsmanship By John has received the honor of making the 2013 Qualified Remodeler Top 500 List.  Our acceptance into this elite group of the Top 500 Remodelers in the county is based on top firms sharing several common attributes. These attributes are excellent business acumen, commitment to customer service, insightful sales techniques, and strong customer[...]

John Gillette serves as HomeAid Houston Captain

HomeAid Houston and Remodeler Captain John Gillette with Craftsmanship by John joined the Open Door Mission to dedicate the completion of renovations at the Mission’s East End location.

John Gillette 2012 President of Remodelers Council

A long time GHBA member, John Gillette, GMB, CGR, CAPS is owner of Craftsmanship by John   Inc., a construction company specializing in remodeling.  In addition to the GHBA board John will lead the 2012 Remodelers Council as President.    

Remodeler of the Year 2012

GHBA NAMES INDUSTRY’S ‘OF THE YEAR’ AWARD WINNERS FOR 2012 January 24, 2013 – The Greater Houston Builders Association recently announced their “Of the Year” award winners for 2012 Volume Builder, Custom Builder, Developer, Remodeler and the coveted Bud Inscho Associate ‘Of the Year’ award.  John Gillette, CGR, GMB, CAPS, owner of Craftsmanship by John[...]

Green Remodeling

Green Remodeling will not only make your home look better but work better. Invest in green remodeling and enhance your health and environment, while saving money on energy bills. In the kitchen pictured, all materials from reclaimed hardwood floors to bamboo cabinets exemplify green building standards.

Turn Your Bathroom into an Inviting Spa

You deserve a space of your own where you can sit back, relax and shut out the rest of the world. Creating a spa bathroom can fulfill all of these wishes! When creating your perfect spa bathroom, it is time to look beyond the ordinary. An absolute must for most people putting in a spa[...]

Going Beyond the Basics

An excerpt from an article by Lorraine Hart, President of Ideal Consulting Services, appearing in Remodeling Today Choosing the right professionals is more than just finding the remodeler or decorator with the lowest price. It is even more important that the company you choose to work with is the right company for you. There have[...]

Relocate or Remodel

An excerpt from an article by Lorraine Hart, President of Ideal Consulting Services, appearing in Remodeling Today: The economic conditions of the past few years have thrown a monkey-wrench into plans and dreams for so many homeowners. Unfortunately many of us have had to adjust our goals and re-plan our futures. With the real estate[...]

Why Now

An excerpt from an article by Lorraine Hart, President of Ideal Consulting Services, appearing in Remodeling Today: Sometimes we allow forces outside of us to dictate our decisions, plans and actions. This has never been as true as it has been in this current economic climate. Unfortunately some of our decisions, especially those based on[...]

Qualified Remodeler 2012 Top 500 Remodelers

Each year, Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 listing, the longest ongoing recognition program in the remodeling industry, recognizes remodelers for significant and sustained success based on: installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service.

The 2006 Remodeler’s Big 50 for Fine Design

Every year we focus on owners of successful, growing remodeling companies of various sizes that are among the best in America. These companies distinguish themselves through smart marketing, unique design, exemplary business practices, excellent team-building, and an extraordinary impact on either their community or the industry at large.