Designing a Functional Shower

Posted by on July 20, 2017

After recently completing a shower design that we found worked well, we thought we’d share what we learned about the makings of an effective shower. A shower’s dimensions should reflect both practicality and peace of mind, and we believe we’ve struck the right balance. Showers that are too cramped can feel more like an elevator […]

“Sizzling Kitchens That Delight & Impress” – North Carolina Design Interview

Posted by on August 10, 2016

Rebecca Johnson, our in-house designer, was recently interview by North Carolina Design regarding our design process for kitchens and the steps we take in delivering kitchens that reflect our clients. The full article can be read below or by visting North Carolina Design’s Blog. Kitchens are complex spaces – part functional workhorse, part intimate gathering […]

Best of Chapel Hill 2015

Posted by on July 17, 2015

This past May, Chapel Hill Magazine polled its readers to vote for the best businesses in over 100 categories in Chapel Hill. Will Johnson Building Company has been nominated and voted best in 2012 and 2014 (the voting was not conducted in 2013) and we were honored to be nominated again this year. We were […]

Kitchen: It’s All About Organization

Posted by on June 19, 2015

Throughout the home, we are seeing more and more emphasis on smart organization. Here are some ideas that we have found helpful in bringing order to a space. Matching Canister/Jars: If you are not ready to renovate a space, simply having matching canisters can make a world of difference. In addition, if you put like […]

Maximizing the Utility

Posted by on May 27, 2015

Something that we take care to do in every project is to use all of the space we are given in a functional way. This laundry room was also being used as a mudroom and a home for two dogs, so we customized our design to create what is now a great space for all […]

Adding Character to a New Space

Posted by on May 18, 2015

One challenge we face when doing new construction is giving the house character and interest you see in old homes. We were working with a client who wanted a copper hood that felt like it was old and from a factory. We looked at several companies that made premade hoods but the issue we were […]

Finished Home In The Chapel Ridge Estates

Posted by on March 14, 2015

We just finished construction on another home in the Chapel Ridge Estates. We were so very fortunate to have worked with two amazing clients in designing and building their home. As well, all of the trades involved were highly valuable in delivering this final result. This home is situated on a sloping lot that takes advantage of […]

Uncommon Ways To Add Detail

Posted by on November 13, 2014

Details matter. Little details often make the biggest difference. Pairing the right wine with a great meal or picking the right tie for a shirt can transform an experience or aesthetic. Homes are no different. There are some uncommon details that really make a house pop. These details are often small, but they add shadow […]

Landscaping Matters

Posted by on August 28, 2014

I am not a tree hugger, but boy do I love trees. Believe it or not, trees can make a big difference in home sales. Everyone has seen those unforgettable homes, those homes in old neighborhoods near a university campus or quaint town. They always have trees in front. Big trees. Look closely and you […]

Don’t Forget The Garage Door

Posted by on May 1, 2014

I’m a car guy. I also love my garage. My wife may dictate how our bedroom s and kitchen are arranged, but I get the garage. It’s the one place that’s all mine. It’s also the one place in my home that I am guaranteed to enter twice a day. The doors in particular, I […]

The Importance Of A Clean Jobsite

Posted by on April 4, 2014

Construction is messy, there is just no getting around it. No matter what it is you’re building, what system, what materials, there is always a residual mess that is created after the process finishes. This is true of just about every phase of a typical construction project. Consider the site clearing and prep; all of […]

Three Common Exterior Design Errors & How To Avoid Them

Posted by on March 5, 2014

Several weeks ago I decided to spend an afternoon driving through some new construction developments. It was great to see the activity and new homes coming up out of the ground. I did, however, notice some of the homes contained some very easy-to-fix design errors. The solutions to these errors are very simple, and in […]

North Carolina Homes Interview

Posted by on February 11, 2014

The Custom Home Building Process: An Interview with Ben Johnson of Will Johnson Building Company Feb 11, 2014 “Creating a custom home can be an intimidating process. Homeowners often don’t know what to expect, how to prepare, who to hire: the list goes on. That’s why we sat down with Ben Johnson of Will Johnson Building […]

Collaboration Makes For Better Design

Posted by on January 24, 2014

Published in Qualified Remodelor Magazine on Jan  1, 2014 “How do I build this?” It’s the dreaded question no remodeler wants to be asking himself during a construction project. This question oftentimes can be avoided by working with the person who designed the project. I work for a builder, and we have learned that a […]

Making a House a Home

Posted by on August 10, 2012

Making a house a home Renovation adds size, beauty and comfort to Hillsborough mill house Chapel Hill News July 8, 2012 By Sally Keeney, Correspondent It’s funny how welcome you feel when you walk into some homes. It’s more than the staging of furniture or a familiar scent like bread baking. It may be the […]

Get Your Wainscoting Right

Posted by on April 25, 2012

Wainscoting has moved from a once purposeful design feature of a house to now a purely aesthetic item. Historically, wainscoting was used to protect the lower portion of a wall from wear and tear caused by both people and the elements.  Wainscoting is an excellent way to add a unique feeling to a room in your […]

Color Your Window Sashes

Posted by on April 25, 2012

The color of the frame, sash, and grilles of a window are oftentimes overlooked when designing or building a home. By default, most windows come with white frames and grilles. An easy way to add an extra bit of detail and depth to a home is to color both the frames and the grilles. Here is what […]

Porter’s Neck Gate Study

Posted by on April 25, 2012

Porters Neck is located in Wilmington NC. I have always known that I enjoyed their gate design, but when trying to reference it, I could never quite remember what it looks like. I have found that the best way to remember a design or idea is to draw it out. This also helps with understanding […]

Slap On Stone

Posted by on April 25, 2012

Alright, let’s go back to architecture 101 for this post. Stone and brick are long used materials in homes and buildings of all shapes and sizes. These masonry materials not only look great, but provide a very low maintenance exterior cladding. Mixing stone and siding as materials for the exterior of a building is a […]

Space For Design – Chapel Hill News Article

Posted by on July 28, 2011

The Chapel Hill Newspaper published this article on us over the past weekend. Below is a short bit from it. To read the whole article go here. Space For Design Building company helps homeowners get the biggest bang for their buck Sally Keeney, Correspondent The kitchen is the heart of the home for most families. Rebecca […]

Green Building

Posted by on February 20, 2011

What Green Means To Us When we build any home, whether it be a certified green built/energy star home or not, we impliment the same construction techniques and materials that result in a high performing building. A lot of these techniques are just good construction practices, rather than radical green building products. There is a definite advantage […]

From Concept To Completion

Posted by on July 2, 2010

The progress of transforming a concept to a completed form in home building. 3 examples of sketches and designs we created to use as a reference for building a custom home.