Renovate, Inc, was founded in 1981 by Karen and Frank Castjohn, and has been building and remodeling continuously since that time. Begun as a true “Mom and Pop” construction company, Renovate represents all of the most unique traits that make Southeast Louisiana so special. The focus on sound ethics, quality workmanship, and warm customer service have kept Renovate a force in the local industry for more than 30 years.
Karen has been an essential founding member of Renovate since its inception and has seen every type of project completed. She oversees the company’s payables and receivables, and works together with her son Nick to plan the company’s financial future. Karen is a graduate of the SBA’s prestigious E200 Emerging Leaders Initiative since 2011.
Karen is also an expert in material selection, and has been consulting with customers on finish choices throughout Renovate’s long history. Her grasp of finances combined with her extensive product knowledge makes her a shrewd budgeter on residential projects.
Nick started working for his parents on jobsites at about 15 years old. On the job steadily in construction since then, he has only paused to earn a Bachelors degree from Texas A & M in Information Technology and Real Estate Finance, and a Masters from Tulane in Strategic Business Management. Nick currently serves on the State Licensing Board for Contractors, and is a past president of the St. Tammany Home Builders. He currently serves on the HBA of Greater New Orleans Board as well, and is the Louisiana Home Builders Secretary. Nick possesses HBA and NARI credentials in Green Building, Graduate Building and Remodeling, and specialties like Aging-in-Place and Universal Design.
Cheryl is the most recent addition to the Renovate family, bringing with her degrees in Interior Design and Art History, along with many years of creative experience in social media. She is available to clients on a consulting basis to plan all aspects of extensive remodeling and construction projects. Her focus is on family dynamics and design/lifestyle integration for happy and practical living in your home.
Cheryl also manages Renovate’s social media on a day-to-day basis and publishes its semi-weekly design blog.