A Legacy of Integrity and Trust

Personalized Custom Homes Just for You

60 Years and Over 3,000 Homes

One Family

Three Generations

"Surfside Six” houseboat on Lake Eustis


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Charlie Johnson, one of Lake County’s home building pioneers, was known for his innovative designs and his ability to build beautiful homes at affordable prices. Charlie Johnson started his career designing the first guided missiles 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.



Building a home is an exciting and creative process. With long term relationships with architects, designers, suppliers and subcontractors, we build your home like it was our personal home. Whether you are looking for 1000 or 10,000 square feet, all our homes are customized for you. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our customers and are proud to have built multiple homes for many of our homeowners. Contact one of the pioneer home builders in Lake County FL today and start building your dream home now!

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From Start to finish building my daughters home in Sorrento Fl was flawless. Any issues during the build and any changes that needed to be made was handled flawlessly by CJB and their staff. The communication, execution, changes, concerns, high fives:), and professionalism, was nearly flawless. This was not my first custom home built on raw land and not my last, so please take into account, while reading this review, that this was not my first “rodeo” in dealing with builders. With that said, and how everything went so smoothly was in part due to CJB being true to their word for keeping their customers happy and educated throughout the whole process. I have, and will continue to HIGHY recommend CJB to anyone building a custom home on their land. They will also be building the next 2 homes planned for this Sorrento “homestead” over the next couple years.

A HUGE thanks for a seemless start to finish, with their professional staff always answering calls, and keeping me in tune to the comings and goings throughout the build. A HUGE thanks for building my daughters dream home and being as good as I thought you would be. I could name the names of all involved at CJB, but I think they know who they all are. The 3 people that ARE the company of CJB, and their absolute passion for what they do, and are personal friends of mine even a year after the completion: Kristin, Will, Tony, a HUGE thank you, and look forward to working with you guys again next year to build the next 2 homes.

To anyone considering using CJB to build their dream home,,, DO IT. Customer for life

– Michael

Thank you all for such a wonderful experience from start to finish! The entire team made us feel comfortable and confident throughout the whole process. All the way from selecting a builder to the final walk-thru. No other builder comes close! We love our new home! Thank you Charlie Johnson Builder.

– Jabbari Family

Working with Charlie Johnson Builder was a pleasure. The staff was very helpful and listened to our requests and help guide our decisions with their experience. We had a wonderful working relationship and we enjoy our home.

– Ed & Sharon Rowlett

My wife and I had Charlie Johnson Builder construct our house and it was the best move that we ever made. The quality of the construction has been outstanding and we have had zero major repairs. Every year, when we compare our house to the comparable houses in the Parade of Homes, we realize what a great house we got!

-Tim Hoban

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