Blackstone Homes


Building from the Ground Up

At the age of 10, Blackstone Homes’ founder Matt Johnson earned the opportunity to work alongside his uncle’s framing crew in Bryan/College Station during his extended breaks from school. From that early age, it was clear that Matt Johnson was born to be a homebuilder.

From Centerville to Texas A&M University, he ventured out to learn the craft of homebuilding from one of the nation’s largest builders, where he oversaw the construction of more than 250 homes. This is where he learned the art of homebuilding and discovered a passion for design and what makes a home feel like a home.

While he gained valuable experience with those builders, Matt yearned to strike out on his own and bring his creative and entrepreneurial sensibilities to the industry. So, in 2007, he took the leap and founded his first business: Amstad Commercial Construction.

The Birth of the Blackstone Brand and Process

Soon after, Matt realized there was an extraordinary opportunity with residential home building — specifically, he saw that the custom home-buying process was complicated, frustrating and confusing to buyers.

Knowing that he could create an easier and more enjoyable process, Matt founded Blackstone Handcrafted Homes in 2008 to give custom buyers the high-quality product they needed with the personalized process they deserved.

How Blackstone got its name: Every Blackstone Home comes with a signature, black-granite cornerstone (otherwise known as a foundation stone or setting stone).

Historically, the cornerstone was the first and most important element of a new building since all other stones were then set in reference to the cornerstone, determining the quality of the entire structure.

Today, the Blackstone team builds each and every one of its homes with this special signature, representing Blackstone’s enduring commitment to quality.

At Blackstone Homes, Matt and his team honed and perfected their skills from the inside out. To start, they made the building process as simple and efficient as possible for buyers. Then, the team set out to create right-sized personal areas, inviting spaces that maximized sightlines and room flow, and special “memory points” for each and every home — the types of details that are only noticed when they’re not done right.

Together, Blackstone’s build process and quality has been designed to give each buyer an unprecedented peace of mind.

Blackstone Homes Today

As their custom home-building practice grew, Matt and his team realized an opportunity to build a better home at a more affordable price point while making the process more enjoyable for our home buyers. With that new vision in mind, Blackstone Handcrafted has now become Blackstone Homes — a unique builder that gives you the quality and experience of custom home-building but with the easy process and accessible prices of a personalized home.

In keeping with the company’s goal of making the buying process simple and easy, Blackstone Homes offers the only builder-owned design center in the region. That means you get to choose your finishing touches from an exclusive, curated line of offerings without having to coordinate between multiple vendors.

In the spirit of our new tagline, Building Memories, we personally invite you and your family to visit us and see one of our Blackstone Homes for yourself. We look forward to helping you build new memories in your brand-new Blackstone Home!


  • 1992

    Matt begins to work alongside his uncle's framing crew in Bryan/College Station during his extended breaks from school. He learns at a young age the value of hard work and the importance of extensive planning, and he is first introduced to his love of building homes.
  • 2004

    Matt graduates from Texas A&M University and starts learning the craft of homebuilding from one of the nation’s largest builders, where he oversees the construction of more than 250 homes. This is where he learns the art of homebuilding and discovers a passion both for design and for what makes a home feel like a home.

    2004 is also the year in which Matt meets his soon-to-be wife, Vanessa, who works in sales and design within the homebuilding industry after earning a degree from Baylor University in Real Estate & Marketing.
  • 2008

    The recession of 2007 was very hard on homebuilding companies. However, Matt sees a perfect opportunity to begin his dream of starting a business in Bryan/College Station. Armed with his knowledge of construction and Vanessa’s experience in marketing and her talents in design, Matt officially opens Blackstone Handcrafted Homes. Knowing that he needs to be diversified in the struggling economy, Matt also establishes a second company: Amstad Commercial Construction.

    Amstad Commercial Construction was almost immediately awarded a four-branch contract for the World Savings to Wachovia Bank merger renovations in Houston, which quickly grew to twenty-two branches across the state of Texas.
  • 2010

    Blackstone Handcrafted Homes builds its first home with the goal of bringing a different style of architecture to the Brazos Valley. Matt also realizes that building in Bryan/College Station is a difficult process, and he ventures to build a company that makes building a brand-new home just as easy as buying a used home.
  • 2017

    In January of 2017, Matt and his team realize that building fully-custom homes has not brought them any closer to the original goal of Blackstone – to make building a brand-new home just as easy as buying a used home. The team decides to do something bold with their experience, taking everything they’ve learned building custom homes and creating a semi-custom line of homes. Thus, Blackstone Handcrafted Homes takes the next step in its evolution and becomes Blackstone Homes.

    Today, Blackstone Homes offers the elegance and quality of a custom project but with the efficiency and price point of a production home.

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